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Will Chris Brown bounce back?

In today's paper, I did a piece about R&B singer Chris Brown.

Brown, who pled guilty to assaulting his ex-girl Rihanna earlier this year, is finally back on tour, playing relatively small venues. Tomorrow, he'll be at Sonar. His new album, "Graffiti," just came out Tuesday, too.

I asked a bunch of folks if they thought Brown will ever bounce back from the incident. Most of them said Brown will forever be associated with the assault, in the same way R. Kelly is known for the child pornography charges, but Brown is still young and has a bright future.


"It's going to be a hard one to shake," said Angela Yee, host of The Morning After on Sirius/XM satellite radio. "Stuff like this does tend to stick around."

It's been almost a year since Brown was arrested and this whole mess started. It seems like he lost a lot of fans over it, and understandably so. His listeners still feel divided about the ordeal ...


Qiana McKay, a 29-year-old who lives in Washington, supports the singer but doesn't know if his career will ever be the same.

"It's a horrible situation for both of them, but he's paid his debt," McKay said. "It's not like he said he didn't do it. He did it, he's atoned for it, let's all move on."

Since Brown typically performs in arenas, the Fan Appreciation Tour is a chance for the singer's fans to see him in an intimate setting. Though ticket sales were sluggish at first, according to the New York Daily News, the Fan Appreciation Tour appears to have picked up steam. Brown's shows in Washington and Connecticut sold out, and the last few tickets for the Sonar show went on Tuesday.

What do you think? Will audiences forgive and forget? 

(AP photo)