According to The Blast, a rep for Spotify confirmed that R.Kelly music streams increased 16% since the airing of
Lifetime's docuseries 'Surviving R.Kelly'.
It's crazy considering the fact that back in May Spotify said they were planning on removing R.Kelly's music from all of it's owned and operated playlists as part of an updated policy to stop promoting artists who have been accused of "hateful" conduct
Looks like Spotify changed their minds after receiving backlash for supporting other artists who had been accused of sexual assault while only pointing the finger at R.Kelly.
Jada Pinkett Smith expressed her confusion on why Kelly's Spotify streams sky rocketed via her Instagram story saying: "I'm having a really difficult time understanding why, I really would like for you guys to help me understand what I am missing. Even if I'm missing. Even if I'm missing something that I don't necessarily agree with. I just want to understand what I'm missing, I really don't want to believe that it's because black girls don't matter enough. Or is that the reason?." She then went on to let her followers and fans know that she would be further discussing the controversy via Facebook Live and encouraged her fans to comment their views ahead of time.
Many other celebs chimed in on the controversy with Lady Gaga announcing that she removed her song with Kelly on Spotify and Rapper Common saying :"I'm guilty of that too myself because I didn't stop and be like, 'Yo, and speak against this, he said. "R.Kelly's from my hometown. At the end of the day, he's a human being. He has his issues and we see that, but I can't condone that and I shouldn't be allowing that to happen."
Chance the Rapper said: The quote was taken out of context, but the truth is any of us who ever ignored the R Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls. I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out."
John Legend who appeared in the docuseries said via Twitter: "To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision."