Spotify is removing R. Kelly’s music from its algorithmic and curated playlists under its new hate content and hateful conduct policy.
The music-streaming service told billboard that, in addition to removing Kelly’s songs from Spotify-operated playlists, it would no longer promote the R&B artist’s music.
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations like Discover Weekly,” Spotify said.
“His music will still be accessible on the service, however Spotify won’t actively promote it. we don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, however we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to mirror our values. when an artist or creator does one thing that’s particularly harmful or hateful conduct , it may have an effect on the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
Kelly has been accused by multiple ladies of sexual misconduct and assault. Last year, BuzzFeed News published allegations by young girls that Kelly had held them against their will in a “cult.”
The R&B artist has denied the allegations. A representative for Kelly told BuzzFeed in a statement last year that the accusations were an effort to “lynch” the singer.
“R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. we understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals — and in this case, it’s unjust and off-target,” Kelly’s representative told BuzzFeed News.
The hateful conduct provision is one part of the new policy, which also includes a provision for hate content. the company is making a point to acknowledge there are different cultural standards as to what could be considered offensive in different regions around the globe — Spotify is available in more than 50 countries worldwide — but worked together with several support groups to determine its definition of hate content, as well as The Southern poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Color Of change, showing up for Racial Justice, GLAAD, Muslim Advocates and the International Network Against Cyber Hate.