Kelly and Sony Music Part Ways

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After almost three decades, R. Kelly and Sony have parted ways, according to a Billboard report released Friday.

Kelly signed to the Jive label in the 1990s; when Jive was later swallowed by Sony BMG, Kelly then became part of the Sony roster of talent, and has been under contract since 2012 to RCA, a subsidiary of Sony.

According to Variety, no official announcement will be made anytime soon. Streaming services stopped promoting him a year ago, and artists such as Celine Dion and Lady Gaga have been removing songs where they collaborated with the singer.

However, Billboard reports that Kelly has been removed from the RCA website, adding that "reps for Sony and R. Kelly could not be immediately reached". His last release on the label was 2016's holiday album 12 Nights of Christmas.

He tweeted earlier this month that a new album was on the way. The most-watched Lifetime program in more than two years also examined Kelly's relationship with his management team and record label.

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R. Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls.

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

Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated "playlists".

Kelly's labels stood by him through previous public allegations, including a 2008 trial on charges of child pornography, after he was accused in 2002 of making a video of himself having sex with a girl who was aged 13 or 14 at the time. 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.

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