March 2

Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists As Part Of New “Hate Content” Policy

first_imgSpotify has removed R. Kelly’s music from all of its editorial and algorithmic playlists and his music will no longer appear in such playlists going forward. Billboard reports that the R&B singer’s material was blacklisted as part of its new public hate content and hateful conduct policy.“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” Spotify told the publication. “His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions–what we choose to program–to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”In recent years, numerous women have accused Kelly of sexual violence, with many claiming the “Ignition” singer is running a “sex cult.” More have come forward over the last few months, including two women who detailed their accusations in BuzzFeed expose last week. However, accusations that Kelly used his fame to have sex with girls as young as 15 go back to at least 2000, when Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis first reported on the allegations (DeRogatis also penned this week’s BuzzFeed story).Last month, the Time’s Up movement’s Women of Color launched the #MuteRKelly campaign aimed at convincing music business entities to cut ties with the singer. Their demand was specifically targeted at Kelly’s label, RCA, as well as Spotify, Apple Music, Ticketmaster, and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. So far, only Spotify has taken steps to penalize Kelly.“Hate content is content 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,” Spotify’s new policy reads. “When we are alerted to content that violates our policy, we may remove it (in consultation with rights holders) or refrain from promoting or manually programming it on our service.”While other artists may be affected by Spotify’s new policy, Kelly is currently the only one that the streaming service has confirmed will be dropped from its playlists.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more