R Kelly has recorded a new album and is looking for someone to release it imminently, it has been reported.
The singer was recently dropped by RCA Records after the broadcast of Lifetime’s Surviving R Kelly docuseries brought renewed attention on him and allegations of sexual misconduct. Kelly has always denied the claims.
Sources have reportedly told Billboard the musician has completed work on a new album, which will be his first studio release since 2016’s ’12 Nights Of Christmas’. His team are said to have been looking for a new distributor for months before the Lifetime documentary was broadcast.
It had been suggested Kelly could forgo working with a label and upload the album directly onto Spotify himself. However, the direct-upload function is still in beta mode at the moment, with only a handful of artists able to access it. A representative for Spotify has confirmed Kelly is not one of those acts.
Kelly released two new songs in the last six months in January’s ‘Born To My Music’ and July’s ‘I Admit’, The latter clocked in at 19 minutes and saw the singer address the sexual misconduct claims that had been made against him. The song’s lyrics included a reference to Jocelyn Savage, whose parents have claimed has been kept hostage and brainwashed by Kelly.
After the airing of Surviving R Kelly, women’s group Ultraviolet campaigned for RCA Records to cut ties with the star. They flew a banner over the label’s Culver City offices that read: “RCA/Sony: Drop sexual predator R Kelly.”
Kelly issued a new denial of the allegations made against him through his lawyer, Steve Greenberg, earlier this month. Greenberg told Associated Press: “The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”