R Kelly: Spotify removes singer from playlists

Latest news

    R Kelly at New York Fashion Week 2016Image copyright Getty Images

    Spotify has removed R Kelly from its playlists as part of a new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy.

    Users of the streaming service will still be able to find the R&B singer’s music, but Spotify will no longer actively promote it.

    His music will be removed from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and recommendations.

    Spotify told Newsbeat: “We want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values”.

    Image copyright Getty Images
    Image caption Spotify CEO Daniel Ek

    Despite R Kelly’s music still being available on the service, Spotify told Newsbeat: “We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations, such as Discover Weekly”.

    Official Spotify playlists are labelled “by Spotify”.

    R Kelly’s removal comes under the new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy, which is designed to “be consistent with our distinct roles in music and media”.

    The company describes hate content as: “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.”

    Image copyright Getty Images
    Image caption R Kelly at the 2013 American Music Awards

    “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behaviour,” a representative told Newsbeat.

    “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.”

    Spotify says it has been working on the global policy for “some months”, and has invited its users to report content that it feels violates its hate content policy.

    Image copyright Getty Images
    Image caption R Kelly has denied allegations of sexual assault

    R Kelly was recently the centre of the #MuteRKelly campaign, which called for the singer to be boycotted after years of sexual assault allegations.

    The hashtag was coined by Kinyette Tisha Barnes and co-founded by Oronike Odeleye, who organised protests to get the musician’s concerts cancelled.

    R Kelly has denied all allegations against him. In a statement given to Variety, his management said they would “vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man.”

    #MuteRKelly was backed by the Time’s Up movement and supported by Lupita Nyong’o and John Legend.

    Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

    Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – if you miss us you can listen back here.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-44073801


    In the same category are

    Tyson Fury beats Francesco Pianeta to edge towards Deontay Wilder bout Tyson Fury produced a focused display to dominate Francesco Pianeta and secure a points win in Belfast which looks set to seal a shot at WBC world he...
    Westminster car crash: Man charged with attempted murder Image copyright PA Image caption Salih Khater is charged with two counts of attempted murder A man has been charged with two counts of attempted m...
    Brexit vote campaign gets £1m from Superdry co-founder Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Julian Dunkerton says Brexit would have prevented Superdry from becoming a success One of the co-founde...
    Prize for ‘unconventional’ royal biography An "unconventional" biography of Princess Margaret has won one of the top prizes in the UK's longest-running literary awards.Craig Brown was awarded...
    Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal Alonso scored the winner having earlier assisted the opening goal, scored by PedroMarcos Alonso's late strike handed Chelsea a narrow victory over Ar...
    Cristiano Ronaldo makes winning start as Juventus beat Chievo 3-2 Cristiano Ronaldo is a five-time Ballon d'Or winnerCristiano Ronaldo made a winning start to his Juventus career as his new club came from behind to ...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.