This is a first for the singer, who entered the music industry in 1994 as the bright-eyed teen belting out tunes aboard a bus for Coca Cola.
He recently went back to his roots, singing on subways and buses across the country to promote the project. The 36-year-old called it the #BlackRoseMission, claiming he wouldn’t rest until his music was a crossover hit.
Looks like it worked!
Over the course of his 20-year career, he has recorded seven studio LPs, starred in more than two dozen films and written two books.
2015 has been particularly good for the California native. In April, he hit the big screen for his fifth movie with the Fast and the Furious franchise, which grossed $147 million during its opening weekend.
Soon after, he tapped Denzel Washington and Jennifer Hudson for his music video for Black Rose‘s “Shame,” which became the crooner’s highest rated single to date.
And earlier this month, filmmaker Lee Daniels announced that the star would make an appearance on season two of Empire.
With the news of his first No. 1 Billboard album, he’s celebrating in style. He took to Instagram to share his excitement. Take a look below.
#BreakfastView Waaaaaaaay UP I fee blessed….. You see any problems here.? I did a quick get away to celebrate my first ever #1 R&B album and my #1 on the TOP 200 in 20 years…. Waaaaaaaaay up I feel blessed…. I feel the most blessed cause it’s NOT just #1 it’s about the #Statement that YOU helped to make… This win has already literally #ChangedTheGame I’m forever grateful – blessings all around!! I just got the sales report for the first week domestically and internationally on the #BlackRoseAlbum waaaaaaaaaay UP I feel blessed!