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

2015 Soul Train Music Awards - Show

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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R. Kelly and Erykah Badu
R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Debra Lee, Silento and Naturi Naughton
R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Debra Lee, Silento, Naturi Naughton, V. Bozeman and G Thang

2015 Soul Train Music Awards Show

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

Tyrese and R. Kelly

2015 Soul Train Music Awards Show

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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Erykah Badu and R. Kelly
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Erykah Badu and R. Kelly
Erykah Badu and R. Kelly
Erykah Badu and R. Kelly

2015 Soul Train Music Awards Arrivals

R. Kelly , Naturi Naughton - 2015 Soul Train Music Awards Red carpet at The Orleans Arena at The Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 6th November 2015

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2015 Soul Train Music Awards - Arrivals

R. Kelly - 2015 Soul Train Music Awards held at the Orleans Arena inside The Orleans Hotel & Casino - Arrivals - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 6th November 2015

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R. Kelly - Backyard Party

R. Kelly is set to return with a brand new album entitled 'Buffet', due to drop on November 20th 2015. The first single is 'Backyard Party', which has reached the top 10 on Billboard's US Adult R&B Songs.

King Los - Glory To The Lord ft. R. Kelly [Audio]

R. Kelly features on the religious new single from rapper King Los entitled 'Glory To The Lord' and produced by Da Internz. The faith-led track will feature on his upcoming debut studio album 'God, Money, War'.

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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Rick Ross - Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch) (Explicit)

Rick Ross has released the glamorous music video for his single 'Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch)' featuring R. Kell, which was released on 6th October, 2014. The song is confirmed to appear of the 24th November seventh studio album, 'Hood Billionaire'. 

Jennifer Hudson - It's Your World

With the release of her third studio album 'JHUD' due for release on August 18th 2014, Jennifer Hudson has teamed up with R. Kelly for her latest track 'It's Your World', closely following previous single 'Walk It Out'.

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 - The Essential

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R. Kelly - Legs Shakin'

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? 

Continue reading: R. Kelly - Black Panties Album Review

R Kelly

R Kelly

Date of birth

8th January, 1967








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