R. Kelly may be under fire, but Chris Brown’s career is still flourishing


Chris Brown and R. Kelly were both in the news last week for very different reasons, with Brown celebrating a new deal with RCA Records –which makes him one of the youngest artists to own his master recordings – just as R. Kelly was coming under fire for claims in a damning documentary series.

It’s a cycle that R&B fans have seen before with Kelly and Brown, both artists with histories of abuse, both artists periodically making headlines with horrifying stories of their alleged behavior, only to bounce back and continue their successful careers.

Considering Brown has spent the past decade racking up almost-yearly assault charges, his rosy beginning of 2019 was a reminder of how things used to be for R. Kelly, an artist who managed to maintain his fan-beloved reputation over nearly three decades of abuse allegations – though unlike Brown, Kelly has never been convicted.

Things look shakier now for Kelly with the premiere of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary Jan. 3, prompting yet another national conversation about Kelly’s history of alleged crimes and resulting in a renewed interest in a potential criminal case against Kelly among prosecutors in Atlanta and Chicago.

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