Tamela Mann Makes Gospel Radio History
June 10, 2015
Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann is the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel Radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. Her current single, “This Place,” is the third song to ascend to No. 1 from her Tillymann Entertainment CD, Best Days.
The historic Gospel radio chart honor follows the album’s previous No. 1 chart toppers, “Take Me To The King,” Best Days‘ lead single, written by Gospel icon Kirk Franklin, which is RIAA certified gold and approaching platinum, and fan favorite and second single, “I Can Only Imagine.” Best Days bowed at the top of numerous Billboard album sales charts in August 2012, including Billboard’s Gospel album sales chart, and is RIAA certified gold with more than 500,000 copies sold.
“What an incredible blessing. So many radio stations and fans have been a part of this journey. I’m so grateful and thankful to them all,” said Tamela. “This is truly an honor, and a wonderful gift to receive on my birthday!”
Following the 24-week run at No. 1 by “Take Me To The King,” on the Gospel radio chart, “I Can Only Imagine” crested the chart for 13 weeks. Shortly thereafter, “This Place” was released, and landed at the apex this week. Tamela’s streak of three consecutive Billboard Gospel radio No. 1’s is the most by a lead artist in the history of this chart. Katy Perry and Michael Jackson hold a similar record-breaking chart honor – they each sent five consecutive singles to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Commented husband and manager David Mann, “I am so proud of Tamela and her accomplishments. The continued recognition for this project is truly a gift from God and the fans. I would like to thank Gospel and Urban AC radio for being the backbone of this success. I would also like to personally thank our team – Tillymann Entertainment Group, IGA Talent Management, Central South Distribution, TKO, and the Wright Group, for helping us achieve this historic goal.”
Tamela Mann is a GRAMMY® Award nominee, 2014 NAACP Image Award-winning singer, 7-time Stellar Gospel Music Award and two-time GMA Dove Award-winning vocalist, actress, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman. Starring as “Cora Simmons” on the hit TBS comedy Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, and “Toni Mann”, the newly married school teacher living in Atlanta with her husband (actor, David Mann) and their blended family on the top-rated new series on Bounce, Mann & Wife, Tamela makes millions laugh every week while she enjoys a unique personal double blessing. The sassy, high spirited multi-talented singer and actress is able to work every day with David Mann, her husband, who plays “Daniel Mann” on Mann & Wife and the rest of her kids, featured on their family reality show on BET, It’s A Mann’s World. Tamela’s highly successful, Dove Award-winning CD “The Master Plan” remained at the top of the Gospel sales chart for almost a year, and in 2010, Tamela released “The Master Plan Deluxe Edition” which contained not only all the songs from the best-seller, but David’s CD, “Mr. Brown’s Good Ol’ Time Church,” and a full bonus DVD of behind the scenes footage and music videos. Tamela’s two-time GMA Dove Award and seven-time Stellar Gospel Music Award-winning CD “Best Days” debuted in 2012 at No. 1 on across multiple music sales charts and includes the No. 1 singles “Take Me To The King,” which earned Tamela her first GRAMMY ® Award nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and the concert favorite, “I Can Only Imagine.” The CD and singles remained at No. 1 for a record number of weeks; the CD charted at the top for 15 weeks and the singles for nearly 40 weeks combined. The CD is RIAA Certified gold and the single, “Take Me To The King,” is RIAA certified gold and nearing platinum.
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