Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Its Playlists After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Policies – FAQ – Spotify for Artists

R. Kelly is the first artist whose music will be removed from Spotify-owned playlists and algorithmic recommendations as part of a new policy against "hateful content and conduct".

R Kelly's music will no longer appear on Spotify's editorial or it's algorithmic playlists.

Spotify will cease promoting R&B singer R. Kelly, who faces numerous allegations of sexual abuse, as part of a crackdown on artists accused of misconduct.

The policy goes on to outline "hate conduct" as well, claiming that while the streaming service doesn't censor art based on an artist's behaviour, particularly harmful behaviour may affect how Spotify works with or supports certain artists.

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R. Kelly has been accused of sexual violence against women and of running a "sex cult".

Amid all the speculation, Kelly has been dropped by representatives following more harrowing sexual assault allegations and seen one of his shows in Chicago cancelled.

Just last week, Hollywood's Time's Up Movement launched a campaign entitled #MuteRKelly in an effort to silence the singer.

While other artists may be affected by Spotify's new policy, Kelly is now the only one that the streaming service has confirmed will be dropped from its playlists. But the service wants programs to "reflect" its values.

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All of this is good news and I hope that Spotify will make efforts to make sure this policy is done across all genres of music that is promoted on its site. Kelly has repeatedly denied the accusations in Buzzfeed's series of articles.

Spotify has announced a new policy on hate content and hateful conduct and says Kelly's alleged behavior falls under that policy.

This is the latest hiccup for Kelly, as the #MuteRKelly campaign, which seeks to stop his music from playing, won support from big-name stars like Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes among others.

Rapper XXXtentacion, who is awaiting trial on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend, has also been removed from Spotify's playlists.

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The expanded effort will draw on alerts from groups fighting hate content, including The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Color Of Change, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), GLAAD, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate. "Curated playlists already have far too much influence in my humble opinion and this is another step in the wrong direction".

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