His CD, Black Rose, was released in July and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. His lead single, “Shame” featuring Jennifer Hudson, reached number one on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs Chart, but he still reportedly hasn’t been receiving airplay on iHeart Radio stations across America.
Tyrese spoke to TMZ on the situation saying:
"You know I got an issue with mainstream radio right now. We got the number one song in the country on Billboard, and when I think about Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, when they're singing soul [music] their songs are being played on all formats of radio including urban stations.”
"We don't say because they're white, they should only be played on the white stations. If I'm number one with 'Shame' featuring Jennifer Hudson, my song deserves to be heard by the world. You can't expect me to sell albums when you're limiting my reach."
After weeks of venting his frustrations on social media, Tyrese took his message to the streets by Instagraming to his fans the location of the protest. Soon after a crowd of about 80 showed up outside of the Los Angeles station where he held an impromptu concert.
All I wanna do is have my #1 song #Billboard #Shame thats 2 weeks in a row on Billboard to be HEARD!!!! 8 police cars and 4 motorcycle cars later - R&B must be a REAL THREAT - I fear no man but GOD and my position won't change - thank you to the 80+ multi ethnic fans for showing up - there's power in numbers - #RnBSOULDIERS I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!!!! #BlackRoseMission I sung from my HEART in front of the iHEART building LA!!!
8 police cars and 4 motorcycle cars later - R&B going #Mainstream must be a REAL THREAT - I fear no man but GOD and my position won't change - thank you to the 80+ multi ethnic fans for showing up - there's power in numbers - #RnBSOULDIERS I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!!!! #BlackRoseMission A photo posted by TYRESE (@tyrese) on
We don’t know if his stunt got the attention of iHeart Radio executives, but it did get the attention of police. He was given a citation for blocking the street.
Hopefully, more people will get to hear “Shame” soon. Black Rose is a solid R&B CD that could have radio success if given a chance. In a world where “Stay with Me” and “All of Me” are regularly played, there is surely room for Tyrese’s brand of R&B.
Take a listen to "Shame":