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All Of The Artists Who Have Pulled Their Collabs With R. Kelly From Streaming

From Chance the Rapper to Ciara, here are the artists who have pulled their collabs from streaming services. 

The music industry is starting to take action against R. Kelly in the aftermath of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly and his ongoing criminal investigation. A handful of musicians have ben pulling their collaborations with the R&B crooner from streaming platforms, and the number is only expected to keep growing as the pile of allegations continue to thicken.

As of right now, here is the list of artists who have removed their collaborations.

Chance the Rapper

Chance is the most recent artist to pull his 2015 single "Somewhere in Paradise" from all streaming services. The bold move comes only weeks after Chano admitted that he made a mistake in ever collaborating with Kelly. His comments were briefly featured in the Lifetime docuseries. He also followed his statement up with a message on Twitter that further explained why he previously overlooked the years of abuse allegations.

Lady Gaga

As promised, Lady Gaga also removed her 2013 track "Do What U Want." The announcement to do so came along with a lengthy letter, apologizing for not speaking out sooner, as well as expressing her support for the alleged victims who endured years of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the Chicago artist.

"As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn't processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life," Lady Gaga said in a statement. "I'm sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner."

Céline Dion

Following others' lead, Céline Dion pulled her collaboration"I'm Your Angel" on Monday (Jan. 14). The song, which was originally recorded in 1998, appeared on her holiday album These Are Special Times. Taking it a step further, Dion also removed the video from YouTube. The Grammy Award-winning singer has not released a statement about R. Kelly at this time.

Ciara

While no one was looking, Ciara scrubbed her 2006 track, "Promise (Go and Get Your Tickets Mix)" from streaming platforms and iTunes. TMZ reported that Cici requested that Sony take the collab down earlier this month.

Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls are the final artists to drop their collab with R. Kelly. The group reportedly pulled their 2008 single "Out of This Club" this month as well.

Who's Next?

While this is an impressive list of artists taking a stand against R. Kelly, there are plenty of collaborations still doing numbers on streaming platforms. R. Kelly still has songs with Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Mary J. Blidge, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Jhene Aiko, Nas, Ty Dolla Sign, and more. So, who's got next?

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Listen To Brandy's Highly Anticipated ‘B7’ Album

Brandy’s new album, B7, arrived on Friday (July 31). Led by the single “Baby Mama,” the 15-track album about love, heartbreak and growth, includes appearances from  Chance the Rapper, Daniel Caeser, and Brandy's teenage daughter, Sy'rai Smith, who joins her mother on the track “High Heels.”

Along with the new album -- her first since 2012 -- Brandy debuted the music video for her latest single, “Borderline.”

“I spilled so much of my heart on this album,” she proudly told fans during a listening party on YouTube on Thursday (July 30).

In a more sobering moment from the virtual party, Brandy opened up about the death of her friend and producer, Lashawn Daniels. “It feels very strange although I’m excited and grateful to have the music out, it’s just hard not having him here to hear the complete project,” she said.

“But I take him with me wherever I go. I know everything he ever said to me, ever taught me, and what he told me, I can hold onto that. If I ever feel down about my gift there’s a few things that he told me to remind me that I have no reason to feel down at all.”

Speaking with Billboard, the Grammy winner discussed the importance of Black female R&B artists sharing content, especially during these turbulent times.

“I believe that music heals. Music is the language that we all speak. It is what we all need, and I feel like we need it more now than we ever have,” she explained. “This is the year where we all need to feel like we have something to get us through. ... I was a little hesitant with putting out music in this time because, of course, you want to speak to the times. And I'm thinking, ‘My music is not about exactly what's going on right now.’ But then I thought, ‘But this is the time where people need to feel like they have something to just escape and just help them heal.’ ...that's what made me feel better about releasing [the album].

“And I think that we don’t want to feel alone,” added Brandy. “We need to feel community, we need to feel togetherness, we need to feel love right now. And I think music is the best way to feel that. It’s the shortcut to feeling that right away.”

Stream B7 below.

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T.I. And Jeezy Discuss Potentially Squashing Beef With Gucci Mane

T.I. and Jeezy are thinking about reconnecting with the “third member of the Mt. Rushmore of Trap Music.” During an episode of the Expeditiously Tip podcast, the Atlanta rappers pondered the idea of squashing the beef with Gucci Mane.

“Now what do you think is necessary to bring that sh*t together if anything,” the Grand Hustle leader asked Jeezy. “And I understand we dealing with somebody who’s temperamental themselves..our sh*t that we got with us versus their sh*t that they got with them makes it extremely problematic.”

Tip added that linking with Guwop could be a big move for trap music.

“I just feel like we got to have one of those mafia, back room conversations,” said Jeezy. “What I’ve learned over the years is like this sh*t [is] big business. People that went to Yale still do business with people that went to Harvard. So it’s just one of those convos [that needs to happen]. It’s been decades.”

Tip and Jeezy also discussed the breakdown of their relationship with Gucci, and setting their differences aside. Though Gucci and Jeezy have been beefing for over 10 years, it seems that Tip  fell into the drama by siding with the Snowman.

Watch a clip of their discussion below.

T.I. and Jeezy want to have a conversation with Gucci Mane to squash their beef pic.twitter.com/QNJAHdaqoS

— Complex Ambition (@ComplexAmbition) July 28, 2020

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Jhene Aiko Taps Kehlani, Wiz Khalifa, Mila J For Deluxe Edition Of ‘Chilombo’

Jhene Aiko expanded the guest list for the deluxe edition of her Chilombo album released on Friday (July 17). The updated album is packed with 29 tracks, featuring guest appearances from Kehlani, Snoop Dogg, Mila J, and Chris Brown.

Kehlani joins Aiko and H.E.R. on the remix to “B.S,” while Snoop and Chris Brown hop on “Tryna Smoke,” and Wiz Khalifa drops a guest verse on “Down Again.”

Aiko connects with her older sister, Mila J, for “OTW,” and  it looks like the musical collaboration has been a long time coming. “Finally got a song with my big sister,” Aiko happily tweeted on Friday (July 17).

finally a song with my big sister @MilaJ 💙 scorpio & pisces 💦💦💦

— Chilombo (@JheneAiko) July 17, 2020

The Grammy winner announced the deluxe album earlier in the week, along with debuting the track list and gothic cover art.

7/17 #CHILOMBO (deluxe) 🌋 pic.twitter.com/4ZupGndOKL

— Chilombo (@JheneAiko) July 15, 2020

The original installment of Chilombo was released in March and shot to No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. In addition to the new tracks, Aiko released the music video for her latest song, “Summer.”

Stream the deluxe edition of Chilombo below.

 

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