In one of many extra low-profile main live performance bulletins in current reminiscence, R. Kelly is scheduled to carry out at the Hulu Theatre at New York Metropolis’s Madison Sq. Backyard subsequent month. Whereas the announcement of the live performance, scheduled for Sept. 15, was posted on the venue’s web site, ticketing platforms and Kelly’s RCA Information artist web page on Friday, few seen till Spin printed an article on it Monday.
The live performance comes when Kelly’s status is arguably at its lowest level in years, as a long time of sexual-misconduct accusations — most not too long ago allegations that he’s holding younger ladies captive in an abusive “cult” — have led to live performance cancellations and a change in Spotify’s playlist coverage (which has since been walked again, though Kelly’s music nonetheless shouldn’t be on the service’s playlists).
A consultant for MSG informed Selection, “MSG has an extended historical past of not censoring performers. We consider artists have the precise to hire our venues to placed on their very own occasion, and that the general public then has the selection whether or not or not to assist that occasion.”
Contacted by Selection, a rep for Hulu — which, mockingly, is producing a documentary about Kelly’s alleged abuse — declined remark, though firms that sponsor venues typically have little say in reserving coverage and choices.
Late final month, Kelly addressed the a number of accusations of sexual misconduct towards him in a sprawling 19-minute track referred to as “I Admit.” In it, the singer strikes a well-recognized defensive tone, singing in regards to the tall odds he overcame to attain success, accusing haters of attempting to destroy his profession and hangers-on of spending his cash or benefiting from his largess.