Céline Dion and Chance the Rapper Pull R. Kelly Collaborations from Streaming Services
Published Jan 15, 2019Céline Dion is the latest star to publicly denounce R. Kelly in the wake of the disturbing Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly and pull her collaborative work with him from streaming services.
According to the Canadian Press, Sony Music said that it has been instructed by Dion to remove the 1998 Kelly-featuring song "I'm Your Angel," which originally appeared on Dion's holiday album These Are Special Times. It went on to earn a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration.
Chance the Rapper has also apologized for his previous collaboration with Kelly, "Somewhere in Paradise." And that song too is now no longer available on Spotify or Apple Music.
These latest decisions follows that of Lady Gaga's, who apologized for working with Kelly and vowed to remove "Do What U Want (With My Body)" from streaming platforms.
Ciara is also reportedly currently working to remove her collaborative tracks with Kelly, "Next to You" and "Promise," from streaming services.
Other past collaborators like Phoenix, Nick Cannon and B2K have spoken out against Kelly and expressed regret for not doing so sooner.
Justin Bieber, who released "PYD" with Kelly, has so far remained silent, as has JAY-Z, who released two full joint albums with Kelly in 2002 and 2004.
Mariah Carey, however, has been gleefully reminiscing about her past performances with Kelly on social media as recently as last month.
The #MuteRKelly campaign has been urging consumers and industry people alike to boycott the singer's music since last year.