Congratulations are in order for R&B singer Tyrese, whose new album “Open Invitation” debuted in the top 10 of Billboard’s 200 album chart this week!
The album, his first in five years, is also the #1 R&B album on iTunes and the #2 R&B album in the country.
“For Tyrese to return five years since his last release with a #1 record at radio and a Billboard 200 top ten album is a testament,” said Jeff Robinson, founder of MBK Entertainment. “Along with stellar album reviews Open Invitation is truly inspiring everyone who believes that uncompromising great music can still rule the charts.”
Unbeknownst to many, “Open Invitation,” preceded by the impacting first single “Stay” (the video of which featured Tyrese’s “Baby Boy” co-star Taraji P. Henson), is Tyrese’s first independent album, which means he didn’t have the support of a major label backing him.
He just had himself, his team and his promotional tour that saw him appear on a variety of TV outlets, like the “Wendy Williams Show,” Spike TV’s “Spare Time,” Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” VH1’s “Morning Buzz” and “The Rachael Ray Show.”
Featuring guest appearances from R. Kelly, Ludacris and Rick Ross, “Open Invitation” puts an end to a 5-year gap between studio albums for Tyrese, who spent much of the time pursuing his interests in various fields of entertainment: film (“Transformers”), literature (his self-help book “How to Get Out of Your Own Way”) and even comic books (“Mayhem”).
The Washington Post writes, “Tyrese is a New York Times bestselling author, a blockbuster actor and, thanks to this latest album, once again an R&B force to be reckoned with.”