That same issue was also what the singer's management team underlined in its response to Spotify - echoing a similar debate that emerged after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and other industry groups expelled disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein from their ranks last fall.
After years of staying relatively quiet about the countless accusations of rape, assault, and abuse against him, R. Kelly is speaking out about being muted by Spotify. R. Kelly never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire....
"While we don't believe in censoring content because of an artist's or creator's behavior, we want our editorial decisions - what we choose to program - to reflect our values", the statement said. According to the New York Times, XXXTentacion's music was featured on Spotify's Rap Caviar playlist as recent as Wednesday (May 9), but has since been removed.
"Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit", the statement continues. "That means there will always be content that is acceptable in some circumstances, but is offensive in others, and we will always look at the entire context".
Kelly has been accused by numerous women of holding them and others - including children - against their will in a cult, following years of accusations of sexual abuse against women and children.
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50 Cent isn't happy with Spotify's latest moves against R. Kelly.
"There's no question that Spotify's curated playlists... are bigger and more influential and more listened to than any radio station on earth", he said. Especially if tracks are removed entirely, rather than just being banned from the service's own playlists.
Pandora shared a statement to TheBlast about their decision to actively end any promotion for R. Kelly. "Soon it will become clear Mr Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time". Both Spotify and Pandora are responding to Women of Color Times Up who recently called on record labels and popular streaming services to cut ties with the musician due to his long history of dodging sexual misconduct allegations. It has also created what it calls an internal monitoring tool to identify content flagged as hateful and has asked users for their help as well.