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Name: R. Kelly                                                                       
Birth name: Robert Sylvester Kelly                                                   
Also known as Kells, The Pied Piper of R&B, The King of R&B                           
Born: 8 January 1967 Chicago, Illinois, United States                                 
Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) better known       
by his stage name R. Kelly, is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter,           
record producer, and occasional rapper. He first appeared on the music scene as       
the founder and lead singer of Public Announcement whose smooth mixture of hip       
hop beats, soul, and funk propelled the group's 1992 debut album Born into the '90s   
to platinum status. After leaving the group in 1993, he became one of the top-selling 
musical acts of the nineties.                                                         
Kelly's songs often include explicit sexual references, such as "Bump N' Grind",     
"Feelin' on Yo Booty", and "Ignition" (Remix). Kelly has also had hits with his       
inspirational songs, such as "I Believe I Can Fly", "I'm Your Angel" (the Grammy     
Award-nominated duet with CĂ©line Dion), "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time",   
"I Wish", "Rise Up", and "Step in the Name of Love" (Remix). He is also famous       
for the comedic rap soap opera mini-opera/film "Trapped in the Closet." Kelly         
has released twelve LPs, sold 35 million albums in the U.S., 15 million singles       
and more than 50 million albums worldwide making him one of the most successful       
R&B male artists of the 1990s.                                                       
On June 6, 2002, Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of having sexual intercourse         
with a minor. The charges, which were later reduced to soliciting a minor for         
child pornography, stemmed from a video tape allegedly showing Kelly having sex       
with a 14-year-old girl. To date, Kelly still faces 14 of the original charges.       
The judge in his case has set the start of his trial on May 9, 2008.