As the age old adage goes, it’s never too late.
Trust and believe that Tyrese knows this to be true. For, 17 years after his Billboard debut, the singer/actor has topped the coveted album tally.
The star’s ‘Black Rose’ blossoms atop of the Pop pack after shifting 81,000 equivalent albums according to Nielsen Music (which now factors streaming into its charting equation). As for pure sales, the critically praised LP – which the crooner has christened his “last” – opened with 78,000.
On multiple fronts, the figures are a definitive “win” for singer. Indeed, the numbers best the debut of his last collection ‘Open Invitation’ (which premiered with 76k back in 2011). Additionally, Rose becomes the third (of the star’s six solo albums) to reach the top 10.
Above all, ‘Rose’ was released independently via Tyrese’s own Voltron Recordz label, with distribution via Capitol’s indie division Caroline.
Needless to say, kudos! It goes to show that with the right momentum, R&B can still sell.
It will be uber interesting to see whether, in light of the project’s out of the gate success, Mr. Gibson will indeed retire as planned or continue to serve up what so many are clearly keen to lap up.