Chris Brown has claimed he will “probably” retire after two more albums. Citing the media’s focus on his 2009 conviction for domestic assault, the singer said he plans to release only one more LP after his forthcoming record, X.
“Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album,” Brown said in a tweet on 6 August that was later removed. “Being famous is amazing when it’s for ur music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool & over it!”
Brown was in fact 19 when he made his “mistake”, beating up his then girlfriend, Rihanna, on the night before the Grammys. He pleaded guilty to the charges, resulting in a sentence of five years’ probation.
Tuesday’s announcement came one day after Brown spent a short amount of time – less than an hour – behind bars. The singer turned himself in to Los Angeles’s Van Nuys jail at 2:40pm on 5 August, as part of his ongoing hit-and-run charge. He was booked and released at 3:22pm on his own recognizance. “Home don’t feel like home. Too many vacant rooms,” he tweeted that evening (this tweet was also removed). Brown’s trial is due to begin on 15 August, with a probation hearing scheduled for 18 August.
If convicted, Brown could spend a lot more time in jail. The hit-and-run allegations involve at least two separate offences, each of which carries a six-month sentence. And should the 24-year-old be found to have violated his probation, he could be put away for up to four years.
Brown has consistently denied doing anything wrong when he crashed into another car on 21 May this year. He is accused of driving without a proper permit and of leaving the scene without giving the victim his insurance information. “This is really ridiculous,” he tweeted at the time. “[The other driver] contacted the cops thinking of a payday from Chris Brown when I followed the proper procedures.”
Brown’s sixth studio album, X, is due out on 20 August. His previous LP, 2012’s Fortune, debuted at No 1 in the UK and spawned two top five singles.
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