Photo by Randee St. NicholasR. Kelly may have set a new mark, writing an astounding 462 songs for his new album, he says.
“The Pied Piper” tells Entertainment Weekly his goal was to have more than enough great material for his 13th studio album, The Buffet, which is scheduled to arrive later this year. “I wanted to be sure that I really nailed it to the point that when I started breaking it down to the 14, 15, 16 songs that go on the album that I had more than enough to choose from,” he says, “and they would all be great choices.”
Kelly named the album The Buffet because he’s including a wide variety of musical styles. “I’ve always wanted to do different types of music and different characters, and this album gave me the chance to do that.” He adds, “I absolutely think that the audience is expecting the sexual R. Kelly, the steppin’ R. Kelly, maybe a bit of the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ R. Kelly. They’ve been spoiled for twenty-something years. I don’t want fans mad at me, so I gotta give them what they expect and what they want.”
Fans will also discover some things they might not expect, for example that Kells plans to satisfy his love of country music, and maybe, slip in the blues.
“This is all the different types of music I loved growing up,” Kelly says. “For example, I’ve always said I’d love to do a blues song. I love blues. My grandfather did blues. I always loved country because country music tells stories, and I love telling stories as well. These styles of music really hit home for me, and that’s why I’m doing this Buffet album.”
Kelly recently released the first single from the album, “Backyard Party.”
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