R Kelly has shared his special holiday song ‘Christmas Party’ via Soundcloud.

The track is a standalone offering, and precedes the release of his thirteenth studio album ‘The Buffet’ later this month.

The track is a funk-filled pop tune that attempts to stay family-friendly throughout, something Kelly’s previous music often does not.

The song’s lyrics are full of festive cheer, featuring lines such as, “It’s only right that we celebrate/ All of the friends and families on the way,” and “We’re gonna toast to where we are today/ Because of where we’ve been.”

The singer has been in the news for the wrong reason’s recently. He spoke out regarding historic child sex allegations against him, dismissing the 2008 claims as “rumours” and arguing he wouldn’t be facing such accusations if he wasn’t famous.

The rumours come from his arrest in 2002 after a video emerged which allegedly showed him engaging in sexual intercourse with – and urinating on – an underage girl.

Police also found 12 images of an allegedly underage girl in Kelly’s home. A Chicago court found him not guilty in 2008.

It’s not the only dispute that the artist has been caught up in recently. Earlier this year, Kelly pulled out of a concert in Arizona at the last minute after promoters allegedly failed to pay him.

He was set to headline Soulfest AZ (April 25) in Tolleson, but 20 minutes before the show was due to come to a close, his manager came out to tell his fans he would not be performing.

In a message to the audience, Kelly said, “They told me they had the money, so when I got here, the money wasn’t here. So it’s nothing personal against my fans. This is business, y’all. And I hope y’all understand.”

Despite this apology, many gig goers were angry, and some even threw plastic chairs at the stage as the announcement was made.

This article first featured on nme.com

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