R. Kelly's Spotify Listeners Down 330K in Weeks Before Racketeering Conviction

R&B singer R. Kelly, who was convicted on Monday of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, has experienced a shallow decline in his number of monthly Spotify listeners since the start of his trial last month.

Kelly's Spotify artist page on Tuesday said he had 4,867,552 monthly listeners, a decline of roughly 330,000 from the 5.2 million monthly Spotify listeners The New York Times reported that he had in mid-August.

Spotify defines "monthly listeners" for its artists as "unique listeners who play your music during a 28-day period." The 28-day marker was set to ensure consistency from one month to the next, according to Spotify.

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Spotify's artist page for R&B singer R. Kelly on Tuesday said the singer had about 4.86 million monthly listeners, a decline from the 5.2 million monthly listeners the streaming service reported last month. Above, Kelly appears at a hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building June 26, 2019 in Chicago. E. Jason Wambsgans-Pool/Getty Images

The audio streaming service also allows users to follow artists or choose a "don't play this artist" option, but data for those selections are not displayed on each individual artist's profile.

According to the New York Times, Kelly has maintained a strong listenership throughout the allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior involving minors he has faced over the years, with the music data analysis platform Chartmetric placing him among the top 500 musicians in the industry.

Kelly was first indicted on child pornography charges in 2002 but was later acquitted of those charges in 2008. His latest trial in New York stems from charges filed against him in 2019. He is currently facing additional charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

Trial dates for Kelly in connection to the Illinois and Minnesota cases have yet to be set, but his trial in Brooklyn concluded Monday with a jury finding him guilty of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act. Kelly is facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars and could face life in prison for his Monday conviction alone, according to New York prosecutors.

Allegations surrounding Kelly's treatment of women have been woven into pop culture since he married singer Aaliyah in the mid-1990s when she reportedly was 15 years old and he was 27.

Before Monday, none of the allegations made against Kelly resulted in criminal convictions, but survivors and activists have over the last several years spoken out against Kelly's behavior and worked to enact change.

In 2017, the #MuteRKelly movement began in an attempt to get Kelly's music removed from radio play in Atlanta, an effort that later expanded to support protesters against Kelly and his music in other cities. The movement's organizers have said their goal is to "end the financial support of R Kelly's career, and help pave the way to get him convicted for sexual abuse against young women."

After Kelly's conviction was announced, #MuteRKelly posted a tweet addressing the jury's decision.

"We hope this verdict brings some sense of justice to the brave survivors who came forward," the tweet said.

Newsweek reached out to Spotify for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.