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Jada Pinkett Smith Baffled by R. Kelly Spotify Surge Since Documentary: 'What am I Missing?'

By TheBlast Staff

Jada Pinkett Smith is confused by people who want to stream R. Kelly's music in the wake of the documentary about the many allegations of sexual assault against the singer.

Smith took to her Instagram page on Sunday morning to discuss a story she read on The Blast about how R. Kelly's Spotify streams have actually increased in the days since "Surviving R. Kelly" premiered.

"I’m having a really difficult time understanding why," Smith said of the increase in Kelly's popularity. "But I think it's important I understand why."

She encouraged fans to leave her comments to help her understand the situation, "even if I’m missing something I don’t necessarily agree with."

"I just want to understand what I’m missing," Jada Pinkett Smith added.


R. Kelly and his famous friends
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The increase in R. Kelly streams is particularly interesting, especially considering the rocky past between him and Spotify. Back in May, the global streaming giant announced they were removing R. Kelly's music from all of its owned and operated playlists as part of an updated policy to stop promoting artists who have been accused of “hateful conduct."

Spotify later backtracked from the ban after receiving backlash for supporting other artists who had been accused of sexual assault while singling out Kelly.

"Surviving R. Kelly" has gained major attention by showcasing former friends, employees and even family members speaking candidly about R. Kelly sexually abusing not only women but young girls.

Stars like John Legend and Wendy Williams have attached themselves to the project, even appearing on camera to talk about the allegations.

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