R. Kelly’s Record Label Has Pressed Mute & Told Him To Get To Steppin’
After more than 25 years and over 15 albums, R. Kelly and his record label have reportedly parted ways. The breaking news comes (January 18) after RCA/Sony Records sources confirmed the development to Billboard. The label recently removed the Chicago, Illinois singer from its website roster.
The move comes two weeks after Lifetime aired the Surviving R. Kelly six-part documentary. Executive produced by dream hampton, the doc interviewed women who have accused the singer of sexual misconduct and pedophilia. Additionally, the piece gathered input from another Sony Records-backed star, John Legend, who vehemently condemned R. Kelly on these allegations. The most-watched Lifetime program in more than two years also examined Kelly’s relationship with his management team and record label. Despite past high-profile trials, the 52-year-old has never been convicted of any sex crimes.
According to Billboard, R. Kelly’s existing catalog will remain in the RCA/Sony system. The singer signed to Jive Records in 1991. He would partner with Public Announcement to begin his recording career before his solo endeavors. Since that label dissolved in the late 2000s, R. Kelly moved to Sony BMG. He has been part of Sony’s RCA Records division since 2012. He released four albums since.
Throughout the legal events and public accusations, Jive and Sony remained committed to R. Kelly, including since last year’s #MuteRKelly campaign and a period where Spotify removed the artist from official playlists. The singer has 12 platinum full-length releases, and two #1 singles. While representatives were attempted to be contacted, the label has not released a statement.
R. Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct.