In disheartening news that ironically comes as little surprise, R. Kelly – presently at the center of a media firestorm thanks to the scathing Lifetime documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ – is still enjoying the fruit of the very labor designed to bring him down.
The three part docuseries, which features interviews and cameos from the Grammy winner’s alleged sexual abuse victims as well as people who claim to have witnessed said perversion, premiered last night and set social media alight with its jaw-dropping accusations. And, while the debate that accompanied the hashtag #SurvivingRKelly saw a number of commenters disgusted by the evidence presented in the documentary, there were certainly a fair share of defenders of the ‘Bump N’ Grind’ star.
Their collective defenses obviously escalated from words to action as real time iTunes and Spotify charts both report INCREASED activity surrounding some of Kelly’s most popular titles. Details below:
As of time reported, real time iTunes R&B charts see multiple titles from his record-setting discography shoot back into its top 100 (and outperform some of today’s top hits).
If that’s not enough, execs from Spotify – who were at one time at the center of a movement to remove his music from their streaming site (click here to read more) – have confirmed activity around his titles has increased on their platform after the Lifetime special aired.
A rep for Spotify tells…the “Ignition” singer’s streams have increased 16% since Lifetime aired part 1 of “Surviving R. Kelly” on Thursday night.