Spotify announced on Thursday, May 10, that the company removed R.Kelly’s music from its playlists following allegations of sexual misconduct.
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” the streaming giant said in a statement to Billboard. “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.”
The move comes as Spotify puts a new public hate content and hateful conduct policy in place. The singer’s music was not removed from the platform — only from its playlists. The policy not only applies to artists’ conduct but also to hate content. So far, Kelly is the only artist Spotify has publicly mentioned as being affected by the change.
Source: Us Weekly