*And so it has come to this. Chris Brown has recorded an audio message pleading with fans to call up radio stations and urge them to play his singles.

Spins of Brown’s music has been in steady decline following his assault conviction for beating his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

To buck the trend, Brown is relying on SayNow.com, a Web site that allows celebrities to record messages for their fans.

In the message, Brown begs his fans to help “bring me back”– saying “a lot of radio stations aren’t playing my records. They are not being that supportive and I wouldn’t expect them to.”

Brown goes on to say he’s “a better guy now” … but says “[My music] won’t be possible if I’m not relevant on the radio.”

Listen to Chris cop his plea: