R. Kelly's management criticizes Spotify

R. Kelly on Spotify

Last July, Kelly, whose given name is Robert, denied accusations in an article by U.S. media outlet BuzzFeed News that he was keeping a household of young women in a "cult" atmosphere. These streaming playlists are quickly replacing radio in the internet age, so this could pose a massive financial blow to the singer.

"Will Spotify remove all [these] artists from playlists?" and included a list of musical artists and allegations of sexual and domestic assault. Numerous world's top artists could be deemed as behaving in less than appropriate behavior - Chris Brown or Eminem to name a couple. Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it.

"We work with and support artists in different ways - we make their music available on Spotify and help connect them to new and existing fans, we program and promote their music, and we collaborate with them to create content", the company explained.

As revealed to Billboard in a statement Spotify shared, "we are removing R. Kelly's music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly".

"Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women". He is innocent of the false and hurtful accusations in the ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff.

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In its policy, Spotify made it clear that it does not tolerate "content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability".

Starting Thursday, Spotify users will no longer be able to find R. Kelly's music on any of its playlists, due to the platform's new policy to no longer promote the works of artists accused of "especially harmful or hateful" behavior, including sexual violence.

So far he is the only artist specifically named as being affected by Spotify's new policy, which has been drawn up with leaders from various advocacy, anti-hate and civil rights groups.

Kelly has never been convicted of a crime and has vehemently denied any misconduct allegations, saying he's a victim of people trying "to distort my character and to destroy my legacy".

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