It appears that the #MuteRKelly campaign has only resulted in an increase of music streams for the Pied Piper!
It’s reported that despite Spotify and Pandora recently removing his music from their playlists due to his long history of sexual misconduct allegations, R. Kelly’s music has seen an increase in streams and downloads.
“I’ma tell you something,” Kelly, 51, said in a video from May 17 that surfaced Tuesday. “I’ma take this musical s—t, and I’ma inject these motherf—kers … I’m handcuffed by my destiny. It’s too late. They shoulda did this s—t 30 years ago. It’s too late. The music has been injected into the world.”
In the clip, Kelly is surrounded by men and can be seen drinking and smoking a cigar.
“To all the strong motherf—kers in here right now. Motherf—kers like you is why I still continue to do what I do, because I have a basketball mentality,” he continued. “As long as I’ve got the ball, the world is on defense.”
It appears R. Kelly was right. Just one week after both Spotify and Pandora announced their participation in the #MuteRKelly campaign started by the Times Up Women of Color, Kelly’s streaming numbers have seen growth. According to Nielsen, R. Kelly was averaging 6,584,000 weekly streams for the year, but from May 10 to May 16 he garnered 6,676,000 streams.
This comes after Spotify recently announced their decision to remove the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s music from its playlists, citing their new policy on artists accused of “harmful” or “hateful” conduct.
The controversial singer’s music streams have reportedly grown steadily over the last two years, according to Nielsen. Kelly’s music averaged 4,709,000 weekly streams in 2016 and 5,666,000 weekly streams in 2017. However, in 2018 alone, he averages 6,674,000 weekly streams from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and other streaming platforms.
On Monday R. Kelly was slapped with a lawsuit by 20-year-old Faith Rodgers who is accusing the R&B singer of sexually assaulting her and giving her herpes.
R. Kelly has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Take a look at the singer below.