R. Kelly's career in the music industry appears to be changing yet again.
Multiple media sources are now reporting that SONY MUSIC has chose to end its working relationship with R. KELLY. When Sony purchased BMG, Jive fell under the Sony umbrella and was eventually folded into RCA.
That news came just hours after R. Kelly's former manager turned himself into law enforcement in Georgia over an outstanding warrant.
He has been under contract at RCA, a Sony subsidiary, since 2012.
Kelly maintains his innocence against all allegations against him. Whether his back catalog will remain with RCA/Sony, however, remains "unclear".
RCA came under renewed pressure this month to drop Kelly in the wake of a Lifetime documentary in which multiple women, including his ex-wife, made on-camera allegations of emotional, sexual and physical abuse.
It also details the relationship in 1994 between the late singer Aaliyah and R Kelly, who married him when she was 15 and he was 27. The New York Times claims he has sold 32 million albums for the label in the U.S. Kelly's most recent releases have been posted online without the label's involvement.
"I stand behind these women 1,000 per cent, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously", she wrote.
Entertainment attorney Leslie Frank, a partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, told Variety that some major-label contracts have provisions stating that if [an artist is] "convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude, generally speaking it is the label's right to terminate the contract", although Kelly has not been convicted of either.
But now, it would seem as though R. Kelly's time was up.