Women's advocacy group Ultraviolet is applauding Spotify's new policy banning hate content and hateful conduct that has brought with it high profile removals of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from curated playlists, but in an open letter published Monday (May 14) is also asking for more.
With demonstrators standing outside his concert protesting his presence, R. Kelly summoned his passionate fans to carry him through what has been a hard week.
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"Sometimes, some storms ain't gonna stop", Kelly told the audience during his almost one-hour performance.
The concert had demonstrators outside who wanted the show canceled because Kelly is accused of abusing several women.More news: Coveney: Ireland's 'Outrage' Amid Palestinian Killings
The gig was his first since music streaming service Spotify announced it would no longer stream his music in its playlists. Though Kelly's music is still available on both services, Pandora issued a statement explaining their actions.
Apple declined to further comment Saturday.
Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues, the company said. "We approach each of these scenarios on a case-by-case basis to ensure we address components true to Pandora's principles while not overreaching and avoiding censorship".
R. Kelly thanked fans for their support as he took to the stage amid outrage over his alleged treatment of women.
"I've been through a lot of (expletive)" this week, he said. 'For y'all to fight for me all these years'. "Can I do my show tonight?"More news: Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Make Public Appearance Amid Divorce Rumors
He broke into sexually explicit songs and at one point rubbed a fan's smartphone between his legs, according to reports. And if that wasn't enough, he told another fan to wipe his face, tongue and crotch with a towel. Time's Up also recently backed a #MuteRKelly campaign and called on RCA Records and Greensboro Coliseum Complex to cut ties with the singer.
A group of women criticised arena officials for declining to meet with them ahead of Kelly's gig and cited a "long-term history of sexual misconduct" by the Grammy victor. But as he continued to score hits and sell out stadiums, more women have come forward in recent years accusing him of sexual misconduct. "Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit".
Kelly's management protested the move in a statement to The Associated Press.
It goes on to claim that Spotify 'is acting based on false and unproven allegations.it is bowing to social media fads and picking sides in a fame-seeking dispute over matters that have nothing to do with serving customers'. While the singer may have felt loved, he was met by roughly 30 protesters. Numerous names listed have never been convicted or accused of the crimes they have been associated with.More news: Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes in Anne Frank's diary