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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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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). 

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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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Lady Gaga & R Kelly Bump 'N' Grind On Stage For 'SNL' Performance

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Lady GaGa was both the host and the musical guest on this weeks Saturday Night Live, and whilst the bulk of her appearance on the show was surprisingly tame for the shock-value singer, her duet with R Kelly midway through the show was much more sexually charged than anything else we've seen from the current season of the long-running sketch show.

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The singer even dressed slightly less eccentric for the SNL gig

Becoming the second person - after Miley Cyrus - to serve as both the host and musical guest this season, Gaga had a lot on her plate come Saturday night, but at no point did it ever look as though she was overwhelmed or succumbing to any type of pressure. After poking fun of herself and performing some cuts from her latest album, ARTPOP, Gaga was joined on stage for the highlight performance of the night by her 'Do What You Want' collaborator R Kelly, at which point things really started getting hotter and heavier.

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Lady Gaga Debuts Powerful New Ballad 'Dope' [Listen]

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Lady GaGa has swapped electric guitars and raucous drumkits for a piano for her new single which is entitled 'Dope.' Following the EDM-influenced 'Aura,' and pumped-up club numbers 'Applause' and 'What Do U Want' with R Kelly, 'Dope' presents an emotional outpouring that shows off the fantastic power of Gaga's vocals.

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Gaga Debuts The Softer 'Dope.'

Over melancholic chords, she begins a soft lamentation that surges into a roaring climax as she sings "I need you more than dope." At its core, the track is a passionate love song that shows of Gaga's songwriting skill as well as her exceptional vocal abilities.

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Lady Gaga Gets Weird In Berlin As She Promotes 'ARTPOP'

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Lady GaGa was in Berlin on Thursday night, showing up to a promotional launch for her upcoming album, ARTPOP, in her usual unusual style. There was no meat or any kind of strange head gear this time, but Gaga was still keeping it weird when she showed up at the city's famous Berghain club with her hair slicked back and a fake moustache stuck to her face.

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Lady Gaga doing her best Lady Gaga impression

If she was trying to fool us all and make the press think that a male Gaga had shown up to Berghain in her place, she could have probably chosen a better outfit from the neck down. Her masculine, mixed with sheer white eyeliner, facial look was paired with a long fur coat that was left wide open (and occasionally flung even further open by the flaunting pop star) to reveal a black leather bra, black panties and black suspenders. So yeah, classic Gaga really.

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Now Why Would Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Be Ineligible For The UK Charts?

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Lady GaGa's latest single 'Do What U Want' from her upcoming album, Artpop, has been deemed ineligible by the Official Charts Company in the UK and will not feature in this weekend's Top 40 countdown despite climbing to the top of iTunes charts both in the UK and USA.

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The Ruling Is A Blow For Gaga Who Is Gearing Up To Drop 'Artpop.'

The ruling, which could come as an irritating blow to the pop singer, results from Gaga's choice to first give the single to fans who had pre-ordered her new album before its 11th November release.

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Union Park Prepares For Its Seventh Annual Pitchfork Music Festival

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2013

Pitchfork Music Festival is due to hit Chicago's Union Park again this weekend featuring some exciting headline sets from Bjork, Belle & Sebastian and R. Kelly.

Every summer this globally loved festival presents some 40 plus artists from all parts of the music spectrum, including both classic chart-toppers and new emerging talent, to 50,000 indie fans. They have been praised over their seven year existence for their cheap ticket prices and friendly atmosphere and that's not about to go any time soon. Apart from great live music on show for three days, there's some of the best indie vinyls for sale at the CHIRP Record Fair, some excellent posters and art-pieces about, as well as a craft fair and an array of musical books and magazines. It's not just for Stateside music fans though, the festival hits Europe for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris on October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd.

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BET Awards 2013: Drake, Kendrick Lemar And Gabrielle Douglas Receive Two Awards [Pictures]

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The Bet Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.

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Jamie Foxx recieved the Award for Best Actor.

The BET categories include Best R&B/Pop artist; Hip-Hop artist; sportsman and sportswoman; music video; viewer's choice; movie; gospel and international act.

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Jack Johnson Replaces Mumford And Sons At Bonnaroo Festival

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Jack Johnson stepped in at the last minute to cover Mumford and Son's slot. Not only did the singer have to find a band, learn a whole host of new and old and quickly practise, he also made the time to compose a short acoustic song about the festival.

The four day festival which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee was first held in 2002 and has been hugely popular and influential. Johnson has a history with the festival, having performed at the first one and headlined in 2008. Johnson was, conveniently, already at the Bonaroo Festival when he received a call on Thursday (13th June 2013) as he was appearing as a special guest, performing alongside Animal Liberation Orchestra.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said he was expecting 'a train wreck' owing to the short time he had in which to prepare. Johnson has recently been out of the limelight, working on his new album entitled 'From Here To Now To You', due to be released on 17th September. The singer paid homage to the British folk band, singing his version of 'The Cave' which was greeted with vast audience participation and applause.

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Phoenix Stun Coachella With Live R. Kelly Collaboration

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We love Phoenix here at Contactmusic but we certainly couldn’t have predicted this: the French band, making their much-anticipated comeback this year with new album Bankrupt!, played the first weekend of Coachella on Saturday night (April 13, 2013) and, though rumors were that they’d be joined by fellow countrymen Daft Punk on the night, the special guest they did get out from the wings turned out to be someone very different indeed – R Kelly!

That’s right, the warbly soul singer and otherwise general loon came on stage to join Phoenix in a frankly weird mash-up of the French band’s big hit ‘1901’ and Kelly’s own smash ‘Ignition (Remix).’ Now given that everyone was hoping that legendary electronic duo Daft Punk were to be the ones making a cameo, you could perhaps expect a little disappointment from the Coachella crowd. Not a bit of it, and after the initial shock subsided, the packed out audience went mad for it, turning the venue into a giant dance floor.

Aside from that, the group largely previewed their new album, though left plenty of room for hits like ‘Lisztomania’ and live staple ‘Love Like A Sunset’. The whole shebang’s rolls back into Florida next weekend with the same line-up and a crowd still a-waiting their Tupac Hologram moment.

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Phoenix And R Kelly, Not Daft Punk, Rock Coachella

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Coachella is pretty much in full swing now and one of the headlining acts this year is the French indie rock band Phoenix.

The Grammy award-winning band were joined onstage by none other than R&B singer R Kelly. Unfortunately, the rumors that Phoenix would perform with electro duo Daft Punk didn’t prove true, but there was still a lot to enjoy in their set. The Californian festival stage saw the band perform some of their older music, as well as new songs, which will be featured on their upcoming album, “Bankrupt”, due for release on April 22nd. The tracks, "Entertainment" and "The Real Thing" were instant hits, but the band also played some old favorites, including "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix", such as "Lisztomania" and "Fences".

R Kelly’s appearance was the surprise of the show, especially since the crowd was expecting a collaboration with Daft Punk. The rapper performed a mashup of his “Ignition” with Phoenix’s “1901”. This is the band’s first time headlining Coachella, after they appeared at the festival twice before. "Our vision of Coachella is that you can never be medium. It's either fantastic or a big catastrophe, we don't like medium things. For us, it's always been an extreme experience. The first time we played was our worst show ever, and the second time was one of our best shows ever, it's either a huge failure or success," Mazzalai told Reuters ahead of the band's set.

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Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement

Posted on20 February 2013

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement

Bjork, Paul McCartney And R Kelly: Variegated Lineup For Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival

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The Bonnaroo festival line-up has been released and it's something to get yourself excited about. Not got a ticket? You'll definitely want to get yourself one once you see who'll be performing. 

The Bonnaroo festival info page is a veritable delight of explaining Out There and In Here. Out There is out here, where we are now, beyond the limits temporally or spatially of the festival itself, but In There, in the festival, the festival organisers want it to be a haven of positivity, safety and, above all, supreme amounts of fun. They describe it as "4 of the best days ever" and "an escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass... Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity. Bonnaroovian Dancing. Hyperbolic verbiage..." and the list goes on. Sounds good, right? Well, the line-up is even better, and suitable for all genres you may find yourself remotely interested in. 

Here's the best of the list, from the headliners down to the early stars: Paul McCartney, Grammy winners Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, R Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne, St Vincent, Passion Pit, The XX, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, ZZ Top, Beach House, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Billy Idol, Foals, Local Natives, Alt-J, The Tallest Man on Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Frank Turner, Purity Ring... and once again, the list goes on. Check out the website to see the rest.

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Charlie Sheen's Lindsay Lohan Gesture Hints At His Phenomenal Wealth

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Charlie Sheen, who suffered a remarkable fall from grace last year before somehow turning it in his favor, has paid off Lindsay Lohan's 100k tax bill in one go. According to TMZ.com, the Liz & Dick star had mentioned her problems with the IRS on the shoot of Scary Movie 5 in September, which is when Sheen opened his check book, scribbled down a '1' followed by five noughts and made her problems disappear.

Despite her tax problems, Lohan has had a pretty decent year, getting paid $1 million for her Playboy shoot, before pulling in another $1 million from Liz & Dick, Scary Move 5 and The Canyons. However, Sheen continues to earn a fortune from Anger Management and is truly one of the highest paid actors in television. On top of that, he finalized a multimillion-dollar settlement with Warner Bros following his firing from Two and a Half Man. According to the Los Angeles Times, he walked away with around $25 million in profit sharing and will get another $100 million in syndication profits over the next 7 to 10 years. He was previously paid around $1.44 million per episode of the show, before his behavior left bosses with no choice other than to fire him. Without taking into account the settlement (or FX's massive order for Anger Management) Sheen's net-worth is said to be around $85 million.

Maybe Wesley Snipes should have called up Charlie for a little bit of help. We'd recommend R Kelly picks up the phone sharpish. 

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A Week In Celebrity News 21 November 2012

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Big Week For Biebs: It's been a rollercoaster seven days for Justin Bieber. First, it was reported that he'd split from long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez, then, he attended the American Music Awards with his mother where he won three awards, and lastly, he met up with his ex-girlfriend to chat about a reconciliation. Keep up Bieber fans!

Crash Landing: Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you've probably heard of Rihanna's controversial 777 tour. Seven gigs, seven cities, seven nights, on a Boeing 777. She invited a ton of journalists along for the ride, and provided the alcohol, though not everything went to plan as RiRi opted to take the partying easy to preserve her voice. However, after all the drama, the sold-out shows seemed to go down pretty well with Rihanna's fans.

Lindsay Lohan PremiereLooking Good Lindsay! Is the Lindsay Lohan comeback finally complete? Well, it's been an up-and-down year for the actress, though she's finishing 2012 in true style. Just this week, she appeared at the premiere of her new television move Liz & Dick looking really rather radiant!

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Video - R. Kelly Cuddles With Cast Mates At 'Trapped In The Closet' Premiere

R. Kelly poses on the red carpet with his cast mates at the premiere of his song/music video collection 'Trapped in the Closet'. While photographers take pictures, he even removes his iconic sunglasses briefly before taking a break to take a red carpet interview.

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R Kelly

R Kelly

Date of birth

8th January, 1967