Yesterday, Spotify announced that it had removed R.Kelly from it’s algorithmically generated playlists and promotions under the streaming company’s new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy. “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 behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values.”
Now Apple Music has also stopped promoting R. Kelly in featured playlists. The decision allegedly pre-dates Spotify’s choice by a few weeks. However, XXXTentacion, who was also pulled from Spotify playlists under the new policy, is still enjoying promotion from Apple.
Pandora has also ceased promotion of R. Kelly on their service, according to a report by the Blast. A representative for Pandora stated: “Pandora’s policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues. We approach each of these scenarios on a case–by–case basis to ensure we address components true to Pandora’s principles while not overreaching and avoiding censorship.”
This comes shortly after the Time’s Up movement joined the #MuteRKelly campaign and issued an open letter calling on multiple companies (Spotify and Apple included) to cut ties with Kelly in the wake of recent allegations of physical and sexual abuse levied against him.
R. Kelly tweeted yesterday that he plans to give away free t-shirts marked with the slogan “Turn R. Kelly Up!” to his show in North Carolina tonight. Damage control at its finest…