(AllHipHop News) Controversial R&B singer R. Kelly's career is about to take a serious nosedive, thanks to the streaming giant, Spotify.
All of R. Kelly's music is being banned from Spotify's playlists starting today (May 10).
The company cited their "public hate content and harmful content" policy to distance themselves from R. Kelly, who has been the subject of numerous reports of sexual abuse and bizarre behavior towards women.
"We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly," Spotify told Billboard in a statement. "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."
Spotify is the first major company to embrace a ban on R. Kelly since a #MuteRKelly campaign led by stars involved in the Time's Up movement, asked music industry executives to cut all commercial ties with him.
On Tuesday (May 8), two of Kelly's ex-girlfriends, Asante McGee and Kitti Jones, appeared on U.S. news show Today and accused him of controlling their lives during relationships.
Jones said that she had to ask his permission to go to the restroom, and that he controlled her phone calls.
In a previous BBC documentary, she alleged that the singer had told her he had groomed a 14-year-old girl to be his "sex pet."
The accusations against Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography in 2008, are to be explored in a new documentary series and film commissioned by bosses at America's Lifetime network.