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The voice on the other end of the phone was tiny and wounded, nothing like the supple tenor that made R. Kelly the most popular R&B singer of his generation. He said he was sitting in front of a television watching Mike Tyson's boxing career descend to a bloody, pitiful low, but it was a feeble distraction from his own battles against prosecutors and public opinion.
June 4, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
WHATEVER view one takes of R. Kelly -- that he is obscene, insane, outlandish, played out, musical kingpin or joker -- one thing is irrefutable: America deserves him. Five years after being indicted on charges of child pornography, dozens of hits into a career spent raunching up R&B, Kelly's enjoying yet another climb up the charts with his eighth solo album, "Double Up."
Most music fans know R. Kelly for his uplifting Grammy-winning hit "I Believe I Can Fly" and singing "The World's Greatest" at the opening ceremony of this year's Olympic Games. But recently, after a series of negative media stories swirling around his personal life, groups are boycotting his music, his record sales have fallen, a tour was canceled and he has been publicly shunned by star rapper Jay-Z and other members of the hip-hop community.
Just how did an unknown Detroit teen-ager like R&B singer Aaliyah score such a smash hit with "Back & Forth"--her first ever single? * You could say it's so good it simply rocketed into the Top 5 on merit--but that's not the real story. Aaliyah's "Back & Forth" is a fixture in the pop Top 5 partly because of R. Kelly, one of the hottest artists in the business since his "12 Play" album sold more than 3 million copies. He not only produced and wrote "Back & Forth," but he also does the rapping.
November 3, 2004 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
The Best of Both Worlds was the name of the tour and, on paper at least, the tandem of Jay-Z and R. Kelly did seem world-class: The urban dream team brought together the opulence-loving kingpin of New York rap and the Chicago R&B superstar who for a decade has churned out hit songs of both inspiration and seduction. But it turns out these two worlds make a mess when they collide.
June 14, 2008 | Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune
A Cook County jury Friday acquitted R&B superstar R. Kelly of child pornography charges, ending a high-profile case that began more than six years ago. Jurors said they put little stock in the prosecution's star witness, a woman who claimed she participated in videotaped sex acts with Kelly and a person the government alleged was Kelly's then-underage goddaughter.
July 29, 2005 | From the New York Daily News
R&B singer R. Kelly, who appeared bruised and battered in a Chicago courtroom this week during his trial on charges that he had sex with an underage girl, was granted extra time to defend himself against the accusations. Kelly appeared in court sporting a bandage just above his right eyebrow, which his lawyer said was the result of a rough basketball game with friends.
January 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
R. Kelly won't be mingling with Michael Jackson during next month's Grammy festivities: A judge has ordered the R&B star, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from the King of Pop, himself facing child molestation charges, when Kelly attends the awards. The Chicago-based Kelly has produced two songs for Jackson: the 1995 hit "You Are Not Alone" and last fall's "One More Chance." Kelly is nominated for two Grammys at the Feb.
May 18, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
A judge in New York has thrown out the countersuit that rap star Jay-Z filed against R&B singer R. Kelly in the wake of their ill-fated tour last year, reported Tuesday. The pairing of the two had been one of the most anticipated tours of the fall concert season, but it dissolved after Kelly walked off stage during a show at Madison Square Garden in New York. He subsequently filed a $75-million breach-of-contract suit against Jay-Z.
August 31, 2002 | From Associated Press
Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly, who has been free on bond since he was indicted on child pornography charges, can leave the state to make two public appearances in Florida this weekend, a judge ruled Friday. But Judge Vincent Michael Gaughan ordered him to surrender his passport and refrain from any illegal contact with minors. Court documents show Kelly, who doesn't like to fly, planned to travel by private bus.
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