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The Predictions Are In: R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’ Set To Sell…

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With the Holidays well and truly upon us, most of music’s heavy-hitters have already swung their new releases into stores. However, this week brings with it a relatively late addition – R. Kelly and his racy new album ‘Black Panties’.

The LP, which features the likes of Kelly Rowland, Ludacris, and 2 Chainz, serves as the Pied Piper’s twelfth studio effort.

How is the ‘My Story’ led LP set to fare on the sales front? Find out after the jump…

According to Billboard, ‘Panties’ is on course to become Kelly’s 15th debut within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 next week with sales of…

100,000

A blockbuster? Perhaps not. Yet, the figure is impressive nonetheless. Why? Well beyond the fact it’s a six digit number for an artist active for over 20 years, it’s also solid in the context of Kelly’s most recent releases.

Last year’s ‘Write Me Back’ opened with sales of 68,000, while 2010′s ‘Love Letter’ premiered with 154,000 units sold; when viewed in this guise, ‘Panties’ numbers demonstrate renewed interest in R&B’s reinging King. A fact no doubt attributable to his increased visibility in the media these days and on chart smashes such as Lady GaGa‘s ‘Do What You Want’ (With Ma Bodeh). 

Keep it locked on TGJ to see how the actual numbers pan out next week.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm
    PANTY DROPPA says:
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    Ciara couldn’t even open with six figures 4 years into her career! #KINGOFRNB

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm
    Jamie says:
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    how did he outsell Ciara tho im so confused right now.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    HoneychildPlease says:
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    His teenage fan base is bigger than Ciara.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    Nicki Minaj says:
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    Congrats! Let’s see how many of today’s artist can sell 100K 20 years into their careers. Glad he’s bringing back love making music to the scene. “Love Letter” was phenomenal “Write Me Back” not so much.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    Diamond says:
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    Ha! Unlike Ci-error R Kelly can actually sing. Say what you want about his past allegations, but the man is a music legend. Can’t wait to get black panties, sex genius is my song.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    Hold up….what?????

    Ciara babe, I love you girl but how did R Kelly pull this off??

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm
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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    I do have a question though, has there been any male RnB artist that has opened with less than 100K recently?

    All the queeny power bottoms, ala Trey SexySongz, Miguelisha, Francine Ocean, Fistopher Brown opened with 100K plus.

    I guess women don’t sell like they used to.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    FAF says:
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    Every one if y’all maddddd And let’s see a solo billboard entry ? Imsleeeepp

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    Molly says:
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    b**** im shocked like honestly these are the numbers Ciara deserved to do. like people really buyin this pedophiles music smh sad.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    pat says:
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    decent…especially for an old head…typical r and b numbers right now

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    Molly says:
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    I guess working with desperate sluts like GaGa pays off.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm
    Mariah dahling says:
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    Lol at the Cierror stans seething. I doubt Gaga fans are running out to purchase his album…. #whenwillcierror

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    In all honesty though, you must be some desperate, nasty, low self esteem, ugly w**** to buy R Kelly’s music.

    Sure he wrote some timeless classics like Gotham City, I believe I can fly, Storm is over…etc, but what goes on in the mind of a woman who purchases this asshole’s music?

    Like do you hope he’ll piss on you or something??

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    Mariah dahling says:
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    Miguel opened with 68k Lovebird.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    And not Gags having $25 million promo budget only to sell 100K more than Pedo Kelly…..I AM SCREAMING!!!!!!!!

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm
    Molly says:
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    The way things are going art of letting go won’t even do 25k #next

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    Tae heckard stan says:
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    Lol @ EVERYONE outselling cici. She is pathetic tbh

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    @Molly

    I will be buying the Art of Letting go, but I feel it’ll do around 80K maybe, Celine FRAUDion did 77k and she had twice the promo kiiiii.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm
    Mariah Flopling says:
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    Why did Mooriah’s “first single” get pushed back to valentines day? That old washed up cereal box won’t even push 80k.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm
    Molly says:
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    @Lovebird honestly i didn’t even wanna shade Mariah cause i like her but i don’t need her fans trying it with me.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    NAVY COMMANDER says:
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    Not r pissy opening with better numbers that Ciara with a third of the promotion

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    Nicki Minaj

    December 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats! Let’s see how many of today’s artist can sell 100K 20 years into their careers.

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    Diamond

    December 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Ha! Unlike Ci-error R Kelly can actually sing.

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    So why is it that some artists can still sing after 20 years into their careers, but we are making EXCUSES for other artists?

    I really want to know how someone who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t do drugs or anything that can harm your voice, can move from sounding like a triumphant trumpet to a Hyena’s mating call, I want to know how that happens.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    Curly sue says:
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    Not mariah stans coming for sales when mariah is struggling to get a hit. Just flop with grace and dignity and retire b**** lol

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    @Molly

    I think she needs a gimmick or learn how to dance or come out with a box set or something, because I don’t think this will sell records

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    Molly says:
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    You haters are f****** pathetic tbh

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm
    Molly says:
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    @Lovebird definitely wont she sounds a f****** mess tbh. just lip sync sis cause them vocals are harsh.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm
    Lovebird (LOUDER - 04.03.14) says:
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    @Molly

    She would need lessons on how to lip sync first

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    Curly sue says:
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    Yes drag moo moo!!!!

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm
    Molly says:
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    Lmao how do you fail at lip syncing tho.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm
    Molly says:
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    Even Britneys more convincing.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm
    LaTavia is the real star says:
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    Yessss Kellz! 23 years in the game when will your shitty fav? And he can still sing live Lambs….

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    Vee says:
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    That ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ performance is TRAGIC omg

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm
    NAVY COMMANDER says:
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    LMAO @Molly NOT A CIARA STAN CALLING MARIAH OF ALL PEOPLE’S VOCALS HARSH. MARIAHS WORST SH*TS ON CIERRORS BEST

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm
    BitchPlease says:
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    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Ciara got you alls mind

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm
    Antonio says:
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    And ppl coming at Ciara for what when this post has nothing to do with her. These sales predictions are higher than Ciara, Brandy, Kelly, K, Chrisette, John Legend, Fantasia, Keyshia, Miguel and every other R&B artist except JT, Ariana, Tamar and Alicia.
    P.S. Ciara’s highest 1st wk sales are 340k… let’s see when the next b**** does those #s
    P.S. Fantasy Ride has moved almost 250k and now most R&B albums are selling around that same around amount…

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    Faf says:
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    ^^Lies FR has sold 200k.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm
    girl says:
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    It’s interesting that people are STILL bitching about what he did in the privacy of his own home or hotel room. If you buy music from artists based on their sexual behavior than you must be a f****** idiot. We all know Britney was caught sucking d*** on a balcony and walking barefoot exposing her children to all kinds of bacteria. Does that mean you won’t buy her flop album? Get real b****.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    The King is Back says:
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    You’re seething! LMAOOO! fLEA isn’t going to sell 100k like King Kelly, dumb b****.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm
    Mark111 says:
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    Are people really asking how Kells can sell, but Ciara can’t? Ummm, it’s R. Kelly, the freaking King. Plus for him to sell 100k without a hit is pretty amazing seeing that Usher, CB and Trey did just a few K’s more with hits.

    But I think when you’re 20 years deep, it’s more about your catalog. That what separates hasbeens and legends.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    Molly says:
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    Rihanna fans opinions about vocals dont really matter when Rihanna sounds like a goat 80% of the time on stage.

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  • December 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm
    Career Ender says:
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    I can’t at people disrespecting Legend Mariah who is >>> godzilla-donna (inflated sales)

    No one had ever sang like Mimi, she was always on those high notes in her songs,

    18 #1s >>> + she debuted after magdonha and whitney

    Mariah all our present faves

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  • December 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm
    AlexOn1 says:
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    100 K in todays standards for anybody 23 years in the game thus opening his 1st week in sales. Africa & the UK will move it to certified platinum, R. Kelly has targeted moving units overseas knowadays. U.S. sales may lack like Lady Gaga’s CD did exactly but Gaga moved 80K in the Uk cerftied one platinum plus status. Black Panties has fire and it will have women getting there p**** loved on saving marriages and relationships, and if any ladies who does not enjoy having there p**** lick like an Oreo is lying…

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  • December 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    MC!! says:
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    congrats rkelly and the haters fail to put up mariahs Rockefeller performance which she slated at. Even after her impromptu performance on Jimmy Fallon they still hating AFTER SHE HIT EVERY NOTE AND SLAYED EVERY RUN IN A MERE 3 MINUTES!!! #letsnot

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  • December 12, 2013 at 12:19 am
    SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) says:
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    And in the end, Mariah remains the best selling female artist of the Nielsen Soundscan era. And Mariah is expected to make over $500,000 off All I want for Christmas is you this year alone. The b**** is making money! The art of Letting Go could sell 10k first week but her bank account remains unbothered. I won’t even start with these people coming for Mariah’s vocal abilities when they Stan for people like Ciara, Nicki, ButcherTina StrainGuilera, etc. after all the albums & performing she had to do through out her career, vocal decline is only natural. But she could still slay 90% of your faves with proper vocal rest as was shown in her impromptu Jimmy Fallon performance and Joy to the World performance at the Rockefeller centre. & Mariah could just drop singing and become a professional songwriter if she wants to.

    Lol, I’m glad mariah isn’t good at lip synching though like Celine and Beyonce because I could at least tell when she is singing live or not. That butch Celine has been faking for years, *Looks up Power of love performances on youtube*

    So you fools need to go worry about Britney Jean, ChartFlop and the millions of flop albums that Ciara released because Mariah can at least say that her lowest selling studio album is gold. Has Ciara’s latest album sold 200k worldwide yet?

    Mariah came, She slayed, she had a few struggles along the way, but she left a very impressive mark on the music industry. #Legend

    Curse autocorrect if there were any spelling/grammatical errors.

    Side note: Absolute Death @ Merry Christmas outselling Loved Me back to life and Your’s Truly

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  • December 12, 2013 at 12:33 am
    girl says:
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    100k no residency
    no interviews
    barely any promo
    who?

    R KELLYYYYYYY

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  • December 12, 2013 at 2:39 am
    Daniel Teflon says:
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    SORRY IVE NEVER SUPPORTED CHILD MOLLESTERS & I WONT START NOW!! Folks say all the oh he was proven not guilty & half y’all wouldn’t say the same thing HAD IT BEEN YOUR RELATIVE!!

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  • December 12, 2013 at 3:12 am
    FutureCIARA says:
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    I dont understand how yall compare his numbers to Ciaras…….. R-Kelly is a LEGEND and has pulled more publicity stunts in the past, whether good or bad, He has always been in the media…..

    And his Lady Gaga partnership was well timed.

    Stop the bull s*** comparisons…

    Ciaras biggest opening week numbers was to the tune of 338,000 in 2006 with The Evolution, in the US ALONE…. It was certified platinum by the RIAA within five weeks of its release…..

    So #StopYourShit

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  • December 12, 2013 at 3:31 am
    applause says:
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    the fact that more people will support a pedophile then Ciara is absolutely DISGUSTING.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 7:30 am
    Greg says:
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    This just goes to show there are many out there who aren’t focused on what the media is saying or arguing over how many records their favorite artist sold and are just focused on good music and will buy what they like if its good regardless of whats being said in the media.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 8:35 am
    D says:
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    Except he had several high profile spots on big shows

    AMA’s
    SNL……….

    Britney Spears:

    A residency which HASN’T STARTED
    No promo
    No performances
    No hits
    Strong direct competition with female POP acts

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  • December 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    Stop the drama Start the music says:
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    Not buying that s***. “Cookie” is hot garbage.

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  • December 17, 2013 at 3:17 am
    RAPIST R KELLY says:
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    It makes NO DIFFETENCE IF HE RAPED THOSE GIRLS IN PRIVATE

    RAPE is rape, PEDO!!!!!

    The sex video she was 14

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  • December 17, 2013 at 3:19 am
    RAPIST R KELLY says:
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    A legend pedo who raped them girls. Sex video with 14 year old don’t forget

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