The streaming giant announced that they will be removing the Chicago-born singer from it’s “editorial or algorithmic playlists.” Under the terms of a new public hate content and hateful conduct policy Spotify is putting into effect, the company will no longer promote R. Kelly’s Music in any way. They will remove his songs from flagship playlists like RapCaviar, Discover Weekly or New Music Friday and any “genre related playlists.”
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” Spotify told Billboard in a statement. “His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
So you will still be able to listen to Kells, however, Spotify won’t be doing anything extra to help you listen to the R&B singer. Got it!