Spotify removes R. Kelly from playlists
Spotify, the music industry’s leading streaming service, said on Thursday (May 10) that it would stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive. For this reason, Spotify bosses have removed R. Kelly from playlists as part of a new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy.
It means that fans will no longer be able to stream the soul star’s music on popular playlists like RapCaviar and New Music Friday.
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” a spokesman told in a statement. “His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it.”
The company said that will remove all contents that “promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”
“We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behaviour, but we want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator,” the statement reads.
The move comes following a string of sexual violence allegations against Kelly, who has been accused of running a “sex cult”. However, the R’n’B singer has denied the claims against him.