Last month, Rihanna released her highly anticipated comeback single, "Russian Roulette." Brown chose the same day to announce his tour plans, which he followed up, two days later, by releasing his new single, "Crawl."
Then last week, Rihanna sat down with Diane Sawyer for an emotional and revelatory two-day interview. Brown answered the appearance as best the ratings-poison singer could, spilling his own oft-repeated secrets in a same-day interview on MTV.
Well, get ready for a shock: Rihanna's music video has long been set to premiere on 20/20 this Friday. And in what can only be described as a shameless piggybacking publicity ploy coincidence, guess who else decided that a musical return to the airwaves was also in order?
Brown has been booked on Friday's Wendy Williams Show, where he will both chat (though probably not much) with the hostess and premiere the not-nearly-as-anticipated music video for his single. But while Rihanna has offered no clues on what we can expect from her video, Brown has given fans a few sneak peeks, having already released promotional pictures of himself and Cassie on set.
But, credit where it's due, one thing Brown has managed to do all on his own is stay on top of the terms of his probation.
"As it stands so far, he's been in full compliance," Richmond Police spokesman James Mercante told E! News of Brown's community labor requirements.
And while he's not currently in Virginia, he is due back…eventually.
"The judge has allowed him to have a certain flexibility in his schedule to allow him to continue his professional pursuits. I don't think there was any ratio he had to complete [before leaving the state] as far as the judge's orders are concerned."
As for when he may return to finish the remainder of his trash duty, Mercante isn't telling.
"We're not providing definite information as to when he is in the area or what his schedule will be."
A status hearing in Brown's case is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles Superior Court next Thursday, though the singer is not expected to be present, as he will be in San Francisco on the day of the hearing.
—Additional reporting by Whitney English