November 3, 2012 |
R. Kelly had already been onstage for half an hour Friday night at Nokia Theatre when he announced that it was time to say what was on his mind. “I [conceived] three kids listening to my own music,” sang the R&B star in apparent improvisation over a midtempo vamp by his eight-piece band. “You did it," he sang. "Why can't I?” The idea: If Kelly's audience has used his music as an aphrodisiac -- a service he's been providing for 20 years without interruption -- then shouldn't he be entitled to the same privilege?
November 2, 2012 |
OAKLAND - During R. Kelly's "Single Ladies" show Wednesday , every crotch grab, pelvic thrust and naughty exchange with the audience - and there were plenty - was met with screams, whether it came from the nosebleed seats, the orchestra pit or the two bars built into his set (six ladies watched from the stage, with cocktails). "All of the single ladies are going to come out, and that's going to bring the guys because they are going to go somewhere all the ladies will be," Kelly said with a laugh in his dressing room before the show at Paramount Theatre while sipping a cocktail of his own. "We're going to make this one big giant music matchmaking game.
September 21, 2012 |
"Cruel Summer," the new compilation from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, sets an intense mood from the start. Were this a novel, fellow Chicagoan R. Kelly's sweet voice would introduce the first chapter: "Let me see you put your middle fingers up to the world," he says to his flock on "To the World" and you can almost taste the impending venom. The first word out of Kanye West's mouth is more direct: a 12-letter vulgarity, and from that invective springs a series of verses that over 12 tracks travels the world with some attention given to his hometown of Chicago What's up in Chicago?
September 4, 2012 |
R. Kelly is ready to put the vocal issues that have delayed his performance schedule behind him: The Grammy Award-winning singer announced Tuesday that he's hitting the road for a U.S. tour this fall. Kelly will launch his Single Ladies tour on Oct. 13 in Columbia, S.C., joined by R&B songstress Tamia. The 22-date trek stretches until December and is scheduled to roll into L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on Nov. 2. The singer has had a rough year after vocal issues sidelined him. Last summer, he was forced to take a hiatus from the stage after undergoing emergency throat surgery for an abscess on one of his tonsils.
August 13, 2012 |
R. Kelly won't be sailing the high seas with his biggest fans. The Grammy Award winner was supposed to embark on a "Love Letter Cruise," leaving Miami on Oct. 1, where Kelly and more than 2,600 of his biggest fans (with some very deep pockets) would sail for five nights and the singer would anchor two headlining concerts -- along with a small roster of support acts. Kelly jumped ship after he claimed the cruise's promoter, Concerts Cruise LLC, failed to pay him. “Concerts Cruise LLC has been unable to meet its financial obligations to a scheduled cruise with featured performer R. Kelly and will therefore have to cancel this cruise,” a statement from the singer reads.
June 27, 2012 |
R. Kelly has been vocal about his voice issues. After the R&B superstar underwent surgery last summer to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils, Kelly wrote about the operation and any speculation that he might have permanent voice problems in last year's song, "Shut Up. " In the angry little slow jam, Kelly thanked the heavens for keeping the doctors focused and made it clear that his voice was in fine form. However, Kelly doesn't appear...