R.Kelly’s album sales up more than 500 percent following sex-trafficking conviction, report says

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R. Kelly covers his mouth as he speaks to members of his entourage while leaving the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019. Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • Sales for R. Kelly’s album have rocketed more than 500 percent since his conviction.
  • Rolling Stone reported that his streams jumped from 11.2 million to 13.4 million in one week.
  • R. Kelly’s channels were removed from YouTube, but his music is still available on other platforms.

R. Kelly’s album and streaming sales have boomed despite his recent sex-trafficking conviction.

Rolling Stone reported that in the wake of the guilty verdict, which was handed down in Brooklyn on September 27, R.Kelly’s music sales have improved. From September 27 to October 3, R.Kelly’s on-demand audio streams rose 22 percent, and video streams upped to 23 percent compared to the previous seven days.

Overall, his streams rose from 11.2 million to 13.4 million, Rolling Stone reported. The outlet noted that his album sales jumped by 517 percent.

Last month, the 54-year-old was convicted after being accused of running a criminal enterprise that recruited women, girls, and boys for sex. Accusers detailed their experiences during the federal trial, including one woman who accused R. Kelly of forcing her to get an abortion.

R. Kelly faces a sentence of between 10 years to life in prison.

YouTube removed the singer’s channels following the verdict, but his music is still available on the premium YouTube Music platform and other sites. His music can be found in Apple Music and Spotify. However, the sites previously “muted” R.Kelly by not featuring him on curated playlists.