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The 16-year-old nephew of R. Kelly was charged as an adult with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and aggravated discharge of a firearm after allegedly trying to rob a barbershop in Chicago, only to be shot by the owner.      

       Brayel, the son of R. Kelly’s estranged brother Carey Kelly, is scheduled to return to court for a Dec. 3 preliminary hearing. He faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.


       Calumet City police told MTV News that on Nov 6 at about 11:40 a.m., Brayel went into the barbershop and allegedly tried to rob the owner by flashing a gun and demanding that he place his money and jewelry in a plastic bag.       

       Though the owner complied, he also drew a gun. Police said Kelly fired, and the victim returned fire, shooting Kelly in the back. Carey Kelly told reporters that one bullet collapsed his son’s lung and the other pierced his liver, and the boy remains hospitalized in intensive care at Advocate Christ Medical Center.       

       Brayel’s older brother Brandon, who allegedly acted as a lookout, has not been charged.



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R. Kelly won $3.4 million in a lawsuit against his former tour promoter, but has yet to collect on the judgment.


       The singer’s camp is now asking a Los Angeles court to assist him in tracking down the payments, reports the Associated Press.       

       His company, R. Kelly Touring, filed documents on Monday asking a judge to confirm the award that an arbitrator granted last month against Rowe Entertainment. Kelly claimed that Rowe never paid him in full for shows that he performed in late 2007 and early this year. An arbitrator agreed with Kelly’s claims.       

       Documents show Rowe disputed the arbitration, but did not offer any defense during a recent hearing, reports the AP.


       Singer Ne-Yo recently won a $700,000 judgment against Rowe after he sued because he was dropped from Kelly’s tour after only two shows.



JAY-Z, STARGATE FORM LABEL September 27, 2008

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Jay-Z and Norwegian songwriting/production duo Stargate have joined forces to form StarRoc, a new record label and publishing company under Jay-Z’s Roc Nation venture with Live Nation.      

       According to Billboard, “the focus is to find new talent and develop artists through mutually beneficial global partnerships which include music distribution, publishing, touring and merchandising.”


       Stargate (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen) has produced several big hits for artists Jay-Z nurtured while president of Def Jam, including Rihanna and Ne-Yo. The duo is currently represented on the Hot 100 by Ne-Yo’s “Closer” (No. 7), Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” (No. 27) and Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight” (No. 41).      

       Stargate work will be heard on upcoming albums from Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce, Monica, R. Kelly and Keyshia Cole.       

       Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s new album, “Blueprint 3,” is expected before year’s end. It’s his last under contract for Def Jam before he begins recording for Live Nation.



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In his first interview since being acquitted of child pornography charges, R. Kelly says he was betrayed by those closest to him, but hopes he can put the case behind him for good and move forward.


      “I can’t keep answering these questions,” he told BET’s Toure in a special that aired Tuesday night. “If you were charged with something and found innocent, then you can’t be found guilty for being found innocent.”


      The 41-year-old singer was arrested in 2002 for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a 13-year-old girl. At his trial, prosecutors were unable to verify the authenticity of the tape, or the identity of the female seen in the footage. Kelly was cleared of all 14 charges.


      When asked by Toure if he is attracted to teenage girls, Kelly replied: “When you say teenage, how old do you mean?” He added: “I have some 19-year-old friends, but I don’t like anybody illegal if that’s what we’re talking about, underage.”


       Kelly also alleged that the accusations against him may have been made by disgruntled former employees, including his brother, Carey Kelly. The Kelly sibling claimed that R. Kelly attempted to bribe him if he would say the man in the video was himself and not his famous brother.      

       “When you’re me, when you’re R Kelly, everybody wants a piece of you, and if you don’t give ’em a piece they’ll find a way to get a piece of you one way or the other,” he said. “I’ve been blackmailed a billion times in my career – before the trial, during the trial, after the trial.”


       “Do not listen to the people that were fired, listen to the facts” Kelly continued. “I know people are out to get me because I’m very vulnerable, especially during a seven-year trial.”


       Ultimately, Kelly says he’s determined to keep pushing on with his music.      

       “I’m not going to let this affect my gift,” he said. “I’ve done vintage R. Kelly songs during the trial because I said no matter what, I’m not going to let this make me run under a rock and not do my job. Some people fall off and I chose not to do that.”

Watch R. Kelly answer the question, “Do you like teenage girls?:


NE-YO SAYS ‘I DON’T HATE R. KELLY’ September 17, 2008

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Singer-songwriter Ne-Yo says he harbors no ill will toward R&B singer R. Kelly, despite having just won a lawsuit against him to collect $700,320 in damages for being kicked off of his 2007 tour.


      “I don’t hate R. Kelly,” he told the New York Daily News. “It wasn’t even really a feud. It’s all in the past. I think I’m going to use the money and open up a club or a cigar bar in Atlanta.”


      Ne-Yo, whose new album “Year of the Gentleman” was released Tuesday, wasn’t acting like much of a gentleman when hanging out with Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs recently.


      “We were all in London a while ago, and I ended up doing so many shots of Patrón because I thought everyone else was,” he recalled. “But they were just putting them down without drinking! So nine shots later, and I’m hanging out of Jay’s Maybach, losing my lunch! He called and joked he was going to send me a cleaning bill for the carpeting.”


‘R. KELLY SPEAKS’ ON BET TONIGHT September 16, 2008

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NEW YORK — After a six-year court case resulting in an acquittal on all 14 counts of child pornography, multi-platinum recording artist and Grammy award winner R. Kelly breaks his silence to the world in an exclusive BET News special, R. KELLY SPEAKS, premiering on Tuesday, September 16 at 10:00 pm (Eastern & Pacific).

     In this half-hour special, Kelly sits down with BET host and acclaimed journalist Toure in Philadelphia for his first and possibly final interview to discuss his long legal battle leading up to the not-guilty verdict.

     The verdict came six years after the R&B superstar was first charged with videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl who prosecutors believe may have been as young as 13 at the time.

     By answering the hard-hitting questions surrounding his recent case, career, critics and more, Kelly hopes to close this major chapter in his life-once and for all.

     Kelly will speak openly about his feelings during and after the trial, the fans he lost along the way, his brother who openly expressed concern about the superstar’s sexual age preference and more.

     R. KELLY SPEAKS is the third installment in the series of exclusive one-on-one interviews produced by BET News. Past specials include, T.I. SPEAKS and THE BISHOP SPEAKS, an in-depth interview with Bishop Thomas Weeks III.


R. KELLY WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN S.A.: Authorities probe link to tour scam August 27, 2008

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Authorities in South Africa are looking to question R. Kelly regarding a scam in which he allegedly profited $130,000 from a tour despite failing to show up, reports WENN.     

       Busiswe Zakwe was arrested and charged with swindling thousands of dollars from investors by promising ticket sale profits if they brought an R. Kelly tour to the country in 2005. Kelly never stepped foot in South Africa, but the woman claims she deposited the investors’ money into his account.

       Local police have reportedly confirmed that the account Zakwe claims is Kelly’s is authentic, but the money is nowhere to be found.  Police want to question Kelly about the missing funds.     

       Zakwe has been charged with fraud and is due to appear in a local court on September 10.

      R. Kelly’s camp today released the following statement regarding media reports about an alleged South African swindler who used his name to bilk investors.

    “There is absolutely no truth to the reports that R. Kelly received money from a South African woman accused of swindling investors by convincing them to invest in a non-existent R. Kelly tour in 2005. Mr. Kelly has no knowledge of this woman, has never received any money from her, and has not been contacted by any law enforcement authorities regarding the matter. He will, of course, cooperate fully with any legitimate investigation of this matter, since he has nothing to hide.”