Entries tagged with: R. Kelly
R. Kelly drops his Black Panties album next week (12/10) and has been a flurry activity, stopping by late night talk shows this week for some very weird, very R. Kelly moments. His appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (12/4) featured him singing a medley of songs while he literally played a woman like a violin with an appearance from 2 Chainz, then British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock or Khan) gave a dramatic reading of the lyrics to "Genius."
Then last night (12/5) on Arsenio, he performed his Nelson Mandela tribute, "Soldier's Heart," and then performed "Shut Up" and made up songs based on the audience questions. You can watch the Arsenio and Kimmel performances below.
Meanwhile, the news we've all been waiting for. There will be more episodes of "Trapped in the Closet" coming in 2014 that will air on IFC. No specifics on those yet, but you can play catch-up on his labyrinthine musical soap opera on Saturday (12/7) as IFC will air all 33 episodes starting at 5:15 PM, or you can watch them all online now.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bjork / Empire of the Sun @ Bonnaroo, 6/15/2013
There's no shortage of kooky costumed folk at Bonnaroo, but it's usually the antendees who are eccentrically attired. On Saturday (6/15), though, the main stage gave them a run for their money. Ever fashion forward, Bjork wore a headdress that either made her look like a dandelion or an extra from Hellraiser. (She wore it at the Hollywood Bowl too.) Australia's Empire of the Sun was a close runner up with their over-the-top headlining set that could've been from Flash Gordon. Mumford & Sons had to cancel (replaced by shoe-phobic folkie Jack Johnson), but Saturday also main stage sets from Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Nas, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers and more. Pictures from those sets are in this post.
Elsewhere at Bonnaroo on Saturday, Mac DeMarco, JEFF the Brotherhood, Lord Huron and others on the smaller stages, a live episode of Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang, and in the Cinema Tent, Police Academy's sound effects wiz Michael Winslow (who played with Animal Collective the night before) did a one man show.
Pitchfork fans, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pitchfork have announced their festival headliners by day for their annual summer shindig in Chicago's Union Park (July 19 - 21), with Bjork heading up the first evening, followed by Belle & Sebastian and R.Kelly in the following nights. Tickets are on sale for individual nights, as well as three day passes.
Finally! R.Kelly has released the next installment of his ongoing, addictive, progressively ridiculous Trapped in the Closet series, his answer to Tommy or Quadrophenia (or Passions). You can stream it below, and watch all the previous episodes online too via IFC now.
Maybe not a giant surprise, but R. Kelly's performance at July 1's Groovin in the Park isn't happening. Says the R. Kelly camp:
R&B icon R. Kelly wants his fans to know he will not be headlining or performing at the annual Groovin' in the Park concert on Sunday July 1st at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. Recent advertisements and news stories to the contrary are inaccurate and were made without authorization (apparently due to miscommunication among the promoters of the event) since no deal for the event was ever concluded.In his place will be Jamaica's "king of dancehall," Beenie Man, along with previously-announced Boyz II Men, Jimmy Cliff (who kicks off the 2012 season of Celebrate Brooklyn tonight) and Beres Hammond. Tickets are $69.50 - $150 and still available.
In related news: in addition to being a huge star in Jamaica, Beenie Man was long known and widely criticized for homophobic lyrics but recently publicly apologized to the gay and lesbian community via a YouTube video, saying:
Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gay and lesbian people.You can watch the whole apology below, as well as a news report on Jamaican public response to said appology.
I love each and every one and am just begging each and everyone to do the same...do not fight against me for a song that I sang 20 years ago...I was a kid. Now I know that people live in the world that live their life differently than the way I live my life. Just love the music and respect the music.