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Monday, October 19, 2009

R. Kelly recruits Atlantans for new album, Untitled

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$47-$77. Thurs., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org.

Like Michael Jackson when he was alive, R. Kelly is simultaneously worshipped and reviled. Few inspire such widespread curiosity about their private lives, and the intrigue surrounding the pied piper of R&B (great nickname) certainly hasn't died down since his acquittal on child pornography charges last June.

He recently admitted he was functionally illiterate, and a press tour of his palatial Chicagoland home this summer put his Neverland-like environs on full display. New York radio personality Miss Info reported that the outside of his house looks like a suburban church, the inside looks like a luxury ski lodge, and that he served a punch called "Sex in the Kitchen." Like his choice of cocktails, his recent music similarly has not shied away from explicitly sexual material.

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