New R. Kelly Album 'Untitled' in Stores Dec. 1
As Kelly's "Ladies Make Some Noise" Tour Re-Ignites Fanbase and Earns Critical Acclaim Sets New Record As Current Single "Number One" Becomes His 35th Top 10 R&B Song New Single "Religious" Hits Air Waves
Three-time Grammy winner R. Kelly is on the cusp of releasing his tenth studio album Untitled due in stores Dec. 1, with his latest single "Religious" hitting airwaves on the heels of his critically acclaimed U.S. tour.
Building the anticipation for the album are two back-to-back powerful singles. R. Kelly recently made music history with his current single "Number One" featuring Keri Hilson" (click on link to stream) when the song became his 35th Top 10 single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. He has now surpassed Nat "King" Cole's record of having the most Top 10 hits on that chart, and Billboard further notes that "Kelly's climb places him sixth among male artists and ties him with Dinah Washington for eighth overall since the R&B chart was established in 1942."
"Number One" was the #1 most added record at urban radio upon its debut and reached #1 at VH1 Soul as the most played video on the network for two consecutive weeks, where it's still in high demand. The video is in heavy rotation on MTV Jams and FUSE's "#1 Countdown Hip Hop." "Number One" has already sold 215,000 copies, and is at #7 on the Billboard Urban Mainstream charts, attesting to the enduring popularity of the singer/songwriter/producer/musician. The second single, the stirring "Religious," will impact adult Urban AC radio on Oct. 20.
On his forthcoming Untitled, R. Kelly returns to the streets and delivers an album with refreshing vitality. He joins forces with a crew of rising producers including Infinity, Lil Ronnie and Chris Henderson. In a departure from his signature approach of recording only in his native Chicago, Kelly recorded some of the material in Atlanta.
R. Kelly, has earned accolades for his studio work and his riveting live performances and the "Ladies Make Some Noise Tour" proves to be no exception: The Boston Herald describes the show as "widely enjoyable;" MTV.com declares, "[t]he magic is back;" and the Philadelphia Inquirer observes, "Teddy Pendergrass created the 'ladies' tour... [y]et soul-hop lover man R. Kelly gave TeddyBear a run for his money..."
R. Kelly's remarkable career spans decades filled with accomplishments and achievements. He has sold over 34 million records worldwide, released six No. 1 albums, twelve platinum-plus selling albums, eleven No. 1 singles, and 35 Top 10 hits on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. The Chicago native has released thirteen albums total including compilations and collaborations; and nine platinum-certified solo albums. He has collaborated and written songs for some of today's top musical icons from all genres including: Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Pussycat Dolls, Usher, Celine Dion and more.
Remaining tour dates are as follows: Date City ---- ---- October 20 Cincinnati, OH October 22-23 Atlanta, GA October 24 Charleston, SC October 25 Augusta, GA October 27 Birmingham, AL October 29 Dallas, TX October 30 Houston, TX October 31 New Orleans, LA November 1 Memphis, TN November 5 Los Angeles, CA November 6 Las Vegas, NV November 7 Oakland, CA November 8 Sacramento, CA November 12 Columbus, OH November 13-18 Detroit, MI November 15 Milwaukee, WI November 17 Chicago, IL November 20 Louisville, KY November 21 Charlotte, NC November 22 Greensboro, NC November 24 Washington, D.C. November 27 Jacksonville, FL November 28 Miami, FL November 29 Tampa, FL December 4 Norfolk, VA December 5 Richmond, VA December 6 Cleveland, OH December 8 St. Louis, MO http://www.r-kelly.com/ http://www.myspace.com/rkelly www.youtube.com/rkellytv www.twitter.com/KellZodiac
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