R. Kelly’s Music Sales Increased 500% After Sex Trafficking Conviction

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R. Kelly’s music has suddenly seen a rise in the sales despite a guilty conviction for racketeering, kidnapping and sexual exploitation last month. 

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Despite recent convictions on sex trafficking and racketeering, sales for singer R. Kelly’s music have jumped 500%, Rolling Stone magazine reported. 

His music streams rose from 11.2 million to 13.4 million since he was convicted on Sept. 27. The singer’s albums sales soared 517%, his on-demand audio streams grew 22% and his video streams jumped up 23%. 

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R. Kelly has been marred in controversy for decades after claims that he’s sexually assaulted young Black women and girls, married the late R&B singer Aaliyah when she was 15-years old or after victims came forward to claim that Kelly ran a “sex cult,” Rolling Stone reported. 

YouTube has since deleted both of Kelly’s channels for not following company guidelines that allows the site to “terminate a creator’s channels if they’re accused of a very egregious crime” or “should the creator be convicted or plead guilty.” 

According to Rolling Stone, it isn’t uncommon to see a sudden surge in an artist’s music while they’re entangled in a controversy. Earlier this year country singer Morgan Wallen album went up in 1,220% in sales after the artist used a racial slur.  

For now, Kelly will continue to pocket the money from sales and streams while he awaits sentencing for his crimes, which is scheduled for May 4, 2022.  

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