Sony Music reportedly drops R. Kelly from roster of artists

R. Kelly and Sony part ways as scandals surround music star

R. Kelly

Reps for RCA and its parent company, Sony, did not return Rolling Stone's requests for comment immediately. On Friday, it was reported by Billboard that Kelly and the label had parted ways.

R. Kelly and his label, RCA, will finally sever their ties after weeks of protests and pressure following the airing of the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly and years of sexual misconduct allegations against the singer.

R. Kelly was signed to Sony back in the early 1990s.

According to Billboard, R. Kelly's existing catalog will remain in the RCA/Sony system.

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The 52-year-old performer last released a a Christmas-themed album with the label in 2016, but has dropped several songs independently since that time, presumably with the OK from Sony. Until recently, such accusations, which Kelly has consistently denied, didn't seem to have a large impact on his music career. The most-watched Lifetime program in more than two years also examined Kelly's relationship with his management team and record label.

Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated "playlists". Executive produced by dream hampton, the doc interviewed women who have accused the singer of sexual misconduct and pedophilia. As a outcome 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.

"I stand behind these women 1,000 per cent, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously", she wrote.

Kelly's behaviour has been scrutinised for many years, and in 2008 he was acquitted of child pornography charges.

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