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R. Kelly Soars On Netherlands ‘X-Factor’

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Who is the undisputed King of R&B? R. Kelly of course! The most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years recently graced the stage on Netherlands’ ‘X Factor’ and belted out ‘When A Woman Loves’ from his gold-certified ‘Love Letter’ LP as well as his classic ‘I Believe I Can Fly’.

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R. Kelly Performs ‘Number One Hit’ On ‘Lopez Tonight’

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R. Kelly hit the stage on ‘Lopez Tonight’ last evening. The true R&B King delivered a stunning rendition of ‘Number One Hit’ from his critically acclaimed new album, ‘Love Letter’. See his performance below:

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Hot Shots: Whitney, R. Kelly, Janelle Monae & More Shine On Pre-Grammy Stage

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Music’s legends and budding stars aligned last night at Clive Davis‘ annual Pre-Grammy Party (‘Salute to Industry Icons’). Gracing the stage to perform were Whitney Houston (who duetted with aunt Dionne Warwick), Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, among others.

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The Best You Never Heard: R. Kelly, Lauryn Hill, JoJo, & Christina Aguilera

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This week’s  Best You Never Heard features little known gems by R. Kelly, Lauryn Hill, JoJo and Christina Aguilera.

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R. Kelly – ‘U Saved Me’

R&B great R. Kelly enjoys such status not simply because of his vocal prowess. Nor soley his prolific writing ability. Rather, it is the unparalleled versatility which defines the two, which has seen the 44 year old’s name become etched in music history.

Such versatility is perhaps best exemplified in the ‘Sex Me’ singer’s foray into Inspirational / Gospel-tinged territory. While successful releases such as ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ and the Kelly-penned Whitney Houston single ‘I Look To You’ provide solid examples of this, I argue lesser known cuts such as 2004′s ‘U Saved Me’ to serve as the best of an impeccable bunch.

Lyrical story-telling at its best, with ‘U Saved Me’, Kelly delivers a triumphant series of narratives centred on hope and defying the odds. Dually engaging and uplifting, one’s spirit can’t help but be joyous upon listening to this one – regardless of the barer of the message. {SAM}

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Lauryn Hill – ‘I Used To Love Him (ft. Mary J. Blige’

Honest. That is the word that best describes the music of the legendary Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige. The power of their vocal performances stems not from expansive vocal ranges or robust belting but from passion and conviction.

This point is aptly reflected in ‘I Used To Love Him’ which was included on Hill’s iconic ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ album. Written and produced by Hill, the song comprises an ingenious vocal arrangement where both singers engage in well-timed exchanges, expressing the anguish of the lyrics through their equally raspy tones.

It has been almost 13 years since Hill released a new studio album and songs like this exemplify why both critics and fans alike have been calling for her return. Either way, even if she never makes another record, ‘The Miseducation…’ has permanently etched her name into the history books. {TRENT}

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JoJo – ‘Anything’

While the so-so sales of JoJo‘s 2nd studio album ‘The High Road’ may have left some citing the dreaded ‘sophomore slump’, one spin of the songbird’s 2006 effort quickly dispels any such notion. A solid collection of Pop-tinged R&B, the record boasted many a gem, one of the most notable being ‘Anything’. Quietly released as the project’s final single (with  no accompanying video), the song went criminally unnoticed - amidst the label drama which would see the 20 year old out of action for the next three years.

Still, with its thumping bass-line, soaring vocals, and refreshing faux-intro (courtesy of Toto‘s 1982 hit ‘Africa’), this is a winner and then some. Great track! {SAM}

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Christina Aguilera – ‘Sex For Breakfast’

Although Christina Aguilera ‘Bionic’ was one of the biggest commercial disappointments of the 2010, the record comprised several incredible moments. One such example is ‘Sex For Breakfast’.

Co-written by Aguilera, Noel Fisher and Bernard Edwards Jr., the song is characterised by simple production, allowing the listeners to appreciate the intricate complexities of her impressive vocal range without the unnecessary distraction of added studio flare.

Perhaps what is most enjoyable about ‘Sex For Breakfast’ is Aguilera’s use of restraint. Utilising fluid melismatic vocal runs and airy falsetto, she captured the sensual mood of the song, a welcome change from her usual throaty screams.

If Aguilera ever decides to focus on the Adult Contemporary market as her main target audience then this is the type of record she needs to create. A voice like hers needs to be heard but only at a lower volume. {TRENT}

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Sales Figures: Ciara Fails But Michael Jackson Reigns

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It’s official: Ciara has bombed. The ‘Gimme Dat’ performers new album, ‘Basic Instinct’, will debut on the Billboard 200 this week with a lowly 37,940 units sold, entering the lineup at #43. This will be Ciara’s lowest debut in her career to date.

On the other hand, Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ LP will nab the #3 spot with 224,910 copies sold. While it is not enough to outsell Susan Boyle or Taylor Swift, the record will have have the highest entry of any Urban release this week.

Diddy-Dirty Money also received a special gift from Santa Claus. The trio’s ‘Last Train To Paris’ will enter the Billboard 200 at #10 with 87,380 units, exceeding all expectations, thanks to massive promotion in the last 7 days. The record did not outsell R. Kelly’s ‘Love Letter’, however, as the R&B King’s album will grab the #6 spot with 150,405 in sales.

On the contrary, Tank was not so lucky as his album will debut at #38 with 41,181 units sold. Still, the R&B crooner has managed to outsell both Ciara and Kandi, the latter of whom has missed the top 50 completely with her ‘Kandi Koated’ release. Ho ho no.

Read more at Hits Daily Double. Remember: these numbers and positions are subject to change when published by Billboard.

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Sales Predictions: R. Kelly To Triumph While Ciara Braces For Disappointment

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Ciara better backbend over a church alter and pray for a Christmas miracle because ‘Basic Instinct’ is set to bomb. The record is predicted to sell only a disappointing 35-40k within the next 7 days. This means that it will debut with less than half of the underwhelming 81k with which ‘Fantasy Ride’ entered the tally last year.

Still, Ciara isn’t the only act preparing to receive a lump of coal this Christmas. Diddy-Dirty Money’ Last Train To Paris’ is primed to sell only 60-65k despite a string of high profile appearances on ‘The View’, ‘Saturday Night Live’, and ‘American Idol’.

R. Kelly, however,  has no such worries. The R&B titan’s ‘Love Letter’ is on course to sell an impressive 150-160k with its debut, giving him the 2nd highest new entry position among Urban artists on next week’s lineup.

Another R&B crooner who is set to exceed expectations is Tank whose ‘Now or Never’ LP is scheduled to sell 40-45k. Yet, all pale in comparison to Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ LP which is expected to sell 225-250k.

There is no word on Kandi’s ‘Kandi Koated’. Ouch.

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New Releases: Which Will You Buy?

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With Christmas right around the corner, a string of new releases have hit the shelves. Artists from all corners of the industry – both dead and alive -  are hoping that their albums make into the carts of the crazed shoppers who are looking for the biggest bang for the buck.

Arriving in stores this week are R. Kelly’s ‘Love Letter’ (which has already captured the #1 spot on iTunes), Diddy-Dirty Money’s ‘Last Train To Paris’ and Ciara’s’ ‘Basic Instinct’. Additionally, Atlanta Housewife Kandi has put forth her 2nd solo effort, ‘Kandi Koated’, which will face strong competition from Tank’s new record, ‘Now or Never’.

Even the late Michael Jackson is releasing music from beyond the grave as his 1st posthumous album, ‘Michael’, makies its debut this week. As controversial as the King of Pop’s latest effort has been, he has proven time and again that his selling power should not be ignored.

The question that arises is this: which of these albums will you buy? There are so many records from which to choose and we know that your Christmas bonuses are just begging to be spent!

Participate in the poll below and let us know which of these artists will get your money!

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