R Kelly




Robert Sylvester Kelly (born 8 January 1967), known professionally as R Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including “Bump N’ Grind”, “Your Body’s Callin'”, “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Gotham City”, “Ignition (Remix)”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “The World’s Greatest”, “I’m a Flirt (Remix)”, and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly”. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play professional basketball, when he was signed in 1997.

The discography of R Kelly,  consists of 13 studio albums, 5 compilation albums, 3 collaborative albums, and 48 singles. R Kelly debuted with the group Public Announcement in 1992 with the album Born Into the ’90s that included two singles that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the US: “Honey Love” and “Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)”. Kelly made his solo debut in 1993 with 12 Play, including the gold-certified single “Sex Me” and another #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, “Bump n’ Grind”.

R Kelly also became a producer and songwriter for other artists, including Aaliyah and Michael Jackson. In 1995, R Kelly released his second solo album R Kelly, which debuted on the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. Like 12 Play before it, R Kelly was certified five times platinum and had three singles hit #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart: “You Remind Me of Something”, “I Can’t Sleep Baby (If I)” and “Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)”, the latter featuring The Isley Brothers.

R Kelly recorded two singles for the soundtracks of two popular movies, “I Believe I Can Fly” for the movie Space Jam in 1996 and “Gotham City” for Batman & Robin in 1997. “I Believe I Can Fly” reached #2 on the Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards in 1998. Kelly’s best selling album was his 1998 effort R., which went eight times platinum. He also began expanding his musical repertoire into hip hop. Rapper Keith Murray made a guest performances the single from R. “Home Alone”, and R  Kelly made a guest performance on Puff Daddy’s 1999 single “Satisfy You”, which was #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart. In 2000, R Kelly released another number-one album, TP-2.com, with singles “I Wish” and “Fiesta”, the latter featuring rappers Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti.

R Kelly released two collaboration albums with Jay-Z, The Best of Both Worlds in 2002 and Unfinished Business in 2004. Although both albums went platinum, their singles charted only modestly. R. Kelly released both an album Chocolate Factory and compilation The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1 in 2003. Chocolate Factory contained the hip hop-influenced singles “Thoia Thoing” and “Snake” (featuring Big Tigger) and the slow jam “Step in the Name of Love”. All these singles reached the top 20 of the Hot 100. In 2004, R Kelly released his second double album Happy People/U Saved Me. The next year, R Kelly released TP-3: Reloaded, which included “Playa’s Only” featuring rapper The Game, “Burn It Up” featuring reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel, and the epic series of songs “Trapped in the Closet”.



Discography

Artist: R Kelly
Title: Backyard Party
Album: The Buffet
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Title: I Wish (Explicit)
Album: The Essential R. Kelly (Explicit)
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: Cookie (Explicit)
Album: Black Panties
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Title: Share My Love
Album: Write Me Back
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Title: Number One Hit
Album: Love Letter
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Title: Number One
Album: Untitled (Explicit)
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Title: Same Girl (Explicit)
Album: Double Up
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: Slow Wind
Album: TP.3 Reloaded
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: Happy People
Album: Happy People/U Saved Me (Explicit)
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: Ignition
Album: Chocolate Factory
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: The Storm Is Over Now (Explicit)
Album: TP-2.com (Explicit)
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Artist: R Kelly
Title:  If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time
Album: R. (Explicit)
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: You Remind Me of Something (Explicit)
Album: R Kelly
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: Bump N’ Grind
Album: 12 Play
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Artist: R Kelly
Title: Burn It Up (Remix)
Album: Remix City, Vol 1
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Artist: Babyface
Title: Bump N’ Grind
Album: Remix City, Vol 1
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Holiday albums
12 Nights of Christmas (2016).

Collaboration albums
Unfinished Business (with Jay-Z) (2004 RIAA: Platinum Sales: World:2,000,000, US: 1,500,000), The Best of Both Worlds (with Jay-Z) (2002 RIAA: Platinum Sales: World: 1,700,000, US: 1,200,000), Born into the 90’s (with Public Announcement) (1992 RIAA: Platinum Sales: World: 2,000,000, US: 1,500,000).

Compilation albums
The Essential R. Kelly (2014), Epic (2010), Playlist: The Very Best of R. Kelly (2010), Remix City, Volume 1 (2005 Sales: World: 100,000), The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1 (RIAA: Platinum, BPI: 3x Platinum Sales: World: 3,800,000, US: 3,000,000, UK: 275,000).

Soundtrack albums
Trapped In The Closet (Chapters 1-12) (2005).

Extended plays
The 4 Play EP (1995).

Video albums
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 23–33 (2013), Trapped in the Closet: The BIG Package (2007), Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13–22 (2007 Certifications RIAA: Platinum Sales: US: 100,000), R Kelly Light It Up Tour Live (2007), Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1–12 (2005 RIAA: 2× Platinum Sales: US: 200,000), The R in R&B – The Video Collection (2003 RIAA: Platinum Sales: US: 100,000).

Mixtapes
The “Demo” Tape (Gangsta Grillz) (2009).



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