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Spotify Will No Longer Include R. Kelly on Any of Its Playlists

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

He will no longer be promoted by the streaming service in any way.

Spotify has finally broken their R. Kelly silence in the wake of the musician's Buzzfeed sexual assault expose. After the Time's Up movement called on streaming platforms to remove the artist from their catalogues, Spotify has now announced they'll take him off all of their curated editorial playlists.

While his music will still be available on the service, he won't appear in any playlists: Discover Weekly, Daily Mixes, RapCaviar, etc.

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The decision comes as part of Spotify's new Hate Content and Hateful Conduct policies, which state:

"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 (for example, violence against children and sexual violence), it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

Billboardreports that R. Kelly is the first artist to face penalty under the new regulations.

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