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Chris Brown Has Advice for Ray Rice: ‘It’s About How You Control Yourself’

MTV News’ Sway sat down with a very mellow Chris Brown yesterday. Brown, who in 2009 plead guilty to felony assault for hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna, has some advice for Ray Rice, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens after video showed him knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

“Dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself, and the life I’ve been through, and where I’m headed, it’s helped me focus on what’s really important and not F-up,” said Brown. Earlier Thursday, Brown was performing at the VIP Room in the West Village, when a fight broke out. TMZ says he stayed out of it.

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Chris Brown Gives Billboard Understatement of The Year

Maybe you were out of control when you beat Rihanna, Chris. Maybe.

Media Critic Wades Through a Very Muddy YouTube News Story Trail

As The Guardian‘s head of media and technology Dan Sabbagh reminds at the end of his brief but very fun summary of some widely disseminated upside-down coverage of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment being stripped of billions of YouTube channel views, “partial facts + total conspiracy = extra Web traffic.”

His main target is cross-town rival The Daily Mail, but there are dozens of other outlets that also got the story wrong. This despite that fact that on December 21, Billboard reporter Alex Pham laid it all out as plain as a Rihanna-Chris Brown NBA courtside sighting. There were no “fake” YouTube channel views; rather, the reason the music labels had their counts adjusted downwards was because of something much more mundane. Per Sabbagh’s wrap-up:

Universal and Sony have, since 2009, been moving their music videos away from their YouTube channels and over to Vevo, the music industry site the two companies own with some investors from Abu Dhabi. YouTube, meanwhile, thinks that is only right to count channel video views for videos that are still actually present on the channels – which means that whenever YouTube got round to reviewing the music majors’ channels on its site, a massive cut was always going to be in order…

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Rihanna Defends Working with Chris Brown

During his radio show this morning, crack reporter Ryan Seacrest got pop star Rihanna to explain just what the hell she was thinking when she decided to collaborate on two songs with her violent ex Chris Brown.

And by explain, we mean babbling on about how it served the music and the fans instead of just saying “easy publicity and buckets of money.”

I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really–it made sense to do the record. Just as a musician despite everything else that was going to be the person.

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CM Punk Challenges Chris Brown to a Fight

If making new records with the woman you assaulted three years ago wasn’t enough headlines for Chris Brown today, he’s also in the news for his Twitter fight with WWE wrestler CM Punk.

Punk tweeted on Sunday, “I would like @chrisbrown fight somebody that can defend themselves. Me curb stomping that turd would be a #wrestlemania moment.”

Brown, who doesn’t need an excuse to make an ass of himself on Twitter, fell for the bait and wrote, “@CMpunk needs more followers. He’s such a leader! Not to mention the roids hes on has made it utterly impossible for him pleasure a women.”

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Rihanna & Chris Brown’s Musical Collaborations Creep Out the Critics

That Chris Brown and Rihanna dropped two new tracks together Monday night, only a few years after Brown bashed in Rihanna’s face, is a special kind of baffling, and leaves critics with much more to consider than just the music. Some of the stronger reactions:

From the Los Angeles Times:

As a message to any thinking person who’s been following their case, it’s very confusing. Is this a true sign of romantic reunion or simply two pop stars who are willing to milk their domestic abuse past for more fame and/or notoriety?

The Village Voice isn’t exactly thrilled by the new releases:

To celebrate, I’m going to take a lye shower.

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Artists Sing the Praises of File Sharing While Entertainment Execs Seethe

The free file hosting service Megaupload is on the entertainment industry’s s**t list for making copyright infringement so easy-peasy. But several high-profile artists – the sort that create that copyrighted material in the first place – have recently expressed their unabashed support for the site in a new music video.

In the “Megaupload Mega Song,” Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil John, Kim Kardashian, and more express their love for a service that lets you share their copyrighted material for free. I never thought I’d say this, but I have a newfound respect for Kim Kardashian.

The video was released over the weekend, and was quickly removed from YouTube, after Universal Music Group complained about – what else – copyright infringement.

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Vibe‘s New Owner: Revamped Mag Will Have Greater Online Focus, Broader Scope

burnett.jpgThe latest incarnation of revived hip-hop magazine Vibe may be debuting with a controversial cover model, Chris Brown, but its new owner’s plans for the pub seem pretty sound.

Today, mediabistro.com got a chance to pick the brain of Leonard Burnett, co-CEO and group publisher of Uptown Media Group, part of the group that purchased Vibe earlier this year and is working to reposition and relaunch it. In an interview with David Hirschman, Burnett explained where he thought Vibe had gone wrong in the past and laid out the new publisher’s plans for the future:

Vibe thrived off of urban fashion, music, and automotive — and then when you go into ’05, ’06, and ’07 [the advertising] just kept deteriorating. First it was a shift over to digital [for advertisers] and then when the dollars started to even back out, the dollars that you are counting on for the print side in certain categories just started to evaporate at a much faster rate than we were able to break new categories.

The book also didn’t lend itself [to these new categories]. [Vibe's] aesthetic perspective and editorial focus [originally spoke] to a very broad and important perspective of what urban music and culture meant (which really wasn’t just rap, but R&B, reggae, and gospel, and anything you can move and dance to — and even where the consumer was going with the blending of Jay-Z and Coldplay, and this sort of rap and alternative rock). We went from being the kind of Rolling Stone of urban culture to competing with The Source and XXL. These are great books, but…Rolling Stone is really the music and culture magazine that has stood the test of time — and when you look at the breadth of what they have with the core of it being rock ‘n roll, mixing the old with the new and the influx of urban, and the political scene, the fashion scene.

So now, from an editorial perspective, we are going back to an editorial discussion that was much broader than it was. It has a lot better visuals. We’re going back to great photography, which was always such a big component of the editorial product. The book will be much more visual and have a better quality of paper. The consumer should look up to VibeVibe is showing them something that they don’t know about, and give them something to aspire to. Not like Uptown, but something new and on the cutting edge.”

Read more of Burnett’s interview for more on Vibe‘s new digital product and the decision to hire a new editor.

Earlier: Vibe Relaunches With Maybe Not The Best Cover Celebrity

Vibe Relaunches With Maybe Not The Best Cover Celebrity

VIBE_ChrisBrown_Preview.jpg When Vibe magazine shuttered back in June, there was little hope that the publication would be revived, considering the state of the magazine industry. But revived it was, acquired by a trio that included equity firm InterMedia Partners, Uptown Media Group and Blackrock Digital that together formed the new Vibe Lifestyle Network.

In late August Jermaine Hall was named editor-in-chief, a circle completed as Hall’s first job was working for the original Vibe. And he’s certainly set on making his mark: His decision to put Chris Brown on the cover for the relaunched magazine’s December issue (the new Vibe.com has already been up and running since August) is bound to stir up controversy. Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna is currently doing the talk-show circuit on the physical altercation between her and Brown before the Grammys this February, and putting the convicted R&B star on the cover of Vibe can either be seen as tone-deaf and offensive, or provocative and challenging.

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