R. Kelly Streams to Go After Spotify Hateful Conduct Policy
However, XXXTENTACION has seen his numbers decline.
Spotify is the removal of R. Kelly, their curated playlists has not negatively affected their numbers. The Associated Press reports that the controversial singer of Spotify, the numbers have increased in the consequences of the policy, which removed the music due to the large amount of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations against him.
According to Nielsen Music, Kelly won 6,676,000 current as of 10 May to 16 May, which was the week of his elimination of playlists on Spotify. Before the company of the new policy was enacted, it was an average of 6,584,000 weekly flows for the year.
Nielsen's Music numbers are calculated with data from Spotify, Apple, Music, Pandora, TIDAL and other streaming platforms. But Spotify was not the only company distancing itself from Kelly. As first reported by Pitchfork, Apple and Pandora quietly took out their curated playlists as well.
Although Kelly flows have not experienced a decline, other artists have been affected by the hateful conduct policy. According to Billboard, the elimination of XXXTENTACION "SAD!" Spotify curated playlists resulted in a 17 percent drop in streams in the united States during the first week. Your ? album still remains in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200.
Spotify's policy has been met with mixed reactions since it was announced. The large number of artists accused or convicted of crimes has raised questions about its viability. The streaming service has said that deciding what to censor on a case-by-case basis.
"We don't censor content due to an artist or creator of the behavior, but we want to make our editorial decisions — what we choose to programme — to reflect our values," Spotify said in a statement on their faq page. "When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the way in which we work with or support by the artist or creator."