The guitarist who is known as Pavlo is currently financing a tour of the U.S. and England with the windfall of profits that came when R. Kelly sampled a guitar riff from a song called Fantasia and turned it into a hit song called Fiesta.
Pavlo heard the R. Kelly tune on the radio and says, at first, I felt flattered because hes an incredible songwriter, but then I felt violated.
Although Pavlo says he would have let R. Kelly use the riff for free if he had only asked, the two musicians came to a legal agreement that gives the guitarist a 25 percent ownership of Fiesta, which has resulted in more than $400,000 so far.
Pavlo used his R. Kelly earnings to break in the U.S. and now his first stateside release, Fantasia, is No. 6 on the Billboard New Age charts.
But not everything has worked out for Pavlo. Hes been trying to get the singer to collaborate further but Kelly has yet to respond.
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