Spotify removes R Kelly from playlists due to 'hateful conduct' policy

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Even his longtime publicist, manager, and attorney have dropped him as a client.

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DIGITAL MUSIC service Spotify, has removed R Kelly's music from all official playlists and recommendation features on the streaming platform. However, "we want our editorial decisions - what we choose to program - to reflect our values".

Kelly's management team says Spotify has the right to promote the music it chooses, but, in the case of Kelly, the corporation is "bowing to social-media fads and picking sides in a fame-seeking dispute over matters that have nothing to do with serving customers". And as Courtney E. Smith wrote for Refinery 29 in March, the rapper had three highly-ranked songs on Spotify's popular and influential playlist Rap Caviar several months after news of his alleged abuse was disseminated by Pitchfork. In many ways, the decision to exclude Kelly's music is the digital equivalent of banning Kelly from radio.

"His music will nonetheless be out there on the service, however Spotify won't actively put it up for sale". The decision is part of a newly implemented policy against hate and hateful conduct, which Kelly's personal conduct violates.

According to Billboard, "Kelly is the only artist that Spotify specifically acknowledged would fall under this new public policy, though others may also be affected".

He has been the subject of allegations of preying on young women for almost 25 years.

For more than a decade, the singer has been accused of having sex with minors, though his marriage to a 15-year-old Aaliyah in the 90s was tolerated.

R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 25, 2015.

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Spotify is adamant that this new policy won't serve as a free-for-all for taking down offensive music, however.

The coverage defines hate content material as content material that "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence towards a gaggle or particular person based mostly on traits, together with, race, faith, gender id, intercourse, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran standing, or incapacity".