Spotify removes R. Kelly from its playlists

  • Posted 1 week Ago

After adopting a new "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct" policy, Spotify has removed R. Kelly from its officially curated playlists (such as Discover Weekly and New Music Friday) and will stop actively promoting the musician, although his music will remain on the platform. The new policy defines hate content as anything 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." Speaking to Billboard, Spotify said:

"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."

R. Kelly's team has since responded to the move, releasing a statement to BuzzFeed News that reads:

"Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit. It 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.

Meanwhile, though, 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.

Mr. Kelly falls into none of these categories, and it is unfortunate and shortsighted that Spotify fails to recognize this."

Spotify's move has been applauded by many on social media, although 50 Cent tweeted in support of R. Kelly and XXXTENTACIAN, whose music was also deemed to fall under the new policy.

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