A new Pitchfork article is reporting that Apple Music decided to removed R. Kelly‘s music from “featured playlists” a week before Spotify made its Thursday announcement, removing Kelly from playlists such as Discover Weekly, and New Music Friday. However, Apple Music has kept its R. Kelly-themed playlists such as “R. Kelly Essentials” and “Inspired by R. Kelly” on the platform.
Spotify released a statement concerning their removal R. Kelly on curated playlists
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly. His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”