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R. Kelly

R. Kelly


Famous as :

R&B singer

Birth Name :

Robert Sylvester Kelly

Birth Date :

January 08, 1967

Birth Place :

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Spouse :

Aaliyah (singer, 30-Aug-94 - 7-Feb-95) (annulled), Andrea Lee (former back-up dancer, 1996 - 2009)

Claim to fame :

Single "I Believe I Can Fly" (1996)


"TP.3 Reloaded," released in 2005, was quite a shaking for music world for it's been sold over 490,000 copies in U.S. after being released for a week, quickly became a best-seller album. Greater than that, the album also gained 1st rank at Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart. This achievement isn't something new for famous singer such R. Kelly, but considering his long trials for sex scandal with underage woman it at least helps him to recoup his good reputation and win back his place in people's heart. Sad to say that notwithstanding with the glorious success of "TP.3 Reloaded," one of its tracks entitled "Trapped in the Closet" raised a charting controversy. Consisting of five parts, the song was suspected to be a gimmick for Kelly to break chart records since each part was considered as a different airplay. However, there were some people rejected this opinion, claiming Kelly did not split the song on purpose but rather did it because the song had a 14-minutes duration and therefore was detached to 3-minutes parts.

Looking back through the years, the young Kelly lived with two brothers and sister and his mother Joanne in a slum in the Chicago's Southside project. The street life and bad influence among the neighborhood made him focused his life more on music and basketball. His interest over music was inspired by Lena McLin, his former music mentor at Kenwood Academy High School. In 1988, Kelly who was born on August 1, 1967, started to explore his talent by singing and playing keyboard as a street performer. Kelly's life changed when a young musical executive, Wayne William, took him off the street to sign for Jive Records. He later formed an R&B group called Public Announcement and headed for recording in the end of 1990. "Born Into the '90s" album, includes songs like "She's Got that Vibe", "Slow Dance", "Dedicated", "Dedication of a Hottie" and "Honey Love," was released and in time made it to sell over a million copies. After the success, in 1993, Kelly went solo and brought out his own album "12 Play" which increased his career with such hits, as "Sex Me", "Your Body's Calling" and "Bump & Grind."

Latest News

Amy Poehler Slammed Over Blue Ivy-R. Kelly Joke on Her Show 'Difficult People'

August 20, 2015 17:55:38 GMT

has landed in hot water over a joke that mentions and 's daughter on the pilot of Hulu's new comedy, "". Although she doesn't star on the show, she is seeing the brunt of the backlash since she's one of the producers.

R. Kelly Sued for Canceling Concert

March 30, 2015 09:26:52 GMT

is being sued by a concert promoter who booked him for an upcoming concert. According to a new report by TMZ, the promoter named Darryl Austin was pissed after the R&B singer canceled his performance at the show scheduled to take place in Dallas next month, but failed to return the money the promoter had paid him.

R. Kelly Throws Wild Birthday Party in Twerk-Filled 'Happy Birthday' Music Video

January 24, 2015 06:01:04 GMT

throws a wild party to celebrate his own birthday in the official music video for his "Happy Birthday". Debuted on Friday, January 23, the visuals opens with the singer sleeping on a bed filled with some scantily-clad pretty ladies in a messy hotel room. He finally wakes up and tries to recall what happened the night before.

R. Kelly Wishes Himself 'Happy Birthday' With New Song

January 09, 2015 09:07:00 GMT

wishes himself happy birthday on his new track. Aptly titled "Happy Birthday", it was premiered by DJ Moondawg on his radio show on Thursday, January 8, the day the R&B singer turned 48.

R. Kelly Unveils New Track 'Back Up' Ft. Shawnna

December 12, 2014 04:25:25 GMT

shows off his rapping skills on his new track called "Back Up". Debuted on Thursday, December 11, it features the 47-year-old singer trading bars with former Disturbing Tha Peace raptress .

Rick Ross Teams Up With R. Kelly for New Single 'Keep Doin' That (Rich B**ch)'

October 03, 2014 04:16:32 GMT

returned with a new track on Thursday, October 2. Premiered on Hot 97, the song titled "Keep Doin' That (Rich B**ch)" finds the Maybach Music Group leader reuniting with his 2007 single "Speedin' " collaborator .

R. Kelly Joins Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza

August 04, 2014 07:40:22 GMT

unexpectedly joined onstage during the latter's set at Lollapalooza on Sunday night, August 3. According to Huffington Post, Chance introduced his guest mid-show, describing the "Genius" hitmaker as "the Pied Piper of R&B." Kelly performed three songs over the weekend, "The World's Greatest", "Bump N' Grind" and "Ignition (Remix)".

R. Kelly Removed From Ohio Festival's Line-Up After Protests

July 30, 2014 04:52:50 GMT

is no longer expected to headline an upcoming music festival in Columbus, Ohio. Fashion Meets Music Festival decided to drop the singer from its line-up of performers following numerous complaints over his controversial past.

R. Kelly Plans to Release House Music Album

July 16, 2014 04:59:23 GMT

is currently working on a house music album and he plans to release it in the future. The rapper revealed the news when he recently took the stage at the 24th Annual Chosen Few DJ's Picnic in Chicago.

Jennifer Hudson and R. Kelly Join Forces for 'It's Your World'

July 02, 2014 07:25:49 GMT

The studio version of 's new track "It's Your World" leaked in full not so long after the singer debuted the track at the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday night, June 29. Produced by veteran house producer DJ Terry Hunter, the track features guest vocals from .

Snippet of Lady GaGa's Raunchy 'Do What U Want' Video Leaks

June 20, 2014 01:56:27 GMT

Late last year, filmed the music video for her single "Do What U Want" before eventually shelving it. Now, a snippet of the visuals directed by famed photographer Terry Richardson unexpectedly hit the web on Thursday, June 19 via TMZ.

Keyshia Cole Pictured Working in the Studio With R. Kelly

March 27, 2014 08:46:38 GMT

's new album will likely feature a guest appearance from . The singer recently teased the collaboration with an Instagram photo of her posing with the 47-year-old singer/producer.

R. Kelly Readies 'White Panties', Talks Possible Collaboration Album With Mary J. Blige

March 04, 2014 04:11:00 GMT

Just a few months after releasing "", already has a plan to drop a follow-up album. The singer made the revelation about the new record during an interview with V Magazine, which is on newsstands now.

Beyonce's New Album Tops Billboard 200, R. Kelly's 'Black Panties' Arrives at No. 4

December 19, 2013 02:36:49 GMT

As it was previously reported, ' new self-titled album "" enters Billbord 200 at No. 1. Nielsen Soundscan reports that the 14-song and 17-music video set, which arrived unexpectedly on Friday, December 13, has sold 617,000 copies in its first week.

R. Kelly Readying a Christmas Album Full of 'Lovemaking'

December 12, 2013 08:43:38 GMT

's new album is currently on the way. Just a few days after releasing his twelfth studio set "", the singer announced that he's working on a holiday album called "". Kelly started working on the album last year and plans to release it next year.

Lady GaGa Rides R. Kelly in 'Do What U Want' Music Video Teaser

December 07, 2013 02:32:02 GMT

has filmed the music video for her collaboration with , "Do What U Want". The 27-year-old singer has also teased the project with a provocative black-and-white picture that features her wearing bikini while straddling her collaborator.

Video: Benedict Cumberbatch Recites R. Kelly's Raunchy 'Genius' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

December 06, 2013 03:10:48 GMT

turned up the heat on "" Wednesday, December 4. Stopping by the ABC talk show to promote his new movie "", the British actor was asked to recite 's single "Genius".

R. Kelly Goes 'All the Way' With Kelly Rowland in New Collaboration

December 02, 2013 08:39:53 GMT

and 's collaboration single has made its way out online. Entitled "All the Way", the track is a sexy and provocative slow jam that features the two stars trading verses about how much they're addicted to each other.

Justin Bieber Unveils R. Kelly-Assisted New Single 'PYD'

November 18, 2013 08:48:00 GMT

Last week, revealed that he had worked with for a new track. The 19-year-old Canadian singer then confirmed the news and hinted that the duet track would be released as part of his Music Mondays series.

Video: Lady GaGa Teams Up With R. Kelly to Perform 'Do What U Want' on 'SNL'

November 18, 2013 04:50:03 GMT

took over the Saturday, November 16 episode of "". In addition to making appearance as a guest host, the 27-year-old star performed her newest single called "Do What U Want".

Justin Bieber Collaborates With R. Kelly for Next Week's Music Mondays

November 14, 2013 07:48:00 GMT

Several weeks ago, started a collaboration rumor after tweeting a mysterious message to , telling him that "they aren't ready." Now, Kelly has revealed that he's indeed worked with Bieber for a new track.

Fans Demand Refund After Alleged Fake R. Kelly Appears at Louisiana Concert

October 29, 2013 04:20:38 GMT

Fans got angry when they attended 's show in Louisiana on Saturday night, October 26. The fans demanded refund after they claimed that the man who took the stage at the Monroe Civic Centre wasn't actually the star

Lady GaGa Unveils R. Kelly-Assisted Track 'Do What U Want'

October 22, 2013 02:07:42 GMT

After previewing the track in an ad for 's Beat headphones last week, releases "Do What U Want" in full. Featuring a guest vocal from , the up-tempo and electronic track was co-produced by GaGa and Paul Blair a.k.a. DJ White Shadow.

Lady GaGa Previews R. Kelly Duet 'Do What U Want'

October 17, 2013 08:21:25 GMT

has teamed up with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and she is giving everyone a sneak peek of the track via a new commercial for Beats Studio headphones and Best Buy. The new song is called "Do What U Want" and it appears in GaGa's forthcoming "" album, arriving on November 11.

Video: R. Kelly Wraps Up Pitchfork Music Festival

July 23, 2013 09:00:15 GMT

wrapped up Pitchfork Music Festival at Chicago's Union Park on Sunday, July 21. Kelly opened his 90-minute set with a choir for "Ignition (Remix)". He went on to perform some of his hits, which included a capella rendition of "Sex in the Kitchen".

Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards Nominees, Chris Brown and R. Kelly to Perform

May 15, 2013 03:29:14 GMT

Canadian rapper leads all nominees in this year's BET Awards, bagging a total of 12 nominations going into the June 30 awarding ceremony. To be hosted by comedian , the show will feature performances from hip-hop's finest, from young current superstar to veteran favorite .

Captain Kirk Lives Up to His Reputation in New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' TV Spot

April 15, 2013 08:52:46 GMT

"" debuts a new TV spot via MTV. Previewing brief glances at the characters and the situations they get engaged in, the video features a new scene of Carol Marcus, played by , and Captain Kirk, portrayed by , getting in a short conversation.

Phoenix and R. Kelly Team Up to Surprise Crowd at Coachella

April 15, 2013 08:46:44 GMT

As French indie-pop band headlined the April 13 show of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2013 in Indio, California along with The Postal Service and New Order, the group was rumored to bring out a cameo of fellow French act . The Thomas Mars-fronted band pulled off an even bigger surprise by featuring Grammy Award-winning R 'n' B artist .

R. Kelly Releases 'I Know You Are Hurting' for Newtown Shooting Survivors

January 05, 2013 03:51:59 GMT

comes out anew with a tribute to the survivors of the Newtown shooting massacre that gripped the American nation last month. The Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and record producer wrote and recorded "I Know You Are Hurting", an uplifting gospel track that features a choir of children and adults, meant for those who survived the brutal shooting incident.

R. Kelly to Bring 'Trapped in the Closet' to Broadway

November 21, 2012 07:55:13 GMT

has announced that he is currently working on a theater adaptation of his hip-hop opera "Trapped in the Closet" and plans to make it a Broadway hit. The singer made the revelation at the screening of the new chapters of his wacky epic opus at New York's Landmark Sunshine Theater on Monday, November 19.

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