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Ohio Music Festival Drops R. Kelly From Its Lineup

July 29th, 2014 4:20pm EDT
R. Kelly
Organizers at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, have dropped R. Kelly from the lineup after listening to complaints posted on Twitter and Facebook and bands who decided not to play at the festival because of the star's controversial past.

In 2002, Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges after he was accused of having sex with a minor and a video surfaced of him allegedly urinating on an underage girl. Although Kelly was acquitted in 2008, that didn't stop people from objecting to his presence at the Ohio festival.

In addition, local bands Damn the Witch Siren and...
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R. Kelly Sidesteps Question About His Transgender Child

June 26th, 2014 3:53pm EDT
R Kelly
When asked about his daughter's sexuality during a radio interview earlier this week, rapper R. Kelly brushed off the question, refusing to give a straight answer.

Earlier this month, the star's youngest daughter Jaya, 13, revealed on Facebook that she was transgender. She explained that she is now going by the name Jay Kelly, explaining that she has identified as a male since the age of six.

A DJ at WGCI-FM in Chicago, Ill., asked Kelly about the situation on Monday, but the singer wouldn't give a straight answer. "You don't really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my so...
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10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe

June 24th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe
Musicians, artists, actors, and celebrities in general tend to have unique personalities. Some of those personalities are so strong that they can be considered divisive – "polarizing" if you will.

The list is long and filled with artists and bands from across all genres. But, there's no need to filter through the musicians to label the ‘offenders’ in your head. We've got the top ten right here, starting with...

#10 Kanye West

It seems no matter how fast Justin Bieber drives or how provocative Miley Cyrus becomes, no one can supersede the master of polarization – Kanye West. West...
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Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Video Scrapped Over Terry Richardson Scandal

June 20th, 2014 12:32am EDT
Lady Gaga
A brief clip from Lady Gaga's sexually provocative and graphic "Do What U Want" music video has leaked online, months after the song was released as a single in October 2013.

The video, which features singer R. Kelly and celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, was never released because she was given just a week to plan for and shoot it, -- at least that's the reason she gave back in January.

A new reason the promo never dropped centers on her co-stars, more specifically on Richardson, according to TMZ.com, which released the clip on Thursday.

Richardson, who directed the vid, has curre...
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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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R. Kelly Has 32 New Chapters Of Hit Song 'Trapped In The Closet' Written

December 21st, 2011 7:55pm EST
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly is on the look out for new business partners to invest in upcoming sequels to his "Trapped In The Closet" song and video series - because it's too expensive for him to shoot himself.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker unveiled the first of 22 chapters in 2005, complete with a melodramatic promo, telling the story of a one-night stand and its consequences.

He filmed videos for each of the musical segments and released the last of them in 2007, but Kelly admits he's got another 32 chapters planned - he just needs to money to make them.

The singer tells TMZ.com, "I've alwa...
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Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

December 1st, 2011 8:24am EST
2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...
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Snoop Dog Pays Back Taxes To IRS

October 1st, 2011 9:00am EDT
Snoop Dogg
Rap superstar Snoop Dogg has settled an outstanding tax bill dating back to 2008.

The "Drop It Like It's Hot" hitmaker, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr., was slapped with an invoice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after failing to hand over $476,338.

But the hip-hop icon is now in the clear - he paid the sum on September 15, according to The Detroit News.

Snoop Dogg isn't the only urban star to run into trouble with the IRS - rapper Lil Wayne, singer R. Kelly and music mogul Damon Dash have all recently been chased for payment by U.S. tax officials.
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R. Kelly Owes $837,000 In Back Taxes

July 27th, 2011 11:09am EDT
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly is facing more financial woes - he has failed to pay taxes of $837,000.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed a tax lien on the I Believe I Can Fly hit-maker in January.

It's yet more cash difficulties for the singer, who is also facing foreclosure on his Chicago home after failing to keep up with his mortgage since last summer.

Another tax bill of $1 million was recently dropped by the IRS.

Earlier this month the cash-strapped star was rushed to the hospital for an emergency throat operation and has vowed to take an indefinite break to recover.
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R. Kelly Recovering From Emergency Throat Surgery

July 20th, 2011 3:27pm EDT
R. Kelly
Soul star R. Kelly is recovering in a Chicago, Illinois hospital after undergoing emergency throat surgery.

The I Believe I Can Fly singer had an abscess in a tonsil drained on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

His publicist Allan Mayer reveals Kelly will be "laid up indefinitely" at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

This is not the only bad news for R., He is also facing foreclosure on his Chicago mansion after defaulting on his mortgage.
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R. Kelly Faces Foreclosure On Chicago Mansion

July 13th, 2011 10:00am EDT
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly is facing foreclosure on his Chicago, Illinois mansion after defaulting on his mortgage.

The Grammy winner has failed to make monthly payments on the suburban property since June of last year, according to a foreclosure lawsuit filed by JPMorgan Chase Bank bosses last month.

A spokesperson for the singer tells the Associated Press his client is not in financial trouble.
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Ex-Manager Sues R. Kelly For $1 Million

June 21st, 2011 8:53am EDT
R Kelly
Soul star R. Kelly's former manager is suing the singer for more than $1 million in commission cash he insists he's owed.

Jeff Kwatinetz claims Kelly used the money to pay off people who accused him of sexual misconduct instead.

In his lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Monday and obtained by TMZ.com, the singer's former manager claims he helped resurrect Kelly's career in 2008 when the singer was fighting child pornography charges.

He states, "(I) guided Kelly through the recording of two new albums, substantial multi-million dollar tours... a book deal, and a myriad of other appearances ...
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