By Damilola Faustino
Spotify’s removal of R. Kelly from their curated playlists hasn’t negatively impacted his numbers.
The controversial singer’s Spotify numbers have actually gone up in the aftermath of the policy, which removed his music due to the myriad of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations against him.
According to Nielsen Music, Kelly earned 6,676,000 streams from May 10 to May 16, which was the week of his removal from Spotify playlists. Before the company’s new policy was enacted, he was averaging 6,584,000 weekly streams for the year.
Nielsen Music’s numbers are calculated with data from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, TIDAL and other streaming platforms. But Spotify wasn’t the only company distancing itself from Kelly. Apple and Pandora quietly removed him from their curated playlists as well.
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