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R Kelly Spotify streams increase following his removal from playlists


R Kelly is receiving more streams of his music on Spotify despite the decision to remove him from featured playlists.

Kelly’s music was removed from playlists as part of a new public hate content and hateful conduct policy.

Fresh allegations claimed that the 51-year-old R&B singer “knowingly and intentionally infected” a 19-year-old woman with an STD. On top of that, Far Out Magazine recently reported the claims laid out R Kelly groomed a 14-year-old girl to be his “fucking pet” and ordered her to crawl around and perform oral sex on him and others on request. The latest allegations are just another in a string of claims made by ex-girlfriends and others close to the singer.

Now, in a damning statement against Kelly, Spotify will remove his music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists. “We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” Spotify told Billboard in a statement. “His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behaviour, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”

However, the disturbing court cases against Kelly have actually increased his streams on Spotify, as Associated Press. The week of May 10-May 16 Kelly’s streaming numbers hit 6,676,000 up from his average 6,584,000 weekly streams.

“Frankly it’s not important in this context whether people are listening to his music or not, what’s important is that Spotify is holding itself to the standard that they themselves established and they live up to it,” co-founder of the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet, Shaunna Thomas said.

“To argue that these numbers reflect the common consensus about whether people want to be paying for his music and helping him profit off the type of music he creates and the type of person he is, I think it’s very early in the game to suggest that.”