Report: R. Kelly’s Streams on Spotify Have Gone Up Since the Airing of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

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Listeners aren’t leaving R. Kelly yet.

Common sense would tell you that R. Kelly is having a bad week. Well, it might not be as bad as expected. On Thursday (January 3rd) Lifetime aired the first two episodes of its six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. The documentary features interviews with over 50 people, many women who detail R. Kelly’s alleged long history of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.

READ: Aaliyah’s Mother Denies Claims That R. Kelly Had Underage Sex With Her Daughter

The reaction on social media has been about 85 percent negative. However, that negative attention seems to be leading to more streams. According to The Blast, who talked to a representative for Spotify, streams for Kelly’s music have increased by 16% since last night.

READ: The Four Most Revelatory Takeaways From the First Two Episodes of Surviving R. Kelly

If you remember, Spotify had banned R. Kelly from its playlists after the #MuteRKelly campaign started to take off. The company quickly backed down after artists, including Kendrick Lamar, responded negatively to the idea of banning artists.

Source: The Blast 

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