September 19, 2012 17:06
Chris Brown sticker group target John Lennon albums
The 'Warning… this man beats women' labels appear on John Lennon albums in Manchester
Over the weekend (September 15), shoppers at an HMV branch in Cambridge reported that copies of the controversial singer's new LP had been defaced with advisory warning stickers which read: "WARNING: Do not buy this album! This man beats women!"
The creators of the stickers, who have now set up the Twitter account @abusesticksout, tweeted a photograph of a John Lennon album brandished with the sticker, which they say was taken at a Fopp store in Manchester.
However, earlier this week a spokesperson for HMV told NME that although the people behind the sting had "got their point across pretty effectively", they may have unintentionally boosted Brown's profile by making more people aware that he had a new album out.
"We were as surprised as anyone when the stickers appeared in one of our stores outside of London at the back end of last week," the spokesperson said. "Obviously someone must have snuck in to put them on a handful of CDs, and although they weren't up very long before staff removed them, the person responsible managed to take a snap and send it out to media."
I guess they got their point across pretty effectively – with widespread coverage around the world, though, by the same token, quite a few more people now know there's a new Chris Brown album out.
Earlier this week, a representative for Brown was forced to defend the singer from widespread criticism following reports that his new tattoo is a reference to the bruised face of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
The singer endured a huge online backlash after people pointed out that the tattoo bears a striking resemblance to a face with the same injuries that he inflicted upon the 'Talk That Talk' singer, but his representative said: "His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw. It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported."
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