Jussie Smollett at the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA

Jussie Smollett Celebrates Major Milestone As A Solo Artist Following Jail Stint

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By Afouda Bamidele on July 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM EDT

Jussie Smollett is making a name for himself once again in the entertainment industry following his unfortunate jail time several months ago.

You may recall that the famed singer was convicted of five felony counts of disorderly conduct last December for allegedly faking a hate crime. He was eventually sentenced to 150 days in county jail but served only six days.

Since his jail time, he made his first significant achievement as a musician with his newly released single "Some Things," which he joyfully celebrated with an Instagram update. 

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Jussie Smollett Reaches Number One On iTunes R&B Charts

Jussie Smollett at the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA

"Y'all… WE MADE IT TO #1," the 40-year-old music star began on one of his posts, adding, "Number 1 iTunes R&B Charts and number 17 in all genres."

He then admitted that that was his first top achievement as a solo artist with his "own music" released through his music label and "completely independent of any conglomerate."

The Hollywood actor continued, "Y'all know a bit of what we've been through. So this means more than I can explain. I promise a full body of work is coming out, and I promise that we will make you proud."

He appreciated his fans for their support and genuinely expressed his deep love to them, adding that they should continue working and loving hard while his new music piece was available. 

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Above the message, Jussie shared three photos, including one of himself wearing glasses while leaning his head on his hand and two screenshots of his music's position on the iTunes chart.

The screenshots showed that the single "Some Things" was indeed the number one song on the R&B/Soul chart, while the following slide showed the track at the No. #17 spot in all genres.

A day prior to the update, he made another post showing screenshots of his song being at the second spot on the R&B/Soul chart and the 73rd spot for all genres.

He also included a short black and white video of the piece that comprised a mashup of himself in various musical sceneries and indicated the sound would be part of his upcoming album.

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Jussie captioned the post, noting that his song achieved such spots on the charts without "any deep promo." He also urged his fans to assist him in getting it to the number one spot, which he, fortunately, achieved not long after.

Family and friends, including his siblings Jake Smollett, Jazz Smollett, and Jurnee Smollett, were delighted about the significant milestone as they flooded both posts with congratulatory messages and love emojis.

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The 'Empire' Star Was Roasted For His BET Appearance

The celebratory posts come not long after The Blast reported that the "North" actor made a surprise appearance at this year's BET Awards show, held on June 26 in Los Angeles.  

Numerous fans were not so taken with his presence as they took to social media to call him out, with most expressing anger and disbelief.

Jussie was not having any of it as he declared the opposite of what people thought of him, saying he was "not a piece of s**t" while also claiming he gained clarity during his brief stay in prison.

It is worth knowing that he was present at the event to promote his directorial debut "B-Boy Blues;" however, he also announced several of his career plans, including his intentions to expand his empire.

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Regarding Jussie's directorial debut, we previously covered in May that the production was selected by BET+ and was set to premiere on the streaming platform on June 9.

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Other parties involved in bringing the "Empire" star on board included Mona Scott-Young and her Monami Entertainment. The former enabled the deal's success while the latter was in charge of the production.

As for the movie itself, it is "an adaptation of James Earl Hardy's book, and it features Timothy Richardson, Ledisi, Brandee Evans, Heather B, Marquise Vilson, Jabari Redd, Broderick Hunter, and Thomas Mackie."

In addition, it was not only directed by Jussie, but he also wrote the script with novelist Hardy and financed it with a Cleveland-based radio broadcast investor, Tom Wilson.

It should be noted that this marked his first post-jail project, and the team was thrilled to work with him to establish more exposure for the production.

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