Tyrese is within his rights to question the pop radio stations for largely ignoring his and other Black artist’s music on their airwaves.
After countless years signed to major labels, the Fast & Furious star has finally achieved what the corporate machine couldn’t do for him. And that’s getting a No. 1 album on the Billboard Charts with his new album, Black Rose.
The set blooms at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 1 with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music. Black Rose was released July 10 on Tyrese’s own Voltron Recordz label, through Capitol Music Group’s independent services division Caroline.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The Aug. 1 chart will be posted in full to Billboard’s Web sites on Tuesday, July 21.
The latest chart is the first Billboard 200 to use Nielsen Music’s new tracking week that runs Friday through Thursday. Previously, the week ran Monday through Sunday. The change was made due to the music industry deciding to release new albums on Friday each week, instead of the traditional Tuesday.
Tyrese arrived on Billboard’s charts on the Aug. 8, 1998-dated R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with “Nobody Else.” It was the first of so far 20 hits on the tally for the entertainer, who is currently on the list with the Black Rose cut “Shame.” (It rose 17-13 on the most recently published chart, dated July 25.)
Black Rose is Tyrese’s sixth album and third to reach the top 10. He also hit the region with 2011’s Open Invitation (debut and peak at No. 9) and 2001’s 2000 Watts (debut/peak at No. 10).
Tyrese also co-stars in 2015’s highest-grossing film globally, Furious 7, which has earned $1.5 billion at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. It’s also the fourth highest-grossing film ever, worldwide. Furious 7’s soundtrack spent a week at No. 1 on the Billboard, dated April 25. (Tyrese, however, did not appear on that album.)
Tyrese recently stopped by the new Boris and Nicole Show to promote Black Rose and show off his helium singing skills. Check it out in the video below.
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