Amid reports that multiple artists are seeking to following Lady Gaga by removing their collaborations with R. Kelly from streaming services, Kelly’s collaborations with Celine Dion (“I’m Your Angel,” 1998) and Chance the Rapper “Somewhere in Paradise,” 2015) appear to be in the process of being removed. While Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women over the past two decades, the recent Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” presents a stark and disturbing account of his alleged behavior that has brought public disapproval of the singer to a new height.
At press time, “I’m Your Angel” had been removed from YouTube but not streaming services, and “Somewhere in Paradise” removed from streaming services but not YouTube — although the process is not instant. Last week, approximately 12 hours elapsed between Gaga’s announcement that she intended to remove “Do What U Want,” her 2013 collaboration with Kelly, from streaming services and the iTunes store, and its actual removal. (A performance of the song from the American Music Awards that year remains on YouTube; that clip is own by ABC, which broadcast the show, rather than Gaga’s label, Interscope Records.)
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