Bootleg/R Kelly music

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UPDATED: A new, official-appearing R. Kelly collection provocatively titled “I Admit” appeared on streaming services — including Spotify and Apple Music — on Friday, although reps for Sony Music, which owns the rights to much of the singer’s catalog, stressed to Variety that the album is an unofficial release (i.e. a bootleg) and did not come from them, even though the copyright line on the album reads “Legacy Recordings,” which is Sony Music’s catalog division.

An attorney for Kelly, Jennifer Bonjean, tells Variety that the singer’s camp is not behind the release either, and that he “is having intellectual property stolen from him.” Kelly is serving a 30-year prison sentence after being found guilty of multiple sexual-misconduct-related charges in New York last year; he is awaiting trial on similar charges in Illinois and other jurisdictions.


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