Friday, May 20, 2022

Tyrese Protests Outside iHeartRadio, Cited After Cops Arrive

*We previously reported on Tyrese scoring his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with his independently released album “Black Rose.”

Since its release, the singer/actor has been blasting white radio stations for not playing his hit single “Shame.”

“I’m not a racist, I’m not using the race card and I’m not trying to create any type of negative energy toward (radio hosts) Ryan Seacrest or Elvis Duran specifically,” Gibson says. “I’m simply asking the question: If Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Sam Smith are singing R&B/soul music, how is it possible that they’re being played by Top 40, rhythmic and urban AC stations? Yet when we sing R&B/soul, it’s only being played on black radio? It’s not fair, it’s not right and I’m not having it.”

Just in case mainstream radio is not grasping the severity of his passion, Tyrese recently led a protest outside iHeartRadio in Burbank, California – drawing hundreds of fans and the Police. Check out the video above.

“I heard that there are a few folks in this event, from iHeart, that haven’t heard the song ‘Shame,’”Tyrese said. “They ain’t supporting it on mainstream radio so I’m just coming to perform for free.”

Police arrived at the scene because the free concert was disrupting traffic, and after a warning, Tyrese was cited for blocking traffic, TMZ reports. He later turned to Instagram to further express his frustration about the cops shutting down his attempt to be great.

“All I wanna do is have my #1 song #Billboard #Shame thats 2 weeks in a row on Billboard to be HEARD!!!!”, he posted on Instagram. Peep his posts below.

During a recent visit to CBS News, Tyrese spoke about the significance of his fans supporting “Black Rose” – as nobody listens to a full album anymore.

”I got a real R&B soul album. It’s got 14 of my best songs, period. They came from the fibers of my heart. What and when is the last time you supported a full album?” Tyrese said.

He also spoke about how his own personal experiences inspired his first new material since 2013’s “Three Kings.”

“You don’t have to worry about listening to this album and not believing my story,” he said. “I went three and a half years — everything imaginable was thrown at me trying to take my legs from under me, stopping me from creating this art. This is my life right here,” he said while pointing to the CD.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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