Since the premiere of the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, the internet has been ablaze with users are reacting to the allegations of sexual abuse laid out against the singer.
Kelly isn’t just trending on social media — people are apparently listening to him more, too, with Spotify reportedly tracking an increase in the singer’s streams.
According to The Blast, streams of Kelly’s music on Spotify have increased by 16% since the debut of Surviving R. Kelly on Thursday night. Refinery29 has reached out to Spotify to confirm, along with Apple Music and YouTube for streaming data on their platforms.
As of this writing, Kelly has over 5.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 1.7 million subscribers.
These numbers from the platform indicate millions of listeners have chosen to overlook Kelly’s sexual abuse and predation in favor of listening to the “Ignition (Remix)” one more time.
One of the most direct ways to have a lasting impact on Kelly is also one of the simplest: stop playing his music.
Streaming any song in Kelly’s catalog makes him money. In doing so, it also directly condones Kelly’s past actions and sends the message that this behavior is in any way acceptable.
It tells his record label, publisher, and tour promoters that fans will continue to fund Kelly’s career, regardless of his alleged abuses of women. (Kelly denies the charges against him.) Refinery29 reports.