Tyrese To Discuss The Refusal By Mainstream Radio Stations To Give Airplay To Black Artists Like Him & Janet Jackson, Whose Fans Petitioned Rev. Sharpton To Intervene On Jackson’s Behalf When Her Single “No Sleep” Received Minimal Mainstram Airplay—
Jul 21, 2015
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2015
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R&B Singer Tyrese to Appear on Reverend Al Sharpton’s Nationally Syndicated Radio Show
“Keepin It Real” Today
Rev. Al Sharpton and R&B singer & actor Tyrese
Live Radio Interview on “Keepin it Real” –Rev. Al Sharpton’s nationally syndicated radio show
To listen live go to: www.waok.com
On Tuesday, Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton will have a discussion with R&B singer and actor Tyrese whose single “Black Rose” is at the top of Billboard’s 100 Chart but he claims the mainstream radio stations won’t play his single. Tyrese opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s latest album chart with the equivalent of 86,000 sales in the United States, according to Nielsen. That includes 83,000 copies of the full album as well as downloads and streams of tracks from the album (New York Times 7.20). According to him, however, he can’t get mainstream airplay.
Janet Jackson’s single “No Sleep” has received over 2 million views on You Tube but the single has not received mainstream radio airplay and it appeared on only one chart, Urban AC. This promoted her fans to petition for Rev. Al Sharpton to intervene and bring the issue to light.
National Action Network’s “Youth Move” held an open forum to discuss the issue on Monday, July 20th at National Action Network’s weekly Monday Youth Huddle and young people discussed the issue of radio stations trying to segregate the airwaves. NAN Youth Move is planning to organize a coalition to meet with general managers at mainstream radio stations to discuss the issue further.