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Lady Gaga's unreleased 'Do What U Want' video leaks

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Last October, Lady Gaga’s duet with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want,” was released as Artpop‘s second single. The track began receiving the full promotional push, including a live performance alongside Kelly on Saturday Night Live. But in mid-December, the Village Voice published an interview with veteran Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis that assembled 15 years of research into allegations of Kelly’s history of assaulting young women into a damning portrait of a sexual predator.

Wisely, Gaga and Interscope stopped the single campaign almost immediately, and a video for the song that had already been shot was shelved. But on Thursday, TMZ posted a 33-second clip of the “Do What U Want” video, and it’s clear why Gaga’s camp wanted to keep it under wraps.

Riffing on Gaga’s hip surgery last year, the video opens with her on an operating table being felt up by Kelly, who then sedates her and messes around with her unconscious body with help from a team of scantily clad nurses. In another sequence Richardson’s shown taking photos of a nude Gaga simulating sexual acts on a pile of tabloids. A source who spoke to Page Six about the video calls it “literally an ad for rape.”

This week, the video’s director, Terry Richardson, has been in the news for his own history of alleged sexual assault. Rumors that Richardson routinely made unwanted advances toward his models, along with accusations from models who claim that he pressured them into sexual activity, have been swirling around the fashion world and blogosphere for years, and a profile in the current issue of New York magazine, while largely sympathetic to Richardson, has brought them to the attention of a much larger audience.

Gaga distanced herself from Kelly immediately following the Village Voice piece, and has kept away in the months since. Richardson has been a closer collaborator with her than Kelly was—he’s become something like her official photographer, and he’s published an entire book of photos he’s taken of her. Gaga was allegedly unaware of the claims that have been made against Richardson in the past.

R. Kelly drops his 'White Panties'

R. Kelly — everyone’s favorite World Cup opening act (remember when that happened?) — revealed to V Magazine that he is planning a followup to Black Panties. It will be called White Panties. Because, of course.

But we can’t throw too much shade at Kells since Black Panties did debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last year. Kelly said that this new album is going to be “a whole other level” and the sound will be in the vein of his early work: “Everyone has been asking me when I’m going to do another baby-making album, because that’s what started me out. I’ve been all around the world musically, in every genre. I can write ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ and I can write ‘Bump ’N’ Grind.’ Now is the time to bring it back around.”

For those of you waiting with baited breath for more Trapped in the Closet, (I mean, cliffhanger. Is he still in there?) Kelly said what every fan was dying to hear: “One chapter led to another, and the next thing you know I have all of these chapters and now I have a leash on it. I can walk it wherever I want. I have a lot of characters. I have 57 more chapters that I haven’t released yet that are going to be released. This thing is forever.” So now you know.

R. Kelly live at SiriusXM: On the scene

What’s R. Kelly really like? Or at least, what’s he like when he’s enclosed in a glass booth with a handful of fans, a small entourage, and a SiriusXM host lobbing softball questions and gently ribbing him?

He’s deceptively normal. Normal because he’s very present without seeming too “on.” Which is deceptive because he’s still R. Kelly: As liable to recite an original poem so sexually explicit you can’t make eye contact with anyone else in the room while he’s speaking as he is to giving you goose pimples with a few a cappella bars of “Bump N’ Grind.”

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Watch R. Kelly perform his Nelson Mandela tribute song 'Soldier's Heart'

While primarily known as a the dude behind Trapped in the Closet, R. Kelly has also been active in celebrating and supporting the music and culture of Africa.

In fact, Kelly once wrote a song for the late Nelson Mandela called “Soldier’s Heart,” which he performed for Mandela in his home several years ago. Last night on The Arsenio Hall Show, Kelly stopped by to talk about meeting Mandela and performed “Soldier’s Heart” by himself at the piano. Check it out below.  READ FULL STORY

R. Kelly bringing back 'Trapped In The Closet' in 2014

Next week sees the release of R. Kelly’s new album Black Panties, but the Pied Piper of R&B is already thinking about his next project—one that will send him back to the closet.

This morning, IFC announced that Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet series will be coming back in 2014. No date has been set, nor have the network nor Kelly revealed how many new chapters there are going to be, but to celebrate Trapped‘s impending return, IFC will be airing all 33 chapters of the series this Saturday, December 7, at 5:45 PM (or you can just watch them online).

If you recall, chapter 33 of Trapped In The Closet (which premiered just after Thanksgiving last year) ended with Sylvester (Kelly) and Twan (Eric Lane) outrunning a group of Italian mobsters and crashing a taping of a Jerry Springer-esque talk show Out of the Closet. No matter how much the story moves forward, it’s not anywhere close to being over. “I’m gonna be forever writing these chapters,” Kelly told EW in 2012. “Because now I’ve created a fan base out there that deserves to hear what’s next.” READ FULL STORY

R. Kelly reveals 'Black Panties' tracklisting, and it is a doozy

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Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer that says, “Still Feelin’ On Yo Booty”? Then R. Kelly’s your man.

R&B’s reigning mad genius recently revealed two outrageous covers for his upcoming album Black Panties (one is above; see the other here), and now he’s revealing the tracklist, which gives us plenty more to think about.

In addition to the established songs “Throw This Money on You,” “My Story,” and “Cookie,” Kelly’s new effort will feature appearances from Kelly Rowland, Jeezy, and his fellow bedroom gangsta Ludacris. The deluxe edition will also bring Juicy J, Migos, and Future into the fold. It looks like his Lady Gaga duet “Do What U Want,” which appears on her ARTPOP, won’t be included.

As for the song titles, well, they’re definitely something to behold. Check it all out below:

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Lady Gaga may regret telling R. Kelly 'Do What U Want' on new single: Hear it here

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When Lady Gaga announced the full track list for her upcoming album ARTPOP, the most intriguing entry for super freaks everywhere was the song titled “Do What U Want.” It wasn’t so much that it was a particularly provocative name for a song, but more because the phrase “featuring R. Kelly” came right after.

That song has been released, along with a photo of Gaga’s be-thonged buttocks that serves as the cover art. The song, built on a totally ’80s synth throb, finds Gaga encouraging listeners to “Do what you want with my body.” Duet partner R. Kelly takes her up on that, crooning about doing shots and flying on private jets before doing what he wants with her body (in the back of a club, of course, because all the best R. Kelly verses take place in the back of a club).

Honestly, the track doesn’t quite come together (Gaga’s vocal style clashes too much with both the track and Kelly’s smooth R&B pipes), but it’s an intriguing mind-meld nonetheless. Give it a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

R. Kelly drops another sex/food crossover single, 'Cookie': Hear it here

R. Kelly adores carnal pleasures. He also has a fondness for food. And he has never hesitated bringing the two together; look no further than classic tracks like “Sex In the Kitchen” (where he wanted to lay you down next to the buttered rolls) or “Sweet Tooth” (wherein he compared a part of the female anatomy to Skittles).

Now comes “Cookie,” the latest track from Kelly’s forthcoming Black Panties album. It contains a ton of shout-outs to Oreos (which, it should be noted, were not on his shopping list—hopefully his song about chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs will be coming soon), and he does in fact call himself “Cookie Monster” at one point (though the song somehow doesn’t sample this classic).

Give “Cookie” a spin below. And in case it’s unclear: This is not in any way about baked goods.

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Livestream the Bonnaroo Festival starting today -- watch Paul McCartney, Macklemore, Nas, the National and more

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Even though Mumford and Sons announced today that they’ll be canceling their Bonnaroo headlining gig while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from a blood clot on his brain Jack Johnson will step in to replace them – there are still approximately 97,000 bands, solo artists, comedians, and collective super jams to see over the next three days.

But if you’re not among the 80,000 attendees testing the limits of their capacity for mud, music, and psychoactive substances in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend, you can still enjoy the show from the warm, dry comfort of your laptop.

To watch Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang, the National, the Lumineers, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, Beach House, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Solange, Schoolboy Q, Cat Power, ZZ Top, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids and many many more in real time, go to Ustream.tv/bonnaroo. Homemade living-room mudpit (and of course, clothing) optional.

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On the scene at Coachella Day Two: Phoenix, R. Kelly(!), Hot Chip and more

Will they or won’t they? As the sun set on Saturday night, one question hung over the Coachella audience like a cliffhanger in an ’80s dramedy.

Would Daft Punk join Phoenix at the end of the latter’s headlining main stage set? And if so, would there be pyramids, robots, and lasers, or just two Frenchmen pumping their fists in promotion of their forthcoming record?

The evidence stacked up in favor of a cameo from the famed Parisian electronic duo, whose 2006 Coachella set was widely considered the match that sparked the current mania for electronic music. For one, both members of Daft Punk were reportedly in attendance. On Friday, the festival main stage buzzed over a trailer hyping the group’s new record. Plus, there’s a long history of bonhomie between the two groups, including a 2010 Daft Punk pop-up appearance at Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show.

Instead, we got R. Kelly. The 46-year old Chicago R&B lothario materialized towards the end of Phoenix’s set to play an abbreviated three song medley of “Bump n’ Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” and “I’m a Flirt,” wearing an unbuttoned black shirt, blue jeans, and what appeared to be a crown.

Suddenly, the Empire Polo grounds transformed from a meticulous 80s synth-pop party into a gyrating outdoor boudoir. To say it was weird was an understatement.

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