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Critic: Lady Gaga's Artpop Offers a Mixed Bag of Hits and Misses

Lady Gaga's Artpop Offers a Mixed Bag of Hits and Misses

Originally posted 11/11/2013 09:35AM

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"Do you wanna see me naked, lover? / Do you wanna peek underneath the cover? / Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura?" teases Lady Gaga in the beginning moments of Artpop, as if she might strip it all the way down to the real Stefani Germanotta.

But "Aura," the zigzagging opener, is as larger-than-life as the singer's persona, and the rest of her third proper studio album only goes further to show that she has crafted a pop image – as a walking, breathing piece of art – that goes far beyond the music.

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R. Kelly Shares Candid 'When I Met Michael Jackson' Story | Michael Jackson, R. Kelly

R. Kelly Shares His Memories of Meeting Michael Jackson

Originally posted 06/25/2012 02:20PM

It's been exactly three years since Michael Jackson's untimely passing. But for R. Kelly, the memory of spending time with the King of Pop will last forever.

They met when Kelly wrote "You Are Not Alone" for Jackson, and the late pop star agreed to sing it. Kelly details the thrill of meeting Jackson, their collaboration on the song – and what it was like to hit the mall with the mega-star – in his upcoming memoir, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, on sale June 28, reprinted here with permission from SmileyBooks.

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Whitney Houston's Final Recording Unveiled

Originally posted 05/22/2012 06:20AM



Her movie Sparkle does not open until Aug. 17, but this week brought the debut of Whitney Houston's final song, "Celebrate," a duet from the movie with her costar, Jordin Sparks.

Ryan Seacrest unveiled the pulsating number on his radio show Monday. "Celebrate," which was produced by R. Kelly, will be available on iTunes June 5.

A remake of a 1976 movie that originally starred Lonette McKee and Irene Cara, this new Sparkle, which finished filming last Thanksgiving, also stars Derek Luke, Mike Epps and Cee Lo Green, and chronicles the challenges faced by a group of singing sisters once they hit it big. Houston plays Sparks's mother.

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R. Kelly & Wife Finalize Divorce

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R. Kelly & Wife Finalize Divorce

Originally posted 01/08/2009 07:45PM

R&B singer R. Kelly and his wife of 11 years, Andrea Lee Kelly, are officially divorced, according to a statement from their lawyers Thursday.

Kelly, 42, and Andrea, 35, will have joint custody of their three children. No other details were revealed.

The announcement follows Kelly's acquittal of child pornography charges in June.

The couple weathered martial ups and downs during the six-year-long case. In 2005, Andrea, filed an emergency protective order to keep the singer away from her amid claims of physical abuse which she rescinded weeks later. The couple then filed for divorce in 2006, but were still trying to make things work.

After years of silence, Andrea told Essence magazine in 2007, "Some people in my position would probably be very broken right now, and they would probably be saying, 'Woe is me.' But I'm just not that person."

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R. Kelly Acquitted of Child Pornography Charges

R. Kelly Acquitted of Child Pornography Charges

Originally posted 06/13/2008 05:30PM

Singer R. Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges on Friday, putting an end to a six-year ordeal for the singer/songwriter/producer, who in 2002 was accused of engaging in sex acts with an underaged girl.

The Cook County jury on the case deliberated for 7 1/2 hours before finding Kelly, 41, innocent on all 14 counts. Upon hearing the verdict, "R. Kelly looked relieved," said an onlooker.

Prosecutors had claimed that Kelly was in a graphic video that was mailed to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002 with a girl as young as 13. Both Kelly and the alleged victim, who is now 23, denied they were the ones on the tape. Neither of them testified during the month-long trial.

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Man Sues, Claiming R. Kelly Attacked Him

Man Sues, Claiming R. Kelly Attacked Him

Originally posted 10/06/2006 09:25AM

A man is suing R. Kelly, alleging that the R&B star attacked him and failed to pay him for a song idea.

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R. Kelly's Alleged New Sex Video Scandal | R. Kelly

R. Kelly's Alleged New Sex Video Scandal

Originally posted 11/17/2004 09:00AM

EXPOSED: New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield revealed Tuesday that someone posing as a minister attempted to blackmail him for at least $20,000 with alleged sex tapes of the athlete's wife with another woman and R. Kelly, reports New York's Daily News and the New York Post. The alleged tape was purported to have been made more than 10 years ago. In a statement, Sheffield said that he knew his wife, a child gospel star, had had a relationship with Kelly before their marriage, and does not care to see the tape. "I will not be blackmailed (and) have my family dragged through the mud," he said. The FBI reportedly has suspect Derrick Mosley, of Chicago, in custody. His lawyer would not comment. Kelly (who has pleaded not guilty in a current child porn case) denies knowing anything about this alleged tape, his rep tells the Post.

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Jay-Z Pal Charged in Pepper Spray Incident | R. Kelly

Jay-Z Pal Charged in Pepper Spray Incident

Originally posted 11/12/2004 06:00PM

A member of rapper Jay-Z's entourage who allegedly blasted singer R. Kelly with pepper spray has been charged with third degree assault.

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Show Goes On for Jay-Z, Minus R. Kelly | Jay-Z

Show Goes On for Jay-Z, Minus R. Kelly

Originally posted 11/04/2004 09:00AM

Days after he lost his Best of Both Worlds touring partner R. Kelly over what has now mushroomed into a $75 million legal battle, Jay-Z has retooled his concert plans under the new name of Jay-Z and Friends, reports Billboard.

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R. Kelly Slaps Jay-Z with $75 Mil Lawsuit | R. Kelly

R. Kelly Slaps Jay-Z with $75 Mil Lawsuit

Originally posted 11/02/2004 08:00AM

Making their spat official, R. Kelly slapped former concert costar Jay-Z with a $75 million breach-of-contract suit Monday, alleging Jay-Z's "spite and jealousy" prompted the rapper to use violence to force Kelly off their 40-city Best of Both Worlds tour that was to have run through Nov. 28.

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