R. Kelly cancels concert in a cruise ship over money issues
Singer-songwriter R. Kelly just canceled his highly-anticipated concert aboard a cruise ship, saying that the company cannot pay the original entertainment fee that they have previously agreed upon.
According to reports, Concert Cruise LLC hired 45-year-old R. Kelly to headline their upcoming cruise entitled “Love Letter,” where the singer agreed to play two shows during a five-day trip in October, which will be sailing from Miami to the Caribbean.
However, R. Kelly just pulled out from the previous agreement, claiming that the promoter (Concert Cruise LLC) failed to hand over the payment for his gig. The rep of the singer said, “R. Kelly had been looking forward to the cruise and was ready, willing and able to perform for his fans. He is sorry for any disappointment but plans to see his fans very soon on a U.S. tour.”
Concert Cruise, on the other hand, sent out an apology email to customers, informing them about the cancellation of R. Kelly’s concert, saying that they will “handle all applicable refunds at point of purchase.”
The official website of the singer also posted the cancellation of the cruise ship gig, once again apologizing to the “Bump n’ Grind” hit maker’s fans.
Often referred to as the King of R&B, Kelly — whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly — is recognized as one of the most successful R&B artists of all-time. A native of Chicago, R. Kelly began performing in the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group “Public Announcement.” Back in 1993, Kelly went solo with the album “12 Play.” He is also known for a series of major hit singles including “Bump n’ Grind”, “Gotham City”, “Ignition (Remix)”, “I Believe I Can Fly”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “I’m a Flirt”, “The World’s Greatest,” “Your Body’s Callin,’” and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for the hit song “I Believe I Can Fly”.