The accused musician has reportedly seen a spike in streams for the reason that launch Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’
Following the discharge Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries that aired in six elements over the weekend, neighborhood leaders are reinforcing efforts to ban R. Kelly from the airwaves.
Project Islamic Hope President Najee Ali and Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson held a press convention in entrance native Los Angeles radio station Radio FREE 102.three KJLH on Monday morning (Jan. 7) to name on iHeartworkRadio and Radio One to cease enjoying Kelly's music. KJLH, which is owned by Stevie Wonder, confirmed to Ali that the station stopped enjoying Kelly’s music in 2018 after extra allegations in opposition to the artist got here out.
“We are right here at KJLH radio to commend Stevie Wonder and the proprietor the station and station administration for banning R. Kelly’s music on the airwaves. Now we would like iHeartworkRadio and Radio One to observe go well with,” stated Ali. “It is important that city radio cease enriching R. Kelly by enjoying his music, cease making him related and cease getting cash f the truth that they play R. Kelly’s music and are primarily companions in him preying on younger black women.”
Kelly has denied all allegations sexual misconduct and was acquitted in 2008 a number of counts possession youngster porn within the notorious "pee tape" trial.
In 2018, Spotify made the general public resolution to take away Kelly from their promoted playlists in response to a number of allegations the “Ignition” singer was operating a intercourse cult and holding ladies in opposition to their will. Apple Music and different streaming platforms quickly did the identical.
However, after the primary episodes Surviving R. Kelly aired, a consultant from Spotify advised The Blast that streams the artist’s music rose 16 %.
“A report got here out that since Surviving R. Kelly got here out he has truly made more cash. He has truly bought extra data,” stated Hutchinson. “You’ve received tens 1000’s those who haven’t gotten the message despite the fact that the sunshine has been shined on R. Kelly.”
According to Deadline, the doceseries netted Lifetime their largest viewership in two years with 1.9 million viewers. The six-part sequence options interviews with alleged survivors Kelly’s psychological, bodily and sexual abuse in addition to discussions with former staff the artist and high-prile figures akin to John Legend and speak present host Wendy Williams.
“We will not be speaking censorship," Hutchinson continued. "We will not be telling R. Kelly what he can sing and what he can play and what he must be producing. We are saying that once you boycott R. Kelly, once you boycott his music you’re sending a strong message.”
He added, “You have many radio stations which have enabled R. Kelly by shopping for his product. Essentially what you’re doing is saying sure to sexual molestation, to sexual perversion, to sexual pandering. In this case, I’m sorry, you can not separate the message from the messenger.”