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Ray J

Ray J


Famous as :

Actor, R&B singer

Birth Name :

William Raymond Norwood, Jr.

Birth Date :

January 17, 1981

Birth Place :

McComb, Mississippi, USA

Claim to fame :

As Dorian "D-Money" Long in TV series "Moesha" (1996)


Ray J is particularly lucky for being born to a musician's family by the name Willie Norwood. Willie, a relative of Bo Diddley, is a gospel singer who often exposed his children to the art of showbiz, including supporting Ray's older sister Brandy who launched a singing career at the age of mere 2. When William Ray Norwood was born on January 17, 1981, his sister has been cultivated to become a performer. Thus when the family that includes mom Sonja Bates-Norwood, moved from Ray's birth town in McComb, M.S. to Carson, California two years later, it was considered an open opportunity for the children to spread their wings even wider. Ray only started his career at the age of 8, when he auditioned for a number of commercials. Acting soon became his main interest and he got the opportunity to do so when he was cast as comedian Sinbad's son in his TV show. Although the show was eventually canceled in 1996, Ray kept his spirit high by branching to music after inspired by his sister's early success. He recorded several demo tapes that finally landed on the executives' hands of Elektra Records. He was immediately signed in 1995.

Two years later, Ray was added to Brandy's TV show "Moesha" that garnered success since its launch in 1996 as Dorian Long, the male main character's out-of-wedlock child. Unfortunately the show, too, received a decline in ratings since the fifth season and was eventually canceled after six seasons. Worse, his debut album "Everything You Want" that was released in 1997 did not do well on the market that he was dropped in that same year. Sticking it out when the going gets tough, in the several years ahead he made guest appearances on several TV series before eventually getting his big break in 2001. He recorded a cover of "Another Day in Paradise" with Brandy which eventually sold moderately well in European countries. This proved to be a boost for Ray's credibility for when his sophomore effort "This Ain't a Game" was released in June 2001, it peaked at #21 on Billboard Hot 200, fronted by the single "Wait a Minute" featuring Lil' Kim.

Latest News

Blac Chyna Spotted on Mall Date With Ray J

May 09, 2015 04:12:13 GMT

Amidst and drama, Blac Chyna was spotted with 's former flamer . Blac and Ray met up at Westfield Mall in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 7.

Ray J Reacts to Amber Rose's Twitter Diss Over Kim Kardashian

February 21, 2015 02:47:30 GMT

has responded to 's diss over ' infamous sex tape with him. The "I Hit It First" singer took to Instagram on Friday, February 20 to share a video of a famous moment in "Godfather III" in which 's character Michael Corleone said, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Ray J's Girlfriend Princess Love Is Reportedly Arrested After Beating Him Up

February 17, 2015 06:13:03 GMT

's girlfriend Princess Love was arrested in New Orleans on Wednesday, February 11 after she beat him up, TMZ reported. Law enforcement sources told the site that the incident occurred when Ray J got back to his hotel after spending the night with TV producers at a strip club.

Ray J Premieres 'ATM' Music Video Ft. Migos and Dria

September 01, 2014 08:13:58 GMT

has released the official music video for his new single, "ATM", featuring and singer Dria. Arriving via MTV, the Matt Alonzo-directed clip centers on the affair between the singer and the head of his all-female security team.

Ray J Takes Plea Deal in Assault Case

August 29, 2014 06:40:22 GMT

Singer has coped a plea deal with the prosecutors in connection to his battery and assault case. As reported by CNN, a prosecutor said on Thursday, August 28 that the R&B singer pleaded no contest to misdemeanor trespassing. As a part of the deal, other charges of sexual battery, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest were dropped.

Ray J Pleads Not Guilty to Groping and Other Charges

August 20, 2014 04:27:41 GMT

R&B singer has pleaded not guilty to several charges following his arrest at a luxury hotel in May. On Tuesday, August 19, Ray entered the plea on misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer and resisting a peace officer. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 28.

Ray J's Selfies With Two Police Officers Force LAPD to Launch Internal Investigation

August 11, 2014 09:24:14 GMT

LAPD is launching an internal investigation on two police officers who took selfies with . According to TMZ, the two cops, who supposedly captured Ray for texting while driving, let him go after taking selfies.

Ray J Hit With 4 Charges Following May Arrest

July 22, 2014 06:49:25 GMT

reportedly has been charged with 4 crimes following a recent arrest at a posh hotel. According to TMZ, the Los Angeles County D.A. hit the R&B singer, whose real name is William Ray Norwood Jr., with sexual battery, resisting arrest, assault and battery and vandalism.

Ray J Gets Arrested for Unruly Behavior, Reportedly Spits on Police Officer

June 01, 2014 13:31:04 GMT

landed in trouble with the law over the weekend. The R&B singer whose real name is William Ray Norwood Jr. was taken into police custody Friday night, May 30 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. He allegedly created a disturbance at the swanky hotel and got involved in a violent confrontation with police officers.

Ray J Premieres 'I Hit First' Video Featuring Kim Kardashian Look-a-Like

April 30, 2013 07:01:40 GMT

In less than a month after releasing his controversial new single "I Hit First", hip-hop/R'n'B singer unveiled its music video on Monday, April 29 to the amusement of critics and the general public over its utter lack of subtlety. Despite the clear lyrical references capped off by the doppelganger he got for his new clip, the 32-year-old crooner maintains the song is not about her former sex tape partner.

Ray J's Kim Kardashian Diss Track 'I Hit First' Leaks Online

April 08, 2013 09:09:59 GMT

Two days before its intended release, hip-hop/R 'n' B singer 's controversial new single "I Hit First" gets leaked online. Its single art released over the weekend, believed to be a pixilated photo of reality star and his former sex tape partner , seemed to be too much intriguing for fans for them not to find a way to the track's full SoundCloud audio.

Ray J Disses Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as He Unveils 'I Hit First' Single Art

April 06, 2013 04:49:50 GMT

Hip-hop/R 'n' B singer unveiled today on his Instagram the artwork for his new track "I Hit First", set to be released this coming April 9. The new image is said to be a pixilated photo of reality star which the 32-year-old artist dated in the past.

Existence of Second Kim Kardashian Sex Tape Denied

November 02, 2012 18:55:38 GMT

The second sex tape that has been reported recently does not actually exist. Porn company Vivid Entertainment, that handled copyright to the first Kardashian and ex-boyfriend 's sex tape, confirmed that there is no sequel of the XXX video.

Report: Kim Kardashian and Ray J's Second Sex Tape Marketed

October 30, 2012 18:00:41 GMT

Reports emerge that there's a leftover from and 's sex tape and this one is even raunchier. Kim gained notoriety when the first sex tape went out in 2007, earning millions of dollars from both the court settlement as well as profits.

Exhaustion and Jet Leg Put Ray J in Hospital

May 22, 2012 17:30:15 GMT

It was not because of that ended up at a hospital near Las Vegas on Monday, May 21. A representative for the R & B singer told E! News that he was treated for exhaustion and jet lag at the unspecified hospital.

Ray J Denied He Supplied Whitney Houston With Cocaine

March 23, 2012 16:39:40 GMT

continues to fight allegations about him and , one of which came from 's sister Leolah Brown. The former sister-in-law of Whitney told Dr. Drew Pinsky on his HLN show that Ray J could have been the one who supplied the late singer with cocaine that contributed to her death on February 11.

Ray J Calls Whitney Houston Sex Tape Rumors 'Despicable'

March 22, 2012 03:06:30 GMT

Contrary to recent tabloid claim, is not in possession of explicit photos or videos featuring him and the late . Courtney Barnes, a representative for the younger brother of , was quick to come out with a denying statement, calling rumors of the sex tapes "despicable."

Ray J to Whitney Houston: 'I Miss You So Much'

February 17, 2012 17:16:24 GMT

breaks his silence over the death of on-and-off girlfriend, . To The Associated Press on Friday, February 17, the singer said, "Over the past few days, I've tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing. What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words. The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend."

Raw Video of Ray J Beating Fabolous Surfaces

September 21, 2011 17:03:41 GMT

There's now a proof that beat up for trash talking him on Twitter. A video from the Las Vegas nightclub brawl last weekend has been obtained and like Ray J said, was there when the fist fight happened.

Ray J Says He Beat Up Fabolous and Would Do It Again

September 19, 2011 18:03:25 GMT

Looks like the war between and is not going to end in near future. Right after their fist fight over the weekend at the Palms in Las Vegas, Ray J called a radio station to smack talked Fabolous and challenged him to another duel.

Porn Site Wants to Buy Kim Kardashian's Sex Tape and Make It Free

September 05, 2011 06:37:41 GMT

The case of 's sex tape distribution rights is getting messier. After a mystery buyer approached Vivid Entertainment to buy the tape, a porn website has now attempted to purchase it from the adult video producer with plan to put it online for free.

Keri Hilson, Rick Ross and More Hit Red Carpet of VH1 Hip Hop Honor

June 04, 2010 07:40:48 GMT

Red carpet was rolled out to welcome celebrities attending the taping of 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honor. A number of A-list guests ranging from , , , , , , , , and were spotted posing for the awaiting photographers outside the venue.

Monica Danger Apologized to Ray J for Gay Rumors

January 16, 2010 03:48:32 GMT

The woman who tried to 'out' as gay has apologized to the R&B singer after admitting she made up the rumors about his sexuality.

Ray J Insists He Is Not Gay

January 13, 2010 02:27:20 GMT

R&B singer has come forward to set straight rumors he is gay - insisting the stories were started by a snubbed contestant on his reality TV dating show. Monica Danger, who appeared on his VH1 series "", sparked speculation about the star's sexuality in a recent radio interview, alleging Ray J has been dating rapper .

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