Sony Music ends contract with US singer R. Kelly

R. Kelly, the singer of ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ fame who recently announced a new album, has seen his reputation more and more seriously hard hit. (Reuters)
Updated 19 January 2019
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Sony Music ends contract with US singer R. Kelly

  • The singer of ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ fame — who recently announced a new album — has seen his reputation more and more seriously hard hit
  • Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated ‘playlists’

NEW YORK: Sony Music has called it quits with embattled singer R. Kelly, ending his contract with subsidiary RCA after a documentary aired accusing him of repeated cases of sexual abuse, media reports said Friday.
While Variety and Billboard reported the breakup, Sony Music did not immediately confirm it when contacted by AFP.
One woman who sued R. Kelly, accusing him of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease and false imprisonment, also says he has threatened her.
Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred told reporters on Monday that her client Faith Rodgers, 20, faced “efforts to intimidate and retaliate” from Kelly after she filed the lawsuit now pending in New York’s Supreme Court.
And just after Rodgers testified in the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” that aired this month, her lawyers say Kelly and his team created a Facebook page — which the social media giant removed within hours — seeking to discredit accusers including Rodgers, posting “private” photos of her.
But the singer of “I Believe I Can Fly” fame — who recently announced a new album — has seen his reputation more and more seriously hard hit.
Calls for a boycott gathered pace in some measure thanks to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and via the #MuteRKelly hashtag on Twitter.
Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated “playlists.”
The last straw was the broadcast in early January of “Surviving R. Kelly,” a documentary in which several women accused the singer and producer, 52, of having sex with girls under the age of 16, and of having surrounded themselves with women whom he made sex slaves.


6th Century Arab poet-warrior’s ‘love stone’ gets a new look

Updated 18 April 2019
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6th Century Arab poet-warrior’s ‘love stone’ gets a new look

  • Saudi heritage agency cleans up ‘Antara’s Rock’ in Qassim

BURAIDAH: An iconic rock that stands as a symbol of love, drawing visitors from around the Kingdom and other Arab countries, has been given renewed life thanks to the Saudi Commission for National Heritage and Tourism (SCTH). 
Antara’s Rock, located north of Uyun Al-Jawa in the Kingdom’s central region of Qassim, was named after the famous 6th-century poet and warrior Antara bin Shaddad Al-Absi, who used to meet his love Abla in its shade. 
Now the tourist favorite has a whole new look following work by a specialist team from the SCTH archaeology and museums sector, which used advanced techniques to clean the rock and preserve the original inscriptions at the site.