R. Kelly’s label is becoming a member of the rising #MuteRKelly motion.
According to TMZ, RCA Records is placing any new music from the singer on maintain within the wake of his intercourse abuse scandal. Sources accustomed to Kelly’s contract with RCA/Sony declare that the label won’t produce any of his new music and won’t fund any tasks.
In the wake of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries and the criminal investigation in Georgia, no further music from R. Kelly will probably be launched till issues have been resolved a method or one other.
This hasn’t fared nicely with R. Kelly, who has apparently been within the studio recording new music to satisfy his obligations to RCA. He reportedly has two albums left in his contract and is upset that RCA/Sony received’t fund his tasks.
RCA is in a troublesome place. Not solely will the label should take care of the PR fallout in the event that they launch any new music, they could additionally face a lawsuit from R. Kelly in the event that they terminate the contract with none prison fees to justify the choice.
There’s additionally the likelihood that they’ll mutually agree to finish their relationship. R. Kelly is reportedly “very sad,” and if RCA doesn’t help him, he needs out of his contract.
There have been a number of on-line petitions demanding that RCA and Live Nation drop Kelly. A petition on change.org asks that Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube cease promoting and streaming his music. It has acquired over 80,000 signatures.
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.
Kelly’s collaborators have additionally taken motion. Lady Gaga removed their 2013 collaboration “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming providers, and Celine Dion can also be within the strategy of pulling their 1998 hit “I’m Your Angel” from digital platforms.