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I used to love Chris Brown, but these days, it’s very clear that the singer needs some rest (and some tea). Or maybe he just needs to give the falsetto a break? Anywho, the singer took the stage at the Today Show to promote his upcoming album X. Brown took the stage to do “Fine China,” “Love More” and his track with Sean Kingston called “Beat It,” but when Brown started the performance with “Fine China,” he looked tired and even on the sick side. He did his best with the dance moves, but vocally, he struggled with the popular track. In fact, his background singers carried him through the performance of that song, specifically the high parts that have given him trouble in previous performances of the song at awards shows. He tried his best to hit some of those difficult notes, but they were some grimace-inducing moments, unfortunately.

But hey, it was early. And by the time Brown moved on to “Love More” and a very short performance of “Beat It,” he did better.  He looked like he was having more fun the second and third time around. I definitely want to see Brown win, but I’d be remiss to act like I don’t notice the change in his voice and in his look. He looks so thin and tired all of the time, and all that smoking (cigarettes is what we’ve seen) is having a negative effect on his vocals. And when your only job in this business is to sing, you have to take care of that gift Breezy…

As for his short interview with Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, he shut things down pretty quickly after Lauer tried to ask him something about the “negative” tweets he has sent out in the past few weeks, specifically ones he sent out after he was ordered to do more hours of community service. Brown told Lauer what he was talking about wasn’t music (so he had no response to it) and that “I’m going to continue to work for my fans and make sure they have fun.” Well, all right. Check out his performances below and let us know what you think!


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