Spotify’s Controversial Move to Mute R. Kelly is on The Viral List

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Spotify is making headlines for no longer promoting the music of two artists, fans are banding together to save Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “This Is America” is setting records, and more links to check out this Friday!

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingSpotify Makes Headlines for Muting R. Kelly

In a move that is making headlines and setting a new standard for brands in the post-woke era, Spotify is no longer promoting the music of two artists due to the mounting interest in the allegations being made against them. Singer R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion are facing allegations of sexual abuse and domestic violence respectively, with the former being the subject of viral hashtag, #MuteRKelly, that asks the industry to stop profiting off of his music. In response, Spotify instituted a new policy this week that allows them to pull or stop promoting music or artists they deem “hateful,” and they’ve started by banning R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from their playlists and algorithmic recommendations (you can still find the full music catalog of both artists on the platform). Some are praising Spotify for their efforts, while others—including the artists themselves—are calling out the platform for responding to unproven allegations and not acting against a long list of mainstream artists that have also been accused of crimes.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingFans Band Together to Save Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Fox’s decision to cancel comedic series Brooklyn Nine-Nine became a top trending topic on Twitter this week with the internet “losing its mind” to save the show. The series, based on the goings-on of a police precinct, is Fox’s second longest running TV show behind New Girl. But ultimately its low ratings—most likely caused by the rising preference to stream later than watch live—has led to its demise after five seasons. Fans, which include celebrities like…


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