Earlier this month Spotify announced that they were removing R. Kelly’s music (and some other artist) from their service generated playlist and would stop promoting his music on their service. The move only removed Kelly’s music from Spotify created playlist. Individual Spotify users can still add R. Kelly’s music to their individual playlist. The stoppage of the promotion part, I’m not so sure of the details of that. My best guess is that a user would not see any R’ Kelly music on Spotify’s homepage and would have to search if they wanted to find his music. Once again, I’m not sure, I’m just guessing about the promotion part. Either way, the move was likely made by Spotify to distance themselves from the R&B singer due to the accusations against R. Kelly that he had sex with minors, was the leader of a cult, physically and verbally abused women, and a bunch of other things. There were rumblings around the “internets” that the move by Spotify would hurt R. Kelly in the pockets, or maybe some even hoped that the move by Spotify would manage to reduce the singers popularity or even remove him from history. That’s how it seems something like this would work out, but somehow, Spotify’s move has managed to increase the streaming of R. Kelly’s music on its site and others.
The Hollywood Reporter (@thr) reports, before Spotify’s announcement, R. Kelly averaged 6,584,000 weekly streams for the year. But from May 10-16 (shortly after Spotify’s announcement), Kelly’s numbers increased to 6,676,000 streams for the week, according to Nielsen Music.
R. Kelly’s streams have grown steadily over the last two years. His music averaged 4,709,000 weekly streams in 2016 and 5,5666,000 weekly streams in 2017. Kelly is averaging 6,674,000 weekly streams so far in 2018. These stats come from Nielsen Music. Nielsen Music’s numbers are based on audio streams from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and other platforms.
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Singer Chris Brown is being sued by a woman who claims she was drugged and forced to perform oral sex on females at his home, before she was raped again by a male at the singer’s home.
TMZ (@tmz) reports, The alleged victim who is being identified as “Jane Doe”, claims that she was invited to a party at Brown’s home in February of 2017. Jane says Chris supplied cocaine, molly, and weed to the partygoers. In the court filings obtained by TMZ, the woman says an unnamed female friend of Brown’s forced her and a few other women into a bedroom, and blocked the door with a couch. The unidentified woman also claims that her phone was taken away earlier in the evening by Brown’s team to avoid the recording of the ongoings at the party. “Jane Doe” says the woman then forced her to perform oral sex on her. Afterward, Doe went into the bathroom to clean her face and realized the woman she’d performed oral sex on was menstruating heavily, when she wiped her face and saw all of the blood on the washcloth. (Don’t ask me how Jane Doe did not realize this while she was performing oral. I have no idea. I’m just the messenger.) Doe says she then hopped in the shower to wash herself. It was then, that alleged Chris Brown associate, Lowell Grissom, entered the bathroom and attempted to rape her. Doe escaped the bathroom attempted rape, but Grissom allegedly got her back into the room somehow, pushed her down onto the bed, and raped her. Jane Doe also says that Grissom raped her again later on in the night on a washing machine in the basement of the house. Jane Doe has hired personal lawsuit against men specialist/ shakedown artist, Gloria Allred to handle her suit.
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Looks like the “Me Too” movement is about to finally start hitting R&B crooner R. Kelly where it hurts. In the pockets. Just last week one of his shows were canceled. Today, Kels has a new issue directly related to the allegations against him. Spotify, one of the biggest music streaming services out there, has sort of put him on the back-burner.
BuzzFeed News (@buzzfeed) reports, R. Kelly’s music has been removed from all playlist and his music will no longer be promoted on the service. While listeners can still search and find Kelly’s music to listen to, Spotify will no longer recommend his tunes on its discover page.
“We are removing R. kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlist and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly. 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. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.” Spotify said in a statement.
People always complain about Lauryn Hill concerts because they always say that she is late to her own shows. If this performance of hers at the Apollo theater is any indication as to what you can expect to see at a Ms. Lauryn Hill show, then maybe the extra hour wait is worth it. Yes? No? Either way you feel about it, watch Lauren Hill remix Drake’s “Nice For What” which is ironically a remix of her song “X-factor.” Check out the clip below:
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