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RCA Puts R. Kelly's New Music On Hold Amid Criminal Investigation

The label will not be releasing, promoting, or financing any new projects from the singer. 

Things are beginning to unravel for R. Kelly. After the success of Lifetime's explosive documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, the disgraced singe  been losing a lot of support from celebrity friends and a criminal investigation has been launched against him in Georgia. Now, his music label, RCA is reportedly putting a hold on releasing new music, TMZ reports.

Sources close to Kelly's contract with RCA/Sony told TMZ that the label will not be producing any new tunes from the singer or putting any more money behind his projects until the criminal investigation in Georgia and the fallout surrounding the docuseries has been settled.

This is obviously not sitting well with R. Kelly, seeing how he's reportedly been in the studio recording music to fulfill his two-album contract with the label. Insiders say he is particularly annoyed because RCA will not provide a budget for his new music videos.

The news comes shortly after fans launched a petition for RCA to drop the artist from its roster. While the petition and investigation likely played a part in RCA's decision-making, the label is still in a tough spot. Although the #MuteRKelly movement is rapidly growing, if the label walks away from its contract with the singer without any criminal charges being filed, it could get sued. It's unclear if there is a "moral clause" that could help the label around this dilemma however.

None of this is stopping R. Kelly though. In light of the label freeze, the singer has been releasing music on SoundCloud. His last singles, "I Admit" and "Born to Music" were both released on the platform.

RCA/Sony has not commented on this report.

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"Say So" is featured on Doja Cat's second studio album, Hot Pink. The soundscape, which was released in November 2019, features other standout tracks like "Rules," "Talk Dirty," and "Juicy" featuring Tyga.

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After announcing the release date for Chilombo, Jhené Aiko unveiled the album's track list on Wednesday (Feb. 26). The project features appearances from Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Nas, John Legend, Ab-Soul and Aiko’s father, Dr. Chill.

Last month, Aiko released the track “P*$$ Fairy (OTW),” which will be featured on the LP. The album's other interesting song titles include, “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E),” “Tryna Smoke,” “Born Tired,” “LOVE,” “Mourning Doves,” and the Sean-assisted, “None of Your Concern.”

 

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“The internet has made everyone aware of their opinion,” she said. “As many people as there are in the world, that’s how many opinions there are. If you let that many opinions affect your own opinion, and your own way of looking at things, you’re going to be so confused. I just love the feeling of taking that away from people; their need to have to say something or have to give their opinion because I personally have never been that way—well maybe when I was younger, or high or drunk.

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After helping honor Kobe Bryant's life during the Grammy Awards, musician Alicia Keys paid tribute to the future Hall of Fame basketball player again during Bryant's memorial service at the Staples Center.

On Monday, Feb. 24, Keys sat at a piano and joined an orchestra of violinists to play her version of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." As Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka said of his friend, Bryant learned to play Beethoven's masterpiece by ear as a gift to his wife. But he didn't take lessons from a professional; in pure Kobe fashion, he learned to play the iconic composition by ear.

"Sitting down and taking lessons would be too easy. So I taught myself by ear," Bryant said, according to a story by Bleacher Report. "...If you just sit down and say, 'I'm going to learn this thing until I do,' there's not really much out there that you can't figure out eventually."

Keys, wearing a purple outfit, played the song as the jumbotron in Staples Center showed images of Bryant with his teenaged daughter Gianna. As the performance ended, she appeared to be fighting tears as she showed gratitude toward the audience and to her fellow musicians.

Kobe and Giana were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

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