R. Kelly's management criticizes Spotify

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"Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit".

Of course, policing music in this way can be a tricky business. Like Spotify, listeners are still able to search for R. Kelly or make an R. Kelly radio station, but his music will no longer be included in Pandora's personalized playlists and stations. Should Guns'n'Roses (currently in the news for removing racist and homophobic track "One In A Million" from the latest remastering of their back catalogue) be on Spotify's Rock Anthems, All Out 80s and '80s Hard Rock playlists?

Popular America singer, R.Kelly, in the midst of sexual scandal allegations charged against him has seen his songs removed from the playlist of the Jay-Z's co-owned streaming service, Spotify. Time's Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly's support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts. We've got Spotify to drop his music. "And we listen to our users - if you think something is hate content, please let us know".

Spotify's new policy on hateful content has no set in stone guidelines for what does and doesn't count as harmfully offensive.

Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues.

A spokesperson said Thursday that Kelly's music is no longer available on the streaming service's owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations.

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Kelly has been accused by numerous women of holding them and others - including children - against their will in a cult, following years of accusations of sexual abuse against women and children.

Regardless, his 2008 acquittal on child pornography charges, the mounting accusations over the years, along with his multiple settlements to resolve civil sexual misconduct lawsuits, has always been a topic of discussion in the black community, said Yamikani Msosa, a specialist with Ryerson University's office of sexual violence, support and education.

However, the musician has nevertheless been on the receiving end of many civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse, most of which have been settled out of court.

Meanwhile, in April, police in Dallas, Texas, opened an investigation into allegations Kelly gave a 19-year-old girl a sexually transmitted disease without telling her.

This all comes at the heels of more sexual misconduct allegations against him. "Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women", the singer's team wrote in a statement to CBC News.

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