Spotify Deletes All Trace Of R. Kelly

Gladys Abbott
May 11, 2018

A source close to Spotify tells the publication that rapper XXXTentacion has also been removed from playlists and will no longer be promoted.

Spotify said it does not censor content because of an artist's behaviour, but the service wants programmes to "reflect" its values.

Kelly's manager spoke to Buzzfeed regarding this new move by Spotify, and said "Spotify is adopting a new "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct" policy".

The Times reported that a Spotify representative confirmed that XXXtentacion's music was also being removed from the playlists.

The new policy defines hateful conduct as "something that is especially harmful or hateful", such as violence against children and sexual violence.

"We work with and support artists in different ways - we make their music available on Spotify and help connect them to new and existing fans, we program and promote their music, and we collaborate with them to create content", the company explained.

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"When we look at promotion, we look at issues around hateful conduct, where you have an artist or another creator who has done something off-platform that is so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something that we don't want to associate ourselves with", Jonathan Prince, Spotify's head of content and marketplace policy, explained to Billboard.

"Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name".

Kelly's management says while it's gratified that Spotify didn't completely remove him from Spotify, it said it is acting on "false and unproven accusations" and succumbing to social media pressure. Former associates have also accused him of sexual violence and of confessing to grooming an underage girl to become his sex partner - claims he vehemently denies.

The move comes after multiple widespread, credible claims that Kelly held women against their will in an abusive sex cult. Kelly denied the claims past year, with a representative of his saying he was "both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him".

Kelly has never been convicted of a crime and insists his accusers are attempting "to distort my character and to destroy my legacy".

"That's why we do not permit hate content on Spotify, and remove it whenever we find it".

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