Spotify has removed R Kelly from its playlists as part of a new “Hate Content and Hateful Conduct” policy.
Users of the streaming service will still be able to find the R&B singer’s music, but Spotify will no longer actively promote it.
His music will be removed from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and recommendations.
Spotify told Newsbeat: “We want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values”.
Despite R Kelly’s music still being available on the service, Spotify told Newsbeat: “We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations, such as Discover Weekly”.
R Kelly’s removal comes under the new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy, which is designed to “be consistent with our distinct roles in music and media”.
The company describes hate content as: “Content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, s§xual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”
R Kelly was recently the centre of the #MuteRKelly campaign, which called for the singer to be boycotted after years of s§xual assault allegations.
The hashtag was coined by Kinyette Tisha Barnes and co-founded by Oronike Odeleye, who organised protests to get the musician’s concerts cancelled.
R Kelly has denied the claims against him.
In a statement given to Variety, his management said they would “vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man.”
#MuteRKelly was backed by the Time’s Up movement and supported by Lupita Nyong’o and John Legend
Source – BBC