Never one to shy away from the kind of PR advantage a nationally reported child molestation trial can bring, R. Kelly has continued to release — officially and through Internet "leaks" — new music all year long.
His latest, a bouncy and unusually light track called "Body, Body," began making the rounds online this last weekend. Listen to it here.
Rumors have circulated that Kelly has several projects in the can, awaiting release depending on the outcome of the trial (the defense rested today). Kelly and Jive Records plan to release at least one album, "12 Play: Fourth Quarter," later this year (possibly as early as next month), featuring the already hit single "Hair Braider."
But what will become of his career when this trial is over, whatever the verdict? One reporter at the Los Angeles Times speculates, "Even if he's found not guilty, he might experience the kind of career slide that befell Michael Jackson after being acquitted of child molestation." He's never won a top Grammy, either. Will the publicity turn him into an even bigger superstar, or would Grammy voters not touch him even if vindicated?