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R Kelly’s team fires back at Spotify: “R Kelly never has been accused of hate”

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After Spotify (and then Apple Music and Pandora) removed R Kelly from its playlists in conjunction with rolling out its new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy, R Kelly’s team has fired back. Via Los Angeles Times:

“Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit. It is acting based on false and unproven allegations. 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,” Kelly’s management said in a lengthy statement Thursday.

[…] “R. Kelly never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire,” the singer’s management said. “Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women. He is innocent of the false and hurtful accusations in the ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff. He never has been convicted of a crime, nor does he have any pending criminal charges against him.”

Spotify also removed XXXTentacion’s music, and a rep for XXXTentacion said to Billboard: “I don’t have a comment, just a question. Will Spotify remove all [these] artists from playlists?” Billboard states that “the list provided included the likes of Gene Simmons from KISS, David Bowie, James Brown, Seal, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys, Real Estate, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, 6ix9ine, Nelly, Miguel, Fabolous and Dr. Dre, among others, with various allegations of sexual or domestic assault attached to each name.”

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