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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1998 #FBF

Celine Dion & R. Kelly Rule Billboard With 'Angelic' Duet

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

On this #FBF we’ll press play on ‘I’m Your Angel,’ the unlikely pairing of R&B bad boy R. Kelly and powerhouse vocalist Celine Dion.  Written and produced by Kelly, the touching tune – lifted from his chart-topping third studio album ‘R.’ – came as quite the unexpected departure from the power-pop ballads that lined Dion’s repertoire (see:  ‘My Heart Will Go On’ which dominated charts the year prior).  In Kelly’s case, the departure – while not as unexpected – was certainly a welcomed retreat from his standard sexualized fare.

Regardless, fans welcomed ‘Angel’ with open ears, arms, and wallets as the tune soared to #1 on the Hot 100 and enjoyed its second week on the perch this week in 1998 (and wasn’t dethroned until 5 weeks later by Brandy‘s ‘Have You Ever’).  Tuck in below for your flight down memory lane and see what other familiar faces you see lining the top 25 this week in 1998.

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Drama: R. Kelly Rants About Lack Of Support

'The Buffet' Hits Stores December 11th

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It’s the eve of the release of R. Kelly‘s latest album ‘The Buffet,’ but instead of dishing up performances, the Pied Piper is serving up his frustrations.

In a video posted to his Facebook page tonight, the R&B veteran squarely takes aim at his team for what he deems a “lack of support.” He also called on Urban consumers to make their voices heard by buying Urban music in the way Pop supporters do for mainstream releases.

Peep the impassioned plea after the jump…

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New Song: R. Kelly & Tinashe – ‘Let’s Be Real Now’

'The Buffet' Album Lands In Stores Dec. 11th

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Craving new R. Kelly music?

R&B’s Pied Piper is gearing up to serve a hot plate of fresh material this Friday when new album ‘The Buffet’ two-steps into stores.

Though boasting a career of solo smashes, the vocal veteran has enlisted a number of notable names for the LP including Lil Wayne and RCA label-mate Tinashe.

His collaboration with the latter, ‘Let’s Be Real Now,’ was unwrapped a few short moments ago.

Take a listen below…

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Soul Train Awards 2015: Performances

See highlights from this year's extravaganza

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The Soul Train Awards 2015 aired moments ago.

Like previous years, this installment of the annual extravaganza paid homage to the achievements of the industry’s brightest R&B and Hip-Hop stars.

Hosted by Erykah Badu, the event (which was shot earlier this month) saw performances from the likes of BrandyJazmine Sullivan, R. Kelly, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Erica Campbell, and many more.

All the action after the jump:

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Watch: R. Kelly Belts ‘US National Anthem’ At NBA Game

R&B's Pied Piper Hits The Right Notes At Nets Game

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Factually speaking, we’re in an era where vocal ability is almost an “etcetera” for singers rather than a requirement.

Thankfully, there are still a select few flying the flag for talent. Case in point R. Kelly.

The R&B star, whose new album ‘The Buffet’ drops December 11th, performed the US National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner) at the Brooklyn Nets NBA game last night at the Barclays Center.

Proving his voice has aged like a fine wine, Robert belted like no other.

Watch below…

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R. Kelly Unveils ‘The Buffet’ Album Covers & Tracklist

Pied Piper Taps Tinashe, Lil Wayne, Jhene Aiko & More

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The Holiday season brings with it many a tasty feast and come December 11th, R. Kelly will be hoping the masses feast on his.

‘The Buffet’ – the R&B pioneer’s latest studio album – will be served up on said date and the Pied Piper is delivering a full plate of new music and guest appearances – including Lil Wayne, Jhene Aiko, and RCA labelmate Tinashe. 

How do we know?

Moments ago, the covers (standard + deluxe) as well as tracklists were unveiled for the set – which follows 2010’s ‘Love Letter.’

All is revealed after the jump…

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Red Carpet: 2015 Soul Train Awards (R. Kelly, Fantasia, & More)

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All aboard the sooooouulll traaain!

Las Vegas was the place to be last night as the 2015 Soul Train Awards rolled all up and through!  Hosted by the Grammy-winning Queen of Neo-Soul Erykah Badu, the show sought to tribute the best and brightest of hip hop and R&B with blazing performances from the likes of Brandy, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, R. Kelly, and  so many more.

BET & Centric are set to air the ceremony on Sunday, November 29 at 8P/7C! But, before you get to see what all the performers served up on stage, check out the designer duds, do’s, and dont’s donned on the show’s red carpet.

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