R. Kelly

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R Kelly released his debut solo album '12 Play' in 1993. In 1996 he released one of his most successful singles 'I Believe I Can Fly' which reached No 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No 1 on the UK pop charts. 4 x double tickets / 4 x CDs / 4 x DVDs / 4...
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I can't pretend that I don't love R. Kelly. Did I stand by him when he allegedly had sex with and subsequently peed on an underage girl while videotaping the whole thing? In a sense, yes, I did. As a fan and a woman, I stood back and took an oath of...
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R Kelly Wants Amy Winehouse Collaboration - AngryApe
R Kelly is the latest in a long-line of artists who has his eye on a collaboration with troubled singer Amy Winehouse. The R&B star recently heard one of her biggest singles and was instantly hooked. He tells The Sun: "Amy Winehouse. Rehab....
HOT FIVE AT 5: Featuring R. Kelly - Vibe
It won't make Kells' greatest hits list, but this midtempo newbie is the return home Trey Songz hoped for with his “DOA” freestyle. Mr. 12 Play lays off the Auto-Tune and gives us a reason to believe he's on his way back to hitsville....
R Kelly in Amy Winehouse duet talk - Metro
By ANDREI HARMSWORTH - Thursday, June 18, 2009 EXCLUSIVE With news that St. Lucia officials want to halt Amy Winehouse from settling in her Caribbean hideaway for good, US superstar R Kelly has stepped forward to offer the floundering singer an...

R. Kelly

R. Kelly performing during his "Light It Up Tour".

Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967) better known by his stage name R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, occasional rapper, and record producer. Debuting in 1992 with the group Public Announcement, Kelly went solo within a year for a successful solo career starting with the album, 12 Play (1993). Kelly has been known for a collection of hit singles including "Bump N' Grind", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Ignition" and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet".

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Kelly was into music at an early age. Kelly's mother, Joanne Kelly, was a singer herself and performed in a group called Six Pack. Kelly states that it was she who heavily influenced his interest in music early on. As a teenager, Kelly, began street performing (or busking) under the Chicago 'L' trains before he eventually formed a group with his friends Marc McWilliams. In 1989, Kelly and McWilliams formed the group MGM (Musically Gifted Men). Along with Vincent Corey Walker and Shawnth Brooks, Kelly performed on the TV talent show Big Break hosted by Natalie Cole, and went on to win the $100,000 grand prize. Soon after, R. Kelly & MGM released their first single "Why You Wanna Play Me" on Tavdash Records. Internal disputes lead to a conflict between R. Kelly and MGM and decided to part ways. R. Kelly, with the help of manager Barry Hankerson, was able to get out of his contract with MGM. Hankerson then helped Kelly sign a deal with Jive Records in 1991.

Shortly after getting his record deal, Kelly met Andre Boykins from Public Announcement and auditioned the guys to be his back up singers and dancers. R. Kelly & Public Announcement released their debut album, Born Into the '90s in December 1991. One of the last albums to be released during the new jack swing period of the early nineties, the album yielded the hits "She's Got That Vibe", "Honey Love", "Dedicated", and "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" all of which was led by Kelly. The group was billed as R. Kelly and Public Announcement essentially making the group backup members for Kelly rather than in a cohesive unit. After a successful tour ended in 1993, Kelly left Public Announcement to focus on a solo career.

In 1993, Kelly's debut solo album, 12 Play, was released in the fall of that year and yielded the singer's first number-one hit, "Bump N' Grind" which spent a record breaking 12 weeks at number one on the Hot R&B Singles chart. The single became the longest running number one R&B hit in over 30 years on the singles chart in Billboard magazine. Subsequent hit singles were released such as "Your Body's Callin'" and "Sex Me". 12 Play held the number on spot on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart for nine consecutive weeks making Kelly one of the hottest, most sought after performers of the 90s in R&B and hip hop circles. Kelly's career really took off with the success of 12 Play and Kelly began outside work as a record producer working with notable acts such as Toni Braxton, the Winans, Gladys Knight, and Quincy Jones, and introducing urban audiences to young female singers such as Aaliyah and the duo Changing Faces. In 1994, he also produced a remix for Janet Jackson's 1994 hit, "Any Time, Any Place" and worked on "You Are Not Alone" for Michael Jackson for his 1995 album, HIStory. It was later determined by a Belgium right society called SABAM, that Kelly had plagiarized the melody for "You Are Not Alone" from the song's original 1993 composition by veteran songwriters-producers and publishers Eddy and Danny Van Passel. Kelly's solo success continued with the release of his second solo album, R. Kelly, popular for the singles "You Remind Me of Something" and "I Can't Sleep (Baby If I)". A duet with Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers created a hit with "Down Low", partially due to the music video of the song which introduced fans to Isley's "Mr. Biggs" character.

In 1996, Kelly released one of his most successful singles with "I Believe I Can Fly", originally released on the Space Jam Film. The single, which came up after the movie's star Michael Jordan asked Kelly to compose a song for the soundtrack, was composed while Kelly was on a tour with The Notorious B.I.G. "I Believe I Can Fly" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the UK pop charts. The single was a huge worldwide success and remains Kelly's signature song. Rolling Stone Magazine named it as the 408th of its top 500 songs of all time. In 1998, Kelly released a double album simply titled R. which would become Kelly's biggest-selling album to date, selling over eight million copies according to the RIAA and Soundscan, and yielded the popular singles, "I'm Your Angel" (featuring Celine Dion), "Half on a Baby" and "When a Woman's Fed Up". In 1998, Kelly wrote and produced the debut album of his female artist Sparkle, which was released on his Rockland label, distributed through Interscope. The album went platinum due to the success of the first single, "Be Careful", a duet with Kelly and Sparkle. Kelly also found success with soundtracks such as "Gotham City" from Batman & Robin, "Bad Man" from Shaft and "The World's Greatest" from Ali. In 1999, Kelly wrote and produced, along with Wyclef Jean, the majority of the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence movie Life. Kelly composed ten songs on the soundtrack while Wyclef composed five. Kelly also contributed two songs, "Bad Man" and "Up and Outta Here", to the updated Samuel L. Jackson movie, Shaft. In 2000, Kelly released TP-2.com, which yielded the hits "I Wish" and the remix to "Fiesta", which included a collaboration with Jay-Z. Because of the success of that song and another Kelly/Jay-Z collaboration, "Guilty 'Til Proven Innocent", from Jay-Z's Dynasty album, it was announced in early 2002 that the duo collaborated on a joint album and tour titled The Best of Both Worlds. Due to controversy surrounding Kelly at the time, there was little promotion with the album when it was finally released and Kelly instead refocused his attention on his solo work as both a recording artist and producer.

During late 2001 and early 2002, Kelly began working on the follow up to his album TP-2.com entitled Loveland. The album was scheduled to be released in November 2002, but like Best of Both Worlds before it, heavy bootlegging led to it being delayed. The singer then retooled the whole album titled the Chocolate Factory did feature several of the bootlegged tracks - and many have cropped up elsewhere, as seen below. It also came as a six track bonus disc with the initial pressings of Chocolate Factory (Bootlegged tracks are listed in this footnote).

In early 2003, the album Chocolate Factory became a runaway success for Kelly, selling over three million copies due to the success of singles such as "Ignition", "Snake" and "Step in the Name of Love". Later that year Kelly followed that success by releasing his first, and long overdue, greatest hits collection The R in R&B Collection Volume 1 the album as well as a dvd collection. In 2004, Kelly released the ambitious two-disc set, Happy People/U Saved Me, with the former side including feel good stepping inspired tracks, while focusing on gospel and inspirational material on the latter. That same year, Kelly performed the Star-Spangled Banner during the introduction of the world championship boxing fight between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor. His performance, which included a line of dancers doing the "stepping" routine and a pre-recorded instrumental track set to the sound of "Happy People", was met with a mixed reaction. In October of 2004, Kelly reunited with Jay-Z to do a follow-up to their Best of Both Worlds album shortly after announcing a tour to coincide with the project after the duo performed together during Jay-Z's "farewell" concert at Madison Square Garden a year before. The duo's Unfinished Business album was released and peaked at number-one on the Billboard chart.

Double Up included the hit single "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", featuring T.I. and T-Pain. The original track entitled "I'm a Flirt", also produced and co-written by R. Kelly, appeared as a hidden track on Bow Wow's The Price of Fame (2006). However, Kelly never gave the rights for the song to be released as a formal single, although it was played by many radio stations before the remix version. Kelly's first single from 'Double Up' was "I'm a Flirt (Remix)." Bow Wow was not featured on this version of the song. In Kelly's video for "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", he encourages fans to call a number which flashes up quickly on the screen. Fans who called the number were greeted by a recording of Kelly talking about his upcoming album and playing snippets of new songs in the studio. "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" was successful for Kelly. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. Another hit on the album, "Same Girl", was a collaboration between Kelly and Usher. The single peaked at number 20 on the Hot 100 and peaked at number four on the R&B chart. Other singles such as "Rock Star" - featuring Ludacris and Kid Rock, "Sex Planet" and "Freaky in the Club" were R&B charters, although the latter two were not officially released as singles, nor was the title track featuring Snoop Dogg.

Kelly's other single from Double Up titled "Rise Up" was a tribute to the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. The song was officially released as a digital download May 15, 2007. Proceeds were donated to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, a fund that helped family members of the victims of the shootings. In 2008, Billboard reported that Kelly had plans to release his newest album titled 12 Play: Fourth Quarter in the summer of the year but the album has been postponed. In the spring, the first single "Hair Braider", peaked at No. 56 on Billboard's R&B chart. On July 28, the entire album leaked online. The album was then pushed back to be released in the fall. On September 18, Kelly released the video to the second single "Skin". However, the album still has no official release date. Though Kelly has not released an album, he has kept busy in the studio doing featured guest spots on numerous remixes including Lookin Boy remix by Hotstylz, Mariah Carey's Touch my Body remix, a verse for a remix to Kanye West's single Love Lockdown, Raheem DeVaughn's "Customer" remix, Beyonce's If I were a boy remix, T-Pain's Chopped and Screwed remix, among others. A recent track was leaked on the internet titled "I Believe". Kelly states on his official myspace page that Obama's election inspired him to write the song, which contains an excerpt from Barack Obama's presidential acceptance speech. This song is available on iTunes as a free download.

Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Chicago's South Side projects, Kelly was the third of four children, born to his mother Joanne Kelly, including two brothers Bruce and Carey and a sister, Theresa. Raised in a single-parent household, Kelly was shot by a mugger at thirteen, though the Chicago Sun Times reported claims that his mother (who passed away in 1993) said that the story was an attempt to cover an attempted suicide. Afterwards, Kelly turned to playing basketball and music to escape the harsh surroundings of his upbringing. Joanne enrolled her children in Kenwood Academy, a prestigious, multiracial public school in Hyde Park. Kelly and his siblings all took the academic tests necessary for admission and they all were accepted. At Kenwood, Kelly met his music teacher and mentor, Lena McLin, whom he credits much of his musical success to. It was she who helped Kelly realize and develop his talents. McLin encouraged Kelly to enter a high school talent show where he performed Stevie Wonder's classic "Ribbon in the Sky". McLin stated in the January 1994 issue of Vibe magazine that she taught her students "music history, theory, piano, choir, opera workshop, jazz workshop- Robert took it all; he wrote some gorgeous music. He knows the Italian bel canto school of singing. He can sing classical music. My students learn breath control, diction, a little German, Italian, and French. After they learn that, they can sing what they want to sing." He often refers to McLin as his second mother. Kelly's mother died after a long battle with cancer in 1993. Kelly's mother made a cameo in one of his early videos, "Dedicated", which was dedicated to her. Kelly's grandmother, Robbie Kelly, was also a great influence in his life.

In 1994, it was reported that Kelly allegedly married his protégé, R&B singer Aaliyah, whom he had known since she was 12 and with whom he had spent the last three years working on her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. According to VIBE magazine, a marriage document was printed showcasing the marriage certificate and noted that Aaliyah had lied about being eighteen when in truth she was only fifteen. The marriage was reportedly annulled soon afterward and neither singer confirmed the marriage rumors, dismissing them as lies.

In 1996, Kelly married Andrea Lee, a dancer from his tour. Together the couple have two daughters and a son. According to Andrea, later in the marriage Kelly became abusive toward her; at one time she filed an emergency protective order against Kelly but later dropped it. The couple filed for divorce in 2006; the divorce was finalized on January 8, 2009.

In 1994, rumors surfaced that Kelly had married fellow singer Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time, which both singers had denied. Two other suits by underage girls were settled and he denied any relationship with either of them, stating that the settlement was strictly to protect his emerging career. Another woman sued him claiming that he seduced her at age 15, got her pregnant, and "forced" her to get an abortion.

On June 6, 2002, Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of having sexual intercourse with a minor. These were later reduced to soliciting a minor for child pornography, for which he was acquitted on June 13, 2008.

None of the prior reports reached the level of publicity that followed the release of a video tape in February 2002 that allegedly showed Kelly and a 14-year-old daughter of an associate, and niece of Sparkle, a former Kelly protégée, engaging in sex. The tape, released by an unknown source, was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper that broke the story. While some witnesses have identified the alleged victim, the girl and her parents and other witnesses have denied that she is the person shown on the tape. Kelly has also denied that he is the man in the video.

Bootleg copies of that tape became widely available on the black market and over file sharing networks. In June 2002, Kelly was indicted in Chicago for 21 counts of having sex with a minor, which were later reduced to soliciting a minor for child pornography, seven counts of videotaping the acts, and seven counts of producing child pornography. These charges came after viewing the tapes showed that there was no actual sexual intercourse involved. Parents thought the minor was raped.

It took more than six years for the case to go to trial. Jury selection began on May 9, 2008, and the trial officially started on May 20 with opening statements from the prosecution and defense. After two weeks, the prosecution's case wrapped on June 3 while the defense's wrapped six days later, on June 9. After less than a day of deliberations, on June 13, 2008 a Chicago jury found R. Kelly not guilty of all 14 counts of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl.

In addition to the charges in Illinois, Kelly was being considered for further charges in Polk County, Florida on January 23, 2003 on 12 counts of possession of child pornography when authorities alleged to have found a digital camera containing 12 pictures of an underage female with three of them showing Kelly and her engaged in intercourse. These claims were never proven, and the charges were dropped after the search that led to them was ruled illegal.

In 2004, allegations emerged that among Kelly's tapes was one including gospel singer Deleon Richards, the wife of Detroit Tigers baseball player Gary Sheffield. There have been several other lawsuits against Kelly. A dancer sued for invasion of privacy because tapes of her private acts with him were circulated, alleging that he allowed distribution of copies without her consent. The dancer later alleged that the taping was without her consent and was not properly protected.

After a number of delays, on October 27, 2006 a Cook County, Illinois court hearing for pre-trial motions set the date of the actual trial to February 7, 2007. On the date of the trial Kelly's lawyer informed the court that his client was unable to attend because he was "undergoing surgery for a burst appendix." He also announced that Kelly was "in good condition and was expected to be released from the hospital later in the day." His attorney stated that Kelly (who pled not guilty) would be in attendance on the next trial date of February 21, 2007. It had previously been announced by the court that the videotape that allegedly shows Kelly performing sex acts with an underage girl will be publicly shown as evidence in the trial.

The trial, however, was delayed due to disputes over when the tape was made and to give medical recuperation time to the sitting judge following a fall resulting in broken bones. Later the case was set for a September 17 date.

In late 2004, Kelly and Jay-Z went out on the Unfinished Business tour but the tour was plagued by a rivalry between the two stars and Kelly reportedly showing up late or not at all to gigs. The singer, according to Jay-Z, often complained that the touring lights weren't directed towards him and often left during the middle of sets. Another night during the concert, Kelly stayed on his tour bus for two hours before finally coming out to perform an uninspired set. Jay-Z eventually removed R. Kelly halfway through the tour, after a member of Jay-Z's entourage attacked R. Kelly with Mace or pepper spray. On April 25, 2006, it was confirmed that Jay-Z's younger cousin, Tyran (Ty-Ty) Smith confessed in a Manhattan Criminal Court to pepper-spraying R. Kelly and four of his bodyguards at Madison Square Garden in October 2004. Smith had been charged with assault, but was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct for four days of community service. After the original incident, Jay-Z made Smith an executive of Def Jam Records. A Kelly rep said that Kelly's $16 million lawsuit against Jay-Z and Smith is close to a settlement. Kelly also launched a $75 million lawsuit against Jay-Z for removing him from the tour, which received a countersuit by Jay-Z which was thrown out by the judge.

In 2007, Kelly began his Double Up tour with Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole and J. Holiday opening for him. After two shows, promoter Leonard Rowe had Ne-Yo removed from the tour because of a contract dispute. However, Ne-Yo alleges that the reason for the dropout was because Ne-Yo believes he received a better response from critics and fans, even though he only performed at two shows. Ne-Yo filed a lawsuit against Rowe Entertainment. It was shown that Kelly was not mentioned in the lawsuit. In December 2007, Kelly was admonished by the judge for not showing up to another preliminary court hearing on his case due to his tour bus being held up in Utah. The judge threatened to revoke Kelly's bond, but the judge eventually decided not to. In 2008, Kelly released a rap track titled "I'm a Beast" in which he coarsely attacked his haters. Many figured the song attacked either Ne-Yo, Jay-Z or Young Jeezy though Kelly himself never mentioned by name who the song was directed to.

On October 6, 2008 an independent arbitrator awarded Kelly $3.4 million for performances on the Double Up Tour during the fall of 2007 and early 08. The singer initiated legal action back in February against Rowe Entertainment while he was still on tour. Kelly completed the tour while the payment dispute was still ongoing. Not wanting to disappoint his fans, Kelly decided to complete the tour -- in effect, performing for free. Arbitrator Richard P. Byrne, a retired Superior Court judge, also determined that Rowe had sold off nonexistent shares in Kelly's shows without the singer's knowledge or consent and held Rowe responsible for the resulting lawsuits from investors.

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Untitled (R. Kelly album)

Untitled is the working title of an album from R&B musician R. Kelly, as well as the fourth installment in the 12 Play album series. "Hair Braider" was the first officially released single. R.Kelly Readying New Album For Summer Billbord.com. Accessed July 26, 2008.</ref> The album was originally planned to be released in the Summer of 2008, however, R. Kelly was unable to promote his album due to his child pornography court case.

The video for the second single "Skin" was shot the weekend of Friday, August 1, 2008. The song was released for digital download via iTunes on September 9, 2008. The video can be seen on Yahoo Music. The album was leaked to the internet in its entirety on July 28, 2008. R. Kelly Has now renamed the album and working on the album in Atlanta. there has yet to be a release date.

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Unfinished Business (R. Kelly & Jay-Z album)

Unfinished Business cover

Unfinished Business is the second collaboration LP between R. Kelly and Jay-Z (following The Best of Both Worlds, their first collaboration in 2002), released in 2004. The album was, allegedly, composed of previously unreleased tracks from the Best of Both Worlds sessions. It was seen by critics and the general public as just a money making opportunity for both artists and a play to push a summer tour.

The first single was "Big Chips".

The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for one week, with sales of 215,000. Unfortunately that was 41% of the album's overall sales. To date it has sold 524,000 copies in the U.S.

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The Best of Both Worlds (R. Kelly & Jay-Z album)

Best Of Both Worlds cover

The Best of Both Worlds is a 2002 collaborative album by R. Kelly & Jay-Z. The album sold 215,000 in its opening week and debuted at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Despite being such a high profile collaboration, no music videos were produced to help promote the album. It is believed that Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella wanted to distance themselves from the controversy surrounding R. Kelly at the time.

No singles were released from this album due to R.Kelly's Sex Tape Scandal.

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