For the past 2 nights, ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ has dominated social media. Many people thought, maybe hoped, that the documentary would demolish R. Kelly’s character but it turns out, it did just the opposite.
According to The Blast, a rep from Spotify confirms that R. Kelly’s streams have increased 16% since Lifetime aired Part one of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Thursday night.
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The bump is interesting, considering the rocky past between R. Kelly and Spotify. Back in May, the global streaming giant announced they were removing R. Kelly’s music from all of its owned and operated playlists as part of an updated policy to stop promoting artists who have been accused of “hateful conduct.”
Spotify later backtracked from the ban after receiving backlash for supporting other artists who had been accused of sexual assault while singling out Kelly.
“Surviving R. Kelly” has gained major attention by showcasing former friends, employees and even family members speaking candidly about R. Kelly sexually abusing not only women, but young girls. Stars like John Legend and Wendy Williams have attached themselves to the project, even appearing on camera to talk about the allegations.