Well, it looks like that protest (earlier this week) of RCA Records for not dropping R. Kelly has paid off.
Here’s the deal. After several decades, Sony Music and R. Kelly’s are no longer in business together. Yep, he’s gone!
Sources close to Kelly have confirmed to TMZ that both sides agreed on a split this week. The end of their relationship comes amid the storm of controversy after the docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly.”
Kelly had been with Sony since the early days of his career, and has been under contract with its subsidiary label, RCA, since 2012.
More via TMZ:
As you know … the singer’s facing mounting allegations of sexual abuse and predatory behavior after the Lifetime doc’s in-depth interviews with his alleged victims and their families.
Several artists — like Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Ciara — have separated themselves from Kelly by pulling their collabs with him from streaming services … while others have denounced him.
As we said up top, Sony also felt the pressure from protests outside its New York and Los Angeles offices.
In response to RCA dropping R. Kelly, Rebecca Gerber, Senior Director of Engagement at Care2, issued the following:
“It’s long past time that Sony Music took a stand for black and brown girls and put a check on R. Kelly and his horrific abuse of young girls, which went on for decades with impunity.
“Black women have stood at the forefront of this fight, and for nearly two years, Care2 is proud to have worked with the #MuteRKelly founders, Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes, and countless others to hold RCA accountable for its continued partnership with Kelly. We applaud the label for taking the right step in the face of public outcry over its ties to him, and implore other corporations and artists to do the same.
“R. Kelly is a serial sexual predator and has no place in the music industry—or in any industry.”
Care2’s petition calling on Sony to drop Kelly has been live since July of 2017, and has garnered over 110,000 signatures.