Is the Pied Piper’s Music Finally Fading? R. Kelly Ticket Sales Way Down

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Though there have always been pockets of disgust amid the black community’s seemingly undying support for R. Kelly—the R&B singer who has allegedly preyed upon young black girls and young women for decades—it looks like folks are finally getting the message about Mr. Creepy.


Kellz, currently on the After Party Tour, has been reportedly singing to half-filled venues.

TMZ reports that his most recent show, in Virginia Beach, Va., on Friday, was at about 50 percent capacity hours before it was due to start. The joint holds 20,000.

Last week a searing BuzzFeed article on the 50-year-old singer emerged, this time alleging that he was running a sex cult and keeping young women captive in houses in Georgia and Illinois. The families of some of the women allege that Kelly has the women brainwashed, and the writer of the report claimed that Kelly controls everything from what the women wear to whom they can talk to and when they can use the bathroom.

Kelly took to Twitter on Thursday to denounce the rumors and drum up sales, but so far, it doesn’t look to be helping.


“Despite all of the crap y’all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my shows,” he said in the video. “And believe me, y’all, it’s a bunch of crap.”


And so are those ticket sales. Dey is a Gawd.

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.