Friday, January 22, 2021

RCA Says ‘No’ to New R. Kelly Music; French Montana Defends Singer’s ‘Legacy’

*French Montana has clarified his comments about R Kelly after initially appearing to support the R&B singer by saying he should be “allowed to enjoy his legacy”.

Since the broadcast of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, criticism of Kelly has intensified as he continues to deny allegations of sexual assault and holding women hostage.

Speaking to TMZ, Montana said fans refuse to let controversial stars be great and “have their legendary moments.”

“They did Michael Jackson like that, they did R Kelly like that. All the greats went down like that. Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened, man.”

As expected, the backlash to his comments was swift and Montana was forced to follow up in a statement via Twitter, saying that he supports the victims of sexual assault.

“Let me be clear, my heart is with the victims,” Montana wrote. “I never thought the people I looked up to as a kid, who sang and danced and gave me hope to become a superstar would become drug addicts, child molestors and rapists. I am hoping we as a culture create better leaders. We need them.”

R. Kelly has always denied the claims against him and last week his lawyer, Steve Greenberg, told Associated Press: “The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”

As previously reported, Prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta are seeking information from any potential victims or witnesses of the alleged sexual and physical abuse by the singer.

In related news, sources tell TMZ that Kelly’s label RCA/Sony will not produce any of his new music, nor will it put money behind any of his projects, and it will not release any additional music until the criminal investigations in Georgia are resolved.

Kelly is said to be pissed because he’s been in the studio recording new music to fulfill his RCA contract … which requires 2 new albums, the report states. 

Meanwhile, as the fallout from the docuseries continues, a concert that was to take place in Springfield in April and hosted by Kellz will reportedly be scrapped due to security concerns following the #muteRkelly protests.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Acting stupid, and foolishly truculent to challenge the law or the appearance of what is considered publicly moral conduct to prove a point when the business is a delicate public relation’s business like entertainment can be very costly as we have seen time and time again. I witnessed this in Minneapolis as a broadcaster in the mid-70s when Prince disobeyed his first black manager at 17 and signed what he was told would be a slave contract where he wouldn’t even control his own name. He did lose the right to use his real name at the pinnacle of his career but luckily he would make it back to creative and monetary success. He would do so because the public was on his side since it was not a moral question facing him. However, when the public is not on your side, because of a perceived moral indiscretion, your return to success, stardom, and wealth will be highly doubtful. Those artists often take the hit and begin hemorrhaging in all areas when it involves a moral question of children. They begin losing enormous sums of money like Michael Jackson who, though not for the same reasons, just like Elvis had to die so that his public image and stock value would increase and become profitable once again. It appears that R. Kelly, out of stubbornness, has climbed aboard this latter train regarding his own moral turpitude, and it is sad because it could have been avoided after his acquittal in 2008. Whether he’ll ever make it back to monetary and crowd success as an artist, IMO, is doubtful. Beyond enjoying his legacy of recordings out in his garage or a basement apartment it seems unfortunately is where he is headed as a result of his own stubborn poor choices.

  2. R. Kelly’s days as a performer are over. What he did to these women and girls is disgusting and unacceptable. Thanks RCA for dropping him.

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