The recent airing of Lifetime miniseries “Surviving R. Kelly” has stirred up plenty of controversy as numerous women share their allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of the R&B singer, whose career has been marked by continual scandal due to allegations of sexual liaisons with underage girls to claims he’s entrapped women into his “sex cult.”
Rather than steer people away from R. Kelly’s music, it appears that “Surviving R. Kelly” has had the opposite effect. According to The Blast, a rep for Spotify says streaming of the singer’s music had increased by 116 per cent by Sunday since the first part of the three-part docu-series aired last Thursday.
Billboard says that number has rocketed to 116 per cent by Thursday across all streaming services calculated by Nielsen Music. Now what is unclear is if people are replaying the music to listen to the lyrics carefully and hear their true meaning.
The increase in listeners follows Spotify’s earlier plans to ban R. Kelly from the streaming service back in May, plans that were quickly abandoned after backlash from fans who pointed out all the other artists who had been accused of sexual assault, whose music had not been banned.
After learning of the spike in streaming, Jada Pinkett Smith took to Twitter to share a video in which admits she’s “having a really difficult time understanding why. But I think it’s important that I understand why,” she adds, asking her Twitter followers to help her figure it out.
After she received messages from her followers, the former “Gotham” star added that she would return on Wednesday to discuss what she’d learned.
Meanwhile, R. Kelly’s legal team has threatened to sue Lifetime over “Surviving R. Kelly”, claiming the documentary is “packed with lies.”
A letter from R. Kelly’s lawyer, obtained by TMZ, alleges that Lifetime was aware that “some of the girls are lying, but that the budget was too high to turn back now.”