Tank Quits Music & Says He’s Frustrated Over Lack of Support For R&B Artists

Posted December 19, 2014

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R&B singer Tank‘s new album may be titled ‘Stronger’ but that’s the last thing he is feeling right now. Tank’s album came out August 12, sold 16,000 copies in its first week, landing at number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. In its second week, sales dropped to just 6,000 copies.

Now months later the singer apparently has received word from his label Atlantic Records that they will no longer be pushing the album and will not be funding his new music video for the title track as he expected. The TGT crooner took to Instagram to share his frustration not with the label but the fans and the masses who he says don’t support the art of R&B and as a result Tank declares that he will be quitting music . He shared a photo of him lying down shirtless with the lengthy caption below.

If I look tired it’s because I am. I’m deeply saddened and disappoint that “Stronger” will not get a video or the continued promotion it deserves! I’d love to blame @atlanticrecords but that would be a lie! It’s tough for record companies to continue to fund music that people don’t support! I pride myself on giving you real musicianship, real singing, real lyrical content and being true to the music that inspired my very existence. The problem is there aren’t many people left that want to hear it or buy it and if there are they won’t stand up and be noticed! Who am I doing this for? Who am I maintaining this so called integrity for? Not many as u can tell by my first wk sales..lol. The artist that don’t give a fuck sale the most and do the most! Should that be my new route? Maybe I should have been born white then all of my music would go straight to mainstream and pop radio instead of urban ac.. A format that continues to kill the true R&B artist! (Not mad at white artist just to be clear!) What I do know is that i will not continue to be faithful to something or someone that is not being faithful to me. I love you but I have a family. I have a mom and dad just like you. I have goals and dreams just like you. I refuse to work hard for nothing. I look better, sing better, produce better, write better, and perform better than dam near everybody and this is the thanks I get?.. Again I’m not angry I’m just tired.. Please enjoy my last real R&B album “Stronger” cause you’ll never get another one! #letterfromaking

 As avid supporters of Tank, we totally understand his frustration and the frustration of R&B artist in general. We are in an era where R&B artist are not moving numbers like back in the days when it dominated the charts and airwaves.
Fans will have to go out and support with their dollars in order to continue to keep the art alive and support the artists who are giving us good timeless music.

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