R Kelly is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer and a former USBL professional basketball player. His net worth is estimated at $150 million.
R Kelly Net Worth: How He Began
R Kelly was born Robert Sylvester Kelly on January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. His family which consisted of his single mom and three sisters lived poor in a public housing project in Bronzeville neighborhood in South side Chicago. Kelly inherited his mother’s singing talent and began singing in their Baptist church choir at the age of 8. He attended Kenwood Academy, Hyde Park, where he continued singing and was also part of the basketball team.
Kelly formed a group MGM with three other friends and began street performing under the Chicago ‘L’ tracks. In 1989, the group competed in TV talent show “Big Break” and won the $100,000 grand prize. They released their first single in 1990, but disbanded shortly after. Kelly signed with Jive records in 1991 and joined another group called Public Announcement. With them he released his debut album “Born into the 90’s” in 1992. Kelly broke from the group and went solo in 1993.
R Kelly Net Worth: Solo Career And Mainstream Success
Kelly’s solo career was immediately successful following the release of his debut solo album “12 Play” on 8 November 1993 which was an instant hit. The album produced the song “Bump N’ Grind” which peaked atop and spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. A year, later “12 Play” was by the RIAA certified 6 times platinum.
Kelly then added producing and song writing to his repertoire. He was responsible for bringing his protege pop singer, Aaliyah to the limelight. Kelly produced her entire debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” which debuted at #18 on Billboard 200 and sold over 3 million copies in the US alone. The album title sparked controversies following his marriage at the time to Aaliyah who was under-aged- 15. However, the pair later annulled the marriage. Kelly’s other protege which he produced under his Rockland Records included Sparkle, and Boo & Gotti.
Kelly’s success continued with his song penning skills. He wrote and composed songs for top acts like Toni Braxton, Barry White, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and others. R Kelly received his first Grammy nomination for writing, producing and composing the Micheal Jackson hit song “You Are Not Alone”. In 1996, he received three Grammy Awards for writing producing and composing “I Believe I Can Fly” which was the soundtrack for the Michael Jordan animated movie “Space Jam”. Kelly has also written hit songs used as soundtrack for other movies, they include; “Gotham City” for Batman & Robin (1997) and “Fortunate” for Life (1999).
R Kelly’s sophomore self-titled album was released in November 1995. It peaked at #1 on Billboard 200 chart making it his first. It sold over 4 million copies receiving a 4-time platinum certification from RIAA.
R Kelly Net Worth: Continued Success And Legacy
R Kelly became a professional basketball player in 1997 after he signed with USBL’s Atlantic City Seagulls. Fortunately, the contract didn’t prohibit his involvement with music. Kelly ended his Bball career in 1999 to become the first musician ever to have a professional basketball career.
His fourth studio album R. (1998) is his most commercially successful album to date, having sold 8 million copies in the US and another 4 million worldwide. R Kelly’s success continued throughout the 2000’s. At the time of this writing, Kelly has released 13 studio albums, and 3 collaboration albums (2 with Jay Z). Kelly has been described by Billboard as the most successful rnb artists of the past 25 years (1985-2010). He has sold well over 40 million albums worldwide to become one of the best-selling artists of all time. The King of R&B, in addition to the 3 Grammy awards have won 11 Soul Train Awards, 6 NAACP Image Award, 1 BET Award and numerous Billboard Awards.
Beginning from 2015, R Kelly ventured into movie directing and production.
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