R. is the third solo album by American singer R. Kelly, released as a double album on November 10, 1998 by Jive Records. It marked the first time Kelly worked with other producers as opposed to producing the entire album himself, as well as his first to feature guest artists. Its cover artwork uses the same image of Kelly from his 1993 debut 12 Play, only in silhouette form.
Upon its release, R. went to number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number two on the US Billboard 200, selling over 216,000 copies in its first week of sales. It spawned Kelly’s second number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit “I’m Your Angel”, as well as the number-one Top R&B hit “I Believe I Can Fly”, which had been released two years earlier on the Space Jam soundtrack. R. is currently Kelly’s best-selling release to date, having sold over eight million copies in the United States and over 12.4 million copies worldwide