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“Blurred Lines” did a lot of good for Robin Thicke. It made him a household name (and hashtag!), gave him his first #1 single, and basically secured his place in the fabric of pop culture for the rest of his life. But the song, its salacious video, and all the attendant success and controversy –… More »

“Don’t chase the money,” Aloe Blacc intones, in a Sam Cooke croon over a Stevie Wonder romp, about halfway through his new album Lift Your Spirit. “You can’t chase the money,” he pleads. What exactly has Blacc been doing these past few years, then? This is a guy who broke through to TV sync ubiquity… More »

Although his nearly singleminded fixation on sex has been a constant plumb line, R. Kelly’s catalog is remarkably diverse. Stylistically, over the course of a 20-year solo career he’s evolved with the times from New Jack Swing all the way to the Auto-Tune era and beyond, to the point that his latest album features a… More »

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The 10 Best Things At Pitchfork Music Festival 2013

This past weekend, Chicago's Union Park played host to Pitchfork Music Festival. The two-and-a-half-day event was packed tight with performances from the indiesphere's current marquee…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 22, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Watch R. Kelly, Janelle Monáe, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake Perform At 2013 BET Awards

Last night, BET held its annual awards show, and the broadcast produced a whole lot in the way of highlights. Kendrick Lamar did "Bitch, Don't
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2013 - 10:25 am

The 9 Best Things At Bonnaroo 2013

This year's Bonnaroo curators covered important bases in terms of top-level talent: from iconic boomer-fare like Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, to iconic R&B fare…
Amrit Singh | June 17, 2013 - 11:06 am

Jim James, John Oates, R. Kelly, Billy Idol Join Forces On Bonnaroo Superjam

Superjam is an annual tradition at Bonnaroo, and this year the fest hosted three of them. One was led by Jim James and John Oates,…
Liz Pelly | June 16, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Watch Phoenix And R. Kelly Perform Together At Coachella

At Coachella Saturday night, R. Kelly joined headliners Phoenix for mashed-up versions of "1901"/"Ignition" and "Chloroform"/"I'm A Flirt." Check out video below and photos of…
Scott Lapatine | April 14, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Watch Father John Misty Cover “I Believe I Can Fly” On S.S. Coachella

Many commenters called us out for not including Father John Misty's Fear Fun on our list of the Top 50 Albums Of 2012, and you…
Michael Nelson | January 2, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Watch Trapped In The Closet Chapter 26

Last week, IFC premiered the new episodes from R. Kelly's cult phenomenon Trapped In The Closet, a television event pre-empted with a a luxe NYC
Corban Goble | November 28, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Trapped In The Closet Returns

Over the weekend, the long-promised new episodes of Trapped In The Closet aired on IFC, and, as you might imagine, it was a completely confusing,…
Corban Goble | November 26, 2012 - 11:38 am

Top 10 Rock Operas That Deserve A Stage Adaptation

The world has come a long way since the Who released Tommy in 1969. Tomorrow night, a stage adaptation of the Flaming Lips' seminal 2002…
Joseph Schafer | November 5, 2012 - 5:04 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Virtually the entire music-blogging universe (except me) is at CMJ right now, so you'll have to forgive the indie music universe for neglecting to drop…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2012 - 10:38 am

Trapped In The Closet Returns 11/23, Watch Chapter 23

On Black Friday, R. Kelly's celebrated Trapped In The Closet video series will return on IFC. Here's the money quote from Kels:…
Corban Goble | October 17, 2012 - 9:02 am

Preview Kanye West’s “To The World” (Feat. R. Kelly)

When the tracklist for G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer hit last week, something that immediately got me sweating out of excitement was the leadoff pairing of…
Corban Goble | September 11, 2012 - 3:23 pm

G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer Tracklist Revealed

A day after Kanye and Co. dropped "Clique," the G.O.O.D. Music crew is back with the tracklist for the forthcoming Cruel Summer, a record that's…
Corban Goble | September 7, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Yeasayer Frontman: “R. Kelly Is A Piece Of Shit,” EDM Music Is “Bottom Of The Barrel”

Yeasayer Chris Keating took some shots at R. Kelly and EDM in a recent Rolling Stone interview. Behold:…
Corban Goble | August 15, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Watch R. Kelly “Feelin’ Single” On Fallon

Last night, Kels took the stage at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform his epic, glitzy single "Feelin' Single." It unfortunately does not features…
Corban Goble | July 24, 2012 - 9:46 am

R. Kelly – “Feelin’ Single”

Kells returns to the disco climes of "Share Your Love" for the righteously glitzy "Feelin' Single," his new single from the upcoming Write Me Back.
Corban Goble | May 14, 2012 - 2:47 pm

R. Kelly – “Share My Love” Video

In the video for R. Kelly's defiantly luxuriant new disco-soul single "Share My Love," lots and lots of people look absolutely delighted that they're about…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2012 - 11:31 am

Future – “Parachute” (Feat. R. Kelly)

Auto-Tuned Atlanata sing-rapper Future is having a great year. His Astronaut Status mixtape is probably the best 2012 tape that didn't get Mixtape Of The…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Watch R. Kelly & Stevie Wonder Perform At Whitney Houston’s Memorial Service

There's a lot to be said about the fucked-upedness of airing a goddam funeral across multiple television networks, but Saturday's Whitney Houston memorial service did,…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2012 - 9:24 am

R. Kelly – “Share My Love”

R. Kelly went full crooner on last year's not-praised-enough Love Letter, so it's probably no surprise that R&B's most famous oddball returns with the disco-tinged…
Corban Goble | February 1, 2012 - 3:01 pm