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Spotify removes R. Kelly's music from their playlists

Getting the same treatment as Kelly, controversial rapper XXXtentacion’s catalog has also been removed from the playlists and will no longer be promoted by the service.


Kahron Spearman


Spotify's new policy defining hate content, R&B singer R. Kellys catalog won't be promoted by the streaming giant and has been removed from all official playlists and recommendation features, per a statement given to the New York Times.

The decision adds attempts to hold the Chicago singer financially responsible for accusations of sexual misconduct, stretching back decades.

We are removing R. Kellys music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly. His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We dont censor content because of an artists or creators behavior, but we want our editorial decisionswhat we choose to programto reflect our values.


via statement from Spotify

"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 continues.

The decision arrives after the Times Up initiative announcing a boycott of Kelly. It is unknown if other streaming services will follow suit.

Getting the same treatment as Kelly, controversial rapper XXXtentacions music is also being removed from the playlists and will no longer be promoted by the service.

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