Starting today, R. Kelly‘s music will no longer be available Spotify‘s “editorial or algorithmic playlists,” as part the platform’s newÂ Â policy.Â His music won’t be found on influential playlists like Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, orÂ RapCar — and the company will no longer promote R. Kelly’s music in any way. So, if you really want to hear “I Believe I Can Fly” or “Ignition,” you’ll have to specifically seek out his artist prile.
Spotify tells Billboard in a related : “R. Kelly’s] music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We donât censor content because an artistâs or creatorâs 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.”
R. Kelly has made headlines over the past several years for various claims sexual violence and for running a “sex cult.” Although he has never been charged for these alleged crimes, his reputation has been tarnished and theÂ #MuteRKelly movement is gaining steam.
RapperÂ XXXTentacion has also been removed from Spotify’s editorial playlists. As Wednesday, he was featured onÂ RapCar, but has since been removed in light the newÂ Â policy. Currently, he faces including “aggravated battery a pregnant woman and witness tampering.”
Spotify’s VP/Head ContentÂ Jonathan Prince weighs in on the decision to remove these artists from featured playlists:Â “I think that, frankly, all us have become increasingly aware the responsibility that we have when we make recommendations about content, and particularly when we’re doing that in a way that may send signals to our audience about what we believe and what we value.”
“We’re going to continue to try to evolve our approach to these things.”
Read Spotify’s entire Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy .
It’s worth asking though, if these artists are being removed, will someone like Chris Brown be impacted by this? Where will Spotify draw the line?