Spotify is changing its mind following their decision to remove R. Kelly from their playlist following the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. As it was previously reported, R. Kelly has found himself at the center of controversy for the last year, with several women accusing him of holding them in a “sex cult.”
One woman, in particular, Jocelyn Savage, 21, her parents came out and claimed that the singer had “brainwashed” her. However, at a later date, Savage released a video on YouTube stating that everything was blown out of proportion and she was fine.
As for the singer’s response, R. Kelly has denied all of the accusations and is currently fighting the battle in court. Spotify, upon hearing about the case, chose to remove Kelly’s music from their promoted platform.
However, they didn’t get rid of his music altogether. They merely decided they would no longer promote his music as his controversial misconduct case doesn’t coincide with their values as a company.
But, many critics pointed to the hypocrisy of such a decision, because their catalog of music is filled with many artists accused of similar allegations.
Some of the most notable artists they promote who women have also accused of crimes include, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and the list is literally neverending.
In a new statement, the streaming platform said, “and while we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time,” thinking about their potential options.
Moreover, Spotify punished another artist, XXXTentacion, who supposedly struck a pregnant woman back in 2016. The police arrested him on assault charges.
As a result of their decision, representatives speaking on behalf of both R. Kelly and XXXTentacion pointed to the hypocritical decision to punish those two artists but literally no one else. Some even claimed it was the result of racism.
In a statement released, R. Kelly and his team said that removing his music from their platform was misinformed, misguided, and the result of false allegations which haven’t been proven in a court of law. Nevertheless, the representatives for Kelly and Tentacion clearly made a compelling case, as Spotify wouldn’t have rescinded their apology otherwise.