Ray J
American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor
Ray J
William Ray Norwood Jr., better known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
Biography
Ray J's personal information overview.
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This Blind Item Helped Launch Kim Kardashian's Career 10 Years Ago
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The Kardashians do their best to make sure everyone struggles to keep up with them, but it almost feels like the family was working overtime in 2016 to not only maintain their relevancy, but also to ensure pop culture domination.  This year alone, their seemingly never-ending drama included, but wasn’t limited to, divorces, feuds, nude selfies, health issues, a horrific robbery and a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. That’t a lot to pack in one year, especially when it was only a decade ago that a blind item arguably helped launch Kim Kardashian’s entire career. Yes, Kim Kardashian is so much more than a sex tape, but have you ever wondered where the seedlings for the rumor that started it all began? Ten years ago this Christmas Day, AOL Black Voices writer Jawn Murray ran a blind item about an R&B singer who was shopping an X-rated home video he had made with his ex-girlfriend to adult entertainment companies. The item is, of course, referring to the tape that ...
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Kanye West Sleeps Off Orgy With Taylor Swift And Donald Trump In 'Famous' Music Video
Huffington Post - 8 months
What do former President George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby and Taylor Swift have in common? They're making ("that bitch") Kanye West famous.  The "Life of Pablo" rapper reunited with his forever BFFL controversy in a new NSFW music video for "Famous," featuring some of pop culture's buzziest names lying naked in bed with West and his wife, Kim Kardashian.  West premiered the 8-minute short film at the Los Angeles Forum on Friday night in front of a live audience, including Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Kris Jenner, French Montana and, of course, Kim, as the first single off of his recent album.  Drawing inspiration from realist painter Vincent Desiderio's 2012 mural "Sleep," West positions himself nuzzled between his wife and Swift. The camera then pans to reveal a slew of celebrities (and possible future plaintiffs in the surely inevitable lawsuits) in various states of undress and fast asleep.  We don't ...
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Farrah Abraham Hits Back At Kendall Jenner And The Kardashians
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Farrah Abraham Hits Back At Kendall Jenner And The Kardashians
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Farrah Abraham Hits Back At Kendall Jenner And The Kardashians
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan. 17: Actress Betty White is 94. Actor James Earl Jones is 85. Talk-show host Maury Povich is 77. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 71. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 68. Singer Sheila Hutchinson of The Emotions is 63. Singer Steve Earle is 61. Singer Paul Young is 60. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 59. Singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 57. Actor Jim Carrey is 54. Actor Denis O'Hare ("American Horror Story") is 54. Actor Joshua Malina is 50. Singer Shabba Ranks is 50. Actor Naveen Andrews ("Lost") is 47. Musician Kid Rock is 45. Actor Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under") is 41. Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel is 36. Singer Ray J is 35. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 34. DJ Calvin Harris is 32. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers is 30. Actor Jonathan Keltz ("Reign," ''Entourage") is 28. Actress Kathrine Herzer ("Madame Secretary") is 19.
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'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood': Miles & Mona Uncensored
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Last month just days after the premiere of the Hollywood version of the Love and Hip Hop franchise I interviewed and wrote about Miles, who goes by the stage name Siir Brock. He and his partner of two years Milan Christopher were about to share their story with the world. It was revealed in that first episode that the two of them are together, living as a same gender loving couple. However, there was one thing that completely shocked the twitterverse and social media, Miles is bisexual and carried on a relationship with his high school sweetheart, who is also on the show and she had no idea. Since then the show that includes cast members like R&B singer Ray J, former Day 26 member Willie Taylor, rapper Soulja Boy and former B2K member Lil Fizz. Love and Hip Hollywood shows the inner circle that is the Hollywood hip hop scene and how artists in that world deal with career and most importantly love. Miles and Milan's story has dominated much of the conversation so far this sea ...
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The Game is getting another reality show on VH1, this time to find love
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
In what has to be one of the shrewdest business moves since BET's Nellyville, VH1 has ordered She's Got Game, an hour-long show that will follow rapper The Game as he goes on a search to find love. The soon-to-be hit series is the latest evolution of The Game's relationship with VH1, which aired Marrying The Game for three seasons until The Game broke up with his fiancé Tiffney Cambridge last year. She's Got Game follows in the footsteps of VH1's unbreakable formula of very-far-past-their-prime-rap-and-rock-stars looking for love with smash hits like Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and For The Love of Ray J. The Game's journey to eternal happiness will be documented during his national tour this summer, and he'll be getting help from some celebrity friends. Will The Game find true happiness?
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Louis Tomlinson Gives Props to Weight Loss Supplement, Receives Flak
The Hollywood Gossip - over 3 years
Louis Tomlinson is under fire for making like Kim Kardashian. No, the actor didn't film himself having sex with Ray J. Nor did he earn $15 million for marrying Kris Humphries and then divorce him 72 days later. Instead, the One Direction star sent the following Tweet to fan yesterday: “Had an amazing @BooteaUK smoothie from Bootea.com this morning #booteashake.” Because Bootea is geared toward "weight loss," as advertised on its official website, many fans called out the artist for pushing a supplement on his 13.9 million followers. Was he paid for the endorsement? Is this really the kind of product he wants to push on teenage girls? Tomlinson ended up deleting the message, but not before it was re-Tweeted over 10,000 times and not before the company's website said The Bootea Shake had been sold out. “Louis tweeted about the drink as he had one this morning and enjoyed it," the singer's rep said in a statement. "However, he did not realize they are asso ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray J
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In August 2016, Ray J married Princess Love at Los Angeles’ Cathedral of Saint Vibiana.
    More Details Hide Details The two star on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. On September 17, 2011, Fabolous commented on Twitter about Ray J playing his song "One Wish" on a piano inside Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s house during a documentary on Mayweather and Victor Ortiz. Ray J confronted Fabolous in Las Vegas just before he was set to take stage at the Palms Casino and is alleged to have punched him in the face. He was arrested following the incident and in an interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, he explained why he took offense to Fabolous's tweets, stating that he played on the piano "every day" and referred to Mayweather as his "big brother" since the pair grew up together. Ray J demanded an on-air apology from Fabolous and threatened him, stating that he would "smack" him again. A number of celebrities were present at the incident, including 50 Cent, Mayweather and Kevin Hart. Nearly three years later Ray J took full responsibility for the incident in an interview. He acknowledged that he had learned from the experience and felt terrible about it as well. According to Ray J, he went into deep depression for months following the encounter while trying to figure out what led him to act out the way he did and "how can I now grow and be better?"
  • 2014
    He was stopped by two police officers on August 6, 2014 in the San Fernando Valley.
    More Details Hide Details The officers claimed he was using his cell phone while driving while Ray J insisted that he was struggling to connect his Bluetooth. He was given a warning about texting and driving. The officers reportedly wanted him to step out of his vehicle, which he did, but Ray J claims they simply wanted to take a couple of photographs with him. The LAPD began an internal affairs investigation into the encounter with the two officers.
    The Los Angeles County district attorney on July 21, 2014 filed charges against Ray J and a police spokesman said his initial hearing would take place on July 25.
    More Details Hide Details On July 22, 2014, prosecutors stated the arrest had turned into four criminal charges. He was charged with sexual battery, vandalism of a police car, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. They claimed he willfully touched the woman’s “intimate part” for the “specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification and sexual abuse.” On August 19, Ray J pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges.
    On May 30, 2014, Ray J was at a bar of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California when a woman accused him of inappropriately touching her posterior.
    More Details Hide Details Police were called and deemed the touching incidental but he was asked to leave by the hotel staff. Ray J became angered because he contends he spent tens of thousands of dollars at the hotel over the last year. At some point, he allegedly became belligerent and according to the police, spat at an officer and kicked out a police car window in the process of being arrested. The charges against him included vandalism, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer. Ray J posted $20,000 bail and was released.
    In May 2014, Kardashian and West married.
    More Details Hide Details Ray J was reported to have sent a check that totaled his profits off of the sex tape that year as a wedding gift. He will compete with his sister in upcoming FOX reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules.
  • 2012
    Ray J went to the Beverly Hilton on August 1, 2012 for a panel during the TVOne portion of the 2012 Summer Television Critics Association tour. It was his first time there since Houston's death. He is currently working on his fifth studio album entitled Raydiation 2. The buzz single "I Hit It First" was released on April 6, 2013. "I Hit It First" caused controversy for allegedly aiming its lyrics at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
    More Details Hide Details The song has since debuted at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first single "ATM" was released on August 5, 2014. Ray J is hosting Oxygen's new reality game show series Bad Girls All-Star Battle.
    The day before, he was said to have had a confrontation at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards when Whitney Houston's sister-in-law Pat Houston called security on him when she saw Ray J was seated next to Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney's daughter.
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    On May 21, 2012, Ray J was found in his hotel room, unable to get out of bed and was rushed to a hospital by ambulance.
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    Though he initially did not publicly address her death, Ray J broke his silence on February 17, 2012 when he told US Weekly that while the "world had lost an icon", he had lost a "close friend".
    More Details Hide Details Ray J's sister Brandy described him at the time of Houston's death as being "very distraught" and "disconnected" as well as referring to it as "a very hard time in his life." Ray J and Houston became very close in the last years of her life, leading to speculation of a romantic relationship between the singers. However, Ray J stated that he and Houston were friends, and that they had never dated.
  • 2011
    On June 19, 2011, Ray J, along with his sister Brandy and his dad Willie Norwood Sr., released A Family Business, which serves as a soundtrack to their hit reality TV show, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, and was released through Time-Life Music.
    More Details Hide Details He released a single from the album called "Turnin' Me On". The song will be featured on his upcoming album as well. On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston died of "accidental drowning", as ruled by the coroner. Ray J was in San Diego when she died and arrived at the Beverly Hilton, where Houston died, at the time paramedics and police officers came to the scene. While waiting for more information, he became angered upon hearing one of the officers make a "disrespectful comment" about Houston, prompting him to force entry into the suite prior to being restrained.
  • 2010
    In 2010, Norwood and his sister Brandy Norwood premiered the VH1 reality series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business along with their parents. The show debuted in April 2010 and chronicled the backstage happenings of both siblings, while taking a bigger role in their family's management and production company, R&B Productions.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    For his show on March 24, 2009 he released the soundtrack/studio album called For The Love Of Ray J. On November 2, 2009, the show's second season premiered.
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    In 2009, Norwood starred in his own VH1 reality dating show, For the Love of Ray J.
    More Details Hide Details The show premiered on February 2, 2009.
  • 2007
    In February 2007, a pornographic home video he made with former girlfriend Kim Kardashian in 2003 was made public.
    More Details Hide Details Kardashian sued Vivid Entertainment for ownership of the tape. In late April 2007, Kardashian dropped the suit and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million. Knockout Entertainment announced a multimillion-dollar album deal with Koch Records and Shaquille O'Neal's "Deja 34" entertainment company. The first album for this deal is Ray J's fourth album All I Feel, which features The Game and Yung Berg among others. It was released on April 1, 2008. The album's first single is "Sexy Can I" featuring rapper Yung Berg peaked at number three on the Top Singles (Hot 100) for six weeks. A video for the track, directed by R. Malcolm Jones, was shot in December 2007. J stars in the Black Christmas movie Dark Christmas under the direction from Deon Taylor.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Norwood joined the cast of UPN's One On One, where he played the character D-Mack for the final season.
    More Details Hide Details On both shows, Ray's character was related to Brandy's (cousin/half-brother on Moesha, brother on One on One).
    A joint venture by Sanctuary Records and Ray-J's own label, independent Knockout Entertainment, the album was finally released on September 27, 2005 in North America after several delays, debuting at number forty-eight on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 18,321 copies in the first week.
    More Details Hide Details The album's lead single "One Wish" was a top 20 success in the US, UK, Ireland, and New Zealand. Raydiation eventually sold over 400,000 copies domestically.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In 1998, he appeared on the Doctor Dolittle soundtrack with the single "That's Why I Lie".
    More Details Hide Details He produced for toy company Mattel, putting together the music for several commercials and a few of the demos for his second record. Ray J recorded "Another Day in Paradise" with Brandy, which was a Top Ten success in Austria, UK, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands and number 11 in Australia and France. The song was the lead single of the R&B/Hip Hop tribute Urban Renewal, in which he co-produced and performed songs. Norwood also worked with The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Lil' Kim, and several other producers and singers for his second studio album This Ain't A Game. The album was recorded over 18 months, and was released on June 26, 2001 with Atlantic Records. The lead single "Wait A Minute" peaked at #30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Formal Invite" followed at #54 on the R&B chart.
  • 1997
    In 1997, he was dropped from the label.
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  • 1995
    He signed to Elektra Records in 1995 and he began to record his 15-track debut album Everything You Want the same year. "Let It Go" appeared on the Set It Off soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked number 25 in the U.S. and number 11 in New Zealand. The second single peaked at number 54 on the U.S. R&B chart.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989, at the age of eight, Norwood began auditioning for and appearing in television commercials; he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show, from 1993 to 1994.
    More Details Hide Details This period in Norwood's life would shape his acting career. According to Bradley Torreano of AllMusic, "his easygoing image and boyish looks appealed to the producers of Brandy's television show, Moesha, giving him a role on the UPN series as Dorian "D-Money", a role he played from 1999 until the show ended in 2001.
    William Ray Norwood Jr. was born in McComb, Mississippi to Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood. His older sister Brandy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist. Early in his life, he moved with his family from McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, and in 1989 started appearing in television commercials for different companies.
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  • 1981
    Born on January 17, 1981.
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