R. Kelly and Sony Music Part Ways

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In the wake of his intercourse abuse scandal, R. Kelly and Sony Music are parting methods.

Billboard was first to report the information, whereas sources near Kelly inform TMZ that the cut up was agreed upon this week. The finish of their relationship comes on the heels of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to the 52-year-old singer.

Kelly had been signed to Sony because the early 1990s, and had been below contract with its subsidiary label, RCA Records, since 2012. He has additionally been faraway from the RCA web site and his official web site, R-Kelly.com, is down. According to Variety, his again catalog will stay with RCA/Sony. His final launch on the label was 2016’s vacation album 12 Nights of Christmas.

Earlier this week, it was reported that RCA had halted production of Kelly’s new music till issues had been resolved. He reportedly had two albums left in his contract and was within the studio recording new music to satisfy his obligations to RCA.

Leading as much as the cut up, there had been on-line petitions from members of the #MuteRKelly motion demanding that RCA drop Kelly. There have additionally been #MuteRKelly protests outdoors Sony’s L.A. and New York workplaces, whereas artists together with Lady Gaga, Ciara, and Celine Dion have pulled their collaborations off streaming providers.

In the meantime, Kelly has been releasing new music SoundCloud, together with this month’s “Born to My Music” and “I Admit,” a 19-minute confessional on which he addresses sexual misconduct allegations.