Sony Music dumps R. Kelly after controversial documentary

Tanya Cunningham
January 19, 2019

Kelly was signed to Sony back in 2012 and has released four albums through RCA, including 2015's The Buffet which featured Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jhene Aiko. On Friday, it was reported by Billboard that Kelly and the label had parted ways.

Sony Music has dropped R&B singer R. Kelly amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations with underage girls.

When Sony bought out the record company on which Kelly has been signed for almost the entirety of his career, Jive, he effectively became a part of the many companies owned by Sony.

The docuseries additionally sparked a petition requesting RCA and Sony to drop Kelly from the label, launched by Color of Change, which received over 80,000 signatures.


The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him most of his career. He has denied all claims of misconduct.

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.

He tweeted earlier this month that a new album was on the way. In the docu-series, R. Kelly is accused of abuse by former backup singer, Jovante Cunningham, Lizzette Martinez, and Andrea Lee, his ex-wife. Then video of Kelly allegedly having sex with and urinating on a 14-year-old girl came to light in 2002; he was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography in 2008 when the woman refused to testify.

Chance the Rapper has also apologised for collaborating with the singer on the track Somewhere in Paradise.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER