R Kelly

R Kelly


R. Kelly (born Robert Sylvester Kelly, 8.1.1967)
R. Kelly is an American R&B performer who rose to fame in the 1990s but whose reputation has been marred by allegations of having sex with a minor, among other charges.

Childhood: R. Kelly was born in Chicago, Illinois. The third of four children, he was raised in a single-parent household. His mother died of cancer in 1993.

An Introduction to Music: Encouraged by a music teacher's comments regarding his talent, R. Kelly began playing keyboard at bus stations and street corners. Finally, he formed a band with a friend, Marc McWilliams. The group, MGM, released their debut single, 'Why You Wanna Play With Me?' on Tavdash Records in 1989.

MGM changed their name to Public Announcement and were signed to Jive Records in 1991. Their debut album Born Into the '90s was released in 1992. Billed as R. Kelly & the Public Announcement, the album spawned hits such as 'She's Got That Vibe' and 'Dedicated'. In 1993, Kelly left the group to concentrate on solo work.

Solo Career: R. Kelly's debut solo album was released in 1993. 12 Play's lead single, 'Bump N' Grind' was Kelly's first number one single.

Kelly started to find working producing a number of upcoming R&B stars, such as Aaliyah and Changing Faces. He remixed Janet Jackson's 'Any Time, Any Place' in 1994 and worked on 'You Are Not Alone' for Michael Jackson. However, it was determined that he had plagiarized the melody for the song from its original 1993 composition, by a long-standing songwriting duo Eddy and Danny Vas Passel.

Kelly's second album R.Kelly continued his popularity, releasing the singles 'You Remind Me of Something' and 'Down Low', which was a duet with The Isley Brothers. The basketball player and star of the film Space Jam, Michael Jordan, asked Kelly to record a song for the film. The result was 'I Believe I Can Fly', one of his most successful releases. The single reached number two in the US and number one in the UK. The following album, R, sold over eight million copies and featured a duet with Celine Dion, entitled 'I'm Your Angel'.

Kelly's next album, released in 2000, was TP-2.com. The album included a collaboration with Jay-Z, 'Fiesta'. Another collaboration between the pair, 'Guilty 'Til Proven Innocent' was released on Jay-Z's Dynasty album. They worked together again on an album and promotional tour entitled The Best of Both Worlds.

The release of Tp-2.com's follow up was beset by problems when many of the tracks were bootlegged. Kelly re-worked the album, originally entitled Loveland and re-named it Chocolate Factory. The album was another commercial success and sold over three million copies.

Kelly's next long-playing release was the two-disc album Happy People / U Saved Me, which hit the stores in 2004. Later that year, Kelly and Jay-Z were reunited and their Unfinished Business album was a number one hit in the US.

Kelly's next solo album, TP-3: Reloaded was released in 2005. The biggest hit from the album was 'Trapped In The Closet', a five-part mini opera that Kelly has stated was inspired by Desperate Housewives. Kelly has since written and recorded over twenty sections of the song, all of which have been released on DVD.

In May 2007, R. Kelly released Double Up, though the album was leaked on the internet over a week before its official release. Double Up included a duet between Kelly and Usher as well as 'Rock Star', which featured Ludacris and Kid Rock.

Personal Life: It has been reported that R. Kelly entered into a marriage with the R&B star Aaliyah when she was only 15 years old. Both singers have dismissed the rumours.

R. Kelly has three children with Andrea Lee, a dancer. The pair married in 1996 but are said to be arranging a divorce.

In 2002, the Chicago Sun-Times broke a story claiming that they had been sent a tape showing R. Kelly engaging in sexual activity with a 14 year-old girl. Both parties deny being the people shown in the video. In June 2002, R. Kelly was indicted for soliciting a minor for child pornography. The trial is ongoing and no verdict has yet been reached.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

R Kelly - R Kelly performs live in concert during his 'The Buffet Tour' at American Airlines Arena at American Airlines Arena - Miami, Florida, United States - Saturday 28th May 2016

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From Quentin Tarantino To Charlie Sheen: 9 Of The Most Awkward Interviews In TV History

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Sometimes it's not all that easy to be a superstar and have to sit through hours of promo for long periods of time, and sometimes it's not all that easy to get these celebrities to open up. Questions are sometimes inflammatory, arising in some angry parties and a lot of entertainment on YouTube the next day. Quentin Tarantino is often the subject of extremely uncomfortable interview sessions and it's no different with 'The Hateful Eight', but here's some of the most awkward interviews from TV history.

Quentin TarantinoRemember Tarantino's painful Channel 4 interview?

Quentin Tarantino: 'I'm shutting your butt down!'
We might as well start with Tarantino, however. When controversial Channel 4 reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked him to speak about violence in his 2013 movie 'Django Unchained', he wasn't having any of it. It was a touchy subject that he'd talked about many times before, so it was no wonder he didn't want to repeat himself. Guru-Murthy is also known to have irked a number of other celebrities including Robert Downey Jr..

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R. Kelly - The Buffet Album Review

The man who likes to be known as the King of R&B releases his 13th solo album, for which he reportedly recorded over 470 songs for during the last couple of years. The former collaborator of megastars such as Michael Jackson and Celine Dion will hope that it adds to his 40 million record sales in a career which has spanned a quarter of a century.

R. Kelly - The Buffet Album Review

Key to the success of the Chicago native has been an ability to mix mainstream successes like 'Ignition' and 'The World's Greatest' with the bedroom soundtracking likes of '12 Play'. We dive straight into the smut with 'The Poem' - which, you guessed it, is a poem - and carry through the likes of smooth jams like 'Anything Goes' and 'Let's Make Some Noise'. Even if you're able to stomach some of the analogies - Kelly promising this is all we can eat or literally slurping - there is nothing near the brilliant standards of 'Bump'n'Grind' or 'Your Body's Callin'. The album suddenly wakes on 'Marching Band', which features a superb brass hook, while 'Switch Up' features an urgent vocal delivery vastly different from the smooth tone the multiple Grammy winner usually presents.

Where 'The Buffet' is ultimately unsatisfying is that it all too readily returns to a monotonous tempo about intimate relations and Kelly doesn't get near the admittedly high standards of his past. Only 'Sextime' really captures the seduction he is capable of, while 'Backyard Party' is a fun number built around a funky guitar riff, it's a minor reprieve in the second half of the record. Ultimately, there's a lack of inspiration to the majority of this material, with only brief glimpses of Kelly's capabilities on show to give this release any degree of value.

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R. Kelly - 2015 Soul Train Music Awards held at Orleans Arena - Show - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 7th November 2015

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Erykah Badu , R. Kelly - 2015 Soul Train Music Awards Show at The Orleans Arena at The Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 6th November 2015

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The Wind And The Wave Take On Sia And Steve Nicks In 'Covers One' EP Release

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Texan two-piece The Wind and The Wave re-introduce some of the nation's favorite pop songs with their upcoming EP release, 'Covers One'. The record is set for release in February and will be followed up by a US tour.

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The Wind And The Wave release 'Covers One' EP in February 2015

The EP features epic renditions of hits of both old and new. There's Sia's explosive 2014 showstopper 'Chandelier', R. Kelly's 2003 number one 'Ignition', Metric's 2009 single 'Gold Guns Girls', Stevie Nicks' third solo single from 1982 'Edge of Seventeen' and Regina Spektor's 2013 release 'You've Got Time'. 'Covers One' will also feature versions of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time' and Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' which were specially recorded for the 'Grey's Anatomy' soundtrack.

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Unearthed Lady Gaga, R Kelly Video Allegedly Condones Sexual Assault

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A new video clip has surfaced online allegedly containing content from Lady GaGa and R Kelly's scrapped 'Do What U Want' music video. The second single to be released from Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP, 'Do What U Want' has an official video that that is shot very differently to the scenes seen in the new clip.

The song's lyrics express themes of sexual submissiveness, which has been alluded to in several live performances involving the pop star and the R&B singer, but never as explicitly as seen in the Terry Richardson-directed video, which has been leaked by TMZ.

The short excerpt posted on the Gaga Daily Facebook page begins with Gaga on a hospital trolly moaning as R Kelly's hand moves around under her sheet. "Sounds like that medicine's starting to kick in," he says. When then see Gaga coverting nude amongst newspaper gossip headlines related to her personal life and career in a scene soundtracked by 'Do What U Want.'

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R. Kelly - Black Panties Album Review

R. Kelly didn't mess around when he came back from the hiatus owing to his emergency in 2011. Since then we've had the revival of 'Trapped in the Closet' for another story arc and the release of 2012's 'Write Me Back', an album that saw Kells explore his traditional R&B side incorporating heavy influences from Chicago Step and Philadelphia Sou. With his second post-surgery album, 'Black Panties', Kells has reverted to his '12 Play' ways once again and taken on board a more hip-hop-influenced sound and, rather than singing about love, he's back to singing about making love.

R. Kelly - Black Panties Album Review

He's as unsmiling as he's ever been, no matter how ridiculous some of the song lyrics and titles are. It's hard not to laugh at it though, regardless of how seriously Kells takes himself when he's on the mic. In his brilliantly titled autobiography 'Soulacoaster', Kells acknowledges that some of his songs are in fact comical, noting that the song 'Feelin' on Yo Booty' is a "comedic sexual song" and that "you've gotta have a joke or two in there. You gotta do something to keep the crowd".

Twelve albums in and Kells still controls a big crowd whose numbers increase by the day, arguably thanks to his tendency not to take himself too seriously on a song, but also down to the fact that he can still make a hit record on a whim. The man has no shortage of range and can quite as easily make a bawdy '12 Play' throwback as easily as he can a gospel-inspired show of faith. He's gone for the former on 'Black Panties', giving his sex obsessed mind room to wander through your eardrums and his vivid, overly sexualised imagery time to amuse, which it does repeatedly. One of the best early examples of his tongue in cheek take on explicit song writing on 'Black Panties' can be found on the softly spoken 'Marry the P***y', where the Chicago-native sings, "P***y talk to me/P***y sing to me/Yeah, so much joy you bring to me" over a gentle guitar and bubbling bass. With his trademark tonal shifts delivering lines like that, how can you not laugh at it? 

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R Kelly Planning Christmas Album With "A Lot Of Lovemaking" For 2014

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R Kelly has already gifted us with the steamy Black Panties this festive season, his follow-up to 2012's post-throat surgery comeback Write Me Back, but as if that wasn't enough, Robert Sylvester Kelly is already working on his follow-up album, which will be actual festive release.

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Kellz wants to bring some loving back to Christmas time

Speaking with Rap-Up this week, Kellz revealed his plans to release 12 Nights of Christmas in time for Christmas 2014 and he's promised his usual brand of overtly sexual songs, with a touch of Christmas spirit. Although he has been recording the album since 2012, his work on Black Panties and other projects has held him back from completing it in time to be released for the 2013 festive period, so instead he's holding out for next year.

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Nobody Knows What To Make Of R Kelly's 'Black Panties,' Even The Critics

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So, uh, R Kelly has a new album out and music critics across the land have taken it on, albeit grudgingly. The record is titled Black Panties, which really does encompass all the main themes and messages, so we could just end this here. Unfortunately, people still have to write about it online, because that’s how the music industry works.

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New album, same old song and dance.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with liking R Kelly or Black Panties, despite a whole article’s worth of truly ridiculous lyrics. Take Entertainment Weekly’s Nick Catucci for example, who eloquently notes: “The virtues of prayer, marriage proposals, and pleasure-giving seamlessly combine when he sighs ''I wanna go down on my knees'' in ''Marry the P---y,'' while ''Shut Up'' spreads gospel to haters.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads R Kelly's 'Genius' On Jimmy Kimmel [Video]

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Benedict Cumberbatch has made women go weak at the knees yet again after appearing in a surprise skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Host Kimmel could barely contain his glee as he announced "Here, now with a reading of the actual lyrics from R Kelly's song 'Genius' from the forthcoming album Black Panties. I give you Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee, Benedict Cumberbatch."

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Benedict Cumberbatch Surprised Jimmy Kimmel's Audience With A Rap Reading.

To a roomful of wild screams, Cumberbatch was revealed from behind a curtain sitting on a stool wearing a suit. The room fell silent as he began his recital: "Bodies, so freaking soft. I can't wait to turn you on," he read to delighted whooping from the women in the audience.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Wins The Internet With R Kelly Recital

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Jimmy Kimmel wins the Internet this week. The late show host regularly has mismatched guests, and he decided to do something about it Wednesday night (December 4). 

Benedict CumberbachBenedict Cumberbatch Recited R Kelly's Lyrics!

Benedict Cumberbatch and R. Kelly appeared on the show, and decided to add a little twist. The Sherlock actor appeared for a dramatic reading of R. Kelly's 'Genius.' To give you an idea of how silly the song is, here's a sampling of the lyrics -

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Lady Gaga Hosts SNL, Sex Dance With R Kelly Brings Highest Season Ratings [Video]

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Lady GaGa's first time hosting Saturday Night Live was clearly immensely successful after the enigmatic popstar drew in the season's highest ratings. Not only did Gaga host but she was also the musical guest,meaning fans were treated to jazzed up versions of her new favourite songs, some unique Gaga jokes and plenty of exciting costumes.

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Lady Gaga Hosted 'SNL' For The First Time.

Lady Gaga, who has just released her chart-topping third studio album ARTPOP, was a natural host, skilfully engaging the audience. She also performed two of her ARTPOP songs, a cabaret version of 'Applause' and the R Kelly collaboration 'Do What U Want' which was accompanied with a sexy routine from the charismatic duo.

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8th January, 1967









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