Chlöe Bailey has responded to those criticizing her album following its underwhelming commercial performance.
The Chloe x Halle singer released her debut solo project In Pieces on March 31, which debuted at No. 119 on the Billboard 200 chart with roughly 10,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.
On the opening night of her tour of the same name on Tuesday (April 11), Chlöe Bailey told haters they can “kiss my Black ass” while encouraging her fans to support her album.
“Make sure y’all are supporting the muthafuckin’ album,” she said. “Fuck what the fuck everybody gotta fucking say, they can kiss my Black ass. Because I know you guys love me and this is all I need.”
She added: “Thank you for loving me, thank you for being here, thank you for your energy.”
Internet personality Druski, who stars alongside Chlöe Bailey in the Peacock movie Praise This and helped promote her album, defended the singer during an interview with TMZ.
“Fuck ’em,” he said in regards to her critics. “She got better album sales than me. Shit, I’m on iTunes too, it’s better than mine.”
Released on Beyoncé‘s Parkwood Entertainment label, In Pieces boasts appearances from Chris Brown, Missy Elliott and Future, with production by Metro Boomin, The-Dream, Hitmaka, Cardiak, FnZ and many others.
During a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the 24-year-old explained how her debut album is about “putting ourselves back together after feeling like the world breaks you down.”
“Those moments where I’ve been scared to articulate what I feel inside, I put it into the music,” she said. “Now people get to hear my innermost thoughts within these songs, which are all the moments where I’ve been scared to speak up or explain how I feel.
“There were moments I was heartbroken, not only through romantic relationships but friendships, family, and people I thought I could trust. In Pieces is about how we put ourselves back together after feeling like the world breaks you down.”
She added: “It’s therapeutic knowing that people who inspired some of these songs will hear them. It gives me my power back.”