Despite his conviction for sex trafficking and other crimes, R. Kelly's record and streaming sales have soared.
According to Rolling Stone, R. Kelly's music sales have improved in the aftermath of his conviction, which was handed down in Brooklyn on September 27.
The disgraced R&B artist was convicted of racketeering, kidnapping, and sexual exploitation of a child.
From September 27 to October 3, R. Kelly's on-demand audio streams increased by 22%, while video streaming increased by 23%.
Kelly averaged roughly 5.4 million on-demand audio streams per week in 2017, and around 6.4 million this year, Rolling Stone reported.
Artists are normally compensated in the fractions of a penny per stream, depending on the service, and therefore streams of his music -- as opposed to playing music already downloaded to a hard drive or on a physical CD -- benefit Kelly's wallet.
The 54-year-old musician was convicted of running a criminal operation that recruited women, girls, and boys for sex last month.
During the federal trial, witnesses revealed their experiences, including one woman who accused him of coercing her into getting an abortion. He risks a prison sentence ranging from 10 years to life.
The news of the streaming boost comes just days after YouTube banned two Kelly-related channels for allegedly violating its guidelines on creator accountability. His music is still available on the majority of streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music, as of press time.
Kelly has always had defenders eager to reject his accumulating criminal charges or to continue listening to his music despite them.
According to some, the controversy extends all the way back to 2002, when he was charged with many counts of child pornography in connection with the release of a tape purportedly portraying Kelly having sex with an underage female. In 2008, he was acquitted of all charges.
Kelly also sparked controversy in the 1990s when he married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah illegally. Her parents obtained an annulment of the marriage. The union was mentioned during Kelly's federal trial, as previously reported by The Grio.