As a result of the #MuteRKelly movement, Spotify has decided to incorporate a mute and block feature, which will allow users to hide artists and prevent their music from coming up on Spotify’s curated playlists.
Spotify had decided against the feature back when it was first proposed back in 2017. However, the streaming platform was put under pressure following the emerging details of sexual misconduct by (former) R&B artist R. Kelly. The pressure was heightened by the release of the Lifetime docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ in which many of the allegations were backed by heartfelt testimonies, and the scale of his predatory actions were fully unveiled.
As a direct response, Spotify removed R. Kelly from all of their curated playlists, but he was still available for streaming on the platform. With the block feature, a muted artist’s music will be unable to be played, even manually, without the user physically unblocking them.
Though it is not clear when the mute button on Spotify will take effect, it is clear who the most blocked artist will likely be once the feature is live.