The Sony record label has dropped singer R. Kelly in the wake of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which details allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly, Billboard reports.
Kelly has also been removed from the RCA website, according to the report.
“Kelly had been signed to Jive since the beginning of his career in the early 1990s, and when Jive became part of Sony BMG, he became part of the Sony umbrella. He has been under contract at RCA, a Sony subsidiary, since 2012,” Billboard notes.
The report adds: “After the debut of the Lifetime series, protests against Kelly began to ramp up, with #MuteRKelly protests outside the Sony building in Manhattan on Wednesday, and artists such as Lady Gaga, Chance The Rapper and Phoenix apologizing for collaborating with the singer. (Gaga removed her Kelly collaboration, ‘Do What U Want,’ from streaming services and digital retailers last week.) His music had also reportedly been banned from two Dallas-area radio stations, while some community organizers had begun to call on iHeartRadio and Radio One to ban his music from their playlists.”
Billboard notes that Kelly’s catalog remains with RCA/Sony and his music continues to be available on digital retailers and streaming services.
“Allegations against Kelly have been around for well over a decade, and he was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008,” Billboard notes. “But they have resurfaced repeatedly in recent years, with the latest arriving this month. Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct.”