News: Chris Brown Upset W/ VIBE Cover, "It Was Never Supposed To Be 'Everybody Hates Chris, Everybody Loves Drake"

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 12:05PM

Written by Rosario Harper

R&B singer Chris Brown has expressed how he was disappointed in the cover of VIBE Magazine's re-launch issue which featured him and Drake.

According to Brown, VIBE also breached an agreement they made in writing.

"I think with the whole VIBE and the rebirth, I think it is a rebirth of me and showing people the new side of me, the music side, the talent and just the changed person," Brown told reporter Renada Romain. "I think with the actual VIBE cover, it was never supposed to be talked about like the cover they made. That wasn't what we discussed -- the shirt is actually just a plain black shirt and they stamped 'R U Still Down' on it, so the cover was supposed to be the rebirth cover of VIBE and the rebirth of Chris Brown. It was never supposed to be 'Everybody Hates Chris, Everybody Loves Drake' like, the type of thing like that. I kinda felt a certain way when they did it like that and they kinda told me one thing and they got it in writing, one thing, but then they did it another way...I appreciate any cover, I just don't appreciate them using my situation..." (Renda Romain)

Brown shared re-launch cover with rap newcomer Drake.

The cover with Chris Brown actually shares the print run with covers featuring Drake, another hip-hop artist. But it's the Chris Brown cover that's more likely to get people talking. Now the print edition is coming back with a reduced frequency, four issues next year compared with the 10 once planned for 2009, and a smaller paid circulation guarantee, 300,000 now compared to 600,000 at shutdown. That partly reflects the tough economy. It's a result, too, of abandoning all subscribers to the old Vibe, who now have to buy new subscriptions if they want the new print edition; InterMedia didn't take on liability for prior subscribers when it bought Vibe's assets. The return issue, out Dec. 8 in a slightly over-sized format, is expected to include more than 40 pages of advertising. (Ad Age)

Former VIBE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Danyel Smith previously spoke on the magazine's downfall last summer.

"The magazine business overall has been in such a state, frankly since I came back three years ago. I always had it at the front of my mind. Frankly, we talked about it and was it a complete surprise to me that day? Um, no, I don't think it was for any of my fantastic staff. We had gone down to four days a week...We were all making sacrifices because we wanted the brand to live. We were all strategizing and working really hard and I'm just really really broken hearted. There will be a bounce back, there's no question about that but I'm really broken hearted. It's sad, I don't know where those stories are gonna be told the way they were told in Vibe...To be honest with you, a lot of people are probably going to try to buy the brand either as a whole or in pieces. And who knows what's gonna happen and who knows if I or anybody who was there will would be there...Who knows what can happen." (Shade 45)

Last month, Brown accused retailers of targeting his music.

"im tired of this sh*t. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. what the f*ck do i gotta do...," he wrote Friday (December 11). "WTF... yeah i said it and i aint retracting sh*t im not biting my tongue about sh*t else... the industry can kiss my a** thx again to my real fans. u dont go unnoticed .love yall." (Chris Brown's Twitter)

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