Just hours after its debut, R Kelly’s “I Admit It” album was removed from streaming providers. The 13-track album unexpectedly debuted on major streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify on Friday morning, as The Hollywood Reporter noted; however, executives at Sony Music believe the release was an illegal one and had nothing to do with its library business, Legacy Recordings.
I Admit It was released without the singer’s team’s consent, Kelly’s attorney maintained, and the project was a bootleg.
“It’s stolen music,” said attorney Jennifer Bonjean to THR.
With songs like “Last Man Standing,” “Where’s Love When You Need It,” “Freaky Sensation,” and the contentious album’s title track, he addresses charges of pedophilia, domestic abuse, and other sex crimes on the surprise album that has since been booted from DSPs.
A New York federal court found Kelly guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking in June, and he was given a 30-year jail sentence. Similar allegations are brought against the 55-year-old in Illinois and Minnesota. The sentencing for the 55-year-old was given by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in court “after hearing from several survivors who attested to how Kelly’s exploitation reverberated across their lives,” according to the Associated Press, who noted the humiliated singer didn’t address those present.