He refused to answer anything regarding his less than rosy past.
Well, that was awkward. In probably one of the most uncomfortable celebrity interviews this year, R. Kelly walked out on presenter Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani after questions about his new album 'The Buffet' turned to his controversial past regarding multiple sex scandals.
R. Kelly snubs negative line of questioning
It's not an uncommon theme amongst R. Kelly fans to feel a little at odds with him when it comes to their love of his music and their condemnation of his various past controversies, but it's clearly not something that the singer likes to talk about. In fact, he even went as far as to deny that he's heard any negativity towards him from his fans at all.
Continue reading: R. Kelly Leaves Live Interview After Controversial Questions Arise
The man who likes to be known as the King of R&B releases his 13th solo album, for which he reportedly recorded over 470 songs for during the last couple of years. The former collaborator of megastars such as Michael Jackson and Celine Dion will hope that it adds to his 40 million record sales in a career which has spanned a quarter of a century.
Key to the success of the Chicago native has been an ability to mix mainstream successes like 'Ignition' and 'The World's Greatest' with the bedroom soundtracking likes of '12 Play'. We dive straight into the smut with 'The Poem' - which, you guessed it, is a poem - and carry through the likes of smooth jams like 'Anything Goes' and 'Let's Make Some Noise'. Even if you're able to stomach some of the analogies - Kelly promising this is all we can eat or literally slurping - there is nothing near the brilliant standards of 'Bump'n'Grind' or 'Your Body's Callin'. The album suddenly wakes on 'Marching Band', which features a superb brass hook, while 'Switch Up' features an urgent vocal delivery vastly different from the smooth tone the multiple Grammy winner usually presents.
Where 'The Buffet' is ultimately unsatisfying is that it all too readily returns to a monotonous tempo about intimate relations and Kelly doesn't get near the admittedly high standards of his past. Only 'Sextime' really captures the seduction he is capable of, while 'Backyard Party' is a fun number built around a funky guitar riff, it's a minor reprieve in the second half of the record. Ultimately, there's a lack of inspiration to the majority of this material, with only brief glimpses of Kelly's capabilities on show to give this release any degree of value.
Continue reading: R. Kelly - The Buffet Album Review
The band will support the EP on tour this February.
Texan two-piece The Wind and The Wave re-introduce some of the nation's favorite pop songs with their upcoming EP release, 'Covers One'. The record is set for release in February and will be followed up by a US tour.
The Wind And The Wave release 'Covers One' EP in February 2015
The EP features epic renditions of hits of both old and new. There's Sia's explosive 2014 showstopper 'Chandelier', R. Kelly's 2003 number one 'Ignition', Metric's 2009 single 'Gold Guns Girls', Stevie Nicks' third solo single from 1982 'Edge of Seventeen' and Regina Spektor's 2013 release 'You've Got Time'. 'Covers One' will also feature versions of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time' and Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' which were specially recorded for the 'Grey's Anatomy' soundtrack.
There's a lot to be desired from "Black Panties", but the reviewers are still pretty favorable.
So, uh, R Kelly has a new album out and music critics across the land have taken it on, albeit grudgingly. The record is titled Black Panties, which really does encompass all the main themes and messages, so we could just end this here. Unfortunately, people still have to write about it online, because that’s how the music industry works.
New album, same old song and dance.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with liking R Kelly or Black Panties, despite a whole article’s worth of truly ridiculous lyrics. Take Entertainment Weekly’s Nick Catucci for example, who eloquently notes: “The virtues of prayer, marriage proposals, and pleasure-giving seamlessly combine when he sighs ''I wanna go down on my knees'' in ''Marry the P---y,'' while ''Shut Up'' spreads gospel to haters.”
Continue reading: Nobody Knows What To Make Of R Kelly's 'Black Panties,' Even The Critics
R Kelly basks in the pop music spotlight with Bieber after Gaga collaboration.
Hot on the heels of his collaboration with Lady Gaga, R Kelly has contributed vocals to another pop star's track, namely Justin Bieber's. Justin announced the news via Twitter, linking a Vibe article where R Kelly confirmed he and the teen idol had teamed up.
R Kelly Has Lent His Vocals To A New Song With Justin Bieber.
"I just did a song [with him]," R. Kelly told the magazine during a listening session for his upcoming album, Black Panties. "[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." The news comes after the success of Lady GaGa and R Kelly's single 'Do What U Want' where Kelly provided guest vocals.
Continue reading: R Kelly & Justin Bieber Make Music Together, "Hot" Track Announced
R. Kelly could be Gaga's pusha man, apparently
Lady GaGa stayed true to her media-savvy self this morning when she tweeted out a link to her new single with R. Kelly, ‘Do What U Want’. The controversial singer promised fans that she’d release a song a week from now until November 11th when ARTPOP is released.
Lady Gaga's artwork for her new album, ARTPOP
"You can't stop my voice / 'Cause you don't own my life / But do what you want with my body," Trills Gaga, whose behind can be seen, obscured only by some scant clothing, on the single artwork.
Here's what to expect from Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend (19th - 21st July 2013).
Every summer this globally loved festival presents some 40 plus artists from all parts of the music spectrum, including both classic chart-toppers and new emerging talent, to 50,000 indie fans. They have been praised over their seven year existence for their cheap ticket prices and friendly atmosphere and that's not about to go any time soon. Apart from great live music on show for three days, there's some of the best indie vinyls for sale at the CHIRP Record Fair, some excellent posters and art-pieces about, as well as a craft fair and an array of musical books and magazines. It's not just for Stateside music fans though, the festival hits Europe for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris on October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd.
Continue reading: Union Park Prepares For Its Seventh Annual Pitchfork Music Festival
The BET Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
The Bet Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
Jamie Foxx recieved the Award for Best Actor.
The BET categories include Best R&B/Pop artist; Hip-Hop artist; sportsman and sportswoman; music video; viewer's choice; movie; gospel and international act.
Mumford and Sons were forced to pull out of the Bonnaroo Festival following concern for bassist Ted Dwane's health. Dwane has recently undergone surgery to remove a blood clot. Jack Johnson stepped in to fill their two hour slot at the Tennessee festival.
Jack Johnson stepped in at the last minute to cover Mumford and Son's slot. Not only did the singer have to find a band, learn a whole host of new and old and quickly practise, he also made the time to compose a short acoustic song about the festival.
The four day festival which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee was first held in 2002 and has been hugely popular and influential. Johnson has a history with the festival, having performed at the first one and headlined in 2008. Johnson was, conveniently, already at the Bonaroo Festival when he received a call on Thursday (13th June 2013) as he was appearing as a special guest, performing alongside Animal Liberation Orchestra.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said he was expecting 'a train wreck' owing to the short time he had in which to prepare. Johnson has recently been out of the limelight, working on his new album entitled 'From Here To Now To You', due to be released on 17th September. The singer paid homage to the British folk band, singing his version of 'The Cave' which was greeted with vast audience participation and applause.
Continue reading: Jack Johnson Replaces Mumford And Sons At Bonnaroo Festival
R 'n' B star surprises Florida crowd with impromptu cameo
We love Phoenix here at Contactmusic but we certainly couldn’t have predicted this: the French band, making their much-anticipated comeback this year with new album Bankrupt!, played the first weekend of Coachella on Saturday night (April 13, 2013) and, though rumors were that they’d be joined by fellow countrymen Daft Punk on the night, the special guest they did get out from the wings turned out to be someone very different indeed – R Kelly!
That’s right, the warbly soul singer and otherwise general loon came on stage to join Phoenix in a frankly weird mash-up of the French band’s big hit ‘1901’ and Kelly’s own smash ‘Ignition (Remix).’ Now given that everyone was hoping that legendary electronic duo Daft Punk were to be the ones making a cameo, you could perhaps expect a little disappointment from the Coachella crowd. Not a bit of it, and after the initial shock subsided, the packed out audience went mad for it, turning the venue into a giant dance floor.
Aside from that, the group largely previewed their new album, though left plenty of room for hits like ‘Lisztomania’ and live staple ‘Love Like A Sunset’. The whole shebang’s rolls back into Florida next weekend with the same line-up and a crowd still a-waiting their Tupac Hologram moment.
Continue reading: Phoenix Stun Coachella With Live R. Kelly Collaboration
It was an unexpected collaboration, but Phoenix and R Kelly rocked Coachella none the less.
Coachella is pretty much in full swing now and one of the headlining acts this year is the French indie rock band Phoenix.
The Grammy award-winning band were joined onstage by none other than R&B singer R Kelly. Unfortunately, the rumors that Phoenix would perform with electro duo Daft Punk didn’t prove true, but there was still a lot to enjoy in their set. The Californian festival stage saw the band perform some of their older music, as well as new songs, which will be featured on their upcoming album, “Bankrupt”, due for release on April 22nd. The tracks, "Entertainment" and "The Real Thing" were instant hits, but the band also played some old favorites, including "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix", such as "Lisztomania" and "Fences".
R Kelly’s appearance was the surprise of the show, especially since the crowd was expecting a collaboration with Daft Punk. The rapper performed a mashup of his “Ignition” with Phoenix’s “1901”. This is the band’s first time headlining Coachella, after they appeared at the festival twice before. "Our vision of Coachella is that you can never be medium. It's either fantastic or a big catastrophe, we don't like medium things. For us, it's always been an extreme experience. The first time we played was our worst show ever, and the second time was one of our best shows ever, it's either a huge failure or success," Mazzalai told Reuters ahead of the band's set.
Continue reading: Phoenix And R Kelly, Not Daft Punk, Rock Coachella
Paul McCartney Has Been Announced As The Headliner For This Year's Bonnaroo Festival 2013
The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup has been announced, with former Beatle Paul McCartney and Grammy winners Mumford & Sons topping the bill at the June event in Manchester, Tennessee. Other topline guests include veterans Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Icelandic singe Bjork, Wilco, the Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky and R. Kelly.
"Top to bottom, this is one of the strongest lineups we have ever had," Bonnaroo spokesman Jeff Cuellar said in an interview. "Looking at the festival landscape out there ... no other American festival has Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney and Bjork all under one roof." The revellers at Bonnaroo - among the top live gatherings of the year - will no doubt agree, and this year's diverse lineup appears to offer something for everyone, particularly lower down the bill. Up to 100,000 fans will flock to the annual festival to see singers, comedians, arts and movies while enjoying unique performances from the likes of Weird Al Yankovic and ZZ Top. Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne will also be in attendance, performing with St Vincent.
Though many have praised this year's Bonnaroo lineup, many long-time fans have been left with a palpable sense of déjà vu. Mumford and Sons appeared at the festival in 2011, while Tom Petty closed the main stage in 2006. Wilco, Animal Collective and various other acts have also played prominent slots over the years.
Continue reading: Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Wu-Tang Clan, R KELLY!?
The Bonnaroo festival line-up has been released and it's something to get yourself excited about. Not got a ticket? You'll definitely want to get yourself one once you see who'll be performing.
The Bonnaroo festival info page is a veritable delight of explaining Out There and In Here. Out There is out here, where we are now, beyond the limits temporally or spatially of the festival itself, but In There, in the festival, the festival organisers want it to be a haven of positivity, safety and, above all, supreme amounts of fun. They describe it as "4 of the best days ever" and "an escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass... Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity. Bonnaroovian Dancing. Hyperbolic verbiage..." and the list goes on. Sounds good, right? Well, the line-up is even better, and suitable for all genres you may find yourself remotely interested in.
Here's the best of the list, from the headliners down to the early stars: Paul McCartney, Grammy winners Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, R Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne, St Vincent, Passion Pit, The XX, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, ZZ Top, Beach House, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Billy Idol, Foals, Local Natives, Alt-J, The Tallest Man on Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Frank Turner, Purity Ring... and once again, the list goes on. Check out the website to see the rest.
Charlie Sheen, who suffered a remarkable fall from grace last year before somehow turning it in his favor, has paid off Lindsay Lohan's 100k tax bill in one go. According to TMZ.com, the Liz & Dick star had mentioned her problems with the IRS on the shoot of Scary Movie 5 in September, which is when Sheen opened his check book, scribbled down a '1' followed by five noughts and made her problems disappear.
Despite her tax problems, Lohan has had a pretty decent year, getting paid $1 million for her Playboy shoot, before pulling in another $1 million from Liz & Dick, Scary Move 5 and The Canyons. However, Sheen continues to earn a fortune from Anger Management and is truly one of the highest paid actors in television. On top of that, he finalized a multimillion-dollar settlement with Warner Bros following his firing from Two and a Half Man. According to the Los Angeles Times, he walked away with around $25 million in profit sharing and will get another $100 million in syndication profits over the next 7 to 10 years. He was previously paid around $1.44 million per episode of the show, before his behavior left bosses with no choice other than to fire him. Without taking into account the settlement (or FX's massive order for Anger Management) Sheen's net-worth is said to be around $85 million.
Continue reading: Charlie Sheen's Lindsay Lohan Gesture Hints At His Phenomenal Wealth
Big Week For Biebs: It's been a rollercoaster seven days for Justin Bieber. First, it was reported that he'd split from long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez, then, he attended the American Music Awards with his mother where he won three awards, and lastly, he met up with his ex-girlfriend to chat about a reconciliation. Keep up Bieber fans!
Crash Landing: Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you've probably heard of Rihanna's controversial 777 tour. Seven gigs, seven cities, seven nights, on a Boeing 777. She invited a ton of journalists along for the ride, and provided the alcohol, though not everything went to plan as RiRi opted to take the partying easy to preserve her voice. However, after all the drama, the sold-out shows seemed to go down pretty well with Rihanna's fans.
Looking Good Lindsay! Is the Lindsay Lohan comeback finally complete? Well, it's been an up-and-down year for the actress, though she's finishing 2012 in true style. Just this week, she appeared at the premiere of her new television move Liz & Dick looking really rather radiant!
Continue reading: A Week In Celebrity News 21 November 2012
R. Kelly poses on the red carpet with his cast mates at the premiere of his song/music video collection 'Trapped in the Closet'. While photographers take pictures, he even removes his iconic sunglasses briefly before taking a break to take a red carpet interview.
Between selling millions of records, dozens of controversial episodes and numerous relationships, R.Kelly managed to build up a cult following for his 'hipopera', Trapped in The Closet. And now it looks like his creation might be translated to Broadway.
"I don't have a job, so I sit in the studio all the time and think of stupid stuff to do. And this is just something stupid I've done that's been successful. I'm having a lot of fun with it," said R. Kelly in a Q&A session, after intimating that a Broadway version might be on the cards, according to Rolling Stone. "It's not hard somehow. When you commit to something and have fun with it, it appreciates you, the gift, and it starts to help you out," he added. "It cheats through things for you and it kind of writes itself. I'm having so much fun with this thing. I'm so committed to it, it just happens. It just continues to happen. Every time I put the track on, I hear these new stories and new characters."
It'll be good news for fans who want to find out what happens to all their beloved characters, created by R. Kelly, in what can only be described as one of his weirder outputs. "Trapped in the Closet is pretty much forever," he assures. "I've got a leash on this thing now. I'm going to walk it," said Kelly. "I want you guys to know, I'm not going to leave you guys hanging five years again for the next chapter. . . . The next chapters that are coming [are] going to exceed every chapter that you've ever seen. I guarantee it."
Just when you thought R Kelly couldn’t get any weirder, the R&B star has revealed that he’s taking Trapped In the Closet to Broadway.Last night (November 19, 2012), he debuted the latest episode of his off-the-wall ‘hip-hopera’ at New York City’s Landmark Sunshine Cinemas and during a Q&A session, he revealed that he’s taking the show to the stage, Rolling Stone have reported.
Fans of the show will be delighted at the prospect of coming face to face with Kelly’s peculiar brand of entertainment on a live stage and Kelly himself seems to be revelling in the show’s success so far. Revealing the secrets of his success, he simply said “I don't have a job, so I sit in the studio all the time and think of stupid stuff to do. And this is just something stupid I've done that's been successful. I'm having a lot of fun with it.”
Apparently, he’s got another 85 episodes of the show all cued up and ready to go. “It's not hard somehow. When you commit to something and have fun with it, it appreciates you, the gift, and it starts to help you out," he boasted. "It cheats through things for you and it kind of writes itself. I'm having so much fun with this thing. I'm so committed to it, it just happens. It just continues to happen. Every time I put the track on, I hear these new stories and new characters."
R Kelly’s hip-hopera ‘Trapped In The Closet’ will be given the Rocky Horror Picture Show treatment when it is made into a sing-a-long version at later this month.
The cult music video series’ first 22 episodes will be made into one, nearly two-hours long movie complete with subtitled lyrics for fans to enjoy when it is released as a sing-a-long feature on November 22.
The new version of the epic series masterminded by Kelly will be shown at Chicago's Music Box Theatre and will feature on-screen subtitles and plot-related props for the audience to use for their own enjoyment. Action Pack, the company who in the past have held similar occasions for such fan favourites as Grease, are conjuring up the cinematic treat.
Continue reading: R Kelly’s ‘Trapped In The Closet’ To Be Made Into Sing-A-Long Version
For many, a new reality TV show that follows the family's every move wouldn't be an ideal way to aid the grieving process after a dramatic death, but for Whitney Houston's family, 'The Houstons: On Our Own' has been a great help.
"The show has kept the family close together, (instead of) isolated from one another. We talk about things, we are very open, and we pay attention to the ones who need consoling the most. Doing the show certainly has helped in a huge way," Pat Houston, Whitney's manager and sister-in-law, told Reuters. "There are preconceptions about the family that just aren't true. We are a strong family, a working family, and a typical family. Our family member just happens to be an icon," she added. "You will see a family that is grieving, that loves one another. You will see a family that is trying to move on."
The reality TV show makes its debut this Wednesday (October, 24) and will set the stage for a November of tributes to the troubled singer, who tragically passed away earlier on in 2012 after drowning in the bathtub, having taken cocaine. Upcoming projects include an official glossy book of photos, a compilation album of Houston's biggest hits that features a new duet version of "I Look To You" with R. Kelly, and the November 16 TV broadcast of a special Grammy tribute starring Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Celine Dion.
Continue reading: Whitney Houston's Family Helped By 'The Houstons: On Our Own'
R-Kelly’s ‘Hip Hopera’, Trapped in the Closet – the infamous R&B melodrama – is due an update, with another chapter on the cards. The next instalment returna on Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. on IFC, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Many questions remained unanswered when the credits rolled on the last chapter; What would become of Sylvester and Twan? What was this “package” that everybody kept talking about? Does Pimp Lucius have more secrets? And what of Big Man? All these questions are due to be covered when 10, yes you heard it right, 10 new episodes hit the internet, starting late November. Fans of the series will be delighted to hear that everyone’s favourite musical soap opera is returning, although most of it’s loyal fans view the series via an ironic sense of sympathy rather than a genuine desire to glean the next nugget of tasty R&B sung gossip. We love every minute of it.
R. Kelly, who’s career took a strange turn when he decided to do these songs, announced that there will be a return of many cast members including Rufus, Gwendolyn, Big Man and Rosie the Nosy Neighbour. These chapters will be released under the title Trapped in the Closet: The Next Installment and will be released in Fall 2012.
R Kelly is back with his bizarre soap opera Trapped in The Closet.
It’s been a few years since the R&B star has, erm, ‘treated’ us to any new episodes but Entertainment Weekly have revealed that episode 23 will be aired on IFC on November 23, 2012. This latest batch of shows runs for 10 episodes but Kelly hasn’t put a cap on how many of the shows he’s planning to produce, so don’t place any bets on this being the last we see of Kelly’s oddball show.
A sneak preview of episode 23 is being hosted on Entertainment Weekly right now but how many questions posed by episode 22’s cliff-hangers will actually be answered? Fans of the show will no doubt be wanting to know what the hell happens to Twan and Sylvester, Pimp Lucius’ secrets were causing a stir last time around so we’re all wondering what he’s got up his sleeve, too… and of course – the question on everybody’s lips: what on earth was this ‘package’ that everyone’s on about?
Continue reading: R Kelly Is Back: Trapped In The Closet Episode 23 Announced.
Kanye West has finally broken his silence over his new mixtape, Cruel Summer. The notoriously media-shy West has, until now, left it up to some of the other stars on the compilation to spread the world about this week’ album release. Now, though, Kanye himself is appearing in a black and white interview clip, hosted on YouTube. Cruel Summer features not only Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music crew, but also the likes of Jay-Z, R. Kelly, 2 Chainz, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. “This isn't the beginning of the conversation; this isn't the end of the conversation, explains West. It's our offering as a collective of a sonic snapshot of what's happening right now 2012, this Cruel Summer.”
Explaining how the album came together, he explained “we started out getting everyone in the lab together… one track might have thirty people’s opinions on it. It’s not just about a tracklist and a name. It’s about the communal style of work.” He also explained that the artwork to Cruel Summer played a vital part in shaping its sound, He would have the artwork in front of him whilst he recorded the tracks and would ask himself “does this album sound like the artwork looks?”
A few snippets of Cruel Summer had already been leaked before it was even released. And much had been made of some of Kanye’s lyrics, especially those that are about his new girlfriend Kim Kardashian. One choice rhyme from Kanye references Kim’s notorious sex tape: “Eat breakfast at Gucci. My girl a superstar all from a home movie.” Stay classy, yeah Kanye?
Oh Lindsay! We'd really appreciate it if Lindsay Lohan made her mind up. Is she a good-girl-gone-bad, a bad-girl-gone-good, or something else? Just when we thought she was back on the straight and narrow, the actress has been arrested for a hit-and-run!
Hips Don't Lie? Fans of Shakira have been speculating on her 'possible' baby-bump for weeks, and the Columbian pop-star has finally confirmed that she and football star beau Gerard Pique are expecting their first child together! We here at Contactmusic.com send our heartiest congratulations!
Continue reading: A Week In Celebrity News 20 September 2012
R Kelly makes history with 21st nomination for the Soul Train Awards. He is now the most nominated act ever, reports CBS News.
R. Kelly's double nomination at this year's Soul Train Awards, makes him the most nominated act ever at the awards show. Kelly brings his career total to 21 nominations and is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year. Two was enough to steal the headlines, but it's Usher that leads the way this year with five nominations, whilst Estelle/em>, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also in the running for various awards. Posthumous nominations include Whitney Houston for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award. The Soul Train Awards - hosted by Cedric the Entertainer - will be filmed on Nov. 8 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air Nov. 25 on BET and Centric.
R&B singer Usher will join pop singer Shakira as they fill in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera during the spring cycle of singing competition series The Voice" NBC says. The move will give Green and Aguilera a break from the show's schedule to focus on other pursuits.
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8th January, 1967