Release date: December 2010
Love Letter is the tenth studio album by American R&B singer R. Kelly, released on December 14, 2010 in the United States through Jive Records. It was entirely produced by R. Kelly. The first single, "When a Woman Loves", reached number 22. on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
The album is heavily inspired by R&B and Soul legends Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. A throwback of sort in the midst of a synthetized pre-teen R&B world best suited for teenie-boppers, "Love Letter" can be considered "a long big single", according to its creator, aimed at grown folks, young adults and mature teens alike, with its gorgeous medley of soulful tunes immersed in 1940's, 1950's and 1960's pure Soul, custom designed by the master's midas touch, and offering nothing but love (profound, joyful, painful) to its listener. "It's so much going on nowadays, I feel like the whole world, including myself, needs a big ol' hug. And the Love Letter album is me reaching my arms out musically."
R. Kelly's Love Letter has been critically-acclaimed by music critics and highly-praised by professionals and fans alike.
The album debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 154,000 copies in the United States. It serves as Kelly's thirteenth US top-10 charting album. It also entered at number two on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number three on its Digital Albums chart. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 39 on the Top 40 RnB Albums chart.