Last week, Spotify made the decision to remove the music of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from its playlists in accordance with their new "Hate Content and Hateful Content" policy.
Kelly has been under renewed scrutiny after celebrities involved in the Time's Up movement, including Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes, called on music industry executives to cut ties with Kelly over the allegations. It appears that Apple Music quietly rolled out this policy before Spotify's announcement.
Pandora also declined to discuss how it is now treating Kelly's music in its curated playlists, but said it has decided not to promote "artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues. 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".
However Ultra Violet now want the action to extend to more artists.
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This action by Spotify has stirs up even more controversy as hate conduct/speech can be interpreted in many ways and this rule could unfairly affect many artists.
A jury acquitted Kelly in 2008 of child pornography charges, finding he did not make an explicit videotape showing him having sex with an underage girl. His music can still be found by those who search for it, but Spotify will not promote it.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that his management said in a statement, "Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women".
The once iconic singer has used his Friday night concert in North Carolina to perform a string of vulgar acts against recent harassment allegations. He is innocent of the false and hurtful accusations in the ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff.