R. Kelly Music Streams Rise 116 Percent After ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Finale
The music publication reports that the singer's songs generated 4.3 million on-demand streams in the U.S. after the Surviving R. Kelly finale. The singer's song streams shot up 116 percent from last Wednesday (Jan. 2), which was the day before the Lifetime docuseries premiered.
The most-streamed R. Kelly songs were as follows: "Ignition" (433,000 U.S. streams; up 80 percent from 240,000 on Jan. 2), "Trapped in the Closet" (396,000; up 230 percent from 120,000), "Bump N' Grind" (266,000; up 94 percent from 137,000), "Same Girl," featuring Usher, (176,000; up 126 percent from 78,000), and "I Believe I Can Fly" (161,000; up 48 percent from 109,000).
Overall, Kelly saw a 65 percent gain in daily streams during the three-day docuseries run. In total, Kelly's music moved 14.5 million streams during the Jan. 3 to Jan. 6 period, versus 8.8 million on Dec. 30 through Jan. 2.
In addition, the veteran R&B singer saw an increased in views of his Wikipedia page. However, Kelly's music took a nose dive in radio airplay. Speaking of which, two Dallas radio stations have banned his music from their playlists.
Music streaming aside, some people feel that all of the R. Kelly news -- good or bad -- only helps the singer become more successful. One of those people is Future.
In an interview with Power 106's The Cruz Show, Future suggested that we should stop giving the embattled singer so much attention.
"Man, who is that? I thought we had forgot about that? We giving it too much attention," he said. "When you give things too much attention, they blow up. That's why he gon' blow up. That's why his music gonna do what it do. If you stop talking about it, it'll go away."
The Atlanta rapper might be referring to Kelly's increased streams on Spotify as of late. There has been no official explanation as to why R. Kelly is seeing such a major boost in streams.
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