Apple Music quietly removes R. Kelly’s music from playlists just days after Spotify amid intensifying sexual abuse allegations
Apple Music has removed R. Kelly‘s music from its playlists days after competitor Spotify did the same
R&B star R. Kelly, 51, performed in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Friday as around 30 people protested outside of the venue
The concert came after a difficult week for the star whose been accused of sexual abuse dating back decades
Last week the Times Up group created the #MuteRKelly movement against him
During the performance he hit back at the movement by passing out T-shirts that said ‘Turn Up R. Kelly’
At one point he rubbed a fan’s cell phone between his legs and persuaded another to wipe his face, tongue and crotch with a towel
Apple Music quietly removed R. Kelly’s music from its playlists days after Spotify publicly announced it would no longer promote his music.
It was a particularly difficult week for the 51-year-old R&B singer who’s been embroiled in allegations of sexual abuse going back decades.
The streaming services’ decisions to remove Kelly’s music from their playlists came less than a week after the Time’s Up organization, which is devoted to helping women in the aftermath of sexual abuse, issued a statement urging further investigation into Kelly’s behavior.
The organization was specifically seeking action from Kelly’s label RCA Records and Ticketmaster, as well as Spotify and Apple Music.
At the end of April Times Up launched the #MuteRKelly movement, aimed at highlighting Kelly’s alleged abuses on social media.
Kelly’s songs including hits Ignition, I Believe I Can Fly, Step in the Name of Love, Same Girl and Bump N’ Grind are still available on both Spotify and Apple Music.
Spotify was very transparent about it’s decision to ban the artist citing a ‘hate content and hateful conduct policy, whereas Apple Music decline to comment on its decision.
Radio streaming service Pandora also declined to discuss how it is now treating Kelly’s music in its curated playlists, but said it has decided not to promote ‘artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues. We approach each of these scenarios on a case-by-case basis.’
TIMELINE OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST R.KELLY
1994 – R Kelly, then 27, married Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time
1996 – The singer is sued by Tiffany Hawkins for ‘personal injuries and emotional distress’. She claimed she began having sex with Kelly when she was just 15. The case was settled in 1998.
2001 – Kelly was sued by a former intern, Tracy Sampson, who accused him of inducing her into ‘an indecent sexual relationship’ when she was 17. The case was settled out of court.
2002 – The R&B artist is sued by two more women. Patrice Jones claimed he got her pregnant when she was 16 and Montina Woods accused him of filming them having sex without her consent. Both cases were settled out of court.
In the same year, a video emerged that allegedly showed Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Kelly was charged with making child pornography, but he was later found not guilty on all counts.
2017 – Kelly is accused of holding six women against their will at his properties in Chicago and Atlanta.
One of the women, Joycelyn Savage, has denied she was being held against her will.
Jerhonda Pace and Kitti Jones also come forward, alleging they were abused by Kelly. The singer denies the allegations.