Track bought 2,000 downloads on Jan. 10 within the U.S., up from a negligible quantity the day prior to this, in response to preliminary gross sales reviews to Nielsen Music.
Sales of Lady Gaga’s "Do What U Want," that includes R. Kelly, surged 13,720 % within the U.S. within the wake of her breaking her silence about working with the controversial singer on the monitor in 2013. On Jan. 10, the tune bought 2,000 downloads, in response to preliminary gross sales reviews to Nielsen Music. That’s up from a negligible determine the day prior to this.
Kelly has been outstanding within the information since Lifetime's documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired Jan. Three-5. In the six-hour sequence, a number of ladies allege that they have been subjected to psychological, bodily and sexual abuse by the singer. Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.
On Jan. 9, Gaga issued an announcement her social media accounts through which she referred to as Kelly's alleged misconduct “completely horrifying and indefensible,” that she wouldn’t be working with him once more and that she was sorry for her “poor judgment once I was younger and not talking out sooner.”
The gross sales bump can be short-lived, although, as Gaga additionally promised to “take away the tune off of iTunes and different streaming platforms.” That course of started late within the day on Jan. 10. By 10 p.m. ET on Jan. 10, the Kelly collaboration had been pulled down from the U.S. iTunes Store — the place the majority of digital music is bought in America.
Concurrently, the monitor had additionally been faraway from Apple Music’s streaming service and have become unplayable Spotify.
An different model of the tune, which options totally different lyrics and Christina Aguilera as a substitute of R. Kelly, remains to be accessible to buy and stream broadly. The Aguilera model of the tune, launched in December of 2013, additionally had a achieve in gross sales on Jan. 10, rising from a negligible determine on Jan. 9 to just about 1,000 downloads the next day.