This right here is AMAZING! Tyrese has literally spoken a movement into existence. Being completely open and honest about his hopes and goals for his brand new, independently released album, Black Rose, the singer/actor has used his voice to penetrate and motivate people to support – not only the album – but R&B music.
According to Billboard, Tyrese is set for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart! Industry forecasters suggest Black Rose – released July 10 on his own Voltron Recordz (distributed through Universal Music) – could earn 70,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 16.
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 new Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to see its top 10 revealed on Billboard’s web sites on July 18.
The chart is the first to reflect Nielsen Music’s new sales tracking week, which now runs Friday through Thursday (instead of Monday through Sunday).
Tyrese, who co-stars in this year’s blockbuster film Furious 7, has visited the top 10 of the Billboard 200 twice previously. His last album, 2011’s Open Invitation, debuted and peaked at No. 9 off a 76,000 sales start. Before that, he reached the top 10 with his second album, 2001’s 2000 Watts (No. 10 debut and peak; 92,000 in its first week).
The Billboard 200’s current No. 1, Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, will likely slide to the runner-up slot.
This is absolutely incredible. Tyrese has asked fans to support his album for the benefit of R&B music only and completely. Since releasing the album on July 10, the entertainer has been on a non-stop social media campaign posting numerous videos on different platforms to provoke people to help him make a statement, and the fact that is actually working is very impressive. It will be interesting to see the final numbers for the first week, and how that affects the campaign moving forward, including radio, which has been his other point of discussion. During recent radio interview Tyrese has posed the question: If a single, such as his own, can become No. 1 on the Urban AC chart, and remain there for numerous weeks, why can’t mainstream radio (Top 40) begin to test it out and see how it may perform for them? The question is valid, putting money aside, could mainstream radio get behind proven records for the benefit of the music and artists?
BIG CONGRATS!! to Tyrese whatever happens. Check out his Instagram for many of the videos he has created and shared throughout the campaign.