RCA Drops R. Kelly After ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Leads To Protests Against The Singer

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Record label RCA has dropped R. Kelly from its roster of artists following weeks protests and pressure against the singer since Lifetime aired the documentary-series “Surviving R. Kelly”. The series, which highlights years of sexual allegations misconduct against R. Kelly, has sparked public outcry to bring him to justice.

Sources told Billboard that R. Kelly has been dropped by RCA, a subsidiary company of Sony, after protests against the singer ramped up outside Sony’s building in Manhattan on Wednesday. Kelly’s name has been removed from RCA’s website since Friday.

The #MuteRKelly protests have also received support from celebrities including, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, John Legend, and Lady Gaga, who recently had her collaboration with R. Kelly, titled “Do What U Want” removed from all music streaming platforms and digital retailers.

Don Russell, a consultant for R. Kelly, told Rolling Stone that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer still had two albums left on his contract with the record company, which is also home to Christina Aguilera, Childish Gambino, SZA, Usher, and Zayn. However, the status of these albums remains unclear.

According to Russell, Kelly is not interested in pursuing any legal action against RCA, saying their goal is “not to go after anybody” because they want whatever makes everyone happy. Russell added that many other record labels are interested in working with the singer.

“We understand RCA’s position: they have to remain transparent for the sake of the other artists that they represent and generate wealth for,” Russell said. He added that while Kelly has no beef with RCA, he is “ready for the next level of his life” and that he believes his time with the company has run its course.

R. Kelly has had a relationship with RCA for more than 25 years. He started his career in the early 1990s under Jive, which at that time already became an umbrella company of Sony BMG. He officially became part of RCA in 2012, and has since sold 32 million albums for the label.

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