On Friday (Dec. 8), R. Kelly released a new album tilted I Admit It with lyrics addressing the years of sexual and physical abuse allegations made against him.
He was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison. He is facing federal charges for producing child pornography and luring minors into sex acts.
The 13-track album features songs titled “I Found Love,” “Where’s Love, When You Need It,” “Good Ole Days,” “I Know You Got a Man (I Don’t Care),” and “Freaky Sensation.”
The last song called “I Admit It (I Did It) is broken up into three parts and he reveals all the things he has done in the past.
It was originally a full 19-minute track that was uploaded to SoundCloud back in 2018.
R. Kelly’s lawyer said an album uploaded to Spotify and Apple Music on Friday was not authorized by the singer.
Bonjean says that “a police report was filed some time ago because his masters were stolen, but there’s not much of an appetite to investigate these things.
People have had access to his intellectual property rights that they are attempting to profit off of, but unfortunately that does not include Mr. Kelly.”
The digital credits showed that Kelly wrote each of the songs alone, with D. Johnson receiving producer credit.
Bonjean said she spoke to Kelly on Friday about the release. She said this has happened in the past — where his unauthorized music is uploaded online, but that’s usually on YouTube and not Spotify and Apple Music.
“He kind of is like, ‘Yeah, this has been going on. I’m not surprised,’” Bonjean said of Kelly’s response to the unofficial release. “But, of course, it’s upsetting. It’s very upsetting to see your body of work out there in that way.”
Legacy Recordings – the Sony label that handles the archives of Sony-owned labels, including Columbia, Epic and RCA Records – was the label listed on the digital platforms for the album. But a representative for Legacy said “it did not issue this music.”
Sony and RCA famously dropped the embattled singer in 2019 two weeks after the viral and Emmy-nominated documentary series Surviving R. Kelly drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against the singer.