New York, NY -- R. Kelly’s Double Up debuts this week as the #1 selling album on both Billboard’s Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The #1 debut of Double Up marks the highest first-week sales of the year for any R&B solo artist.
Double Up is R. Kelly’s eighth top 5 debut and his fifth #1 album as a solo artist. The smash first single “I’m A Flirt” has been burning up the charts and radio airwaves for close to 16 weeks. The follow-up single “Same Girl,” a duet with Usher, is already Top 10 at urban radio.
The critics have weighed in and Double Up has received knock out praise. Reviews include:
New York Times
“…he has affirmed his position as one of the era’s greatest…”
“…vintage R Kelly…”
“…Kelly’s not only smooth enough for the ladies, but rough enough for the fellas…”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The album provides plenty of examples of the real reason that Kelly's career continues to thrive…he keeps serving up the hot jams.”
- “…the smooth vocals and sizzling hip-hop beats are hype-worthy.”
“[the] microdramas are so masterfully executed that it’s easy to forget how great the music is…”
A prolific songwriter and producer R. Kelly has sold in excess of 36 million albums worldwide. Over the span of his career he has amassed several multi-platinum albums, 12 Play – (6x), R. Kelly – (5x), R. – (8x), TP-2.COM – (4x), Chocolate Factory – (2x), Happy People/U Saved Me – (3x). R. Kelly has collected multiple Grammy, American Music, Billboard and Soul Train awards and has teamed up with some of the biggest artists in the world - Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Young Jeezy, Ciara, and Diddy.
For Double Up R. Kelly expands his hit-making collaborative efforts and enlists a diverse roster of musical guests that includes Usher, Kid Rock, Nelly, Chamillionaire, T.I., T-Pain, Huey, Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, and Swizz Beatz. Double Up is R. Kelly’s ninth solo release since his smash solo debut 12 Play.