R Kelly album 'removed from Spotify' after being released while in prison

R Kelly’s new album has seemingly been removed from Spotify and Apple Music after being uploaded while he is behind bars.

The disgraced musician is serving a 30-year prison sentence after being convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering charges.

He was also recently found guilty of three child pornography counts and three counts of enticing minors for sex in a separate case, in Chicago.

This week the convicted sex trafficker seemingly released a new album – titled I Admit It – which was made available on Apple Music and Spotify.

However it appears the album has now been removed by both streaming sites, and the distributor claims it was a bootleg.

A representative for Legacy Recordings of Sony Music was credited on the album, but a spokesperson has insisted to Variety that the album was not legit and was a bootleg.

A representative for Spotify told the outlet the album was removed ‘at the request of the distributor,’ while Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean said Kelly’s team did not release the album and his ‘intellectual property’ was ‘stolen.’

The last three songs on the album are titled I Admit It (I Did It) part one, part two, and part three, and according to TMZ addressed the accusations that landed him behind bars in the tracks.

The 55-year-old, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, apparently pleads his innocence in the I Admit It Tracks, reportedly rapping: ‘How they gon’ say I don’t respect these women when all I’ve done is represent/ You mad I’ve got some girlfriends’.

TMZ reports he also goes on to say, in the track, that allegations that he had ‘brainwashed’ and ‘kidnapped’ women sounded ‘silly’, and referenced the parents of one woman he was allegedly intimate with.

In June, he was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after he was found guilty of nine sex trafficking and racketeering charges, following a 2021 trial in New York.

Following the proceedings, he took the stand in Chicago in a separate trial, and was later convicted of six out of 13 counts, of child pornography and enticing minors for sex.

He could face a further 10 years in prison, with his sentencing date set for February.

Kelly has fiercely denied all accusations made against him.

In 2018, Spotify bosses announced that they would be removing the I Believe I Can Fly star’s songs from playlists and no longer promoting his work, in the wake of a #MuteRKelly movement.

A rep said at the time that the rapper’s music ‘will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Spotify and Apple Music for comment.

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