R. Kelly’s sales soar 500% after sex trafficking verdict

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It seems crime performs.

R. Kelly could also be trapped in jail, however “Trapped in the Closet” and a slew of his different hit singles are surging in recognition following his conviction on sex trafficking fees.

The disgraced singer’s album sales have jumped a whopping 517% since a New York jury handed down their responsible verdict on Sept. 27, according to Rolling Stone.

Kelly, 54, was discovered responsible of sexual exploitation, bribery, racketeering and sex trafficking involving 5 victims. He is now dealing with the prospect of life behind bars.

Many might have guessed that the crimes would trigger a cancellation of Kelly’s basic tracks, however the reverse has occurred.

In addition to the spike in album sales, streams of the R&B crooner’s tunes are additionally up.

From Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 — the week following Kelly’s conviction — his “on-demand audio streams were up 22%,” whereas his “video streams were up 23% compared to the previous seven days.”

And whereas the verdict prompted a pronounced spike in streams, his music has been well-played all through the whole lot of 2021.

Kelly is seen onstage in 2013.
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In truth, his singles have been extra streamed this year than they had been in 2017, regardless of witnesses at his high-profile trial revealing horrific acts he carried out towards them.

According to Rolling Stone: “In 2017, Kelly was averaging around 5.4 million on-demand audio streams per week, and this year he’s averaged around 6.4 million.”

Kelly’s songs are nonetheless out there on most streaming companies, together with Spotify and Apple Music. However, earlier this week, Google shut down two official R. Kelly YouTube accounts, claiming they “violated creator responsibility guidelines.”

It’s unclear how many individuals would come clean with enjoying the “Ignition” musician’s songs, on condition that he’s now a public pariah.

But there may be one man who’s defending the sleazy singer — disgraced sitcom star Bill Cosby.

Kelly is pictured in courtroom in 2019.
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Cosby believes Kelly “was screwed” and that “he wasn’t going to catch a break” throughout his monthlong trial, his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, lately instructed The Post.

“The deck was stacked against [him],” Wyatt declared. “His constitutional rights had been grossly abused. I don’t know anyplace however on this nation within the United States {that a} documentary can carry legal fees towards somebody.

“No one fought hard for him,” and his attorneys didn’t “humanize him,” Wyatt stated.

Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4 of subsequent year.