My oh my, how the mighty have fallen. R. Kelly has been actively working to ensure that his empire doesn’t crumble, but that inevitable fate might be out of his control... for once. Prior to the Pied Piper “mutually splitting” from his label, Sony/RCA, it was reported that they shelved all forthcoming music. However, in spite of that news, the Chicago crooner was still contractually obligated to two new albums, one of which he was fervently working on. Now, it appears that that project is finished, and Robert wants it to be released as soon as possible. He, though, is missing one key component— a distributor.
The split announcement broke just a couple weeks after all was revealed on Lifetime's docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. RCA/Sony initially ceased putting out new music in light of the 52-year-old's current criminal investigations.
It's not clear if Kelly will continue on the indie route and release his new album via Soundcloud, as he did with his 19-minute confession, "I Admit," and "Born To My Music," a single that dropped on New Year's Day. It's been rumored that he was seeking a new distributor prior to the Lifetime documentary airing. Sources have also reported to Billboard that Kelly could ink a deal with a new label or drop the album via Spotify's direct-upload feature. This option, though, is still being tested and is only available to select artists, not including Kelly.
This album would be his 15th studio album; his latest full-length was 2016's 12 Nights of Christmas. This impending album, as of now, does not have a confirmed title or release date.
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