Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

R Kelly and XXXTentacion rail against their removal from Spotify playlists

R Kelly and XXXTentacion rail against their removal from Spotify playlists

However, Apple Music has kept its R. Kelly-themed playlists such as "R. Kelly Essentials" and "Inspired by R. Kelly".

R. Kelly's music will no longer be promoted by Spotify and has been removed from all its official playlists, the streaming service announced on Thursday, adding its voice to the growing chorus attempting to hold the singer responsible after decades of accusations of sexual misconduct.

It describes hate content as anything that, "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability".

Members of Kelly's team have now responded to the news - and they are not impressed.

Spotify's new policy comes down hard on certain content from musical artists.

This week, Spotify issued a statement claiming it would pull music from artists with hate content.

Last week The Post published the accounts of six women who said they were in abusive relationships with Kelly, who has always been accused of sexual abuse of minors, which he has repeatedly denied.

"Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit", the statement continues.

Both artists' music will be removed from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and recommendations. It comes with an internal content-monitoring tool called Spotify AudioWatch, which will scan the service's catalogue for music that has been "flagged as hate content on specific global registers" so that it can be removed from Spotify. In 2008, Kelly was charged with child pornography, but was acquitted. In a statement given to Variety, his management said they would "vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man". 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. Lastly, it will give users the ability to report hateful content.

The support was then reposted on Kelly's own Instagram.

"Mr Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women". Recently BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone have published pieces alleging abusive and controlling behavior.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A defiant R. Kelly took the stage Friday night in North Carolina, in spite of efforts to silence him over his treatment of women, and had barely begun performing when the bone-rattling background beat stopped playing.

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