From age eight to 14, Kelly was sexually abused by an older female family member. While Kelly himself stated that he was shot by boys who were attempting to R. Kelly - Ill Never Leave (CD) his bike,  a family friend stated that Kelly shot himself while attempting suicide.
Kelly was eight when he had his first girlfriend, Lulu. They would hold hands and eat make-believe meals inside their playhouse built from cardboard, where they "vowed to be boyfriend and girlfriend forever.
A fast-moving current swept her away while she screamed "Rob", his childhood nickname. Shortly thereafter, her lifeless body was found downstream. Kelly calls Lulu his very first musical inspiration. Kelly entered Kenwood Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in the fall ofwhere he met music teacher Lena McLin, who encouraged Kelly to perform the Stevie Wonder classic " Ribbon in the Sky " in the high school talent show. A shy Kelly put on sunglasses, was escorted onto the stage, sang the song and won first prize.
McLin had encouraged a young Kelly to leave the high school basketball team and concentrate on music. She said he was furious at first, but after his performance in the talent show, he changed his mind. McLin remains Kelly's voice coach and spiritual adviser.
He dropped out of high school and as a teenager, Kelly began street performing under the Chicago Transportation Authority "El" tracks and eventually formed a group with friends Marc McWilliams, Vincent Walker and Shawn Brooks.
InKelly signed with Jive Records. She died from cancer in He would later name his eldest daughter after her. Kelly and Public Announcement. DJ ", with Kelly singing lead vocals. Kelly separated from the group in January Subsequent hit singles: " Your Body's Callin' " U. Hot 13, U, R. Kelly - Ill Never Leave (CD). Hot 20, U.
InKelly garnered his first Grammy nominations; two for writing, producing and composing Michael Jackson's last number one hit " You Are Not Alone ". On November 14,Kelly's success continued with the release of R. Kellyhis eponymous second studio album. Critics praised him for his departure from salacious bedroom songs to embracing vulnerability. New York Times contributor 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, [both] major influences for Kelly.
Kelly" for VIBE. 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 R. Hot 4, U. Hot 5, U. He can play. InSparkle went platinum due in part to the success of the first single,"Be Careful", a duet with R. On November 17,Kelly released his fourth studio and first double album, R. Dave Hoekstra of the Los Angeles Times described the album as "easily the most ambitious project of his career. On November 7,Kelly released his fifth studio album TP Unlike Kelly's previous effort, R.
On January 24,at the press conference announcing The Best of Both Worlds completion, celebrities such as Johnnie CochranRussell SimmonsLuther Vandrossand 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. When the joint album leaked on February 22,it caused the label, Roc-A-Fellato push the album's release date up from March 26, to March It's an honor that everybody wants your music fast, but on the other hand, it's another thing when the music gets out before you [want it to].
Because that's your art. You feel attached to it. You feel a certain way and you want people to go out and support it. The time that you take, it's like a piece of your life. You take parts of your life and you put it on these records and then for it to just be traded and moved around [is frustrating]. The release date for The Best of Both Worlds was eventually moved back to the planned date, March The album soldcopies in its opening week and debuted at number two on the Billboard In MayKelly's initial sixth studio album, Lovelandleaked and was delayed to release in November.
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. Kelly and four of his bodyguards at Madison Square Garden in October Smith had been charged with assault, but was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct for four days of community service.
The song was officially released as a digital download May 15, Proceeds were donated to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, a fund that helped family members of the victims of the shootings. Holiday opening for him. After two shows, promoter Leonard Rowe had Ne-Yo removed from the tour because of a contract dispute.
However, Ne-Yo alleges that the reason for the dropout was because Ne-Yo believes he received a better response from critics and fans, even though he performed at just two shows. Ne-Yo filed a lawsuit against Rowe Entertainment. Kelly was not mentioned in the lawsuit. In DecemberKelly failed to appear at another preliminary court hearing on his case due to his tour bus being held up in Utah. InKelly released a rap track titled "I'm a Beast" in which he coarsely attacked his detractors, though Kelly himself never mentioned by name the subjects for the song.
InBillboard 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. Billboard also named Kelly among the most successful artists ever for its 50th Anniversary List. On July 28, the entire album leaked online. In Januaryafter separating in the fall ofKelly and his wife Andrea Kelly finalized their divorce. The couple were married for 11 years.
While at the Velvet Room in Atlanta in FebruaryKelly announced that he was out there working on a new album and that it would be called Untitled. Kelly also performed in Kampala, Uganda, in January He was scheduled to perform in London as part of his first international tour in eight years, but he did not make his London concert.
I can't wait to perform in front of my fans in Africa—who have been some of the best in the world. SmileyBooks publisher and founder Tavis Smiley stated that the memoir's main focus would not be about Kelly's trials and tribulations. Smiley was quoted saying "If anyone thinks this book is going to fixate on [R.
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. In an interview in the September issue of XXL magazine, Kelly mentioned that he is currently working on three new albums EpicLove Letterand Zodiac and detailed that the new material is basically him "remixing himself". In NovemberKelly collaborated with several African musicians R. Kelly - Ill Never Leave (CD) a supergroup known as One8.
The first release from the group is "Hands Across the World" written and produced by Kelly. Kelly's tenth album Love Letter was released on December 14,worldwide. The album includes 15 songs, the latter being a bonus track; a cover of Michael Jackson 's You Are Not Alonewhich was written and produced by Kelly as well.
Love Letter has been highly praised by music critics. Kelly has been resurrected and is on full display on Love Letter. 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. July 20, . On July 19,Kelly was rushed to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago to undergo emergency throat surgery.
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.
Kelly explained that he was R. Kelly - Ill Never Leave (CD) to the hospital to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils and "will be laid up for an indefinite amount of time". It was not immediately clear when Kelly might be well enough to resume performing.
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 September 23,Variety confirmed that Kelly has signed on to write original music for the Sparkle soundtrack.
Kelly will come on and do some of the music for the film. His latest music sounds like it came from a time period. 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. With the shutdown, Kelly and all other artists previously signed to these three labels will release his future material on the RCA Records brand.
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. November 10, . On November 10,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.
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 said, "Kelly taking aim at the haters who said "he's washed up, he's lost it.
On December 21,Kelly made a live appearance on The X Factor and gave his first performance since undergoing emergency throat surgery in the summer.
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 January 31,Kelly revealed in a radio interview that he's releasing a follow-up to the Love Letter album titled Write Me Back. The album will be released on June On February 18,R. Kelly performed at Whitney Houston 's memorial. Kelly performed the ballad I Look to Youa song he wrote for Whitney that she released on July 23, 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. DuringR. Kelly continued his "The Single Ladies Tour".
On June 30,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.
This was followed by news that Kelly was releasing the song as the lead single for his upcoming twelfth studio album Black Panties.
During this time, R. Kelly also collaborated with a variety of artists. At midnight on November 17, R. 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 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 Hoperatelling his fans that they will see a lot going on for him in past two or three years and more.
In lateR. He also added that he is finishing up a Christmas album for late called 12 Nights of Christmas. He is also going to film and put out more chapters of his infamous hip hopera Trapped in the Closet. 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. Stepping away from his music, R.
Kelly is planning to make his debut as a film director and producer sometime during or and also plans on taking his musical Trapped in the Closet to Broadway. Kelly said. 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. Originally slated to be released in lateKelly presented his first Christmas album, and fourteenth studio album, 12 Nights of Christmason October 21, One of Kelly's earliest musical memories is listening to his mother, Joanne Kelly, sing.
He and his mother used to play records by Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye who became inspirations for young Robert. 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. He had smooth, soulful tones, but he was spiritual at the same time. If Marvin Gaye did it, I wanted to do it," Kelly said. While Kelly has created a smooth, professional mixture of hip-hop beats, soulman crooning and funk, from the beginning of his career the most distinctive element of his music is its explicit sensuality.
Kelly's crossover appeal was also sustained by his development of a flair for pop balladry. Kelly's voice easily shifts from booming baritone to seductive alto. Larry Khan, senior vice president of Jive's urban marketing and promotion, has said that Kelly's musical compass is second to none.
Also inthe label's first artist, Sparkle released her debut self-titled album, Sparkle. 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 The soundtrack was released on the Rockland label. The label is currently inactive but Kelly still owns the Rockland Records imprint.
In a interview, Kelly's tour manager, Demetrius Smith, said that he facilitated the wedding by obtaining falsified identification for Aaliyah which listed her as 18 years of age.
Kelly stating that Aaliyah was aged 14 years less than a year before the marriage took place. The expungement request was in the middle of a lawsuit filed by Tiffany Hawkins, who was seeking to use the marriage documents in her case against Kelly. On February 3,a video surfaced allegedly showing Kelly engaging in sex with, and urinating onan underage girl.
The story, which was released by an unknown source, was sent to the Chicago Sun-Timesthe newspaper that broke the story on February 8, Kelly said in interviews that he was not the man in the video. The alleged victim refused to testify at the trial,  and a Chicago jury found Kelly not guilty of 14 out of 14 counts of child pornography in June In Marchthese charges were dropped due to a lack of probable cause for the search warrants.
Jim DeRogatis reported for BuzzFeed News on July 17,that Kelly was accused by three sets of parents of holding their daughters in an "abusive cult". Kelly was again accused of misconduct on April 17,by a former partner of his who claimed that Kelly "intentionally" infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.
A representative for Kelly stated that he "categorically denies all claims and allegations". In a January BBC News article, a woman named Asante McGee whom Kelly had met in and taken to live with him some months later, said that she lived with not only Kelly alone, but with other women. She said: "He controlled every aspect of my life, while I lived with him.
In Maythe Women of Color branch of the Time's Up movement called for a boycott of Kelly's music and performances over the many allegations against him. The boycott was accompanied by a social media campaign called Mute R.
In response, his management said that Kelly supports the movement in principle, but targeting him was "the attempted lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture".
The music streaming service Spotify announced on May 10 that it was going to stop promoting or recommending music by both R. Kelly and XXXTentacion. Spotify stated, "We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values. Kelly's music. Kelly had not ever actually been convicted of any crime. Spotify ultimately reversed this decision. The Washington Post ran a lengthy article in May alleging that music industry executives had been aware of Kelly's sexually abusive behavior toward young women for years but did little or nothing about them due to his success as a performer and songwriter.
As early asthe newspaper reported, his tour manager had urged Jive Records ' founder Clive Calder to tell Kelly he would not release the singer's records if he continued to have "incidents" with women after every concert he gave. Calder told the Post that he regretted not having done more at the time, saying "Clearly, we missed something. Former Jive president Barry Weiss told the newspaper that during 20 years with the label he never concerned himself with Kelly's private life and was unaware of two lawsuits filed against Kelly and the label by women alleging sexual misconduct, suits in which the label had successfully argued it was not liable.
Larry Khan, another Jive executive who worked closely with the singer even after viewing the sex tape, likewise implied it was not the label's responsibility, and pointed to Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis as musicians whose labels continued to release and promote their records despite public awareness that they were involved with young women. Executives at Epic Records also took a similarly relaxed attitude towards allegations of Kelly's sexual misconduct, the Post claimed. Inafter he signed with the label, executive David McPherson allegedly avoided viewing a copy of a tape purportedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl, even as he had warned Kelly's assistant that if it turned out to be Kelly on that tape, the label would drop him.
McPherson did not respond to the Post ' s requests for comment. Carroll told the newspaper the woman was "starstruck A lot of times it's not really the men.
The Washington Post also suggested the labels were complicit in the sex-cult allegations from the previous summer's BuzzFeed piece.
Employees at the studios where Kelly recorded were required to sign non-disclosure agreements and not enter certain rooms, which they said they believed were where Kelly made the women stay while he worked. Despite the agreements, the newspaper was able to publish screenshots of text exchanges where women in the rooms asked Kelly's assistants to let them out so they could go to the bathroom or get food. The newspaper also published pictures taken after Kelly had concluded a six-week session at a Los Angeles studio, paid for by his then-current label, RCA Recordsshowing a cup of urine sitting on a piano and urine stains on the wooden floor of another room.
Kelly released the minute long " I Admit " on SoundCloud on July 23,as a response to his accusers. Kelly social media campaign, Kelly sings, "only God can mute me".
Kelly's ex-wife and brother, responded to "I Admit" with a remix and a diss track. In JanuaryLifetime began airing a six-part documentary series detailing sexual abuse and misconduct allegations against Kelly. Within two weeks, Kelly launched a Facebook page where he sought to discredit the accusers who appeared in the docuseries.
Facebook removed the page for violating their standards as it appeared to contain personal contact information for his accusers. He was released on bail after two nights in jail. On March 6,television program CBS This Morning broadcast an interview with Kelly by Gayle Kingin which Kelly insisted on his innocence and blamed social media for the allegations.
On July 11,Kelly was arrested on federal charges alleging sex crimes and obstruction of justice. On July 12,federal prosecutors from New York and Chicago indicted Kelly on 18 chargesincluding child sexual exploitationchild pornography production, kidnappingforced laborracketeeringand obstruction of justice. Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, stated: "That case is a pure publicity grab by the prosecutor.
This is beyond absurd". Minnesota victims deserve their day in court and that's why we're here. In my view, too many prosecutors are ignoring victims.
This one doesn't. After a July brawl at a Lafayette, Louisiana health club involving Kelly and his entourage, Kelly was placed on a year's unsupervised probation starting August 13,after being found guilty of battery. One of the victims needed facial stitches. On April 8,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.
On March 9,he was released after someone, who did not want to be identified, paid off the child support. His lawyer says he could not discuss the payment due to a gag order. In addition to his solo and collaboration success, Kelly has also written and produced several hit songs, such as " Fortunate " for Maxwell" You Are Not Alone " for Michael Jackson" G. Kelly has been compared to artists like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. InKelly married Andrea Kellyhis former backup dancer and mother of his three children.
Andrea filed a restraining order against Kelly in September after a physical altercation, ultimately filing for divorce in Kelly has contributed to various U. Kelly has also been in charity events in efforts to bring awareness for the fight against R. Kelly - Ill Never Leave (CD) cancer. InKelly released the single " Soldier's Heart " and donated all the proceeds of the song to the families of American soldiers. InKelly released the song "Rise Up" for Virginia Tech after the school shootingand donated the net proceeds to the families of the victims.
InR. 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.
Kelly performed at a charity event in Chicago benefiting Clara's House, a now-shuttered Jan facility designed to build employment, housing, health care, and education in the projects of Chicago. Kelly has been awarded and nominated for multiple awards during his career, as a songwriter, producer, and singer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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