R. Kelly dropped by Record Label Sony Music


As of January 18, R. Kelly's name had been removed from the roster page of the official RCA site.

Sony Music has called it quits with embattled singer R. Kelly, ending his contract with subsidiary RCA after a documentary aired accusing him of repeated cases of sexual abuse, media reports said Friday. Since that label dissolved in the late 2000s, R. Kelly moved to Sony BMG.

Kelly, best-known for hits such as Ignition (Remix) and I Believe I Can Fly, no longer appears on the roster of artists on RCA's website.

Mr Kelly's last release with the label was a Christmas themed album in 2016, although he has released several songs independently since then.

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The documentary looked at decades of sexual abuse allegations against Kelly.

Sony has yet to release an official statement clarifying its current relationship with R. Kelly. The group had earlier this week protested at the label's NY offices.

News of Kelly's departure from his record label comes hours after it was revealed one accuser has spoken out about allegations he sexually abused her in 1999, when she was 16 years old, in a new TV interview. Attempts by music companies to construct a morality barometer for artists is a precarious task, as Spotify learned a year ago when it attempted to ban artists - particularly Kelly - from its playlists based on behavior it vaguely defined as "hateful conduct". He has denied all claims of misconduct. As a effect of the series, many artists and former collaborators have chosen to condemn Kelly, including John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Chance The Rapper, and many others.

But he was acquitted of all charges in 2008 and continued to make music.