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25 Best R&B Albums Of 2013

December 27th, 2013 6:30pm EST
Beyonce
It truly saddens me to see R&B, a personal favorite style of music, in a state of uncertainty.  2013 found the numbers of R&B down considerably, a trend that is consistent year in and year out. Save for a select few commercial bright spots (led by an unexpected Beyoncé album), R&B only dented the charts. Even so, finding 25 albums with some significance wasn’t difficult to do.  Sure, some of the lowest ranked albums have their flaws, but each has some reason for being selected.  Enjoy!

1) Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Bad Boy

In a world where R&B and soul music have cooled off consid...
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Beyoncé Makes It 5 Number One Albums In A Row

December 19th, 2013 10:45pm EST
Beyonce
Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé.  This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save for Target), Beyoncé not only scores her fifth consecutive no. 1 album, but also her biggest sales week with 617,000 copies sold.  Billboard earlier reported that Beyoncé had the largest selling sales week for an iTunes album.   Compare it to the opening wee...
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Beyonce's Self-Titled Album Makes Chart History, R. Kelly's 'Black Panties Debuts' At #4

December 19th, 2013 8:44am EST
Beyonce
Beyonce is the first woman to hit number one on the Billboard charts with her first five studio albums. Her 14-song, 17-music video compilation that dropped unexpectedly on Dec. 13, sold 617,000 copies in its first week.

"Beyonce" surpasses her 2006 album "B'Day," which sold 541,000 its first week. The pop star's latest project is currently only available via iTunes. A physical copy will be available from retailers between Dec. 18 and 20.

Beyonce also sets the record for the highest sales by a female artist in 2013, as well as the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall, just behind Drak...
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R. Kelly's Rep: 'He Is Current On His Child Support Payments'

December 14th, 2013 3:30pm EST
R. Kelly
Singer R. Kelly's representative has rubbished reports suggesting the star has fallen behind on child support payments to his ex-wife.

On Friday, it was reported that Andrea Kelly had teamed up with Project Child Support officials to collect $114,900  in unpaid funds, but the R&B star's publicist has shot down the story.

The spokeswoman tells WENN, "The Custodial Support Foundation should check their facts. Mr. Kelly is current on his child support payments."

Kelly and Andrea were married from 1996 to 2009 and they have three children together.
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R. Kelly delivers Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek lines in new skit song

December 13th, 2013 3:10am EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
R. Kelly has turned the tables on Benedict Cumberbatch by singing script lines from Star Trek Into Darkness after the actor recited sultry lyrics by the R&B singer on TV last week (04Dec13).

The British actor showed off his reading skills on U.S. chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! by performing a spoken-word version of R. Kelly's new track, Genius.

The video of Cumberbatch's dramatic recital has gone viral and garnered almost two million views on YouTube, and now Kelly has got his own back by turning lines uttered by the actor's character Khan into a new tune.

During an appearance on U.S. show...
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R. Kelly planning saucy Christmas album for next year

December 12th, 2013 8:30pm EST
R. Kelly
R&B superstar R. Kelly has started work on a festive album for Christmas 2014.

The I Believe I Can Fly singer admits he has been working on his first holiday compilation for over a year - and now he's getting ready to complete it and release it in time for the festive season next year (14).

He says, "I'm working on a Christmas album right now called The 12 Nights of Christmas and it's gonna be a lot of lovemaking. I come with that bearing gifts (sic).

"I started it last Christmas actually, but I don't believe in just putting out a Christmas album just to sell records... In order to get t...
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'Black Panties' Review: R. Kelly Sounds Exceptional Vocally But Goes Overboard Sensually

December 10th, 2013 11:30am EST
R.Kelly Black Panties
R. Kelly sounds exceptionally vocally on Black Panties, goes overboard sensually.

R. Kelly has a compelling argument for the title of the “King of R&B”, easily.  For years and years, the sensually driven R&B singer has captivated audiences with his R- (and sometimes X-) rated brand of contemporary soul, ultimately epitomizing the urban sound.  Like many of his contemporaries and other artists he’s influenced, Kelly’s sales have taken a tumble from their glory days – the plight that is R&B music these days. Kelly’s previous two albums consisted of brand new material, but found the singer r...
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R. Kelly: 'I Met My Match In Lady Gaga'

December 8th, 2013 3:33pm EST
R. Kelly
R&B icon R. Kelly is eager to head into the recording studio with Lady Gaga once again after heaping praise on the pop superstar for her creativity and work ethic.

The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker teamed up with Gaga for her new single Do What You Want, which they performed together at the American Music Awards last month, and he admits working with the eccentric singer to bring their two music genres together was a great experience.

He tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I met my match when I met her. She's not afraid to just do themselves and not try to do anyone else (sic)...

"It...
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R. Kelly: Chris Brown is strong

December 6th, 2013 12:20pm EST
Chris Brown
R. Kelly thinks Chris Brown is a "strong individual" and has likened him to Martin Luther King.
The 'Black Panties' singer said he can empathise with the R&B star, who is currently undergoing a court ordered 90-day stint at a live-in rehabilitation center to focus on his anger issues, because he's attempting to change.
R. Kelly said: "I only feel sorry for weak people. And mostly what I've come to find is that the weak people are the ones that are the haters.
"The ones that's talking about Chris Brown, or R. Kelly, or anybody that's successful? I feel sorry for them, not Chris Brown, bec...
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Must See: Benedict Cumberbatch Recites R. Kelly's 'Genius' Lyrics On Kimmel

December 5th, 2013 5:00pm EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch made the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" audience scream on Wednesday after he performed a spoken version of R. Kelly's song "Genius" on the late-night show.

Both Cumberbatch and Kelly appeared as guests, and Kimmel came up with a creative way to merge the two stars' talents.

The actor is featured sitting on a stool with a single spotlight upon him. Next to him is a large image of Kelly's new album, "Black Panties."

The Emmy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominee coos to the audience:  "Body so fit and soft/ I can't wait to tear it open/ You got me like la la la la la ba...
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R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet to return in 2014

December 5th, 2013 3:20am EST
R. Kelly
R. Kelly is revealing more from his Trapped In The Closet music series in 2014.

The R&B star's "hip-hopera" first premiered in 2005, and over the course of seven years, 33 episodes have been released, becoming a one-of-a-kind music series, captivating his fans all over the world.

Now Kelly is providing even more drama with new chapters to air on America's Independent Film Channel (IFC) next year (14). The new episodes will pick up the tale of protagonist, Sylvester, played by Kelly, and a one-night stand who created a bevy of dire consequences.

In a statement released on Wednesday (04Dec...
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Ranking R. Kelly's Albums Since The New Millennium

December 4th, 2013 8:20pm EST
R.Kelly Black Panties
On December 10th, R. Kelly will release what seems to be the return of ‘nasty’ R. Kelly with album Black Panties. Kelly is easily among R&B’s most preeminent artists. Sure, his sales have falling off much like his contemporaries, but no one can deny the salacious singer/songwriter has a long and illustrious career. This particular post won’t discuss Kelly’s earlier successes with tracks like “Bump and Grind” or his Grammy-winning track “I Believe I Can Fly”, but will instead focus on his post- new millennial success. The early part of the millennium was kind to R. Kelly, much like it was to...
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R. Kelly keen to track down late mum's recordings

November 28th, 2013 3:10am EST
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly is desperate to get his hands on recordings his late mother may have made at the height of her career as a club singer in Chicago, Illinois, but he fears his stepfather will never part with them.

The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker tells Rolling Stone magazine his mum Joanne was "a hell of a singer" who would floor people in the clubs and churches of his hometown with her talent.

He says, "She did all of Aretha's songs, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan. Her band was called the Six Pak, because there were seven of them."

Kelly fears there are no recordings of his mum in existence,...
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Justin Bieber Releases 'PYD' For #MusicMondays

November 18th, 2013 1:07pm EST
Justin Bieber
Can you believe it's been seven weeks of #MusicMonday already? Justin Bieber released the seventh tune in his weekly social media project this morning, offering up PYD with R. Kelly.

While the new song is about girls, just as all of the other ones have been, at least he is singing about being with one, rather than losing one… and with R. Kelly around, you know the song is about getting physical.

The song's acronym stands for "put you down," which is more of a euphemism for sex and less a term for euthanization. In the tune Bieber sings, "From the door to the wall/Coffee table, girl get ...
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Lady Gaga Simulates Sex With R. Kelly During 'SNL' Performance

November 17th, 2013 2:01pm EST
Lady Gaga
What else can Lady Gaga do to shock an audience? Showing no signs of running out of ideas, Lady Gaga stunned live TV viewers on Saturday night by simulating sex with R. Kelly.

While guest hosting Saturday Night Live, the pop star performed Do What U Want with the soul singer and during their performance she pretended to give Kelly oral sex. Our guess is she needs to keep up with Miley Cyrus.

Gaga also poked fun at the controversy linked to her alleged song similarities to Madonna by performing Born This Way as the Material Girl's Express Yourself in a skit about an album of awful cover ve...
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R. Kelly confirms Bieber collaboration reports

November 13th, 2013 8:30pm EST
R. Kelly
Soul man R. Kelly has confirmed reports suggesting he and Justin Bieber have teamed up to record a new track.

In a new interview with Vibe magazine, the I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker revealed the new song he wrote for the teen pop star will be released next week (beg18Nov13).

He says, "I just did a song (with him). (Justin) just called me to do a song and it's hot. He wanted to go and do some R&B stuff, so we got together and did that."

News of the unlikely collaboration started circulating at the beginning of the month (Nov13) after Bieber sent a tweet to Kelly that read: "They aren't re...
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R. Kelly's aides insist hooded singer at Louisiana party was for real

October 29th, 2013 4:10am EDT
R. Kelly
The drama surrounding R. Kelly's alleged no-show at a party in Louisiana on Saturday night (26Oct13) has just taken another bizarre turn - the soul singer's representative insists the hitmaker was the performer fans mistook for a local impersonator.

Concertgoers who booed the lip-syncing man offstage at the gig in Monroe are demanding refunds, but now Kelly's aides are insisting the performer was the real thing.

It appears even promoter Cedric Johnson was left confused - he initially stated he "got duped" over the show, but has since denied he made the remark.

Johnson has promised to exp...
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R. Kelly fans duped?

October 29th, 2013 4:10am EDT
R. Kelly
R. Kelly fans are demanding a refund claiming an impersonator appeared in his place at a concert.
The 'Bump 'N' Grind' singer was scheduled to appear in Louisiana, US, this weekend, but eyewitnesses claim the man who took to the stage three hours after the advertised time was not R. Kelly himself.
Some sources suggest it was an impersonator called R. Jelly, who is said to have lip-synched to Kelly's tracks, before being booed off stage.
One female fan who was at the show said: "The advertisement online through Ticketmaster said that it was a Ced's All Black Affair and R. Kelly performing l...
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Thoughts: Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, 'Do What U Want'

October 28th, 2013 9:21pm EDT
Lady Gaga Artpop
Gaga strikes gold on ARTPOP’s second single “Do What U Want”: I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t applauding too much over Lady Gaga’s first single “Applause” from her upcoming studio album ARTPOP due November 11.  It was merely ‘good’ in my opinion, but just didn’t stack up to juggernauts like “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance” or her numerous hit singles.  Believe me, I wanted to be ‘gaga’ for Gaga, but “Applause” just wasn’t enough.  But fear not fellow Gaga super fans – second single “Do What U Want” easily atones for any un-Gaga-ness that made “Applause” too safe.  This ladies and gentle...
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Lady Gaga Bashes Criticism To Launch 'Do What U Want' - Listen To The Single

October 21st, 2013 7:03pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is responding to critics by giving them a larger platform: she re-posted several common critiques on Twitter in the build-up to the release of her single with R. Kelly, Do What U Want.

She wrote on Sunday, "LADY GAGA IS FAT NOW! #DoWhatUWantWithMyBody," with an unflattering photo of her in one of her meat costume.

Lady Gaga then tweeted a photo of her and Madonna side-by-side, "LADY GAGA IS A REDUCTIVE MADONNA COPY! SHE'S OVER NOW! #WriteWhatUWant #SayWhatUWantBoutMe #ImNotSorry."

Then she posted the infamous picture people claimed as proof she was really a man. She wrote, "LAD...
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R. Kelly pushes back album release until December

October 17th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly has delayed the release of his new album by a month.

The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker was due to unveil Black Panties in early November (13), but he has had to push back the launch of his 12th studio project to allow extra time to complete the mastering process.

The album will now hit U.S. retailers on 10 December (13), just in time for Christmas.

Black Panties isn't the only new music Kelly has been working on of late - he has also recorded an unlikely duet with Lady Gaga. The track, titled Do What U Want, is set to feature on the pop superstar's new album ARTPOP and s...
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Centric TV Wraps Up Black Music Month With R. Kelly Spotlight

June 22nd, 2013 6:59am EDT
R. Kelly
As Black Music Month on Centric TV comes to a close, the King of R&B, Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly – better known as R. Kelly – will take over the airwaves  on Saturday, June 22. 

One of the bestselling music artists, R. Kelly is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. From the 1980s straight through to today, R. Kelly tops the charts, pushes boundaries and masters an array of musical genres that influence fans and musicians alike.

Whether pop, hip hop, R&B, or soul, south side Chicago-native and multiple Grammy Award winning R. Kelly dominates the scene. His signature...
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R. Kelly Loses Millions On Mansion Foreclosure Auction

March 20th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
R. Kelly
R. Kelly has lost millions after his bank foreclosed on his mansion - and was barely able to sell it for a third of what he built it for.

The singer built the home way back in 1997 with a $3.5 million mortgage. As Kelly's music career began to struggle, his bank was forced to foreclose on the mortgage in 2011 when he failed to make a payment in over a year. 

According to TMZ, Kelly tried to sell the house at the $1.6 million mark to pay off the mortgage, but was unable to find a buyer. The bank finally took the home and auctioned it off Monday, where it was finally sold for $950,000. 

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R. Kelly Pens Song For Connecticut Shooting Victims

January 4th, 2013 3:43pm EST
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly has released a song in tribute to the victims of last month's Connecticut massacre and vowed to donate the proceeds to the devastated families.

Suspected gunman Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14th, killing 26 people before allegedly turning the weapon on himself.

The singer was deeply shocked by the death of 20 young children and six adults so he wrote a moving ballad to express his sadness.

Kelly recorded the song, titled "I know You're Hurting," with a children's gospel choir and vowed to give the proceeds to thos...
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R. Kelly Taking 'Trapped In The Closet' Opera To Broadway

November 20th, 2012 12:27pm EST
R. Kelly
Singer R. Kelly is eyeing a move to Broadway with his Trapped In The Closet music project.

The unusual scheme started when the I Believe I Can Fly hit-maker began releasing a series of story-telling songs in 2005.

The 23 tracks and their videos have formed a continuous modern-day opera over the years and he premiered the latest installments on Monday at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York.

Speaking at the event, Kelly revealed plans to take the project to Broadway: "(I) just got an offer from Broadway to do a Broadway version, that's what I'm working on."

The singer also insis...
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Sex Tape Scandal, Aaliyah Not Mentioned In R. Kelly's New Memoir

June 29th, 2012 12:55pm EDT
R Kelly
R. Kelly's autobiography "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me" comes out this week with one glaring omission: there's no mention of his infamous sex tape, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In February 2002, a sex tape was delivered anonymously to the Sun-Times' offices. They handed it to police because it seemed an underage female appeared on it. Kelly had to go to court, but he was acquitted after the judge ruled that the prosecution could not introduce as evidence photographs found on a digital camera during a raid at the singer's home in Davenport, Florida.

The singer had vowed to detail ...
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R. Kelly Cancels Three Concerts Due To A 'Health Emergency'

June 28th, 2012 9:06am EDT
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly has been forced to scrap all upcoming performances due to complications from 2011 vocal surgery.

The I Believe I Can Fly hit-maker was admitted to a Chicago hospital last July to have an abscess in a tonsil drained after days of severe pain - and now the star is experiencing new problems.

The 45 year old was due to host a book launch event in New York on Wednesday and also perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Today later in the week, but, he has now axed all three concerts indefinitely due to a "health emergency."

A representative for the star tells TMZ.com, "I...
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R. Kelly Booed Following Texas Club Appearance

May 16th, 2012 10:35pm EDT
R. Kelly
R. Kelly faced an angry crowd during a club event in Texas last weekend after he refused to perform for fans who were expecting to see a full concert by the singer.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker was booked to appear at The Mansion in Austin on Saturday for a bash billed as "An Intimate Night With R. Kelly", but devotees who had paid $30 to attend the gig were surprised when the R&B star turned up late and walked through the venue, straight to the VIP area.

He picked up a microphone moments later, while still in the cordoned-off area and partly hidden from view, and belted out a rendi...
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The Funniest Celebrity Quotes of All-Time!

April 21st, 2012 10:30am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Celebrities often say things that get them in trouble and draw criticism. More times than none, they will make excuses for their outlandish statements by saying they were misquoted or their comments were taken out of context.

Misquoted or not, their opinions and takes on certain topics and subjects are hilarious. Here's a slideshow of some of the funniest celebrity quotes ever.

Paris Hilton

"Wal-Mart.....do they make walls there?" -Paris Hilton

Britney Spears

"I've never wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don't like eating fish. And I know that's very popular in Africa." -...
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The X Factor Recap: Stars Join The Contestants In A Ludicrous Finale

December 22nd, 2011 9:36am EST
X-Factor Finale
There have been a lot of stupid ideas on TV: AfterMASH, giving Christopher Moynihan a second series, that dancing show where Paula Abdul stood on a huge globe, but last night may have been the biggest brainfart in the history of television – having the contestants stop their performances to introduce a duet with an established star.

Not only was this move distracting and off-putting, but it totally undermined the point of the competition. These are supposed to be discovered talents, not established stars doing duet performances, and that’s exactly what this move made them seem like.

Addit...
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