R.Kelly’s Team Responds to Spotify Following the Removal of His Music7 months ago by Hadiya Cambridge in Trending
The streaming service Spotify released a statement yesterday (May 10th) that they would be removing artists music that promotes “hate speech and hateful conduct.,” that violates their new policy. Singer R. Kelly and rapper XXX Tentacion have been removed from their playlists and algorithmic suggestions.
R. Kelly’s reps announced a statement following the removal of his music saying:
“We appreciate Spotify for continuing to make R. Kelly’s songs accessible to millions of people, although it will stop listing his songs on its official playlists. Spotify is adopting a new ‘Hate Content & Hateful Conduct’ policy. R Kelly never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire.
Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women. He is innocent of the false and hurtful accusations in the ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff. He never has been convicted of a crime, nor does he have any pending criminal charges against him.
Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit. It is acting based on false and unproven allegations. It is bowing to social-media fads and picking sides in a fame-seeking dispute over matters that have nothing to do with serving customers.
Meanwhile, though, Spotify promotes numerous other artists who are convicted felons, others who have been arrested on charges of domestic violence and artists who sing lyrics that are violent and anti-women in nature. Mr. Kelly falls into none of these categories, and it is unfortunate and shortsighted that Spotify fails to recognize this.”
Spotify has yet to respond to R.Kelly’s reps on whether or not they agree or disagree with the released statement and if it will lead to his music being restored to the music platform.