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R. Kelly

Born: January 8, 1967 (age 52) in Chicago

R. Kelly

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Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R.

Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, often referred to as the King of R&B, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement.

In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play.

He is known for a collection of major hit singles including "Bump N' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet".

In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly".

His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists.

Kelly became the first music star to play professional basketball, when he got signed in 1997.

Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.

In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone".


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R. Kelly has been dropped by Sony Music

Sony Music has dropped R. Kelly after the artist faced a fury of backlash following a Lifetime documentary about his alleged abuse, pedophilia, and predatory behavior. Insiders say Sony has been..
Mashable - Published

Erykah Badu, Da Brat defend R. Kelly: 'Where are the parents?'

Many stars have vocally condemned the singer's alleged behavior and even pulled the music they recorded with Kelly.
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for R. Kelly

Color of Change is Fighting to Mute R. Kelly [Video]Color of Change is Fighting to Mute R. Kelly  05:51

'R. Kelly is a serial abuser. And it's impossible to separate the man from the art.' — Here's why organizations like Color of Change won't rest until the entire music industry agrees to #MuteRKelly...

NowThis News - Published

R. Kelly has been dropped by Sony Music [Video]R. Kelly has been dropped by Sony Music  01:14

About time.

Mashable Studio - Published

The R. Kelly Non-Disclosure Agreement: See the Doc He Allegedly Made the Women Sign [Video]The R. Kelly Non-Disclosure Agreement: See the Doc He Allegedly Made the Women Sign  01:57

R. Kelly is known to have made the women in his alleged sex cult sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep them from talking about what happened and now we have our first look at just what it is these..

Rumble - Published

Spotify May Be Testing Out New Feature [Video]Spotify May Be Testing Out New Feature  00:35

a new “Don’t play this artist” option is now showing up when you tap the three dots on a artist’s page. Strangely, when asked directly by a user on Twitter yesterday, whether this feature was..

Wochit - Published

Sparkle, First Woman To Publicly Accuse R. Kelly: 'I Was Kind Of Ostracized' [Video]Sparkle, First Woman To Publicly Accuse R. Kelly: 'I Was Kind Of Ostracized'  03:46

In 2002, the singer Sparkle, whose real name is Stephanie Edwards, claimed her niece was the underage girl in an infamous sex video featuring R. Kelly. Although a jury acquitted R. Kelly, the Lifetime..

CBS 2 Chicago - Published

Erykah Badu Clarifies Comments On R. Kelly [Video]Erykah Badu Clarifies Comments On R. Kelly  01:36

Singer Erykah Badu is clarifying comments she made during a Chicago concert, which many interpreted as support for R. Kelly, amid the fallout from a documentary detailing widespread allegations of..

CBS 2 Chicago - Published

Breaking: R. Kelly Threatened Dave Chappelle [Video]Breaking: R. Kelly Threatened Dave Chappelle  01:20

Dave Chappelle did a sketch that R. Kelly couldn't get over. Here's what happened.

Celebrity Wire - Published

Post Malone Slams R. Kelly & Says He Did Post Malone Slams R. Kelly & Says He Did "A Lot Of F*CKED Up Sh*t"  01:36

Post Malone is the latest artist to publicly condemn R. Kelly following Lifetime’s airing of its scathing docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly and he applauses the artists who have made the executive..

HipHopDX - Published

DMX Recalls Going To Record W/ R. Kelly & He Was Locked In A Room With A Minor [Video]DMX Recalls Going To Record W/ R. Kelly & He Was Locked In A Room With A Minor  01:34

Subscribe to HipHopDX on Youtube: http://bit.ly/dxsubscribe Check out more of DX..

HipHopDX - Published

Dame Dash Explains Why He Ended Up In R. Kelly's Dame Dash Explains Why He Ended Up In R. Kelly's "Fiesta" Video  02:32

Dame Dash and his former Roc-A-Fella days have been a consistent topic of discussion this week in the wake of his interview with Nick Cannon. It stirred up a lot of memories involving the late Aaliyah,..

HipHopDX - Published

Sony Music Officially Drops R. Kelly From The Record Label Following “Surviving R.Kelly” Documentary [Video]Sony Music Officially Drops R. Kelly From The Record Label Following “Surviving R.Kelly” Documentary  01:18

R. Kelly is feeling the heat in the wake of Surviving R. Kelly. According to TMZ, Kellz’s longtime label Sony Music has parted ways with the R&B superstar. Sources close to Kelly revealed both..

HipHopDX - Published

Nas Says Jay-Z Knew About R.Kelly Having 14 Year Old Girls In His Studio On Wendy Williams Interview [Video]Nas Says Jay-Z Knew About R.Kelly Having 14 Year Old Girls In His Studio On Wendy Williams Interview  02:20

An interview Nas did with Wendy Williams in 2002 has resurfaced in the wake of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly six-part docu-series. The interview was conducted shortly after the infamous video showing..

HipHopDX - Published

Kanye West Says We Can Still Enjoy All Of R. Kelly’s Music & Kim Defends Him [Video]Kanye West Says We Can Still Enjoy All Of R. Kelly’s Music & Kim Defends Him  01:50

Kanye West can’t seem to avoid controversy. His wife, Kim Kardashian-West, is doing some damage control after the polarizing artist caused a stir with comments made at the January 13 edition of his..

HipHopDX - Published

RCA Records Stops All R. Kelly Music Following “Surviving R.Kelly” Documentary Effective Immediately [Video]RCA Records Stops All R. Kelly Music Following “Surviving R.Kelly” Documentary Effective Immediately  01:10

R. Kelly’s is likely experiencing one of the roughest months of his life in the wake of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docu-series — and it’s not over. According to TMZ, RCA Records (a..

HipHopDX - Published

R. Kelly Was Reportedly Hospitalized For Panic Attacks After R. Kelly Was Reportedly Hospitalized For Panic Attacks After "Surviving R. Kelly" Aired  01:30

R. Kelly was reportedly experiencing panic attacks both before and after Lifetime aired the six-part Surviving R. Kelly documentary. According to TMZ, Kelly’s anxiety levels were so intense, he had..

HipHopDX - Published

R. Kelly reportedly dropped from Sony's slate of artists [Video]R. Kelly reportedly dropped from Sony's slate of artists  00:29

The departure agreement between Sony and R. Kelly followed the airing of a Lifetime documentary called "Surviving R. Kelly" which includes sexual misconduct allegations against the singer.

Rumble - Published

Aaliyah's former lawyer says he tried to speak out after discovering late singer's marriage to R. Kelly [Video]Aaliyah's former lawyer says he tried to speak out after discovering late singer's marriage to R. Kelly  04:36

More and more women continue to come forward with allegations against R. Kelly, but one of his reported victims will never get to share her story. Still, WXYZ is learning new information about efforts..

Rumble - Published

Middle Georgia Crisis Centers see spike in victims speaking up after R. Kelly documentary [Video]Middle Georgia Crisis Centers see spike in victims speaking up after R. Kelly documentary 

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Crisis Centers in Middle Georgia are seeing an increase in sexual assault and domestic violence reports. A crisis center coordinator says the Lifetime documentary..

WMGT - Published

Sony has officially cut ties with R. Kelly, and it's about time [Video]Sony has officially cut ties with R. Kelly, and it's about time  01:00

Allegations of pedophilia and sexual abuse have been leveled against R&B singer R. Kelly for decades, and it seems that the world is finally starting to listen.

Hello Giggles - Published

R. Kelly Threatened Dave Chappelle After Infamous Sketch [Video]R. Kelly Threatened Dave Chappelle After Infamous Sketch  01:20

R. Kelly Threatened Dave Chappelle After Infamous Sketch As part of Comedy Central's 'Chappelle's Show,' the comedian made fun of R. Kelly. The sketch mocked an alleged sex tape where Kelly urinated..

Wibbitz Top Stories - Published

Sony Drops R. Kelly After Allegation Furor [Video]Sony Drops R. Kelly After Allegation Furor  00:33

FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster...

Wochit - Published

Sony Music Drops R. Kelly [Video]Sony Music Drops R. Kelly  01:11

Sony Music Drops R. Kelly The singer has been involved in scandal for more than two decades over accusations of sexual misconduct, including pedophilia. The recent documentary, 'Surviving R...

Wibbitz Top Stories - Published

R. Kelly Released From Contract With Sony | Billboard News [Video]R. Kelly Released From Contract With Sony | Billboard News  01:22

R. Kelly Released From Contract With Sony | Billboard News

billboard.com - Published

Sony's RCA Parts Ways With R. Kelly After Abuse Uproar [Video]Sony's RCA Parts Ways With R. Kelly After Abuse Uproar  00:32

According to Reuters, R. Kelly has parted ways with the Sony Music-owned RCA record label, with Billboard magazine saying that he no longer appears on the roster of artists on RCA’s website.The..

Wochit - Published

Sony Music Reportedly Drops R. Kelly From Roster Of Artists [Video]Sony Music Reportedly Drops R. Kelly From Roster Of Artists  00:29

Sony Music has decided to part ways with embattled R&B singer R. Kelly, who faces numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, according to reports. Matt Yurus reports.

CBS Dallas Digital - Published

 

R. Kelly may be under fire, but Chris Brown's career is flourishing

It's a cycle that R&B fans have seen before with R. Kelly and Chris Brown. Both artists periodically make headlines with horrifying stories of their alleged behavior, only to bounce back and continue..
USATODAY.com - Published

Internet Celebrates After Spotify Introduces Mute and Block Features

Many have taken to social media to show off the musicians they block from the streaming services, with the majority of it being Tekashi69 and *R. Kelly* among others.
AceShowbiz - Published

Spotify is reportedly rolling out a feature to let you block artists

Soon, you may be able to block R. Kelly from ever appearing on your playlists. Spotify is testing an iOS feature called "don't play this artist," allowing users to block particular artists from..
Mashable - Published

Andrea Kelly describes ex-husband R. Kelly as 'broken': 'He was abusive to me'

Andrea "Drea" Kelly said ex-husband R. Kelly was 'abusive to me verbally, emotionally, physically, sexually.'
USATODAY.com - Published

TMZ Live Prince Philip Crash Victim Suggests Royal Cover-Up

ON TODAY'S SHOW MLK & JFK: Assasination Conspiracies  R. Kelly: Da Brat Calls Out Victims' Parents  Kim & Kanye: Surprise Serenade By 112  Fetty Wap: Baby Mama's Massive Brawl 
TMZ.com - Published

Spotify Makes It Easy to Mute R. Kelly (Or Any Other Artist)

Spotify is making it easier to mute R. Kelly. Or any other artist for that matter. The music streaming service has quietly gone wide with a...
Billboard.com - Published

Erykah Badu and Da Brat defend R. Kelly amid sexual assault, domestic abuse allegations

Singer Erykah Badu and rapper Da Brat expressed support for singer R. Kelly amid a litany of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
FOXNews.com - Published

R. Kelly's Ex-Wife Claims He Was Abusive in Their Marriage

R. Kelly's ex-wife says the stories on "Surviving R. Kelly" rang true to her because of what she says she went through with the singer -- including alleged abuse in all forms.  Andrea Kelly went on..
TMZ.com - Published

Sparkle, 1st woman to publicly accuse R. Kelly, speaks out on niece's alleged abuse

In 2002, the singer Sparkle, or Stephanie Edwards, claimed her niece was the underage girl in an infamous sex video featuring R. Kelly. Although a jury acquitted R. Kelly, the Lifetime docuseries..
CBS News - Published

First woman to publicly accuse R. Kelly of misconduct: "They're believing now"

Singer Sparkle's professional relationship with the R&B legend crumbled amid accusations Kelly was sexually abusing her then 14-year-old niece
CBS News - Published

Dianne Warren on R. Kelly: 'I'd heard rumors for years'

At the Producers Guild of America Awards, songwriter Diane Warren says R. Kelly's label should have paid attention to rumors surrounding the singer a long time ago. (Jan. 21)
USATODAY.com - Published

Erykah Badu Clarifies Comments After Offering 'Prayer' for R. Kelly

Erykah Badu turned to Twitter to try reframe her comments after she appeared to defend R. Kelly during a concert in Chicago. While on stage at Aragon...
Billboard.com - Published

Erykah Badu Clarifies Her R. Kelly Comment Amidst Backlash

The 47-year-old songstress has come under fire for offering prayers to the embattled singer during her show in Chicago.
AceShowbiz - Published

Skrillex: Jay-Z Is Not a Bad Person for Not Removing R. Kelly Collaboration

Weighing in on the criticism against the '99 Problems' hitmaker's move in the wake of 'Surviving R. Kelly' broadcast, the 'Recess' DJ insists that the former shouldn't be shamed for his choice.
AceShowbiz - Published

Yo-Yo Upset After Learning 'Weirdo' R. Kelly Slips His Phone Number to Daughter

The 'Can't Play with My Yo-Yo' spitter admits she can finally sympathize with the disgraced singer's alleged victims after the incident.
AceShowbiz - Published

R. Kelly accused of underage sex abuse as he's dropped by Sony

The accuser, a woman who interned at Epic Records in the summer of 1999, appeared on an episode of "Dateline NBC."
Newsday - Published

Erykah Badu Shares Controversial Thoughts About R. Kelly Amid Boos During Concert - Watch

Erykah Badu is sharing her thoughts about R. Kelly, who recently parted ways with his label Sony Records following the airing of Lifetime’s docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which documented..
Just Jared - Published

Erykah Badu Suggests R. Kelly Deserves Love & Understanding

Erykah Badu is back with yet another controversial train of thought about unconditional love and seeing the good in people ... this time her focus was on R. Kelly. The R&B crooner was doing a show..
TMZ.com - Published

Da Brat Defends R. Kelly, Questions Parents' Role in Scandal

Da Brat has quite the hot take on R. Kelly -- she's questioning the role of his alleged victims' parents, and asking one simple question ... do ya keep track of your kids? We got the legendary..
TMZ.com - Published

'SNL': Weekend Update Takes on R. Kelly Allegations

During Weekend Update, Saturday Night Live made a quick, blink-and-you-miss-it reference to the allegations against R. Kelly, which were...
Billboard.com - Published

Rap Legend YoYo Says R. Kelly's Crew Slipped Her Daughter His Phone Number

YoYo is still reeling from something that happened with R. Kelly sometime ago when she went to his recording studio with her daughter and the singer's people slipped her daughter his phone number. The..
TMZ.com - Published

Skrillex Says Regarding R. Kelly You Can't Just Erase Someone's Music

Skrillex had an interesting take on R. Kelly and the movement to mute his music, and he says it's way more complicated than you think. We got EDM star Friday in WeHo leaving Equinox gym, and he begins..
TMZ.com - Published

Man accused of threat linked to R. Kelly turns himself in

Henry James Mason turned himself in after he threatened a father who says singer R. Kelly is keeping his daughter from her family.
USATODAY.com - Published Also reported by •CBS NewsSeattle Times

R. Kelly Insists Chicago Studio is Not a Residence, Denies Breaking Law

One of R. Kelly's bedrooms has him in serious trouble with Chicago officials ... but he insists they've got it all twisted, because his controversial studio has never been used as a home. The Chicago..
TMZ.com - Published

Stars and Scars -- You Be the Judge

As the Super Bowl looms, the controversy grows, and the walls are crumbling around R. Kelly. So, we gotta ask ...
TMZ.com - Published

R. Kelly accuser: I have DNA proof of sexual misconduct on soiled T-shirt

Tracy Sampson alleged in a 2001 lawsuit that Kelly induced her "into an indecent sexual relationship," when she was 17. Now she's speaking out along with Jerhonda Pace who claims to have DNA proof.
USATODAY.com - Published

R. Kelly's Ex-Manager in Police Custody for Intimidation to Alleged Assault Victim's Family

A lawyer for the Savage family has responded to reports that Henry James Mason has turned himself in, stating that it is a message to the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer's staff that they won't be..
AceShowbiz - Published

Universal Music Publishing Group Dropped R. Kelly Last Spring: Exclusive

Universal Music Publishing Group has quietly dropped R. Kelly from its roster. “UMPG no longer represents R. Kelly,” a company...
Billboard.com - Published

R. Kelly and Sony Music Put an End to Professional Relationship Amid Sexual Assault Drama

The 'I Believe I Can Fly' hitmaker and his record label are reported to have parted ways days after protesters gathered outside its head office in New York, demanding the dropping of the singer.
AceShowbiz - Published

Sony's RCA Label Parts Ways With R. Kelly

Pop singer R. Kelly and Sony’s RCA Records label are parting ways, amid renewed scrutiny of sexual-abuse allegations against the R&B artist.
Wall Street Journal - Published

Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series..
Seattle Times - Published

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Because fatbergs keep growing, check out today's end-of-day links: Wu-Tang Clan docuseries, RIP Jimmy Blanco, Staten Island subway dream, Yelp reviewers, Sony & R. Kelly part ways, Chris Christie hates..
Gothamist - Published

R. Kelly Has Been Dropped By RCA Records, Billboard Reports

Amid increasing protests following the broadcast of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series, RCA Records has reportedly dropped the singer, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual abuse.
NPR - Published

Pursuing R. Kelly: Could he end up convicted of sex crimes like Bill Cosby?

The R&B star is fighting multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, but could he be charged with a crime and convicted?
USATODAY.com - Published

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