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R. Kelly

R. Kelly

 

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Robert Sylvester "R." Kelly (born January 8, 1967)[7] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including "Bump N' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition (Remix)", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet". In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly". His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play professional basketball, when he was signed in 1997.[6]

Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone". In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, and The Notorious B.I.G.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. Kelly as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 40 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list.[8] In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard.[9][10][11] Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 60 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide, making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s.[12][13][14] He has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames "King of R&B" and "King of Pop-Soul".[15][16] He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years (1985-2010) and also the most successful R&B artist in history.[10] Throughout his career, Kelly has won numerous awards, including a Guinness World Records as well as countless other awards like Grammy, BET, Soul Train, Billboard, NAACP, and American Music Awards.

In 2002 Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography; he pleaded not guilty and he was acquitted of all charges in 2008.[17][18]

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Batman & Robin
 
Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics characters Batman and Robin.
Trapped in the Closet
 
Trapped in the Closet is an opera by American R&B singer R.
Ignition
 
"Ignition (Remix)" is a song written and produced by American R&B singer R.
Unfinished Business
 
Unfinished Business is the second collaboration album between R&B artist R.

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K Michelle Speaks Up About Her Relationship with R. Kelly
  –  April 3, 2018
To this date, K Michelle credits R. Kelly for mentoring her in the early stages of her career in the music industry. But her former mentor and later ex has been under the spotlight for his abusive behavior in relationships that he was engaged in.
Isn't It About Time R. Kelly's Record Label Drops Him?
  –  April 2, 2018
I continue to struggle with the music industry's collective refusal to do away with ... In a new BBC3 documentary, R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes, Kelly's former girlfriend, Kitti Jones, claims that during the two years she dated him, she was forced ...
R. Kelly Accused Of Rearing A 14-Year-Old Child As A "Pet" In New Doc
  –  March 30, 2018
In the sleazy BBC3 documentary "R Kelly: Sex, Girls, and Videotapes", former girlfriend ... Antonoff and Kelly are both currently signed to RCA, a subsidiary of Sony Music. “I hope my label drops R. Kelly. I’ve discussed it with them a number of ...
Jack Antonoff Says He's Asked His Label To Drop R. Kelly "A Number Of Times"
  –  March 29, 2018
Jack Antonoff is trying to change the music industry from the inside out ... who did not immediately respond to Refinery29's request for comment. "I hope my label drops r kelly," the deleted tweet read, according to Stereogum. "i've discussed it with ...
Musician Jack Antonoff Calls on RCA To Drop R. Kelly
  –  March 29, 2018
RCA, a subsidiary of Sony Music, has released R. Kelly’s music since 2012, as well as Fun. and Bleachers’ music.
Jack Antonoff asked his record label to drop R. Kelly: report
  –  March 29, 2018
According to Billboard magazine, Antonoff, who like Kelly is signed to Sony Music subsidiary RCA, tweeted that he had asked bosses at the label to ditch the singer, before deleting the post. “I hope my label drops R. Kelly. I’ve discussed it with them ...
Jack Antonoff asked his label to drop R. Kelly - report
  –  March 29, 2018
According to Billboard magazine, Antonoff, who like Kelly is signed to Sony Music subsidiary RCA, tweeted that he had asked bosses at the label to ditch the singer, before deleting the post. "I hope my label drops R. Kelly. I've discussed it with them a ...
Jack Antonoff Says He Asked His Record Label To Drop R. Kelly 'A Number Of Times'
  –  March 29, 2018
He has denied all of the claims. RCA, a subsidiary of Sony Music, hasn’t commented on the substance of Antonoff’s tweet. This article originally appeared on Billboard. This post Jack Antonoff Says He Asked His Record Label To Drop R. Kelly “A Number ...
Jack Antonoff: “I hope my label drops R. Kelly”
  –  March 29, 2018
Jack Antonoff has called on RCA records to drop his label mate R. Kelly. Antonoff, who has produced music for Lorde and Taylor Swift alongside his own Fun. and Bleachers projects, said he has raised the issue "many times" with the label. In a since-deleted ...
Maker of BBC’s controversial new R Kelly film: “I hope R Kelly watches it”
  –  March 29, 2018
Money is justice to a lot of people. R Kelly’s faced allegations for a long time and he’s still making music, he’s still signed to a record label and he’s still working with huge artists. Do you think his portrayal on shows like South Park have ...
New R Kelly sex cult allegations claim singer didn’t care about girls’ ages as long as they ‘had a big booty’
  –  March 29, 2018
and one of the most successful artists in the music industry? “There’s no defence for that.” When questioned on the type of women R Kelly was attracted to, Lovell Jones revealed to BBC Three that some of them might have some from troubled backgrounds.
R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend alleges singer ‘trained’ 14-year-old girl to be his ‘sex pet’
  –  March 28, 2018
A rising singer and actress, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001, after filming a music video for her new single ... which Aaliyah agreed to in October that year. Aaliyah and R Kelly are believed to have then parted way in 1995.
R. Kelly Accused of Training 14-Year-Old to Be Sex Slave
  –  March 28, 2018
At this point, the fact that he ever makes music is sort of an afterthought Multiple women have come forward with horror stories about how R. Kelly allegedly grooms and abuses women, sometimes beginning when they are minors. He offers them money to quit ...
Who is R Kelly, when was he married to Aaliyah, and what are the allegations against him?
  –  March 28, 2018
The Bump N’ Grind hitmaker is estimated to be worth £114 million, which is partly due to his own music, and partly from his record label Rockland Records, started in 1998. Aside from his musical accomplishments, R Kelly has been dogged with controversy ...
R. Kelly Accused of Training 14-Year-Old Girl to Be His ‘Sex Pet’
  –  March 28, 2018
In a BBC3 documentary, R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes ... and encourage people to boycott his appearances and disengage from supporting his music. The documentary is set to air today.
The Truth About R. Kelly's 'Sexual Misconduct' Explored In New Documentary
  –  March 28, 2018
The singer's life and many scandals are explored in a brand new documentary. R. Kelly at the Soul Train Music Awards In a BBC Three documentary entitled 'R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes', his former girlfriend Kitti Jones claims that she was abused by ...
R. Kelly Has Been Accused Of Even More Sexual Misdeeds Involving An Underaged Girl
  –  March 28, 2018
R. Kelly has become almost as well known for accusations of sexual misconduct as he is for his music. The most notorious of those accusations involved an underaged girl and now, a new set of accusations has him involved one again with a teenager ...

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