R Kelly dropped by Sony's RCA music label after uproar

Reports: Sony Music, R. Kelly Part Ways

R. Kelly has officially been dropped by Sony Music

As of January 18, R. Kelly's name had been removed from the roster page of the official RCA site.

In the wake of the documentary miniseries Surviving R. Kelly, which debuted earlier this month on Lifetime and contained many explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against R. Kelly, the superstar singer has parted ways with RCA Records, according to multiple outlets including the New York Times, Billboard, and Variety. Streaming services stopped promoting him previous year, and artists such as Celine Dion and Lady Gaga have been removing songs where they collaborated with the singer.


Kelly's back catalogue will remain with RCA/Sony. His last release on the label was 2016's holiday album 12 Nights of Christmas.

The move follows the airing of the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" and protests against the singer outside the Sony building.


Despite having faced numerous accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct over the past two years, Kelly has never been convicted.

Allegations against Mr Kelly have been around for over a decade. As a effect of the series, many artists and former collaborators have chosen to condemn Kelly, including John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Chance The Rapper, and many others. Additionally, celebrities including John legend, Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill and Jada Pinkett Smith have spoken out against Kelly.


"I stand behind these women 1,000 per cent, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously", she wrote. When he was 27, he was married to singer Aaliyah in an illegal marriage when she was just 15. Kelly has been involved in many different sexual scandals, including when he was first arrested in 2002 for his involvement in a child pornography tape.

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