Spotify Deletes R Kelly’s Music From Its Digital Services

Spotify Deletes R Kelly’s Music From Its Digital Services

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

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