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Surviving R Kelly, episodes one and two will air on Crime + Investigation on Tuesday, February 5 at 10 and 11pm. The documentary looks into the allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse as well as sexual misconduct with minors against R Kelly which he has strenuously denied. The remaining four episodes in the harrowing documentary series will air weekly on the channel. The series has already aired in America on Lifetime and people are still talking about the controversy surrounding the song Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number by Aaliyah.

Who wrote Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number?

R. Kelly has denied all allegations of relating to sexual assault, domestic violence/abuse, and sexual misconduct with minors. His lawyer has threatened US network Lifetime with legal action.

Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number was written by R. Kelly.

The song was sung by the late R&B singer Aaliyah who was 14-years- old at the time.

Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number was the third and final single from her debut album of the same name.


The Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number album was released on May 24, 1994 and the single on December 6, 1994.

The song was received poorly by critics due to the controversial nature of the lyrics about a young girl wanting to date an older man.

Age Ain’t Nothing performed moderately well in the charts but was her only song not to peak within the top 10 singles in America.

The song fared much better over the in the UK, peaking at number 30 in the UK Top 40.


In March 1995, the song continued to have success in the UK Official Dance Chart singles and official UK R&B charts, peaking within the top 20.

Since the album’s release, it has sold six million copies worldwide.

R. Kelly was also the lead songwriter and producer of the album.

The single Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number drew controversy at the time due to its lyrics.

It also emerged shortly after the single’s release that 15-year-old Aaliyah and 27-year-old R Kelly were secretly married.

Aaliyah was 15 at the time but the marriage certificate said she was 18.

The illegal marriage between Aaliyah and R. Kelly was annulled in February 1995.

The controversy surrounding Aaliyah and the song Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number is discussed in the new documentary Surviving R Kelly.

Survivors of R. Kelly alleged sexual abuse and those who worked with R. Kelly at the time talk about their discomfort when they realised R. Kelly and Aaliyah were married.

Music journalists in the documentary also talk about their discomfort with the lyrics of the song and the fact R. Kelly was the one wrote it.

Speaking to GQ in 2016, R Kelly said: “”[B]ecause of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that [marriage] conversation with anyone. 

“Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close.

“We were, you know, best best best best friends.”  


Today, the song is included on USA Today’s 20 politically incorrect songs that’d be wildly controversial today list.

The song also got into trouble after Music Publisher Windswept Pacific filed a lawsuit against Aaliyah in May 1997.

They claimed the song illegally copied Bobby Caldwell’s 1978 song What You Won’t Do For Love.

Surviving R Kelly premieres on Crime + Investigation at 10pm on Tuesday, February 5

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