R. Kelly sending out 'Love Letter" on December 14

Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:23am EST
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By Jason Lipshutz

NEW YORK (Billboard) - With soulful new single, "When a Woman Loves," already making an impact at radio, R. Kelly will release its accompanying album, "Love Letter," just in time for the holidays.

The singer's latest R&B opus arrives December 14 on Jive Records, with a second single and a Christmas remix coming this month.

Kelly's 11th studio album will include "When a Woman Loves," which the singer wrote and produced and is currently at No. 23 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The title track will hit radio as the disc's second single on November 22, while a holiday-themed remix, "Love Letter Christmas," will also be released.

"Love Letter" caps off a year in which Kelly released the official World Cup anthem "Sign of a Victory" as well as "Epic," a greatest-hits compilation issued exclusively in Europe. "Untitled," the singer's last full-length released in December 2009, has sold 334,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)