R.kelly’s album sales have increased 517 percent since a New York jury convicted him on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges. According to Rolling Stone, Kelly’s music saw double-digit growth in streams and triple-digit growth in sales.
In the week following his guilty verdict on Sept. 27, his on-demand audio streams were up 22 percent, while video streams were up 23 percent compared to the previous seven days. Overall, his streams soared from 11.2 million to 13.4 million. Streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify have “muted” Kelly from curated playlists, while artists like Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga, Ciara, and Celine Dion have pulled their collaborations from streaming.