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Those who understand R. Kelly is a serial predator, who is responsible for multiple statutory rape allegations, will be enraged after news his music sales have increased substantially.
Following the release of Part 1 of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries on Lifetime on the US, R. Kelly’s legal team sent a letter warning the company that should the six-part docuseries air as intended, Kelly would file a federal lawsuit.
Now, 51-year-old R. Kelly has seen his Spotify streams jump 16%.
A Spotify rep confirmed the sales surge to The Blast, however did not specify which songs or albums benefitted from the streaming increase.
It’s a hard pill for Spotify to swallow
In May last year the streaming giant introduced their Hateful Conduct Policy where Spotify would remove the music of artists who music supposedly “advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual.” Artists like R. Kelly.
A month later, after artists including Kendrick Lamar threatened to pull their music from Spotify, Spotify rolled back on the policy.