R. Kelly’s team of managers aren’t pleased with the streaming giant’s recent decision to remove the singer’s playlists from their platform. In a statement released to The Associated Press, his team claimed the R & B singer is innocent of all crimes, and shouldn’t be punished until a conviction, at least.
As it was previously reported, R. Kelly was acquitted back in 2008 on child pornography charges. According to a new policy released by the streaming company, Kelly’s music falls under what is called “hate content” and “hateful conduct.”
Additionally, R. Kelly’s team pointed to the fact that many other artists on their streaming service have been accused of similar crimes, with some of them even suffering guilty convictions.
This simple fact has led fans of the singer to feel as though he is being targeted for his black skin, rather than his alleged transgressions.
Sources close to the R & B legend said to us, “it’s honestly pretty ridiculous what they’ve done to Kelly. It’s not fair. If Spotify were to adopt this recent decision as a general policy, that would mean they’d have to remove almost every controversial artist on the platform.”
However, a spokesperson on Spotify’s behalf stated they are still featuring his music on the platform, but will not promote it in their carefully constructed playlists.
In conclusion, the streaming giants stated they don’t believe in censoring an artist’s work, but won’t promote their artform if the person’s behavior is contrary to their own values.
As you may know, R. Kelly has been a target of sexual misconduct charges ever since the early 2000’s when it all began. The singer found himself in trouble for supposedly sleeping with underage girls and filming it.