R. Kelly is feeling the heat in the wake of Surviving R. Kelly. According to TMZ, Kellz’s longtime label Sony Music has parted ways with the R&B superstar. Sources close to Kelly revealed both parties agreed to the separation this week.
The label has reportedly been under pressure to release Kelly from his contract as protests outside their Los Angeles and New York City locations continue.
Lifetime premiered the six-part documentary on January 3, spotlighting Kelly’s inappropriate predatory behavior and alleged sexual assaults. Since then, Lady Gaga, Chance The Rapper and Ciara have pulled their collaborations with Kelly from streaming services as the #MuteRKelly movement found its second wind.
Kelly has been with Sony since the onset of his career and under contract with RCA — its subsidiary label — since 2012. RCA released Kelly’s 12Nights Of Christmas album in 2016, his follow-up to 2015’s The Buffet.
Earlier this week, RCA said any new R. Kelly material was on hold, but it looks like that was only the beginning.