July 18, 2019
Entertainment

Céline Dion has removed her 1998 R Kelly collaboration from streaming services

French-Canadian singer Céline Dion has become the latest star to remove a collaboration with R Kelly from streaming services.

The 50-year-old duetted with R Kelly on the 1998 track “I’m Your Angel”, which appeared on both her album, These Are Special Times, and his, R. R Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is currently facing scrutiny over sexual abuse allegations, following a six-part docuseries aired by Lifetime which lifted the cap on the increasing number of sexual assault and misconduct accusations against him over the last 20 years.

Scrutiny over sexual abuse allegations

He has previously been subjected to sexual impropriety allegations, and in 2008, he stood trial on child pornography charges, of which he was acquitted.

The 52-year-old has consistently denied any wrongdoing. However, artists who’ve worked with him in the past have started to respond. “I’m Your Angel” has been removed from Dion’s pages on Apple Music, YouTube and Tidal, though it remains available to listen to on Spotify.

Artists are removing past collaborations

Last week, American singer Lady Gaga apologised for collaborating with R Kelly in the past and vowed to remove the song they made together from streaming services after fresh allegations of sexual assault against the R&B singer.

In a post on Twitter, she said: “If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self, I’d tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused, post-traumatic state that I was in or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation – to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about what we’ve been through. “I can’t go back, but I can go forward, and continue to support women, men, and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault.

“I’m sorry, both for my poor judgement when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner. I love you.” Chicago artist Chance The Rapper has followed suit, discarding his R Kelly collab, “Somewhere In Paradise”, from streaming services, after calling the song a mistake in Surviving R Kelly. “Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake,” he told Cassius‘ Jamilah Lemieux in an interview in May, a portion of which was aired in the documentary.

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