R. Kelly TP.3 Reloaded #1 Selling Album In The Country

5th #1 Album and 9th #1 R&B Album for R. Kelly


R. Kelly's TP.3 Reloaded debuts this week as the #1 selling album on both Billboard's Album 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Charts. TP.3 Reloaded is the 5th best selling debut album of 2005 after 50 Cent (2 weeks in a row), The Game and Coldplay. The album is also the #2 selling album on the Internet Chart and #4 selling album on the Digital Chart according to Soundscan. R. Kelly is the 4th best selling solo Male artist in Soundscan history.

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TP.3 Reloaded is R. Kelly's 9th Top 5 debut and his 5th #1 album. The #1 single "Trapped In the Closet" is currently the #1 played video on BET and VH-1. The video is also in heavy rotation on MTV, MTV2 and VH-1. "Playa's Only featuring The Game" is currently playing on both BET and MTV2.

R. Kelly's first release was over 15 years ago; he is a true musical icon and has sold well over 36 million albums worldwide. R. Kelly is a multi- winning Grammy, Billboard, Soul Train and American Music Award winner. He has co-directed all of his music videos since the classic "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)."

"Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-5," which was shot in High Definition format, is reminiscent of the serial movies of yesteryear full of suspense, mystery, drama and packed with unexpected twists and turns. To put it in modern terms its "Desperate Housewives" meets "Desperate Husbands." You will definitely ask to see this domestic drama again and again. The entire "Trapped" can be seen only on the bonus DVD of TP.3 Reloaded.

The critics have hailed TP.3 Reloaded as one of the best of the year. Reviews include:

  -- USA Today (***1/2)" ... TP.3 has plenty of the mack fantasy jams that
     are staples of Kelly's repertoire ... "Trapped In The Closet has kept
     radio airwaves and phone lines abuzz ... "
  -- Rolling Stone (***1/2) " ... The nineteen tracks TP.3 Reloaded is a
     return to form ... "
  -- Blender (****) " ... On TP.3 the floodgates are back open ... "Trapped
     in the Closet" is, first and foremost, a brilliant triumph ... "
  -- The New York Times " ... On R. Kelly's latest album, "TP.3 Reloaded"
     ... he is now the unquestioned master of the ultra-slow groove ... the
     album's tour de force is the five-part "Trapped in the Closet" ... "
  -- Billboard " ... Kelly's talent for penning original, infectious grooves
     remain intact ... "
  -- The Source " ... R. Kelly ha re-upped his musical arsenal on TP3:
     Reloaded ... Kelly entertains from beginning to end ... continues his
     storied career with pure musical genius"
  -- Newark Star Ledger " ... Utterly unlike anything else R. Kelly -- or
     anyone else-has ever recorded, "Trapped in the Closet" will keep you
     listening ... "
  -- Associated Press " ... Even after hearing the "Trapped" songs a dozen
     times, they're still stirring, demonstrating Kelly's ability to draw in
     listeners ... It's hard to imagine any other artist, in any genre, with
     such a gift."

For more information on R. Kelly please contact Sonia Muckle @ 212.824.1370 or Roberta Magrini @ 212.824.1240.

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SOURCE: Jive Records

CONTACT: Sonia Muckle, +1-212-824-1370, or Roberta Magrini,
+1-212-824-1240, both of Jive Records

Web site: http://www.jiverecords.com/