R. Kelly’s relationship with Sony has come to an end, with Billboard reporting that the controversial singer and his record label have “agreed to part ways.”
Kelly signed to the Jive label in the 1990s; when Jive was later swallowed by Sony BMG, Kelly then became part of the Sony roster of talent, and has been under contract since 2012 to RCA, a subsidiary of Sony.
However, Billboard reports that Kelly has been removed from the RCA website, adding that “reps for Sony and R. Kelly could not be immediately reached.”
The airing of Lifetime Canada docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly”, in which numerous women shared their allegations of being sexually abused by Kelly, led to protests against the 52-year-old R&B star, including a #MuteRKelly protest outside the Sony building in New York City on Wednesday.
In addition, artists, including Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper and Phoenix, have issued statements apologizing for their past collaborations with Kelly, with Gaga going so far as to pull her collab, “Do What U Want”, from streaming services and digital retailers.
Meanwhile, two Dallas-area radio stations have banned Kelly’s music, community organizers are spearheading efforts asking iHeartRadio and Radio One to also ban his music, and a women’s rights group hired an airplane to fly a banner above the Sony’s L.A.-area offices, emblazoned with the message: “RCA/Sony: Drop sexual predator R. Kelly.”
Sony has yet to release an official statement clarifying its current relationship with R. Kelly.