Sony and R. Kelly have cut ties. The news comes on the heels of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer.
After the debut of the series, protests began to ramp up, with the #MuteRKelly campaign taking place outside the Sony building in Manhattan on Wednesday, and artists such as Lady Gaga, Chance The Rapper and Phoenix apologizing for collaborating with the singer. Some have gone as far as removing their recordings from streaming services.
Last May, Spotify unveiled a new hateful conduct policy, under which the company removed all of Kelly’s music from their owned and operated playlists. While the move was praised by many, it also drew concern from some in the music industry who were worried it would represent a slippery slope of censorship, given Kelly has never been convicted of a crime. Spotify ultimately reversed the decision.
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