Sony Music drops R. Kelly

19 January, 2019, 09:37 | Author: Barbara Erickson
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Representatives for Sony and R Kelly could not be immediately reached, according to Billboard and Mr Kelly has also now been removed from the RCA website.

Billboard was first to report the news, while sources close to Kelly tell TMZ that the split was agreed upon this week.

R. Kelly has parted ways with Sony Music and its subsidiary label RCA Records.

Kelly's back catalogue will remain with RCA/Sony.

The move comes after the broadcast of the LIFETIME TV documentary "Surviving R. KELLY", where several women accuses him of sexual misconduct of the past few years. "This victory belongs to the survivors of his abuse - their fearless testimonies played a critical role in pushing RCA to drop R. Kelly".

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But the singer of "I Believe I Can Fly" fame - who recently announced a new album - has seen his reputation more and more seriously hard hit.

Despite having faced numerous accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct over the past two years, Kelly has never been convicted. Additionally, the piece gathered input from another Sony Records-backed star, John Legend, who vehemently condemned R. Kelly on these allegations. Attempts by music companies to construct a morality barometer for artists is a precarious task, as Spotify learned previous year when it attempted to ban artists - particularly Kelly - from its playlists based on behavior it vaguely defined as "hateful conduct".

Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated "playlists". In the docu-series, R. Kelly is accused of abuse by former backup singer, Jovante Cunningham, Lizzette Martinez, and Andrea Lee, his ex-wife.

In 2008, R Kelly stood trial on charges of making a sex tape with an under-age female but was found not guilty. When he was 27, he was married to singer Aaliyah in an illegal marriage when she was just 15.

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