R Kelly and Sony-owned RCA record label end ties - United States media

R Kelly and Sony-owned RCA record label end ties - United States media

R Kelly and Sony-owned RCA record label end ties - United States media

Billboard first reported the news citing unnamed sources.

Sony Music has called it quits with embattled singer R. Kelly, ending his contract with subsidiary RCA after a documentary aired accusing him of repeated cases of sexual abuse, media reports said Friday.

Campaigners from the #MuteRKelly pressure group delivered a petition signed by some 217,000 people to Sony headquarters in New York City earlier this week asking the record company to drop the musician. Streaming services stopped promoting him previous year, and artists such as Celine Dion and Lady Gaga have been removing songs where they collaborated with the singer. According to Variety, his back catalog will remain with RCA/Sony.

The 52-year-old performer last released a a Christmas-themed album with the label in 2016, but has dropped several songs independently since that time, presumably with the OK from Sony.

The reported move comes after a controversy-filled few weeks for the artist, following the release of Lifetime's docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, which shared the stories of women who allege to have suffered abuse at the hands of Kelly. ET has reached out to reps for Kelly and Sony for comment.

Sampson, who first went public with her allegations in a Washington Post article past year, reveals she began to feel like she was in love with Kelly, but she was confused about the situation.

Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct.

After the debut of the documentary series, protests against Mr Kelly ramped up.

In 2008, R Kelly stood trial on charges of making a sex tape with an under-age female but was found not guilty. As a outcome of the series, many artists and former collaborators have chosen to condemn Kelly, including John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Chance The Rapper, and many others.

R Kelly also attempted to marry the late R&B singer Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27.

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