Spotify and Apple Music reportedly stopped promoting R. Kelly on Playlists


Spotify recently removed R. Kelly’s music from its sponsored playlists under a new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy. But Apple Music also did the same thing. Pitchfork reports a source told the site Apple Music stopped promoting R. Kelly’s music in their featured playlists a few weeks ago but didn’t announce the move.

As Pitchfork notes, Apple Music’s playlists like “Best Slow Jams of the 90s, Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2” no longer feature R. Kelly’s music, but other R. Kelly–based playlists like “R. Kelly Essentials,” “R. Kelly: Influences,” and “Inspired by R. Kelly” still exist on the streaming platform.

Pandora have also removed his music from their platform. “Pandora’s policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues,” read their statement. “We approach each of these scenarios on a case–by–case basis to ensure we address components true to Pandora’s principles while not overreaching and avoiding censorship.”