The Pussycat Dolls are erasing their collaboration with R. Kelly.
The music industry is taking a stand against R. Kelly.
Following Lady Gaga’s very public and heartfelt letter to fans explaining her reasoning for collaborating with Kelly on 2013 ARTPOP track, “Do What U Want,” the singer decided it’d be best to remove the track off streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify. It was the first domino in line and created a cascading effect for others who’ve collaborated with R. Kelly over the years.
Celine Dion is reportedly in the process of removing her No. 1 R. Kelly hit, “I’m Your Angel,” off the Internet. Chance The Rapper removed “Somewhere in Paradise” after saying, “making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake.” Ciara is also reportedly removing “Promise.”
Next up? The Pussycat Dolls. TMZ reports the group’s label (wait, they have a label?) Interscope is in the process of getting “Out Of This Club” pulled.
Undeniably, the song is a jam.
Copy + pasting this excerpt from the Celine article: I’m torn on this. There’s no doubt R. Kelly is a monster, but does an artist removing their collab with him change the past? Or is it a PR tool? No one will fault Gaga or the Pussycat Dolls for removing the song, but where’s the line? If musicians/actors started making their work unavailable based on peoples’ past, there would be nothing left. Then again, I get not wanting to have an alleged sexual abuser/********* attached to your work and why it’s important to draw a line in the sand and take a stand for the victims.