Spotify is making it easier to mute R. Kelly. Or any other artist for that matter. The music streaming service has quietly gone wide with a feature that makes it a breeze to block a particular artist from automatically playing in personal and curated playlists as well as charts, radio or a user's personal library.
To engage the feature, you simply have to click the "Don't play this artist" button located in the menu area for every artist. If you change your mind, you just go back to the same place and hit "Remove."
What the "Don't play" button doesn't do is wipe the artist off the face of your Spotify account. Rather, the song or artist will continue to appear in searches, playlists, charts and radio -- it just won't get played unless you manually click on it. For example, muting James Blake and Robyn doesn't erase their songs from a playlist like Ultimate Indie, it just breezily skips over those songs.