R. Kelly’s music revenues rise by staggering amounts following guilty verdict
R. Kelly may have just been convicted of nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his fans. The disgraced R&B singer will be sentenced in his first criminal case brought to court in Brooklyn, New York on May 4, 2022. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the crimes he is accused of, but a jury ruled otherwise after listening eight weeks of testimony from accusers, alleged managers, and more. Despite a guilty verdict, Kelly’s music is experiencing an increase in revenue.
XXL Magazine reports that according to Billboard, Kelly’s music sales have jumped 517% since the recent verdict. The increase is not just coming from music sales. The 54-year-old singer’s on-demand audio streams are also up 22%. Kelly’s video feeds have also seen an increase. His streams are up 23% from the week before his guilty verdict.
Yet YouTube ultimately decided to remove Kelly’s official music channels from their platform, explaining that Kelly’s recent verdict violated their usage policy. “We can confirm that we have terminated two channels related to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator liability guidelines,” a YouTube representative told the outlet. Kelly will not be able to create chains in the future. Its music may, however, remain available to be played by third-party channels.
In 2021, Kelly’s streaming averages were higher than they were in 2017, two years before her life was changed thanks to the Lifetime docuseries. Survive R. Kelly. The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer is said to have gone from 5.4 million on-demand audio streams per week in 2017 to around 6.4 million on average.
Kelly has at least three cases facing similar charges in other states, including Minnesota, Georgia and Illinois. He has also reportedly faced charges in Florida. His legal team has already vowed to appeal his Brooklyn verdict.