In the past two weeks, many artists have spoken out about accused abuser and R&B singer, R. Kelly, in light of the documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly, which premiered earlier this month and details the years of Kelly's alleged abuse and predatory behaviour.
Chance the Rapper, Phoenix and Nick Cannon are just some of the musicians who have issued apologies for working with Kelly and messages of support for the victims who have opened up about their experiences. Just last week, pop star Lady Gaga apologized for her 2013 single, "Do What U Want (With my Body)," which features Kelly, and has vowed to remove the track from streaming services. (The track saw a spike in sales and streams following Gaga's statement.)
Now, it looks like Canadian pop icon Céline Dion is following suit.
TMZ reports that Dion and her team are in the process of pulling her collaboration with Kelly, the 1998 duet, "I'm Your Angel." The track is from Dion's 1998 holiday album, These Are Special Times, and is written and produced by Kelly. When the song originally came out, it was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, and was certified platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies. The track was also nominated for a 1999 Grammy Award for best pop collaboration with vocals.
CBC Music has reached out to Sony Music Canada, and a representative has confirmed that they have "received instructions from Céline Dion's management to proceed to remove 'I'm Your Angel' from streaming services."