R. Kelly is the King of R&B, a title he earned by becoming the best-selling artist of the genre of the last quarter century. He made quite an impact with his first three albums, 12 Play, R. Kelly, and R. These albums have sold 25.8 million copies worldwide and have kept R. Kelly tickets among the most desired concert tickets into the 21st century.
This incredible career came after a life of hardship. He grew up in the South Side of Chicago as Robert Kelly, crafting his skill as a street performer and winning talent contests in high school. After taking a chance as part of a group (as MGM and Public Announcement), but ultimately it would be his efforts away from the group that would set him on the path to superstardom. These first three albums were part of the new jack swing, a fusion of R&B and hip hop and dance that proved to be ahead of its time by a decade. Then, in the early 1990s, R.Kelly was the face of the movement, with his first singles “Sex Me” and “Bump n’ Grind”.
As the decade progressed, the albums lessened the sexual overtones, though R.Kelly remains a symbol to this day. He struck his biggest crossover hit 15 years ago with “I Believe I Can Fly”, a song that owes much of its success to its inclusion in the movie Space Jam. “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time” became an international phenomenon.
The 21st century witnessed R. Kelly’s return to his nasty side. This was not just a movement taking place in the courts and the media. From “Ignite” to “Trapped in the Closet”, the singer proved his success would not be limited to the 1990s and now he is back as the most sought after featured artist in hip hop and R&B. Now R. Kelly concert tickets will be available to enjoy a tour built around Write Me Back.