R. Kelly
American musician
R. Kelly
Robert Sylvester Kelly, known by his stage name R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Often referred to as the King of R&B, Kelly is recognized as one of the most successful R&B artists of all-time. 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.
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Emilia Clarke's New Hair May Be For A Secret Not So Far, Far Away
Huffington Post - 9 days
Mother of Dragons! Khaleesi, aka Emilia Clarke, has a bangin’ new look, and it has us questioning everything.  Here’s what Clarke used to look like:  And here’s Khaleesi now: Clarke must own some dragons because that new ‘do is fire. The actress showed off her dramatic new bangs and bob at a pre-BAFTA party over the weekend ... And she showed the look off again on Instagram: ACCIDENTAL APPROPRIATE DRESSING. #mywardobeknewaboutvalentinesdaybeforemyawakebraindid #getyourfreak(heartwitheyeson)on ❤ A post shared by @emilia_clarke on Feb 14, 2017 at 2:54am PST People are already speculating about what Sophie Turner’s BAFTA bruises mean for her “Game of Thrones” character, so does Clarke’s new look hint at the future of her character, Dany? Probably not. First off, Clarke wears a wig on the show, and she’s already wrapped filming for Season 7 anyway. She celebrated the event by lip-syncing to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” ... as ...
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R. Kelly Confirms He's Not Performing At Inauguration With Odd Photo
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Looks like R. Kelly was pissed. The R&B singer responsible for classics like the “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition (Remix)” and the rap opera “Trapped in the Closet” recently found himself embroiled in a debate over whether or not he’d be performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Rumors started swirling on Tuesday evening, when a comedian tweeted that Kelly would be performing. BREAKING: R. Kelly confirmed to perform at inauguration. — Jonathan Torrens (@TorrensJonathan) January 11, 2017 Nipping that in the bud, Kelly responded to the rumors with the following tweet on Thursday evening: End. Of. Story. pic.twitter.com/jVjgpbMYr3 — R. Kelly (@rkelly) January 13, 2017 If it’s unclear as to why all of this is, well, fascinating, let’s break it down. Earlier this week, BuzzFeed published an unverified intelligence report indicating Russia has compromising information on Trump. Part of that information included alleg ...
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Holiday album roundup 2016: Garth, R. Kelly, Neil Diamond and more
LATimes - 2 months
The annual deluge of holiday releases seems to have a broader than usual range, from Georgian singer Katie Melua’s offering with Russian and Eastern European elements to R&B crooner R. Kelly’s pleasant surprise of a Christmas collection. There’s also the usual bevy of country artists weighing in,...
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Let's Put 'Artpop' Behind Us And Appreciate Lady Gaga's 'Perfect Illusion' Music Video
Huffington Post - 5 months
In case you didn’t hear the global gay gasp that occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday night, Lady Gaga has a new music video for “Perfect Illusion,” the lead single off the singer’s fifth studio album, “Joanne.” Released during the premiere of Fox’s “Scream Queens” (touché, Ryan Murphy, touché), our queen has officially entered a new era. Gone are the “Artpop” days of Botticelli clam shells, Jeff Koons paintings and misguided R. Kelly collaborations. Gaga’s new aesthetic? Rocker tees, ponytail moments that keep Ariana Grande up at night, microphone twirls and short shorts that would make Daisy Duke fret about a yeast infection.  Directed by longtime friend Ruth Hogben, the music video finds the singer stripped down and channeling her inner rock goddess. Set in the desert with a mosh pit full of grunged youth and collaborators Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and BloodPop, this is Gaga like we’ve never seen her before.  It’s a step in the ...
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More Than 200 Musicians Support ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
A group of 212 musicians including Hans Zimmer, R.Kelly and bands including Earth, Wind and Fire have come forward in support of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" appeal against copyright infringement. Mark Kelly reports. Image: Interscope Records
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Street Compliments Are The Building Blocks To Sexual Violence
Huffington Post - 6 months
"Hold on" You may have thought to yourself after reading the title of this article, "I've told my sisters that they throw like 'girls.' It was just a joke. It has nothing to do with sexual violence." Directly speaking, no, it doesn't have to do with sexual violence. However, telling a kid that they "(insert verb here) like a girl" is saying to that kid, boys are inherently better at that thing than girls. Instead of working hard and practicing, they should emulate boys if they want to be good enough. Or quite possibly, you thought "Woah! I'll tell a woman she's sexy if I see her on the street, but I wouldn't rape her." Fair enough. A street harasser may not ever think to rape someone, but somewhere along the line, they were taught that it is normal and acceptable to disregard a woman's comfort so that they could tell her how sexy she is. Maybe someone else takes it a step further and follows a woman for blocks, demanding her attention. The next person might take it one ste ...
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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week
Huffington Post - 7 months
The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant — but succinct — wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.    Even if they want him out, I say the GOP need to carry their candidate fully to term — Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) August 5, 2016 When the couple chooses the wrong house on House Hunters pic.twitter.com/nOMoWcO8Tf — Peyoncé (@PerrinSimone) July 31, 2016 I just accidentally danced to an r Kelly song, how many hail marys do I have to do — Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) August 4, 2016 Instead of the Founding Fathers, I prefer to call them the Deciding Daddies — Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) August 5, 2016 I assume anyone sitting alone in a car in the dark corner of a grocery store parking ...
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R. Kelly is still a Bill Cosby fan
CNN - about 1 year
R. Kelly has had his own share of controversy, so it's perhaps no surprise that he would feel sympathetically toward Bill Cosby.
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Why Talking About Bowie's Sexual Misconduct Matters
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Internet lit up with tributes when David Bowie passed away Sunday. Fans -- and really, who wasn't a fan? -- posted favourite tracks, iconic photos of Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane, think pieces about his influence on music, fashion and the LGBT community and personal reflections: "As a weird kid, Bowie helped me accept myself." But if you listen closely, amidst the loud celebration are whispers about Bowie's sexual history. Some rebellious souls have pointed out that, ahem, this cultural icon also devirginized a 15-year-old girl named Lori Mattix in the early 1970s. If that doesn't seem like a big deal to you, under the law, it's statutory rape. (In California, where Bowie was living at the time, the age of consent was and still is 18.) You probably didn't know about this incident. Neither did I. It may seem in bad taste to raise this contentious bit of Bowie's sexual past so shortly after his passing. In fact, a Facebook friend who initially brought up the underage sex re ...
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You Might Be Rapey, Too -- The Real Reason Some People Are Defending Bill Cosby and R. Kelly
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This post was originally published on the blog, Frequent FlyHer. I must've been in high school when I was riding in the car with my mother as we listened to Tom Joyner, I believe it was, call Aaliyah up in school, yes school, and ask her about her marriage to R. Kelly. I don't really remember all of the details, but I do remember her reticence and discomfort with the conversation. Afterwards, I remember still listening to the song pinned by her "alleged" husband, "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number," and rocking back and forth to it (no pun intended), jamming, singing along, not understanding that I was listening to a Lolita-esque anthem written by the chocolate Humbert Humbert himself. The same Humbert "R. Kelly" Humbert, who asked for some I.D. before he got deep in...Who the fuck needs an ID though! Whom are you fucking whose age is really that questionable that it makes for an actual song lyric?!?!?!!?! When you step back for a moment, and really look at this, you have to scratch you ...
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Justice, Not 'The Man' is Out to Get Bill Cosby
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm Chevonne Harris and I administer black passes. Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Vick, Whoopi Goldberg and that whole Ted Danson thing, I, like many in our community, have a tendency to dismiss the screw-ups of black people on the basis of bad behavior justified by the psychological impacts of the historical ill-treatment of blacks in America. For a good portion of my life I had a pretty solid argument until in walked Bill Cosby and his multitude of accusers. Dang it. As news of Cosby's recent arraignment hit social media, my timeline sort of threw up with conspiracy theories and posts in defense of the fallen comedian. From a ploy concocted by the media to distract us from Tamir Rice, to blaming the spirit of Bull Connor, not Cosby's realization of oh s**t this is really happening, for his stumble as he was walking into court, black people tried it. We tried every which way we knew how to explain, defend or ignore the startling fact that our beloved Bill Cosby may indeed be a pre ...
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HuffPost Live's Top 10 Celebrity Interviews Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Over the last 12 months, HuffPost Live has played host to musicians, models, movie stars, authors and even a former president. It's been another year of thought-provoking, news-making interviews, and as 2015 draws to a close, it's the perfect time to revisit the unforgettable conversations that streamed through your laptop, your iTunes account or your new favorite mobile entertainment network. Legendary musician David Crosby pulled no punches during a rollicking conversation with HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski in June. From his disdain for Kanye West and SeaWorld to his strained relationship with Neil Young, Crosby was an open book, including in his tenderhearted update on the ailing health of his longtime friend Joni Mitchell, who had recently suffered an aneurysm. This summer, The Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs opened up about being raped by her manager in 1975, when Fuchs was just 16, in a powerful interview with HuffPost's Jason Cherkis. After ...
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HuffPost Live's Top 10 Celebrity Interviews Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Over the last 12 months, HuffPost Live has played host to musicians, models, movie stars, authors and even a former president. It's been another year of thought-provoking, news-making interviews, and as 2015 draws to a close, it's the perfect time to revisit the unforgettable conversations that streamed through your laptop, your iTunes account or your new favorite mobile entertainment network. Legendary musician David Crosby pulled no punches during a rollicking conversation with HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski in June. From his disdain for Kanye West and SeaWorld to his strained relationship with Neil Young, Crosby was an open book, including in his tenderhearted update on the ailing health of his longtime friend Joni Mitchell, who had recently suffered an aneurysm. This summer, The Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs opened up about being raped by her manager in 1975, when Fuchs was just 16, in a powerful interview with HuffPost's Jason Cherkis. After the story ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of R. Kelly
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    In 2016, Kelly donated cases of water to the Flint water crisis.
    More Details Hide Details After a July 1996 brawl at a Lafayette, Louisiana health club involving Kelly and his entourage, Kelly was placed on a year's unsupervised probation starting August 13, 1997, after being found guilty of battery. One of the victims, Christopher Mahoney, needed 110 facial stitches. Also that year, 20-year-old Tiffany Hawkins sued Kelly for $10 million and accused him of having sexual relations with her when he was 24 and she 15. Kelly settled the lawsuit in 1998 for $250,000, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. On April 8, 1998, Kelly was arrested on three misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, including one charge on violating noise ordinance for playing his music extremely loud from his car. Prosecutors from the district attorney's office dropped the first two charges on May 7 and the noise charge on July 22 that year.
  • 2015
    Age 48
    On July 14, 2015, R. Kelly announced that The Buffet will be released September 25, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details However it was later pushed back to December 11, 2015. The album's first single "Backyard Party" was released August 21, 2015. The album's second single "Switch Up" was released November 5, 2015. Kelly's music took root in R&B, hip hop and soul. One of Kelly's earliest musical memories is listening to his mother, Joanne Kelly sing. As a young child, he was influenced by the work of musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke and The Isley Brothers. Although Stevie Wonder had a substantial influence on Kelly, Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway are Kelly's greatest inspirations. In reference to Hathaway, Kelly declared: "A guy like Donny Hathaway had a focused, sexual texture in his voice that I always wanted in mine," Kelly said. "He had smooth, soulful tones, but he was spiritual at the same time." Kelly was heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye's R&B Lothario image. "I had to make a baby-makin' album. If Marvin Gaye did it, I wanted to do it," Kelly said. Public Announcement worked with Kelly during his debut at the tail-end of the New jack swing era, as they managed to further sustain its sound. While Kelly has created a smooth, professional mixture of hip-hop beats, soulman crooning, and funk, the most distinctive element of his music is its explicit carnality. "Sex Me", "Bump n' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'" and "Feelin' on Yo Booty" are considered examples, as their productions were seductive enough to sell such blatant come-ons.
  • 2014
    Age 47
    In July 2014, Kelly announced at the Chosen Few DJs Picnic in hometown Chicago that he's currently working on a House music album. "I want y'all to know a secret," R. Kelly said. "I'm working on a house album right now, and I want y'all to know, it's coming.
    More Details Hide Details And y'all know, I love music and I feel like I can do anything when it comes to music because I am music — just like y'all."
    Stepping away from his music, R. Kelly is planning to make his debut as a film director and producer sometime during 2014 or 2015 and also plans on taking his musical Trapped in the Closet to Broadway.
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    He also added that he is finishing up a Christmas album for late 2014 called The 12 Nights Of Christmas. R. Kelly is also planning a tour with R&B singer Mary J. Blige called "The King & Queen Tour" before doing the Black Panties Tour later.
    More Details Hide Details He is also going to film and put out more Chapter of his infamous Hip Hopera Trapped in the Closet. R. Kelly has also been recording different songs with Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson on the track called "It's Your World", and the rapper Scarface as a featured performer on tracks on each of their albums. He has only confirmed one collaboration for his upcoming Black Panties sequel, with pop singer Justin Bieber.
  • 2013
    Age 46
    In late 2013, R. Kelly announced with Rap-Up TV that he was planning to release the sequel to the album Black Panties for the summer of 2014, White Panties.
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    During this time, R. Kelly also collaborated with a variety of artists. He co-wrote and is featured on Lady Gaga's song "Do What U Want" from her 2013 album Artpop. R. Kelly performed his duet with Lady Gaga for the first time on Saturday Night Live on November 16, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The two are also scheduled to perform the song live again at the 2013 American Music Awards. He also collaborated with Birdman and Lil Wayne on the Rich Gang album's second single and on Twista's first single on his new album "Dark Horse". Music videos have been produced for both singles. At midnight on November 17, R. Kelly and Justin Bieber debuted their first collaboration entitled "PYD". R. Kelly was also featured on the soundtrack album of the film The Best Man Holiday with his song "Christmas, I'll Be Steppin'". On an interview with Global Grind on November 15, R. Kelly stated that he has a song that he is going to be servicing to Celine Dion and it could be their first song together after the number one single "I'm Your Angel" in 1998. He also confirmed that Trapped in the Closet is going to Broadway and that he's working on making movies and also more chapters for his Hip Hopera, telling his fans that they will see a lot going on for him in past two or three years and more. He is also working with singer Mariah Carey for her new upcoming album "The Art of Letting Go".
    On June 30, 2013, R. Kelly performed live at BET Awards Show for the first time in many years, singing a medley of his hits as well as a snippet of his new track "My Story" featuring Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by news that Kelly was releasing the song as the lead single for his upcoming twelfth studio album Black Panties. The album itself was officially released on December 10, 2013.
    During 2013, R. Kelly has been continuing his "The Single Ladies Tour".
    More Details Hide Details He has also been performing at a variety of music festivals across North America, including Bonnarro, Pitchfork, and Macy's Music Festival.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    On August 31, 2012, Kelly announced The Single Ladies Tour featuring R&B singer, Tamia.
    More Details Hide Details On September 1, 2012, the Japanese branch of retail chain HMV revealed Kanye West's Cruel Summer track list. Kelly is featured alongside Kanye West on the opening song entitled "To the World".
    On June 26, 2012, Kelly released his eleventh studio album, Write Me Back.
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    On February 18, 2012, R. Kelly performed at Whitney Houston's memorial.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly performed the ballad I Look to You, a song he wrote for Whitney that she released on July 23, 2009. The song was included in her seventh and final studio album, also titled I Look to You. After singing the song he said, "We love you Whitney. Rest in Peace." before leaving the stage. On March 20, 2012, IFC announced a third installment of the "Trapped in the Closet" will be coming soon. The new chapters aired on IFC on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
    On February 1, 2012, Kelly released the first single, "Share My Love", off Write Me Back, followed by “Feelin’ Single”.
    More Details Hide Details The album will be released on June 26.
    On January 31, 2012, Kelly revealed in a radio interview that he's releasing a follow-up to the Love Letter album titled Write Me Back.
    More Details Hide Details The album is a mix of Kelly's previous albums; Love Letter, Happy People and a little bit of TP-2.Com.
    His memoir entitled Soulacoaster was released in the Summer of 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    On December 21, 2011, Kelly made a live appearance on The X Factor (U.S.) and gave his first performance since undergoing emergency throat surgery in the summer.
    More Details Hide Details He sang his classic hit "I Believe I Can Fly" with finalist Melanie Amaro and received positive reviews from critics. Kelly revealed to Rolling Stone that he felt like he was "just starting out" and how the performance was a "wake up call" for him.
    On November 10, 2011, Kelly tweeted to fans "It's been a long time coming but I finally feel a lot better about my throat since the surgery and this is the first song I wrote." followed with "Enjoy!" and a link to a song titled "Shut Up".
    More Details Hide Details In the song, Kelly addresses the people who doubted his ability to come back after the surgery and the rumors that surrounded him while he was in recovery. Reviews for "Shut Up" were generally positive: Spin (magazine) wrote, "Kelly taking aim at the haters who said "he's washed up, he's lost it." He hasn't. Dude's voice is in prime smooth R&B form". Prefix (magazine) writer, Andrew Winistorfer described the song as "vintage Kelly: It's all runs in the verses, falsetto in the middle, and randomly placed vitriol.
    On April 25, 2011, Director Salkim Akli was quoted saying, "Hopefully, R. Kelly will come on and do some of the music for the film.
    More Details Hide Details His latest music sounds like it came from a time period. Here's a guy who can write about a woman being a jeep to 'I Believe I Can Fly' and he's an artist. Whether you like him or dislike him, I love artists, and I know that he will just go deep into it and come up with something unique." On October 7, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding Jive Records along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, Kelly (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material on the RCA Records brand.
    On September 23, 2011, Variety confirmed that Kelly has signed on to write original music for the Sparkle soundtrack.
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    On July 21, 2011, in a video message to fans, Kelly spoke out for the first time since throat surgery and reassured his fans that he's doing well.
    More Details Hide Details He said "Yo what's up, y'all, it's your boy Kellz, fresh out the hospital. Just want to say thanks to my fans for supporting me. I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me."
    On July 21, 2011, Kelly's spokesman, Allan Mayer, reported that Kelly was released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is recuperating at home.
    More Details Hide Details It was not immediately clear when Kelly might be well enough to resume performing.
    On July 20, 2011, in a press release, representatives for R. Kelly explained that he was rushed to the hospital to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils and "will be laid up for an indefinite amount of time".
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, Kelly tweeted fans "I WILL BE BACK!" he promised and "I'd like to thank everybody for their love, concern and support."
    On July 19, 2011, Kelly was rushed to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago to undergo emergency throat surgery.
    More Details Hide Details He cancelled his heavily advertised performance at the Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica that was scheduled the following Friday. In a statement the organizers said, "Kelly's unforeseen and unavoidable health issues will prevent him from making a scheduled appearance on the music festival." Johnny Gourzong, Sumfest Productions executive director, also commented, saying, "We are truly going to miss his presence on the festival."
    In March 2011, Kelly was named the #1 R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard.
    More Details Hide Details In his career Kelly has amassed 35 top 10 hits and 11 #1 hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
    At the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala in Los Angeles, Kelly performed a medley of hits including "Happy People", "When a Woman's Fed Up" and "Bump N' Grind".
    More Details Hide Details Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times wrote "Kelly is a single-bound kind of leaper who dips into everything from soft porn to opera in his music. His supreme chutzpah, a quality he shares with Streisand, allows him to feel secure within pop's traditions while taking them wherever he pleases. He made Davis' musical program, which at times got lost amid the chatter of the A-list crowd, come alive. It was all so simple then: an instant when one of pop's key traditional elements, that determination to wow, took on new dimension in the hands of an expert."
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In promotion of the Love Letter album he performed at the 2010 Soul Train Music Awards and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
    More Details Hide Details All songs on the album were written and produced by Kelly.
    Kelly's tenth album Love Letter was released on December 14, 2010 worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes 15 songs, the latter being a bonus track; a cover of Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone, which was written and produced by Kelly as well. Love Letter has been critically acclaimed by music critics and highly praised by critics and fans alike. ABC News declared "The genius of R. Kelly has been resurrected and is on full display on Love Letter" The first single "When a Woman Loves" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. ABC News music critic named "When a Woman Loves" the best single of 2010 saying: "An absolutely stunning love song with a pitch-perfect vocal performance that will send chills down your spine — for the right reasons." The next single, "Love Letter" and "A Love Letter Christmas", the Christmas remix to "Love Letter", were released as singles on November 22, 2010.
    In November 2010, Kelly collaborated with several African musicians forming a supergroup known as One8.
    More Details Hide Details The group features 2Face from Nigeria, Ali Kiba from Tanzania, Congolese singer Fally Ipupa, 4X4 from Ghana, hip-hop artist Movaizhaleine from Gabon, Zambia's JK, Ugandan hip-hop star Navio and Kenya's Amani, the only female in the group. The first release from the group is "Hands Across the World" written and produced by Kelly.
    In the September 2010 issue of XXL magazine, Kelly mentioned that the song Sign of a Victory gave him the idea to do an international album called Epic.
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    On September 13, 2010, Kelly released one of his three new albums, Epic.
    More Details Hide Details A collection of Kelly's most "epic" ballads, including five brand-new inspirational songs; the compilation was only released in Europe.
    In an interview in the September 2010 issue of XXL magazine, Kelly mentioned that he is currently working on three new albums (Epic, Love Letter, and Zodiac) and detailed that the new material is basically him "remixing himself".
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    On July 13, 2010, a song called "Tongues" surfaced, reportedly the lead single from Kelly's upcoming album Zodiac.
    More Details Hide Details The song is produced by Bangladesh and features Ludacris.
    Kelly performed the song "Sign of a Victory" at the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony on June 11, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    In December 2009, Kelly teamed up with biographer David Ritz and Tavis Smiley's SmileyBooks publications to write his memoirs entitled Soulacoaster.
    More Details Hide Details SmileyBooks publisher and founder, Tavis Smiley stated that the memoir's main focus won't be on Kelly's trials and tribulations. Smiley was quoted saying "If anyone thinks this bookis going to fixate on Kelly's trials, they are going to be sadly mistaken. It is going to be a holistic look at his life thus far and the life and legacy that he's building."
    Kelly performed for the first time in Africa headlining the Arise African Fashion Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 20, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly scheduled to perform in Cape Town before heading to Nigeria as part of the annual ThisDay music and fashion festival in July. Kelly also performed in Kampala, Uganda in January 2010. He also scheduled to perform in London as part of his first international tour in eight years, but he did not make his London concert. "I'm very excited about my first visit to Africa, I've dreamed about this for a long time and it's finally here," Kelly said in a statement. "It will be one of the highlights of not only my career but my life. I can't wait to perform in front of my fans in Africa — who have been some of the best in the world."
    While at the Velvet Room in Atlanta in February 2009, Kelly announced that he was out there working on the album and that it would be called Untitled.
    More Details Hide Details The album was given a September 29, 2009 release date, but was delayed until October 13, 2009. The album release was again delayed and was released under Jive Records on December 1, 2009. It got mixed to positive reviews from critics. The single "Number One", which features Keri Hilson, peaked at #8 on the US R&B Chart.
    On June 3, 2009, Kelly released his first ever mixtape, The Demo Tape (Gangsta Grillz) presented by DJ Skee and DJ Drama as a way to reintroduce himself to fans.
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    In January 2009, it was reported that Kelly's divorce was finalized.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly has contributed to various charities throughout his career. In 1995, Kelly donated £20,000 to ex-footballer Garth Crooks representative for a UK charity. In 2003, Kelly donated $50,000 to the Texas Military Family Foundation after the fund raising gig he staged for them. Kelly has also been in charity events in efforts to bring awareness for the fight against breast cancer. In 2003, Kelly released the single "Soldier's Heart" and donated all the proceeds of the song to the families of the American soldiers. In 2007, Kelly released the song "Rise Up" for Virginia Tech and 100% of the net proceeds went to families of the massacre's victims. In 2010, R. Kelly performed at a benefit concert for the Special Olympics of Angola and donated several specially-designed wheelchairs and the same year he also penned the song "Sign of a Victory" for the FIFA World Cup and all proceeds benefited African charities. In 2011, R. Kelly performed at a charity event in Chicago benefiting Clara’s House, a program designed to build employment, housing, health care, and education in the projects of Chicago.
    January 2009, after separating in fall of 2005, Kelly finalized divorce to ex-wife Andrea Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had been married for 11 years.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    In 2008, Billboard reported that Kelly had plans to release his newest album titled 12 Play: Fourth Quarter in the summer of that year but the album was postponed.
    More Details Hide Details Billboard also named Kelly among the most successful artists ever for its 50th Anniversary List. In the spring, the first promotional single "Hair Braider", peaked at No. 56 on Billboard's R&B chart. On July 28, the entire album leaked online. The album was then pushed back to be released in the fall. On September 18, Kelly released the video to the second promotional single "Skin". However, the album still has no official release date. Though Kelly has not released an album, he has kept busy in the studio doing featured guest spots on numerous remixes including "Lookin Boy" remix by Hotstylz, Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" remix, a verse for a remix to Kanye West's single "Love Lockdown", Raheem DeVaughn's "Customer" remix, Beyoncé Knowles' "If I Were a Boy" remix, T-Pain's "Chopped 'n' Skrewed" remix, among others. A recent track was leaked on the internet titled "I Believe". Kelly states on his official MySpace page that Obama's election inspired him to write the song, which contains an excerpt from Barack Obama's presidential acceptance speech. This song was available on iTunes as a free download the first week it was released.
    In 2008, Kelly released a rap track titled "I'm a Beast" in which he coarsely attacked his detractors, though Kelly himself never mentioned by name whom the song was directed to.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    In December 2007, Kelly was showing up to another preliminary court hearing on his case due to his tour bus being held up in Utah.
    More Details Hide Details The judge threatened to revoke Kelly's bond, but the judge eventually decided not to.
    On May 29, 2007, R Kelly released his eighth studio album Double Up, which included the hit single "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", featuring T.I. and T-Pain.
    More Details Hide Details The original track entitled "I'm a Flirt", also produced and co-written by R. Kelly, appeared as a hidden track on Bow Wow's The Price of Fame (2006). However, Kelly never gave the rights for the song to be released as a formal single, although it was played by many radio stations before the remix version. Kelly's first single from Double Up was "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", Bow Wow was not featured on this version of the song. In Kelly's video for "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", he encourages fans to call a number which flashes up quickly on the screen. Fans who called the number were greeted by a recording of Kelly talking about his upcoming album and playing snippets of new songs in the studio. "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" was successful for Kelly. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. Another hit on the album, "Same Girl", was a collaboration between Kelly and Usher. The single peaked at number 20 on the Hot 100 and peaked at number four on the R&B chart. Other singles such as "Rock Star" featuring Ludacris and Kid Rock, "Sex Planet" and "Freaky in the Club" were R&B charters, although the latter two were not officially released as singles, nor was the title track featuring Snoop Dogg.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    On 2006, Kelly started The Light It Up Tour, It later became his first concert DVD.
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  • 2005
    Age 38
    In 2005, Kelly released his seventh studio LP, TP.3 Reloaded.
    More Details Hide Details The album included chapters of "Trapped in the Closet".
  • 2004
    Age 37
    In October 2004, Kelly reunited with Jay-Z to do a follow-up to their Best of Both Worlds album shortly after announcing a tour to coincide with the project after the duo performed at Madison Square Garden a year before.
    More Details Hide Details The duo's Unfinished Business album was released and peaked at number one on the Billboard chart. The Unfinished Business tour was plagued by a rivalry between the two stars and Kelly reportedly showing up late or not at all to gigs. The singer, according to Jay-Z, often complained that the touring lights were not directed towards him and often left during the middle of sets. Another night during the concert, Kelly stayed on his tour bus for two hours before finally coming out to perform an uninspired set. Jay-Z eventually removed R. Kelly halfway through the tour, after a member of Jay-Z's entourage attacked R. Kelly with Mace or pepper spray. On April 25, 2006, it was confirmed that Jay-Z's younger cousin, Tyran (Ty-Ty) Smith confessed in a Manhattan Criminal Court to pepper-spraying R. Kelly and four of his bodyguards at Madison Square Garden in October 2004. Smith had been charged with assault, but was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct for four days of community service. After the original incident, Jay-Z made Smith an executive of Def Jam Records. Kelly also launched a $75 million lawsuit against Jay-Z for removing him from the tour, which received a countersuit by Jay-Z which was thrown out by the judge.
    In 2004, Kelly released the ambitious two-disc set Happy People/U Saved Me, with the first disc including feel-good, stepping-inspired tracks, while focusing on gospel and inspirational material on the second disc.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Kelly performed The Star-Spangled Banner during the introduction of the world championship boxing fight between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor. His performance, which included a line of dancers doing the "stepping" routine and a prerecorded instrumental track set to the sound of "Happy People" was met with a mixed reaction.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    In early 2003, Chocolate Factory became a runaway success for Kelly, selling over three million copies due to the success of singles such as "Ignition". "Snake" and "Step in the Name of Love" were also popular singles. "Snake", incidentally, became the basis of the dancehall reggae riddim known as Baghdad.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year Kelly followed that success by releasing his first greatest hits collection The R in R&B Collection Volume 1, the album as well as a DVD collection.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    In May 2002, Kelly's initial sixth studio album, Loveland, leaked and was delayed to release in November.
    More Details Hide Details Instead Kelly re-recorded the entire album, titled it Chocolate Factory and featured several of the bootlegged tracks on the bonus Loveland disc.
    This news surfaced as Kelly was to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details In interviews with WMAQ television of Chicago and MTV News, Kelly said that he was not the man in the video. In June 2002, Kelly was indicted in Chicago on 21 counts of child pornography. That same month, Kelly was apprehended by Miami Police Department on a Chicago arrest warrant, and Polk County Sheriff's Office conducted a search of Kelly's residence in Davenport, Florida. During the search officers recovered 12 images of an alleged underage girl on a digital camera – wrapped in a towel in a duffel bag – which allegedly depicted Kelly "involved in sexual conduct with the female minor." According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the girl in the images obtained from Kelly's Florida home also appears in the videotape which got Kelly indicted in Chicago. Kelly was arrested in January 2003 on those charges. In March 2004, these charges were dropped due to a lack of probable cause for the search warrants.
    On February 3, 2002, a video surfaced allegedly showing Kelly engaging in sex with, and urinating on, an underage girl.
    More Details Hide Details The story, which was released by an unknown source, was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper that broke the story on February 8, 2002.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    In December 2001 at the Billboard Music Awards, Kelly confirmed the album's existence and announced the title of the album, The Best of Both Worlds.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Kelly began working on the follow-up to his fifth studio album TP-2.com, titled Loveland. On January 24, 2002, at the press conference announcing the The Best of Both Worlds completion, celebrities such as Johnnie Cochran, Russell Simmons, Luther Vandross and Sean Combs lined up to praise the album, with Jay-Z stating that he hoped the collaboration represents "more unity for black people on a whole." Black Electorate described the collaboration as "one of the greatest power moves in black music history." MTV's Shaheem Reid wrote: "And if Jay and Kelly can put their egos to the side long enough to wrap up and promote their album, then their labels — Def Jam and Jive, respectively — can surely figure out a way to join forces and make cheddar together. As determined by a coin toss, the album will be distributed on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam in the U.S. and Canada, while Jive will handle distribution internationally."
    "The World's Greatest", from the Ali soundtrack, was a hit, and Kelly performed at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. In 2001, Kelly began discussing the possibility of a joint album with Jay-Z after the positive reception of Jay-Z's "Guilty Until Proven Innocent", which featured Kelly and the remix to "Fiesta" which featured Jay-Z.
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    In 2001, Kelly won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards and Billboard magazine ranked TP-2.com at number 94 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade.
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  • 2000
    Age 33
    On November 7, 2000, Kelly released his fifth studio album TP-2.com, an album harking back to his breakthrough album, 12 Play.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike Kelly's previous effort, R., all songs on TP-2.com was written, arranged, and produced entirely by Kelly. AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier rated TP-2.com with 4 stars and described Kelly's style: "Kelly knows how to take proven formulas and funnel them through his own stylistic aesthetic, which usually means slowing down the tempo, laying on lush choruses of strings and background vocals, taming down the lyrics for radio, and catering his pitch primarily to wistful women. The album was Kelly's second album to peak at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the fourth to top the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. TP-2.com yielded the hits "I Wish" (U.S. Hot 100: #14, U.S. R&B: #1), "Feelin' On Yo Booty" (U.S. R&B: #9), and the remix to "Fiesta" (U.S. Hot 100: #6, U.S. R&B: #1), which featured Jay-Z.
    In January 2000, Kelly had won Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist at the American Music Awards, and in February, was nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("When a Woman's Fed Up"), Best R&B Album (R.
    More Details Hide Details and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Satisfy You") with P. Diddy.
    As the year 2000 commenced, Kelly racked up a slew of new awards reflecting his status as an established R&B superstar.
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  • 1999
    Age 32
    In 1999, Kelly wrote and produced, along with contribution from Wyclef Jean, the majority of the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence film Life.
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  • 1998
    Age 31
    In 1998, the label's first artist, Sparkle released her debut self-titled album, Sparkle.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to producing and writing the project, Kelly made vocal contribution to the hit duet "Be Careful," which contributed largely to the album's success. The album was certified platinum in December 2000. In 1999, Kelly wrote and produced the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy movie Life, which features tracks from K-Ci & JoJo, Maxwell, Mýa, and Destiny's Child. The soundtrack was released on Rockland label. Rockland artists Sparkle, Talent, and Vegas Cats all appeared on the Life soundtrack. Boo & Gotti and Vegas Cats appeared on R. Kelly's albums, R. and TP-2.com, as well as a freestyle from Boo & Gotti on The Fast and the Furious soundtrack, making several references to Rockland. The label is currently inactive but Kelly still owns the Rockland Records imprint.
    On November 17, 1998, Kelly released his fourth studio album and first double album R..
    More Details Hide Details Musically, the album spans different genres from pop (Celine Dion), street rap (Nas and Jay-Z) to Blues ("Suicide"). Dave Hoekstra of the Los Angeles Times described the album as "easily the most ambitious project of his career." R. is the first album that Kelly allowed other record producers to contribute on his album, as opposed to producing the entire album himself, and his first time collaborating with various artists on his album. The album remains Kelly's biggest selling album to date having sold 8 million copies in the United States and 4 million copies internationally. R. reached number one on the R&B albums chart, becoming Kelly's third number one album to do so, and entered at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It spawned Kelly's second number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, "I'm Your Angel", a duet with Celine Dion and notable classics such as "When A Woman's Fed Up" (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop: #5) and "If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time" (Hot 100: #12, UK: #2). The album also contains Kelly's international hit, "I Believe I Can Fly", which had been released two years prior on the Space Jam soundtrack.
    In 1998, Kelly wrote and produced the debut album of his protégé Sparkle, which was released under his Rockland label and distributed through Interscope.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Sparkle went Platinum due to the success of the first single,"Be Careful", a duet featuring R. Kelly. Since the success of Space Jam's "I Believe I Can Fly", Kelly gained notoriety for penning songs to popular soundtracks such as Batman & Robin ("Gotham City") and Life ("Fortunate").
    In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly".
    More Details Hide Details 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 got signed in 1997.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    In 1997, Kelly signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the USBL.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly wore the number 12 in honor of his album 12 Play. Kelly said "I love basketball enough to not totally let go of my music, but just put it to the side for a minute, and fulfill some dreams of mine that I've had for a long time." Kelly's USBL contract contained a clause that would allow him to fulfill a music obligation when necessary. "If Whitney Houston needs a song written", Gross said, "he would be able to leave the team to do that and come back". "It wasn't a gimmick," said Ken Gross, the Seagulls owner who signed Kelly. "He's a ballplayer. He can play." Kelly is the first music artist to play professional basketball.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    In 1996, Kelly married Andrea Kelly, his former backup dancer and mother to his three children.
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    On November 26, 1996, Kelly released "I Believe I Can Fly", an inspirational song originally released on the soundtrack for the film Space Jam. "I Believe I Can Fly" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the UK charts for three weeks and won three Grammy Awards in 1998.
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    In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone".
    More Details Hide Details 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. In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s. He has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames "King of R&B" and "King of Pop-Soul". 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. Throughout his career, Kelly has won numerous awards, including a Guinness World Records as well as countless of other awards like Grammy, BET, Soul Train, Billboard, NAACP and American Music Award.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In December 1995, Professor Michael Eric Dyson critiqued Kelly's self-titled album for VIBE.
    More Details Hide Details Dyson described Kelly's growth from the 12 Play album: "Kelly reshapes his personal turmoil to artistic benefit" and noted that Kelly is "reborn before our very own ears." The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Kelly's first number one album on the chart, and reached number one on the R&B album charts; his second. R. Kelly spawned three platinum hit singles: "You Remind Me of Something" (U.S. Hot 100: #4, U.S. R&B: #1), "I Can't Sleep (Baby If I)" (U.S. Hot 100: #5, U.S. R&B: #1), and "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)" (U.S. Hot 100: #4, U.S. R&B: #1); a duet with Ronald Isley. Kelly's self-titled album sold four million copies, thus receiving 4× platinum certification from the RIAA. Kelly promoted the album with a 50-city "Down Low Top Secret Tour" with LL Cool J, Xscape, and Solo.
    On November 14, 1995, Kelly's success continued with the release of his eponymous second studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Critics praised Kelly for his departure from salacious bedroom songs to embracing vulnerability. New York Time's Stephen Holden described Kelly as "The reigning king of pop-soul sex talks a lot tougher than Barry White, the father of such fluffed-up pillow talk and along with Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, a major influence on Kelly."
    In 1995, Kelly garnered his first-ever Grammy nominations; two nominations for writing, producing and composing Michael Jackson's last number one hit "You Are Not Alone".
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  • 1994
    Age 27
    According to Vibe and the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly and a then 15-year-old singer protege Aaliyah were illegally married in a secret wedding ceremony on August 31, 1994 in Cook County conducted by Reverend Nathan J. Edmond from Chicago. Kelly was introduced to Aaliyah by her uncle, Barry Hankerson, just three years prior when she was 12 years old. The marriage was annulled in February 1995 at the behest of Aaliyah's family by a Michigan judge. Kelly and Aaliyah, however, both denied that the marriage occurred and even denied that their relationship had ever moved beyond friendship. Despite denials of marriage, in May 1997 Aaliyah filed a lawsuit in Cook County to have the marriage records expunged.
    More Details Hide Details This action occurred in the midst of a suit filed by Tiffany Hawkins, who was seeking to use the marriage documents in her case. Aaliyah stated in court documents that she was underage at the time of marriage and, under Illinois state law, could not legally enter into marriage without parental consent.
    He produced the remix for Janet Jackson's 1994 hit "Any Time, Any Place" which was featured on Jackson's remix album, Janet Remixed.
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    May 24, 1994, Kelly's protégé Aaliyah released her debut album titled Age Ain't Nothing But a Number which was entirely written and produced by R. Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies in the United States. Age Ain't Nothing But a Number spawned two hit singles: "Back & Forth" (U.S. Hot 100: #5, U.S. R&B: #1); blocked Kelly's "Your Body's Callin' from the top spot and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (U.S. Hot 100: #6, U.S. R&B: #2). Kelly also wrote and produced the female R&B duo Changing Faces first two hit singles, "Stroke You Up" (U.S. Hot 100: #3, U.S. R&B: #2) and "Foolin' Around" (U.S. R&B: #9). During this time, Kelly also became widely known for his remixes. He remixed his own songs, Bump N' Grind, Sex Me and "Homie Lover Friend", a remix featured on the A Low Down Dirty Shame (soundtrack) along with Aaliyah's song, "The Thing I Like" which was written and produced by Kelly, as well. Kelly remixed songs for other artists including Aaliyah, Barry White and Toni Braxton.
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 26
    Kelly's first solo album, 12 Play, was released on November 9, 1993 and yielded the singer's first number-one hit, "Bump N' Grind", which spent a record-breaking 12 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent hit singles: "Your Body's Callin'" (U.S. Hot 100: #13, U.S. R&B: #2) and "Sex Me" (U.S. Hot 100: #20, U.S. R&B: #8). Both singles sold 500,000 copies in the United States and were certified Gold by the RIAA. In 1994, 12 Play was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), eventually going six times platinum. Following the success of 12 Play, Kelly became a demand as a writer and producer.
    Kelly separated from the group in January 1993.
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    Kelly's mother Joanne died in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 25
    During late 1992, Kelly and Public Announcement embarked on a tour called "60653", whose title was the zip code of Kelly's neighborhood.
    More Details Hide Details This would be the only album co-credited with Public Announcement.
    Subsequently, Kelly's debut album Born into the 90's was released in early 1992 (credited as R. Kelly and Public Announcement).
    More Details Hide Details Released during the new jack swing period of the early nineties, the album yielded the R&B hits "She's Got That Vibe", "Honey Love", "Dedicated", and "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)", all of which were led by Kelly.
    A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • 1989
    Age 22
    R. Kelly got his breakthrough in 1989 when he, along with Marc McWilliams, Vincent Walker and Shawn Brooks, participated on the talent TV show Big Break, hosted by Natalie Cole.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly went on to win the $100,000 grand prize.
    As a teenager, Kelly began street performing under the Chicago 'L' tracks before he eventually formed a group with his friends Marc McWilliams, Vincent Walker, and Shawn Brooks. In 1989, Kelly, McWilliams, Walker and Brooks formed the group MGM (Musically Gifted Men).
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, MGM recorded and released their first single "Why You Wanna Play Me", after releasing the single the group disbanded. In 1991, Kelly signed with Jive Records and teamed with a new group from Chicago called Public Announcement.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 13
    Kelly entered Kenwood Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in the fall of 1980 where he met his music teacher Lena McLin, who encouraged Kelly to perform the Stevie Wonder classic "Ribbon in the Sky" in a high school talent show.
    More Details Hide Details Lena Mclin encouraged a young Kelly to leave the basketball team. She said he was furious at first, but after his performance at the school talent show, he changed his mind. Kelly played high school basketball with the late basketball player Ben Wilson. He sang "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" at Ben Wilson's funeral.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 0
    Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8, 1967 at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in Hyde Park, Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly is the third of four children. Kelly's single mother, Joanne, was a singer. She raised her children Baptist. Kelly's father was absent throughout his son's life. Kelly's family lived in the Ida B. Wells Homes public housing project in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Lena McLin described Kelly's childhood home: "It was bare. One table, two chairs. There was no father there, I knew that, and they had very little". Kelly began singing in the church choir at age eight. Kelly grew up in a house full of women, whom he said would act differently when his mother and grandparents were not home. At a young age Kelly was often sexually abused by a woman who was at least ten years older than what he was. "I was too afraid and too ashamed," Kelly wrote in his autobiography book about why he never told anyone. At age 11, he was shot in the shoulder while riding his bike home; the bullet is reportedly still lodged in his shoulder.
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