Chris Brown can't seem to escape controversy, and there's evidence this week that all the hand-wringing about his recent work with Rihanna and his nightclubbing habits is starting to have an effect on his album sales. Although his latest, "Fortune," debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts, and it is indeed his second-straight release to bow atop the Billboard tally, its launch has been a soft one.
"Fortune" leads the chart after selling 134,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's far from the effect that his 2011 effort, "F.A.M.E.," had when it was released, as that album, the first after his assault of one-time girlfriend Rihanna, opened with 270,000 copies sold. What's more, while Brown ended up being the 10th-best selling digital singles artist of 2011, racking up more than 8.7 million download sales, his latest single, "Don't Wake Me Up," just barely cracked the top 100 on last week's digital sales chart.
"Fortune," which Brown has teased will be his "last" album, is the only effort to sell at least six figures this week. Its relatively tame debut follows weeks of gossip surrounding Brown's purported involvement in a New York brawl with Drake.
Behind Brown is a familiar face on the charts. Pop goofball Katy Perry surges back into the top 10 this week after the release of her 3-D film "Katy Perry: Part of Me." Her "Teenage Dream" went from No. 21 to No. 2, selling 80,000 copies this week. To date, the album has sold more than 2.3 million copies. The boost in album sales is a nice consolation for Perry, as the film opened with a so-so $10.3-million take at the box office.