R. Kelly

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Legal name: Robert Kelly (R. Kelly)


Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, often referred to as the King of R&B, 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 music star to play professional basketball, when he got signed in 1997.

Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone". In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, and The Notorious B.I.G.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. Kelly as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 40 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list. In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s and also one of the best selling musical artists of all time. He has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames "King of R&B" and "King of Pop-Soul". He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years (1985-2010) and also the most successful R&B artist in history.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Born Into the 90's R. Kelly & Public Announcement 3
1993 12 Play R. Kelly 5
1995 R. Kelly R. Kelly 4 5
1998 R. R. Kelly 3
2000 TP-2.com R. Kelly 4
2002 The Best of Both Worlds Jay‐Z & R. Kelly 2 2
2003 Chocolate Factory R. Kelly 4 7
2004 Happy People / U Saved Me R. Kelly 1
2004 Unfinished Business Jay‐Z & R. Kelly 5 1
2005 TP.3 Reloaded R. Kelly 1
2005 Trapped in the Closet R. Kelly 1
2007 Double Up R. Kelly 3
2009 Untitled R. Kelly 2
2010 Love Letter R. Kelly 4
2012 Write Me Back R. Kelly 5 4
2013 Black Panties R. Kelly 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 The R. in R&B: Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1 R. Kelly 6
2010 Epic R. Kelly 1
2014 The Essential R. Kelly R. Kelly 1
In the Mix R. Kelly 1
The Hits & Unreleased, Volume 1 R. Kelly 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Remix City, Volume 1 R. Kelly 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Bump N' Grind R. Kelly 2
1994 She's Got That Vibe R. Kelly 1
1995 I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) R. Kelly 2
1996 Thank God It's Friday R. Kelly 1
1996 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly 4
1997 Gotham City R. Kelly 3
1997 Home Alone R. Kelly feat. Keith Murray 1
1998 Be Careful Sparkle feat. R. Kelly 1
1998 I'm Your Angel Céline Dion & R. Kelly 4
1998 Half on a Baby R. Kelly 2
1999 Did You Ever Think R. Kelly 3
1999 If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time R. Kelly 4
2001 The Storm Is Over Now R. Kelly 1
2001 Fiesta R. Kelly 3
2001 The World's Greatest R. Kelly 2
2003 Ignition R. Kelly 4
2003 Thoia Thoing R. Kelly 1
2004 Happy People / U Saved Me R. Kelly 1
2004 Wonderful Ja Rule feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti 1
2004 So Sexy Twista feat. R. Kelly 1
2005 Sex In the Kitchen R. Kelly 1
2007 Make It Rain (Remix) Fat Joe feat. R. Kelly, T.I., Lil Wayne, Baby, Rick Ross & Ace Mac 1
2007 I'm a Flirt (remix) R. Kelly 2
2007 Same Girl R. Kelly & Usher 1
2007 Same Girl Triple Up (remix) R. Kelly 1
2007 Rock Star R. Kelly 1
2009 Supaman High R. Kelly feat. OJ da Juiceman 1
2012 Share My Love R. Kelly 1

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