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It seems that singing on the subway has paid off for Tyrese Gibson. Nearly 17 years after he made his Billboard chart debut, the singer/actor has landed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with his latest offering, “Black Rose.”

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#TAG ALL that needs to see this! The look of Gods love!! It's a celebration for R&B The #BlackRoseAlbum is #1 on 9 different charts in the U.S and your love for us to 86,400 the first week independent! It's also #1 in 15 countries! We did it!! #1 Billboard Top 200 #1 Current R&B Album #1 Current Independent Label #1 Top Overall Albums #1 Top Current Albums #1 Current Physical Album #1 Overall Physical Albums #1 Current Digital Albums #1 Overall Digital Albums A quick story! I decided I love being GROWN!! I don't wanna keep up. Didn't wanna try and conform to be cool. I actually told #TeamVoltronRecordz that I wanted my album, single and creative direction to be irrelevant- I don't twerk, I don't dance, and I don't know anybody name Nay Nay lol- it's #GrownFolkSeason it's real #RnBSeason- My voice is deep, I love sex, I love to mentally, spiritually and emotionally intrigue that woman.. I love the ART of love and love making – I don't wear backpacks w/ cartoon characters on it – I'm GROWN and I actually LOVE it! Ladies I singing to you cause I want you! R&B music has no race, has no boundaries, MAINSTREAM that play Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake ( when they sing R&B soul records you're on notice.. I want some answers.. I've been taught that boundaries and racism shows UP in many forms.. #SHAME ft Jennifer Hudson is #2 on Billboard in only 6 weeks. And I'm ASKING that you stop creating limits on my audience and REACH. I'm not mad, Competitive, I don't have a racist bone in my body. this is NOT a "Rant" it's #2015 Black ppl are NOT just supported by BLACK PEOPLE? Ahahahahaha! I wouldn't have over 6 Billion in the BOX OFFICE if I was only supported and known and supported in the urban community – Urban AC RADIO and Urban Mainstream radio I LOVE YOU FOR KEEPING BLACK MUSIC ON THE RADAR AND HELPING US TO FEED OUR FAMILIES AND TOUR. Without YOU we literally wouldn't be anything..#SHAME ft Jennifer Hudson needs to be HEARD ALL OVER the WORLD! And I won't rest until we get there! Are you still home? TARGET, BEST BUY, Wal-Marr, HMV, itunes, Google play #VoltronRecordzChairman "I don't get dropped – I drop the label " – …. Jay-Z Link in the bio…. #King

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This chart is Billboard’s first to track a standard week of sales under the music industry’s plan to release albums globally on Fridays. Gibson takes the No. 1 spot with “Black Rose,” selling 83,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. That was enough to knock off Taylor Swift’s “1989” and Meek Mil’s “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” which had spent two weeks at No. 1.

So how was Tyrese able to take “Black Rose” to the top of the charts without the backing of a major label? His marketing stunts seemed to have no limits – and no matter how awkward – he relentlessly self-promoted the album to ensure its success.

Among the wacky stunts Tyrese pulled to engage his fans were; doing a promo with a hobo:

 

 

Reenacting his 1994 Coca-Cola commercial:

 

 

And actor Will Smith offered to post an ad for “Black Rose” on his Facebook page, but there was one catch. Tyrese had to jump in a pool, fully clothed in winter attire. Did he do it? Of course he did.

 

Meanwhile, there’s some talk that Tyrese is still being consider to play Green Lantern for the DC Cinematic Universe. Movie Pilot reports that Gibson and Chris Pine are favorable choices for the role, and Tyrese has expressed his interest in the part for years. He posted the following on Instagram back in April:

“I don’t need to ‘campaign’ for anything. I took the Oath and I’m ready to suit up as John Stewart IF it lands this way….. Great seeds have been planted at Warner Bros., they know I’m very excited about the possibilities.”

Congratulations to Tyrese on the #1 album.

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