Following the removal of R. Kelly’s music from Spotify’s “editorial or algorithmic playlists on its service” under a new policy, two more streaming services have decided to stop promoting his works.
“A source close to the matter” told Pitchfork that Apple Music has “begun to stop promoting R. Kelly in featured playlists over the past several weeks.”
According to Pitchfork, Apple Music’s move to pull R. Kelly’s tracks from its curated playlists actually pre-dates Spotify’s announcement. His catalogue no longer sits on playlists such as Best Slow Jams of the 90s, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, however the service still hosts his music on R. Kelly-influenced playlists like R. Kelly Essentials, R. Kelly: Influences, and Inspired by R. Kelly, which are not Apple Music-curated.
In a statement released to Pitchfork, Pandora said:
“Pandora’s policy is to not actively 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.”