Celebrities Concerned With R. Kelly's Removal From Spotify's Playlists
(AllHipHop News) A variety of powerful celebs have weighed in on Spotify's recent announcement that they would be banning artists from their playlists if they violate Spotify's new hateful conduct provision policy.
On Thursday, officials at Spotify decided to implement new rules regarding the artists they promote on their in-app playlists, and the 51-year-old's tracks will no longer feature.
The "Ignition (Remix)" hitmaker has faced intense scrutiny over the past year amid renewed concerns about his offstage behavior, after facing a string of sexual violence allegations and claims suggesting he is running a "sex cult".
In addition to R. Kelly, songs by rapper XXXtentacion and Tay-K have also been affected by Spotify's new policy.
"We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly," a spokesman said in a statement. "His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it."
The news prompted a disgruntled tweet from hip-hop veteran 50 Cent.
"Spotify is wrong for what there doing to artist like R Kelly and xxxtentacion," he posted. "There not even convicted of any thing."
Rapper XXXtentacion also had something to say about his music being demoted, as he faces an upcoming trial for numerous felony charges after being accused of physically and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
The news also drew a reaction from Punch of Top Dawg Entertainment, who has artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock signed to their label.
Meanwhile, R. Kelly's managers have slammed Spotify bosses for their "unfortunate" decision to remove all songs by the controversial singer from the streaming site's popular playlists.
Representatives for Kelly, who has not been charged with any crime regarding the new claims, have repeatedly denied the accusations.
A statement issued reads: "Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women. He is innocent of the false and hurtful accusations in the ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff. He never has been convicted of a crime, nor does he have any pending criminal charges against him."
"Spotify promotes numerous other artists who are convicted felons, others who have been arrested on charges of domestic violence and artists who sing lyrics that are violent and anti-women in nature," the note continues. "Mr. Kelly falls into none of these categories, and it is unfortunate and shortsighted that Spotify fails to recognize this."