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Pandora follows Spotify, stops promoting R. Kelly's music

The "R. Kelly rule" is gaining traction.

You'll still be able to find his music, it just won't appear in places like this.


Another company follows the "R. Kelly rule": In the wake of Spotify's decision that it has the right to ban or bury music and artists deemed "hateful," music-streaming service Pandora followed suit today as reported by The Blast

A Pandora spokesperson reiterated its policy as quoted in The Blast: "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues. We approach each of these scenarios on a case-by-case basis to ensure we address components true to Pandora's principles while not overreaching and avoiding censorship."

Update, 6:15 p.m. PT: According to Pitchfork, Apple Music has also stopped promoting R. Kelly and has removed his work from suggested compliation albums like "Best Slow Jams of the 90s" -- even though his image remains on the cover. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Here's more background on bury-or-ban and why it matters.