The fact that the American singer-songwriter, Robert Sylvester Kelly popularly known as R. Kelly was convicted of racketeering and sex crimes did not hurt his music sales. In fact, the opposite seems to be happening.
The R&B legend’s music sales have jumped + 517% since a jury found guilty in the federal R Kelly sexual crimes case on September 27, according to RollingStone.
The rise wasn’t just in music sales.
The 54-year-old singer’s audio streams increased 22%. His video feeds also saw an increase, up 23% from the week before the guilty verdict was announced.
In 2021, a year in which Kelly spent all of his time behind bars, her streaming averages were higher than they were in 2017.
It is estimated to have gone from 5.4 million on-demand audio streams per week in 2017 to an average of around 6.4 million over the past 10 months. Enough to deserve a gold record.
R. Kelly, who has been convicted of eight counts of sex trafficking and one count of racketeering, faces up to life in prison following the final hearing scheduled for May 4, 2022.
More trials await him in his home state of Illinois, as well as in Minnesota, where he is also being prosecuted for sex crimes.
According to Chicago radio station WGCI-FM, the disgraced singer tried to work hand-in-hand with Illinois prosecutors in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Reading between the lines, it is known that the fallen artist may drop a few names of singers who are also involved in alleged sex crimes against minors.
In the face of these upcoming revelations, The Game Wack100 manager has stepped up to the plate, and already looks like he knows the names that could potentially be swayed by Kelly.
In short, will we soon see new scandals similar to the one that led to the definitive downfall of the native of Chicago? The scenario is now possible.