Embattled American R&B singer, Robert Kelly popularly known as R. Kelly, has been slammed with new charges of bribing an Illinois government employee on August 30, 1994, in order to obtain a fake I.D. to marry an underage girl in 1994.
The underaged girl named in recent court documents as Jane Doe #1 is widely reported to be deceased singer Aaliyah.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn made the accusation against R Kelly on Thursday.
NY Times reports that the fake ID was to be used to obtain a marriage license that listed Aaliyah’s age as 18. R Kelly was 27 at the time, while the license was dated August 31, 1994, the day after he allegedly paid the bribe. Their marriage was later annulled.
The new allegation expands on an existing racketeering indictment filed in New York against the singer that accuses him of sexually exploiting underage girls and coercing them into illegal sexual activity.
This year, R. Kelly, 52, has been criminally charged in several jurisdictions on allegations that he sexually abused minors.
Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, died in 2001 in a plane crash at age 22.
In an interview this year with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Steven Greenberg, R. Kelly’s lawyer, said his client had “no idea” Aaliyah was 15 when they married.
“My understanding is that she did not claim to be 15, and in order to get married, she had to lie about her age,” Greenberg said at the time.
Greenberg said on Thursday that the new indictment “does not appear to materially alter the landscape.”
Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee, quits music, says its demonic
Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Hau Mdee, has announced her decision to quit her music career.
The 32-year-old songstress said it on her 29 minutes Podcast “Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee”.
According to Mdee, the music industry is demonic and she is currently working on being an advocate of honesty, beauty and what facing your demons can do for you.
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but my mission is to be a light. I know that I would probably disappoint a few people and that’s okay.
”I know that my fans don’t wanna hear this but guess what am never be too far away from you, trust me. The reason why I had to leave the industry is that I needed to choose my life, the music industry is demonic.
”People will tell you half-truth about what really goes on, and the truth is I just wanna be an advocate for honesty and beauty and being a sincere advocate for what facing your demons can do for You.
“Now my fans are probably asking themselves right now; Are you gonna never sing again? Are we gonna never see you perform? Let me reiterate, I love music, I love to create, I love to perform, I’m a vessel, this is what I was brought on earth to be.
Mdee also recalled becoming an alcoholic who could drink herself to sleep after becoming depressed.
“My advice to someone out there is that be true to who you are. I used to say this in many interviews but not really understand any of it, because then again it sounded like the right thing to say.
”But be true to who you are, I had to look at myself, face myself that it was pain, it was shameful, it was scary but I had to do it because there was no other way and in that I found peace and in that I found elevation, I found desire and passion for life.
Rema named Apple Up Next Artist
Apple Music on Wednesday announced Nigerian Afropop star, Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema, as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.
The global singer and rapper is at the forefront of Nigerian pop music, with a youth-led sound connecting across all corners of Africa and beyond. Since the debut of his Rema – EP in March 2019, Rema has become the #18 World Artist across Apple Music based on lifetime plays. To date, his music has been featured across Apple Music playlists like Afrobeats Hits, Today’s Hits, Future Hits, Agenda, Shazam Discovery Top 50, Home Office DJ, Breaking R&B, The New Africa, It’s Lit!, and many more. Across Apple Music’s Beats 1 global livestream, Rema has been featured on major programs, including Joe Kay’s Soulection and Kendall Jenner’s ZAZA WORLD RADIO, and has been Shazamed in over 180 countries.
“Getting recognised by Apple as their Up Next artist is a huge deal for me,” said Rema. “I want to take Afrobeats to the world and now the world is listening, it’s an honour. This has come during a time when across the world people are uniting and coming together to fight for justice. This generation, my generation, are standing up and speaking out and it’s amazing to see, I am standing right beside them.”
“Rema embodies the youth movement emerging from the continent of Africa,” said Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B Ebro Darden.
“His voice has carried him from Benin City, Nigeria to Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist. He’s been cosigned by Drake and Rihanna and has remixes to his music with Becky G, Matoma and Major Lazer. Rema is a shy, young artist who has managed to capture the world’s attention with his art. We are excited to amplify him further and can’t wait to see what he’ll do with his platform next.”
Rema’s Up Next short was shot remotely in Lagos by the artist himself on iPhone 11 Pro and comes to Apple Music exclusively today. In the short, Rema opens up, talking about his earliest introductions to music through church groups and sharing how faith helped him overcome tragedy.
“The goal is to take Africa to the world, if the world can’t come to Africa,” Rema tells Apple Music. “That’s the plan.”
In an interview with Apple Music’s Darden, also available today, Rema discusses the origins of his genre-bending sound, the cultural significance of Lagos, and received the presidential seal of approval from Obama.
Frank Edwards drops new song ‘Opomulero’
Nigerian Contemporary Gospel singer and songwriter, Frank Edwards, comes through with a new record entitled “Opomulero“.
The Rocktown Kings Corner boss uses this song to exalt and praise God for who he is. Listen to the audio below for a lovely session.
Frank Ugochukwu Edwards is a 30-year-old award-winning musician who hails from Enugu State.
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