Apple Music and Pandora join R. Kelly playlist purge

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In a Hate Content & Hateful Conduct section on their policies page, Spotify announced that it would be taking stringent measures against hateful content and artists who commit hateful conduct.

According to CNN, in response to Spotify's decisions, Kelly's manager issued a statement saying the entertainer supports the pro-women goals of the Time's Up movement and calling the allegations against him an attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.

Universal Music, which oversees XXXTentacion's distributor, Caroline, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, fans will still be able to search for the R&B star's music and create an R. Kelly radio station using Pandora's features.

R. Kelly now has one publicly scheduled tour date, on Friday in Greensboro, N.C. "Will Spotify remove all the artists listed below from playlists?" - in which she included the names of Michael Jackson, Nelly, 6ix9ine, Miguel, Fabolous, Dr. Dre, James Brown, and more - all of which have been accused of domestic violence, sexual misconduct and/or sexual abuse.

Numerous sexual abuse allegations have been made against Kelly over the years, including accusations involving underage girls. In a statement to the Guardian, R. Kelly's management said that the accusations are part of a "smear campaign" that's being "waged by enemies seeking a payoff". 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. "His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it", the company said in a statement.

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They told Billboard: "Mr Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women".

Rapper XXXTentacion's song SAD! has also been removed from the influential RapCaviar playlist curated by the Swedish streaming service.

Sources at Pandora tell The Blast that now the company is not promoting R. Kelly or his music actively.

Afterward, there were some people who agreed with the rapper's point since he hasn't been convicted of any of the charges yet. "It is bowing to social-media fads and picking sides in a fame-seeking dispute over matters that have nothing to do with serving customers", he said.

The Ignition (Remix) hitmaker has faced intense scrutiny over the past year amid renewed concerns about his offstage behaviour, after facing a string of sexual violence allegations and claims suggesting he is running a "sex cult".

To report a hateful content, users can submit a complaint via Spotify's website.

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