News: R. Kelly Cancels Cruise Concert Over Cash, Claims Promoter Didn't Pay Up

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 11:29PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly has reportedly fallen back on an upcoming cruise ship concert because of a promotion company coming up short on the financial end.

Details of Kells' big business move hit the Internet Saturday (August 11) evening.

R. Kelly just pulled out ... of his highly anticipated act aboard a cruise ship ... telling TMZ it's all because the company couldn't cough up the cash they originally promised. If you didn't know already ... a company called Concerts Cruise LLC hired the singer to headline their "Love Letter" cruise ... where he agreed to play two shows during a five-day trip in October, sailing from Miami to the Caribbean. But now RK is singing a different tune ... he just axed his involvement with the shindig claiming the promoter (Concerts Cruise LLC) never actually paid him. (TMZ)

The R&B veteran's camp has confirmed the nixed showcase and refunds are in place.

A rep for the singer tells TMZ, "R. Kelly had been looking forward to the cruise and was ready, willing and able to perform for fans. He is sorry for any disappointment but plans to see his fans very soon on a U.S. tour." Concerts Cruise sent an email to customers informing them of the cancellation and saying they will "handle all applicable refunds at point of purchase." (TMZ)

Recently, the music icon discussed the growing talent stemming from his Chicago hometown.

"I feel really good that Chief Keef and all of those guys, those guys are from my hood, so I'm definitely proud of the fact that finally Chicago has got the light on 'em," Kells told MTV News when he paid us a visit in July. All of the hoopla surrounding his hometown has the R pretty excited about the future of Chi's music scene. "I guarantee that once these guys come up that light is never gonna go out," Kelly promised. "There's a lot of talent in Chicago, a whole lot of talent." (MTV)

His latest solo effort, Write Me Back, has remained on the sales chart for nearly two months.

Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly's Write Me Back moved down nine spots to No. 44 with 8,400. With six weeks under his belt, Kells' new LP has sold 134,000 units. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

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