Published on August 3rd, 2015 | by Jazmyne Byrd0
Black Rose opens up
Everybody enjoys a good R&B track, but nothing is better than a whole album that you can turn on and let play the whole way through. Black Rose gave true R&B lovers just that, an album packed with tunes from the beginning to the end. Actor and Singer Tyrese brought the genre back strong with one of the summers most anticipated releases. Labeling this as his last album, the Fast and Furious actor says that “I never felt this much success since I took control of my music”, debuting at #1 on Billboard top 200. The album features one hip-hop artist; Snoop Dogg in what he calls a “Jody and Rodney” track (Jody and Rodney where both actors in the John Singleton hit movie “Baby Body”), while the remaining features were fellow R&B singers- Chrisette Michelle, Tank, and Brandy.
With the current state of R&B the Shame singer says that “I feel like I’m standing on top of the mountain screaming WE ARE HERE”. While getting raved reviews of his work on his final album which was released on July 7, 2015, he doesn’t feel that his accomplishments have been recognized in one of the major outlets that has the power to reach billions listeners; Radio. Social Media and Radio help keep artist music alive and in his efforts to be heard about how radio’s lack of diversity can put an artist in a box, Tyrese pinned a letter via social media to Radio host and American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest. In his letter he says;
“Do you think there is a lack of diversity in radio? Is mainstream radio really being fair with their approach? Did you know that I had a song called STAY that was #1 on Billboard for 11 consecutive weeks? And it was ONLY played on Urban AC and Urban Mainstream radio? Sam Smith ( who I’m a huge supporter and fan of ) also had a song called STAY and because people LOVED it, it was played on ALL formats of radio ( including mainstream, top 40, Rhythmic and crossover)… And it sounded like he had a FULL CHOIR on his hook!! (((( If that would of been MY song, I would of likely been stuck on the gospel channel..))) aha! We support Sam Smith, Robin Thicke, and Justin Timberlake on ALL urban stations… why? Because it’s R&B Soul Music and great R&B soul MUSIC has no racial preference, no sexual preference and no boundaries…
I don’t create limits for MYSELF and I don’t appreciate people creating limits for me!! HEAR ME OUT!!
I couldn’t possibly have OVER 6 BILLION in global box office receipts if I was ONLY supported by black people
How is it possible that urban radio plays Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith ( When they release R&B Soul records and when we’re singing in the EXACT same genre, WE don’t get ANY love on the other side…?? Sam Smith won a BET award and was a no-show – is that ok?
As artists…. Other than Robin Thicke.. Are you guys interested in doing any radio promo? Call ins? Meet and greets with the fans for those Urban Radio Spins?? Do you have any idea how HARD it is to get your songs ON Urban radio?? Or to land a BET nomination? We have to work our ASSES OFF for every spin! #SHAME ft Jennifer Hudson needs to be HEARD by people ALL AROUND the WORLD!!!! And I won’t stop or rest until we get there….#King”
With the power that radio has and the people that it reaches it’s important for artist to be vocal about how it effects them. The singer says that he plans to tour with this album and he has even taken to social media to ask the fans what they think about a tour with fellow Actor/Singer Jamie Foxx as he is back on the music scene with his new album “ Hollywood; A Story of A Dozen Roses”. He also makes mention of possibly touring with Maxwell “ I was thinking of doing a tag team where one day he opens and the next day I open”, either way fans will be in full support of a tour even if it was him solo.Tweet