Spotify Removes R. Kelly Music
Spotify has taken the decision to take R. Kelly’s music off its playlists. Beginning today (May 10), Spotify users will no longer be able to the legendary singer’s music on any of the streaming service’s editorial or algorithmic playlists.
The move is part of the streaming service’s new terms of public hate content and hateful conduct policy that went into effect recently. “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.”