Kelly's Music From All of Its Playlists

Singer R Kelly will not be promoted on Spotify

R Kelly's removal comes under the new "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct" policy, which is created to "be consistent with our distinct roles in music and media".

In a statement to The Blast, a rep for the company says, "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues".

Members of Kelly's team have now responded to the news - and they are not impressed. This decision was actually made prior to Spotify making their announcement.

Spotify plans to outsource some of this tricky line drawing and decision making by partnering with various rights advocacy groups to identify hateful content, including The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Color Of Change, Showing Up For Racial Justice, GLAAD, Muslim Advocates and the International Network Against Cyber Hate.

Spotify's response to hateful content will vary on a case-to-case basis.

Last week The Post published the accounts of six women who said they were in abusive relationships with Kelly, who has always been accused of sexual abuse of minors, which he has repeatedly denied.


She included the names of several musicians who have also faced allegations of sexual misconduct or violence over the years. So it's not about removing music from Spotify, but rather about not playlisting or promoting it.

While the I Believe I Can Fly singer's music will still be available to users, it will no longer feature in Spotify-owned and operated playlists and recommendations.

Apple Music's removal of R. Kelly from playlists reportedly "pre-dates" Spotify's recent similar decision, according to Pitchfork.

Indeed, with so much music on its platform, and a flood of new tracks being uploaded all the time, one challenge for Spotify is spotting the controversial tracks in the first place.

Spotify is monitoring content and implementing new technology to help identify content that has been flagged on global registers for such material. Time's Up released a statement on April 30 detailing the allegations against Kelly, promoting the #MuteRKelly hashtag and calling on specific corporations to limit his public exposure. RapCaviar, one popular public playlist on which R. Kelly has previously appeared, boasts nearly 9.5 million followers.

Women's groups had urged the Greensboro Coliseum to cancel, days after Kelly was disinvited from a concert in Chicago. A woman told Rolling Stone previous year that she was in a long-term relationship with the singer that was sexually and physically abusive. The main witness in the case, a 23-year-old woman alleged to have appeared in a sex video made by R Kelly 10 years before, refused to testify.

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