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September 28, 2005 | Randy Lewis
R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly and his wife, Andrea, have separated, and she has hired one of Chicago's top divorce attorneys after being granted an emergency protective order this month accusing her husband of physical abuse, stalking, harassment and interfering with her personal liberty, MTV News reported. R. Kelly released a statement saying that he was trying to work things out after "a heated argument," adding that even though both have retained lawyers, "it's not a divorce proceeding."
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December 12, 2013 | By August Brown
If you're planning to play one of R. Kelly's recent albums to liven up your holiday parties (and really, who isn't?), make sure you check the album art first. That's because his forthcoming Christmas album (due out in time for next year's holiday) would be a much more seasonally appropriate choice than his lascivious new one, "Black Panties. " Don't mistake the Christmas record as being exactly wholesome, however, he told Rap-Up Interview . "It's gonna be a lot of lovemaking.
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March 12, 2004 | From Associated Press
Detectives illegally seized photographs allegedly showing R&B singer R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl, and prosecutors cannot use them to try him on child pornography charges, a judge in Bartow, Fla., ruled Thursday. Circuit Judge Dennis Maloney agreed with Kelly's lawyers that Polk County sheriff's detectives did not have enough evidence to justify a search of Kelly's Davenport home when they asked a judge for a warrant in 2002.
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December 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It began in April at Coachella. That's where R. Kelly made a surprise appearance with the French band Phoenix, delighting (and maybe befuddling) an indie-minded crowd only minimally aligned with the audience that's helped drive Kelly to R&B superstardom. Since then the singer has been on a kind of outreach mission with performances at the Pitchfork and Bonnaroo festivals and hit duets with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Carefully planned, the activity has undoubtedly boosted Kelly's profile among pop listeners, a savvy strategy in the run-up to Tuesday's release of his new album, "Black Panties.
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February 26, 2003 | Geoff Boucher
The courtroom fate of R. Kelly remains uncertain -- he still faces felony child pornography charges in Illinois and Florida -- but his stature in the marketplace remains strong. The R&B singer is expected to claim the No. 1 spot on the U.S. pop album chart this week. "Chocolate Factory," Kelly's seventh album, was released Feb. 18 and, according to retailers, should top 500,000 copies sold in its first week.
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March 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Prosecutors in Bartow, Fla., dropped all child pornography charges against R. Kelly after a judge ruled that photos allegedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl were illegally seized. The decision, announced Wednesday, doesn't mean that Kelly is out of trouble. The R&B singer still faces 14 counts of child pornography in his home state of Illinois, stemming from a videotape allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl.
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December 4, 2002 | Geoff Boucher
R&B star R. Kelly will return to the music scene in mid-January with the release of his new album, "Chocolate Factory," his first major project since his June indictment on felony child pornography charges in his hometown of Chicago. Kelly had been slated to release an album titled "Loveland" in November, but that collection has been shelved.
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July 16, 2003 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Multimillion-selling R&B musician R. Kelly will be allowed to leave Illinois for his most extensive out-of-state trip since being indicted last year on 21 counts of child pornography. A judge in Cook County, who must OK any of Kelly's trips outside the state, on Monday approved the singer's proposed itinerary for a five-city, headlining concert tour that starts Aug. 15 in Oakland and includes an Aug. 16 date at the Forum in Inglewood. The other stops are Washington, D.C.
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June 7, 2002 | GREG BRAXTON and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As troubled R&B singer R. Kelly made his first court appearance Thursday in relation to child pornography charges, radio stations around the country grappled with whether to continue playing the popular artist's music. Appearing in a Polk County, Fla., courthouse near his home, where he was arrested Wednesday, Kelly, 34, listened as the judge set bail at $750,000 and forbade him to have contact with minors unrelated to him. Kelly later posted bond and was freed.
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February 4, 2005 | Randy Lewis
Rapper Jay-Z has answered R&B singer R. Kelly's $75-million lawsuit over their aborted joint tour last fall with a countersuit claiming that the tour came unhinged because of "R. Kelly's financial woes, insecurities, and unsafe and unpredictable behavior." "In Chicago and Baltimore, R. Kelly was not 'ready,' " the countersuit states. "In Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Hartford, R. Kelly was not 'willing.' In St. Louis and New York, R. Kelly was not 'able.'
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December 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Civil rights icon Nelson Mandela died on Thursday at age 95, and though news broke mid-afternoon, Arsenio Hall was still able to pay tribute to the leader on Thursday night's show. And his guest, R. Kelly, was also ready with an extremely poignant song. Kelly actually wrote the song "Soldier's Heart" back in 2003 when it was released as a single with proceeds going to honor American veterans in the Chicago area. But on "Arsenio," they revealed that the real subject of the song was actually Mandela and that Kelly had performed the song for him in the South African's living room.
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December 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The guests on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday were "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and R&B singer R. Kelly. So Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring them together in the best possible way: by having Cumberbatch recite the lyrics to R. Kelly's new single, "Genius. " The results are, well, genius. The song comes from Kelly's new album, with the subtle title "Black Panties. " The song itself is all about a man who fancies himself a sex genius. Kelly said the title came to him during a live show when a pair of black panties landed on his microphone.
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December 4, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
R. Kelly's “Trapped in the Closet” is back, again. The singer's campy hip-hopera will return to IFC  next year with additional installments, the cable network said Tuesday. Although a premiere date or number of episodes hasn't been announced, the network is already celebrating with a marathon of the previous 33 chapters of the series set for Saturday ( episodes are also available for streaming ). The hip-hopera originally began as a five-video series to accompany the melodramatic segment of songs on his 2005 disc, “TP.3 Reloaded.” A bizarre and complex storyline featuring sexual exploits, little people, gossipy drama and Kelly playing multiple characters, "Trapped in the Closet" became a cult hit after it was released.
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December 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
On the cover of R. Kelly's upcoming album, “Black Panties,” the R&B king clutches a cello bow and caresses a topless woman as if she's an instrument. The deluxe cover features him atop a bed of women clad in only black underwear. However he's depicted , his point is obvious: The  sex jams are back. After a s et of well-received - and critically acclaimed - efforts were steeped in the simmering melodies of classic soul, “Black Panties” marks the singer's return to the raunchy, sweat-soaked loverman role that that made R. Kelly famous  and  infamous.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
How to make Bruno Mars' delightfully naughty "Gorilla" a little naughtier? With help from R. Kelly and Pharrell. That's who Mars hit up for a just-released remix of the song, a raunchy highlight from the singer's great 2012 album, " Unorthodox Jukebox . " Posted Friday on Twitter (following a Q&A that Mars conducted there), the new version expands on the original's wildlife theme, with Kelly describing himself as "an anaconda in your garden" and Pharrell proposing some carefully chosen yoga positions.
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September 17, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
R. Kelly flexed his relatively tough side a couple of months ago with " My Story ," the lead single from his upcoming album "Black Panties," which is due to be released Nov. 11. The R&B maestro goes much softer, though, in "Genius," another new track reportedly set for inclusion on the upcoming disc. It's a lighter-than-air slow jam in the effervescent tradition of such Kelly classics as " Step in the Name of Love ," " Number One Hit " and " Ignition (Remix) ," the last of which he famously mashed up with Phoenix's "1901" at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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December 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
R. Kelly avoided having his bond revoked Friday in his child pornography case, but a Chicago judge admonished him for missing a court hearing earlier in the week. The R&B superstar apologized to Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan. The judge ordered Kelly to cancel a Jan. 13 concert to ensure he makes a Jan. 14 court date. Kelly missed a court appearance Wednesday because his tour bus was stopped for speeding in Utah on Tuesday.
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June 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
R. Kelly, free on bond since his indictment on 21 child pornography charges, cannot come to Los Angeles to film a music video, but he can travel to attend the BET Awards and perform at an upcoming concert, a judge has ruled. The R&B singer hasn't been allowed to leave the Chicago area without a judge's permission since he was indicted on June 5, 2002. The charges stem from a videotape purportedly showing him having sex with an underage girl. Kelly has denied the charges.
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August 14, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Phoenix and R. Kelly are at it again. Months after the French band brought the R&B star to the stage for a surprise appearance at April's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the two acts have joined forces for a remix of "Trying to Be Cool. " The song, from Phoenix's recent "Bankrupt!" album, was pretty sweet to begin with: a characteristically sleek synth-guitar jam with words from singer Thomas Mars about, well, who knows, really? TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts "City and desert coexist, depending on the things you're wearing," he sings in the original, "Wildlife binoculars / Tell me that you want me. " Now, though, "Trying to Be Cool" feels like an invitation to a memorable (if routine)
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April 14, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It was Coachella's best-kept secret. At the end of a day filled with speculation that Phoenix would share its headlining set on the main stage with Daft Punk, the French band instead brought out R. Kelly, the one-of-a-kind R&B star, for a supremely unlikely mash-up of its song "1901" and Kelly's "Ignition (Remix). " The surprise shocked the festival crowd, which responded -- after the inevitable surge of camera-phone flashes -- in the only way possible: by turning the grounds of the Empire Polo Club into a vast dance floor.
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