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Spotify removes R. Kelly music from its playlists

Beginning today (May 10), Spotify users will no longer be able to find R. Kelly's music on any of the streaming service's editorial or algorithmic playlists. 

Under the terms of a new public hate content and hateful conduct policy, Spotify is putting into effect, the company will no longer promote the R&B singer's music in any way, removing his songs from flagship playlists like RapCaviar, Discover Weekly or New Music Friday, for example, as well as its other genre- or mood-based playlists.

So basically, Spotify isn't putting his music into the algorithm on playlists, but his music will still be available outside of that.

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Over the past several years, the 51-year-old singer has been accused by multiple women of sexual violence, coercion and running a "sex cult." 

Though he has never been convicted of a crime, he has come under increasing scrutiny over the past several weeks, particularly with the launch of the #MuteRKelly movement at the end of April. 

R. Kelly has repeatedly defended himself, saying those accusing him are an “attempt to distort my character and to destroy my legacy." 

While RCA Records has thus far not dropped Kelly from his recording contract, Spotify has distanced itself from promoting his music.

[Source: Billboard]

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