10th December, 2010
International R â€˜nâ€™ B superstar, Robert Sylvester Kelly popularly known as R. Kelly,Â has been named the biggest hip hop artiste, from a list of 50 international acts.
The artiste, who is also the international headliner for this yearâ€™s edition of StarÂ Mega Jam in Nigeria, was named byÂ Billboard,Â a weekly AmericanÂ magazineÂ devoted toÂ theÂ musicÂ industry,Â as the biggest hip hop artiste to have emerged in the past 25Â years.
BillboardÂ also maintains several internationally recognisedÂ music chartsÂ that trackÂ the most popular songs and albums in various categories on weekly basis.
The list of the top 50 R&B/hip hop artistes of the last 25 years was based on aÂ compilation of weekly Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums from 5Â January 1985 to 6 November, 2010.
To win this award, R. Kelly edged out stars likeÂ Mary J. Blige,Â WhitneyÂ Houston,Â Mariah Carey,Â Usher,Â Luther VandrossÂ and Jay-Z, among others.
R. Kelly attained global acclaim in 1992 and has since then amassed 35 top ten hitsÂ on the US R&B/Hip Hop chart and a total of 84 charting singles, 11 of which haveÂ reached number one. These include hits such as Bump n Grind and Iâ€™m Your Angel, aÂ duet withÂ Celine Dion. He has sold more than 34 million records worldwide.
Meanwhile, Jacco van der Linden, the Marketing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc,Â has applauded R. Kelly on the achievement.
Speaking at the presentation of prizes to the winners of the seventh and finalÂ edition of the Star Independence Game Show for 2010, van der Linden lauded theÂ international R&B superstar for his consistency in churning out hit tracks in theÂ highly competitiveÂ global music industry, a feat which has thus earned him theÂ honour of being named the best hip hop artiste in the past 25 years.
â€œEven though R. Kelly was recently named the biggest hip hop artiste months after weÂ officially signed the contract to bring him to Nigeria for Star Mega Jam and weeksÂ after we formally unveiled him as the star act, his recent accomplishment goes aÂ long way to confirm Starâ€™s commitment in ensuring that only the very best is goodÂ enough to feature in Star Mega Jam,â€ noted van der Linden, adding thatÂ NigeriansÂ should expect nothing short of a world class performance from R. Kelly,Â who is expected to arrive the shores of Nigeria on Wednesday, 15 December.
His arrival two days before the event, would afford him opportunity to have a feelÂ of the Nigerian environment.
â€œR. Kelly has promised his numerous fans a stellar performance. I therefore urge hisÂ fans to troop out to the venues of this yearâ€™s edition of Star Mega Jam to witnessÂ this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,â€ Tony Agenmonmen, Marketing Manager, Lager, NBÂ Plc, stated.