Published: Sat, May 12, 2018

Are You Muting R. Kelly? Spotify Is, From Curated Playlists

Are You Muting R. Kelly? Spotify Is, From Curated Playlists

Spotify has removed R. Kelly's music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.

"Spotify "has the right to promote whatever music it chooses" but 'in this case its actions are without merit".

Between both artists Kelly's statement arrived first, and a representative said Spotify is being hypocritical for promoting other artists who've either been accused or charged of committing crimes against women. Other streaming services appeared to be demoting his music as well.

"It's not like the music is being removed from the whole service, they're just taking them off the playlists", one person shot back. Some, though, claimed the artist should be been seen separate from his art.

"I've been through a lot of (expletive)" this week, he said.

However, there are myriad other artists who in theory could be subject to the policy.

'What does it look like for us to stay silent?'

Kelly himself has strenuously denied the numerous allegations. He is not facing any criminal charges and was acquitted in 2008 in a child pornography case.


Then it will create an algorithm to filter out hate content.

The company uses a number of different automated playlists to promote various artists, such as the custom, automatically curated Discovery Weekly and Your Daily Mix, along with larger public playlists.

"Spotify would not have artists, to be quite candid, if they actually follow through with that policy". This week, Spotify gave a response.

R Kelly's management wrote in a statement: "R Kelly never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire ... Soon it will become clear Mr Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time".

R Kelly is not the only artist affected by these policy changes. They might remove it after consulting the rightsholders or they may disallow it from promotion or playlisting on their service. Aishah White, a spokesperson for XXXTentacion, said in a statement that recounted the names of more than a dozen, wide-ranging artists (including Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Backstreet Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and Miles Davis) who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct or physical violence over the years. That was a huge thing", Longoria told Bustle, "One thing we like to do is amplify the accomplishments that Time's Up is doing, so that hashtag is #MuteRKelly. Kelly: Influences,' and 'Inspired by R. Kelly' are still available.

Spotify has announced a new policy on hate content and hateful conduct and says Kelly's alleged behavior falls under that policy.

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