Record Company Has 'Parted Ways' With Beleaguered Star R. Kelly
R.Kelly had been signed to RCA Records since the early 1990s.
Sony Music subsidiary RCA Records has reportedly severed ties with R. Kelly, following explosive claims of sexual misconduct against the singer.
Kelly has been signed to Jive Records, which was re-branded under the RCA brand and is under the Sony umbrella, since his 1993 debut album, 12 Play.
The label didn't hold onto Kelly but they kept his prodigious catalogue, with his music still available via digital retailers and streaming services.
The company faced pressure to end their relationship with Kelly after the viral #MuteRKelly campaign and docu-series Surviving R. Kelly aired.
Multiple sources reportedly told Billboard and Variety that Sony made the decision to "dissolve" its working relationship with the R&B star.
While Variety reported no official announcement "is planned in the immediate future", Kelly was removed from the label's artist roster on Friday morning.
Fans have protested Kelly's alleged behaviour for decades, but Surviving R. Kelly appears to have delivered the final nail in his career.
The TV series featured over 50 interviews with his "survivors" and peers, who shared new allegations about Kelly's sexual, mental and physical abuse, allegations which Kelly vehemently denies.
The project followed an online movement, '#MuteRKelly' -- created by Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeyle -- that called for Sony and Live Nation to drop Kelly. Their petition was signed by over 70,000 people.
Neither RCA Records nor R. Kelly are yet to comment on the business decision.
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