"We appreciate Spotify for continuing to make R. Kelly's songs accessible to millions of people, although it will stop listing his songs on its official playlists", the statement reads. The world's largest streaming company has removed all of the singer's music from their playlists; effective immediately.
His music does remain available for streaming on Spotify, but the company will not promote it or feature it in playlists.
In a statement, Spotify added: "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".
The removals follows an aggressive campaign against the singer over serious sexual abuse allegations.
Spotify's new policy comes during a time where the hashtag #MuteRKelly is trending on social networks and is a response to the historic #MeToo movement that seeks to bring awareness and support to those who have been sexually abused or harassed. Hateful material includes content that promotes violence against groups based on race, religion or gender identity, Spotifysaid.
In light of Spotify's removal of Kelly's music, many Twitter users have been applauding the decision.
Kelly's music does not apply - it has been defined by its explicit sexual nature - but he has also written love ballads, pop songs and even gospel music.
They said six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records, " the report stated.
R. Kelly now has one publicly scheduled tour date, on Friday in Greensboro, N.C. "We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture".
At the same time, this opens SPOTIFY up to charges of favoritism, as music by MICHAEL JACKSON, CHRIS BROWN, and up-and-coming rock artists such as BRAND NEW, PWR BTTM and HEDLEY (whose members have been accused in recent months of sexual misconduct) have not been impacted. As of Wednesday, he was featured on RapCaviar, but has since been removed in light of the new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy.
Another accuser, Lizette Martinez, came forward to BuzzFeed last week to claim she had sex with Kelly when she was just 17, shortly after they met in Miami during the mid-1990s.
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