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R. KELLY GETS MUTED BY SPOTIFY, PANDORA & APPLE MUSIC
Friday, May 11, 2018
Due to the recent allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse against R. Kelly, music streaming services have begun to stop promoting his music.
Spotify was the first to publicly announce they were taking action by ceasing to include his songs in their curated playlists.
“His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it,” the company said in a statement. “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.”
Pandora followed suit by also announcing they would no longer be promoting his music, but fans could still actively search for his songs and make a station from his discography.
“Pandora’s policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues,” the streaming service 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.”