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Thousands Of People Looked Up R. Kelly’s Lyrics After ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Aired

There was renewed interest in “I Admit” as well as the Kelly-penned tracks “You Are Not Alone” & ”Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.”

Lifetime’s six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired from January 3 to January 5, focusing on R&B singer R. Kelly’s long history of alleged of sexual abuse. Millions of viewers tuned into the series, and the controversy surrounding its disturbing details prompted music fans to revisit Kelly’s music catalog. As listeners searched for clues into his alleged abuse in his music, his Spotify streams reportedly rose 16 percent overnight and thousands of fans landed on Genius to take a closer look at Kelly’s lyrics.

The increased interest led to a drastic pageview spike for several of Kelly’s songs, most notably his rambling July 2018 track “I Admit,” and a pair of songs he wrote for other artists: Aaliyah’s “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” and Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone.” Other R. Kelly songs also saw major pageview bumps, including his No. 1 hit, “Bump n' Grind,” and one of his most well-known songs, “Ignition (Remix).”

Check out R. Kelly's most-viewed songs since 'Surviving R. Kelly' aired below:

  1. R. Kelly, “I Admit”: 197,912 total pageviews
  2. Aaliyah, “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number”: 15,482 total pageviews
  3. Michael Jackson, “You Are Not Alone”: 9,281 total pageviews
  4. R. Kelly, “Bump n' Grind”: 5,821 total pageviews
  5. R. Kelly, “Ignition (Remix)”: 5,487 total pageviews

Kelly addresses longtime accusations of pedophilia, sexual assault, and battery, as well as more recent allegations that he recruited young women into a “sexual cult" on “I Admit.”

He admits to liking younger women while denying accusations of pedophilia:

I admit I fuck with all the ladies
That’s both older and young ladies
But tell me how they call it pedophile because of that

Later on, he denies the 2017 BuzzFeed report claiming he was running a “sexual cult” when he sings:

Said I’m abusing these women, what the fuck that’s some absurd shit
They’re brainwashed, really?
Kidnapped, really?
Can’t eat, really?
Real talk, that shit sound silly

Genius previously broke down R. Kelly’s disturbing lyrical admissions on “I Admit” in a video:

After averaging 178 daily pageviews from December 1 through January 2, “I Admit” rose to 2,097 pageviews on the airdate of Surviving R. Kelly. It peaked at 52,967 pageviews on January 6, reaching No. 1 on the Genius Top Songs chart two days later. Overall, it has averaged 28,273 daily pageviews since the airing of the docuseries.

Kelly wrote and produced the vast majority of Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. He reportedly married the late singer when she was 15 years old and he was 27, a topic that was covered in Surviving R. Kelly.

Recorded when Aaliyah was 14 years old, the lyrics reflect the troubling circumstances of their relationship. The theme of the title track is that age difference doesn’t matter as long as two people are in love, and on the Kelly-penned chorus, Aaliyah sings:

Age ain’t nothin' but a number
Throwin' down ain’t nothin' but a thang
This lovin' I have for you, it’ll never change

“Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” averaged 45 daily pageviews from December 1 through January 2, rising to 1,082 pageviews on January 3. It peaked at 3,121 pageviews the next day. Since the premiere of Surviving R. Kelly, it has averaged 2,212 daily pageviews.

On the premiere of Surviving R. Kelly, a woman named Lizzette Martinez revealed that Kelly wrote “You Are Not Alone” about their abusive relationship when she was just a teenager. The song, which is about dealing with loss, contains some lyrics which could be alluding to the death of a child:

Just the other night
I thought I heard you cry
Asking me to come
And hold you in my arms

“You Are Not Alone” averaged 130 daily pageviews from December 1 through January 2, rising to 700 pageviews on the first air date of the docuseries. It’s averaged 1,326 daily pageviews since then, peaking at 2,481 pageviews on January 4.

Since the airing of Surviving R. Kelly, many musicians have apologized for collaborating with the singer, including Chance The Rapper, Omarion of B2K, and Lady Gaga, who promised to remove their joint single, “Do What U Want,” from streaming services. For his part, Kelly has reportedly threatened to take legal action against everyone involved in the docuseries.

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