The reports come amid growing criticism after the ‘Surviving R Kelly’ documentary
Reports are emerging that R. Kelly has been “dropped” by Sony Music Entertainment and its subsidiary, RCA Records.
According to both Billboard and Variety, neither Sony or RCA will release any new music from the singer, who signed to RCA in 2012. While no official comment has yet been made from Sony Music Entertainment or RCA Records, a source has reportedly confirmed the news to Variety adding that “no external announcement of the move is planned in the immediate future.”
The controversial star also appears to have been removed from the list of artists on RCA Records’ website.
The reports come amid growing criticism of Kelly following the Surviving R. Kelly documentary which featured testimonies from a slew of women who accused the star of sexual assault. He has denied any wrongdoing.
A protest banner was flown over Sony headquarters in California last week (January 12), demanding that the singer to be dropped from the label after facing a slew of sexual misconduct allegations.
The banner, which was organised by the women’s group Ultraviolet, took aim at RCA, saw a plane fly above their Culver City offices, alongside a banner that read: “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly.”
Ultraviolet boss Karin Roland said: “It is long past time for RCA to dump R. Kelly and take a stand against abuse.
“Their inaction is beyond shameful. RCA can no longer pretend that R. Kelly’s music can be separated from his violent actions. Kelly uses his fame, musical talent, fortune, and standing in the music industry to lure in and abuse young Black girls.”
Kelly issued a new denial of the claims against him through his lawyer, Steve Greenberg on January 11. The lawyer told the Associated Press: “The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”
Meanwhile, police in Georgia confirmed that Kelly was facing criminal investigation after the Surviving R. Kelly documentary aired. Sources claim that the Fulton County District Attorney’s office is looking into allegations of sexual abuse, and have contacted multiple women as a result of the allegations which were made in the programme.
This is a developing story. NME has contacted Sony for comment.