Rapper/actor Tyrese Gibson has the No. 3 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his latest solo effort Black Rose–so he can’t understand why “white radio stations” aren’t playing the hit single from the album, “Shame,” over the airwaves.
“We got the No. 1 song in the country on Billboard. When I think of Sam Smith, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, when they’re singing R&B/Soul, their songs are being played on all formats of radio, including urban radio. We don’t say because they’re white they should only be played on the white stations. If I’m No. 1 R&B, “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.”
The Fast and Furious star told TMZ that celebrity radio host Ryan Seacrest and New York’s Z100 host Elvis Duran haven’t “gotten back” to him to tell him whether they’ll play his song or not.
“At this point, I believe that if Sam Smith, Robin Thicke or Justin Timberlake had been singing ‘Shame,’ it’d be played on all formats of radio around the world,” Gibson added. “And as far as I’m concerned, that’s not right.”
Gibson concluded on an optimistic note and added a message to Seacrest:
“Spread love. Love is love. Music doesn’t deserve any limits or any boundaries, especially if it’s a hit,” he said. “I don’t want you to play it if it ain’t a hit, ‘Shame’ is No. 1, it should be played by everybody.”
“Seacrest ain’t calling me back yet, so we’ll see what happens. Ryan, I’m waiting on your call, buddy.”
Gibson has said that Black Rose will be his final album.
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