Erykah Badu isn’t ready to jump on the #MuteRKelly bandwagon.
In fact, The Queen is ready to offer the singer “unconditional love.”
The R&B crooner was doing a show Saturday at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, where she stopped her performance at one point to launch into a tangent about R. Kelly … which did NOT go over well with the audience in attendance. Far from it, in fact.
Erykah said she wanted to send out a prayer to “R,” clearly referring to R. Kelly … and the remark definitely stunned the crowd for the worse. She said she hopes he sees the light of day if he’s done all the things he was accused of on “Surviving R. Kelly.”
As the boos mounted, Erykah continued her remarks by openly wondering if anyone who was allegedly assaulted by R. Kelly went on to be an offender themselves … do they too deserve to be crucified? She followed up by asking, “How do we do this?”
It’s a pretty tense scene as Erykah loses her fans more and more with each R. Kelly thought. Eyewitnesses tell us that a few people even got up and left the venue because of how turned off they were by her defending the embattled singer.
This is very much in line with Erykah’s views on Hitler. At least she’s consistent … for whatever that’s worth.
No external announcement of the move is planned in the immediate future, says a source, who added that Kelly’s presence on the RCA website (where he remains listed) will not indicate his departure from the company, as his back catalog will remain with RCA/Sony. Kelly’s last release with the label was a Christmas-themed album in 2016, although he has released several songs independently since that time, presumably with Sony’s consent, and Tweeted earlier this year that he has a new album on the way.
Contacted by Variety, reps for both RCA Records and its parent company, Sony Music, declined comment.
The move comes after years of public calls, and even a petition from members of the #MuteRKelly movement, for the company to part ways with Kelly. Those calls intensified in the wake of Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which multiple women accuse him of sexual misconduct. In recent weeks a plane commissioned by the women’s organization UltraViolet and carrying a sign reading “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly” flew over Sony Music’s Los Angeles offices and a protest was staged outside of Sony’s New York headquarters.
R. Kelly is on a mission to sue Lifetime and isnt fazed by artists who has pulled their collaborations with him from streaming services
Sources connected to the singer tell us he’s not flipping out about people like Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Ciara yanking their R. Kelly collabs. We’re told his only reaction has been to dismiss those artists as “phonies” who are trying to salvage their own images on the heels of the “Surviving R. Kelly” allegations.
We’re told he is freaking out about what he considers “lies” put forward in ‘Surviving.’ As we’ve reported, Kelly’s lawyers fired off a cease and desist letter to Lifetime ahead of the six-part docuseries airing. Of course, Lifetime didn’t blink and Kelly’s now pressuring his attorneys to follow through with the legal threat.
We’re told he has daily meetings with lawyers where they not only discuss the content of ‘Surviving’ … but also attempt to dig up dirt on Lifetime execs. The way one source describes it, Kelly seems crazed about getting revenge, and will leave no stone unturned until he gets it.
His label, RCA/Sony, has pulled all financial backing for new projects — and prosecutors in 2 cities are actively seeking potential witnesses and victims to bring charges against him.
R. Kelly was confronted by cops in Chicago after an anonymous caller claimed the singer was holding two women hostage.
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office got a tip Friday that Kelly was at his Trump Tower residence with the women … and he was holding them against their will. We’re told cops raced to the property and made contact with R. Kelly and the women.
Our sources say 5 officers came to the home and ordered Kelly into the other room while they questioned the women. According to Chicago PD, both women said they were at the residence voluntarily and nothing untoward was going on. Police then left without incident.
We’re told the 2 women were Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, both of whom have maintained they were with R. Kelly voluntarily, despite their parents’ strong claims they were the victims of brainwashing.
TMZ broke the story … cops were called to a Chicago club Thursday morning after a tip was called in that Kelly was at the club partying and there was a warrant out for his arrest. Officers spoke with Kelly — determined there was no warrant — and let the singer continue to party.
As we reported … Cook County State Attorney Kimberly Foxx has publicly urged victims of Kelly to come forward. We’re told the victim hotline has been burning up ever since.
Surviving R. Kelly’ has took over the internet with its million of social media conversations for two nights in a row — but as they say, all publicity is good publicity.
According to The Blast, a rep for Spotify confirms that R. Kelly’s streams have increased 16% since Lifetime aired part 1 of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on Thursday night.
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The bump is interesting, considering the rocky past between R. Kelly and Spotify. Back in May, the global streaming giant announced they were removing R. Kelly’s music from all of its owned and operated playlists as part of an updated policy to stop promoting artists who have been accused of “hateful conduct.”
Spotify later backtracked from the ban after receiving backlash for supporting other artists who had been accused of sexual assault while singling out Kelly.
“Surviving R. Kelly” has gained major attention by showcasing former friends, employees and even family members speaking candidly about R. Kelly sexually abusing not only women, but young girls. Stars like John Legend and Wendy Williams have attached themselves to the project, even appearing on camera to talk about the allegations.