"The courts haven't been able to do anything," Odeleye said. "It really kind of came to me. If we are going to shut this man down, we're going to have to take things into our own hands."
So far, Odeleye has had no luck getting the Atlanta concert nixed, but the R&B singer has cancelled at least four concerts without explanation: Los Angeles, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas. TMZ said ticket sales were slow, and a recent Virginia Beach concert was barely half full.
Three local radio stations -- Kiss 104.1, V-103 and Majic 107.5/97.5 -- played R. Kelly songs over the past week, according to Mediabase 24/7, which tracks radio airplay.
Fifteen songs featuring R. Kelly were spun, including "Happy People" eight times, "Step in the Name of Love" and "It Seems Like You're ready" both six times and "Ignition" five times. Kiss played him 19 times, Majic 18 times and V-103 five times. In total, you could hear him about once every four hours on Atlanta radio.
Majic program director
said as long as Kelly hasn't been convicted of anything, he didn't feel right pulling R. Kelly's songs. "If and once he's convicted, then we'd have a different conversation," he said in an interview with me. He was the only program director to speak to Odeleye directly.
who oversees Kiss, declined to comment. He responded to Odeleye: "Thank you for the email. We will keep an eye on this situation."
, program director at V-103, didn't respond to my inquiry but did send Odeleye this note acknowledging that the station has talked about the R. Kelly issue extensively but has no plans to boycott his music:
Thank you for your email. We respect your organization's position on this topic and appreciate you sharing your viewpoint. As a local radio station, one of our goals is to play the music our listeners want to hear, however, doing so does not mean that we endorse or support any individual's actions or decisions. As it relates to covering the news and updates of urban music and artists, we present the stories and encourage listeners to decide for themselves what they listen to, watch, read, whom they support and whom they don't. To that end, our coverage of this story has included an interview with the Savage family on V103.
Kiss 104.1 and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group.