The controversial R&B singer, R. Kelly, has been in the spotlight recently for all the wrong reasons. Years of sexual abuse and pedophilia allegations resurfaced all at once with Lifetime’s docu-series titled “Surviving R. Kelly” aired. Now more bad news is coming for Kelly.
Variety is reporting that Sony Music has decided to part ways with Kelly.
No external announcement of the move is planned in the immediate future, says a source, who added that the company took its time to wade through the issues “responsibly” and avoid legal ramifications. R. Kellywas removed from the RCA Records website, which lists the label’s signed artists, shortly after 10 a.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 18.
Kelly’s back catalog will remain with RCA/Sony. Kelly’s last release with the label was a Christmas-themed album in 2016, although he has released several songs independently since that time, presumably with Sony’s consent, and Tweeted earlier this year that he has a new album on the way.
The public outcry that has followed “Surviving R. Kelly” grew so intense that it likely forced the label’s hand. It’s a different world than it was one when Kelly was first reported to have involved himself in these alleged crimes. People today are smarter and have more access to news thanks to social media. No one is safe anymore. Including people with pasts as shady as Kelly’s.