Sony music is terminating its relationship with R Kelly , according to multiple media outlets familiar with the situation.
The development is coming on the back of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer.
Sources have told Variety and Billboard that R Kelly‘s record label of 30 years, will finish its working relationship with the singer in the wake of the documentary.
To further strengthen the reports, it is believed that the singer was removed from the RCA Records website, which lists the label’s signed artists, on Friday, January 18.
Kelly’s 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.
Kelly had been signed to Jive since the beginning of his career in the early 1990s, and when Jive became part of Sony BMG, he became part of the Sony umbrella. He has been under contract at RCA, a Sony subsidiary, since 2012.
The singer has maintained his innocence over the years regarding the many allegations made against him, but has been silent since the Lifetime show aired.
Meanwhile, quiet a number of artists, including Lady Gaga and Celine Dion, have apologized for working with the singer, and have promised to remove the songs from streaming platforms.