Chicago, IL — A spokesperson for the controversial American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player R. Kelly announced today that his long-anticipated children’s album Tinkle, Tinkle, a Little Star Is Born will be postponed until next year.
“Mr. Kelly has been in the news as of late,” said his spokesperson Bethany Millbright, “and he’s got a lot on his plate, especially now that he’s been incarcerated. However, most of the work for Tinkle has already been completed, and just the mastering and marketing needs to be done. So we’re waiting until 2020 or possibly 2021 to release it.”
In January 2019, a widely viewed Lifetime “docuseries” detailed allegations of sexual abuse by multiple women, allegations Kelly denies. Facing pressure from the public using the #MuteRKelly hashtag, RCA Records dropped Kelly. On February 22, 2019, Kelly was indicted on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Ms. Millbright denies that the soured RCA deal had anything to do with the Tinkle’s delay.
“Of course, the first thing everyone thinks is that the RCA issue is the reason for the delay. But it’s not. Four other labels are bidding for the release. As I said, it will be out sometime in 2020 or 2021.”
The name of the album, Tinkle, Tinkle, a Little Star Is Born, is, of course, controversial. However, even more controversial are the names of some of the tracks, which will undoubtedly further contribute to Mr. Kelly’s woes. Some of the titles include: “You’re Never Too Young,” “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” and a particularly creepy cover of the 1980s Police hit, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me.”
Ms. Millbright would not disclose which record labels are “fighting” over the R. Kelly project.