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Dilemma of having a R. Kelly-penned hit: Sing it or sink it?

For Grammy-nominated singer Joe, singing the hit song R. Kelly wrote and produced for him is out of the question.

"I've stopped performing the song," he said in a statement to The Associated Press, referring to "More & More," a Top 20 R&B song released in 2003.

"No music or intellectual property is worth being inconsiderate to the feelings or pain of others," 45-year-old Joe continued.

In the wake of multiple sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly — which intensified this month with the release of the Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" — some performers are denouncing songs the R&B hitmaker created for them.

Jennifer Hudson also removed two songs R. Kelly wrote for her from some streaming platforms, including YouTube and Apple Music: the Grammy-nominated "It's Your World" and "Where You At," a Top 10 R&B hit.

Lady Gaga and R. Kelly perform 2013 duet "Do What U Want (With My Body)". Source: Associated Press

Lady Gaga apologised for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly, "Do What U Want," and removed the track from streaming services. Celine Dion followed Gaga's footsteps, removing her Grammy-nominated duet with the embattled singer, titled "I'm Your Angel," from streaming platforms.

And B2K, the boy band whose only song to the top the Billboard Hot 100 chart was the R. Kelly-produced "Bump, Bump, Bump," said after their reunion tour, which kicks off in March, they will no longer perform that song, or the others R. Kelly crafted for them.

"After the tour I am retiring those songs from my set list," lead singer Omarion tweeted. "I too am raising a future queen."

R. Kelly, who has denied all allegations of abuse against him, has written and produced his own hits like "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Bump N Grind." He was once a white-hot hitmaker that most artists clamored to work with.

R. Kelly was behind Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone," which became the first song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it did in 1995. He also worked on multiple songs for Whitney Houston's final album, 2009's "I Look to You."

He produced "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number," the 1994 debut album for Aaliyah, who was 15 when she married a 27-year-old R. Kelly the same year the album was released. The marriage was later annulled.

Aaliyah's album included "Back & Forth," a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; other Top 10 hits R. Kelly crafted for others included "Stroke You Up" and "G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T." for R&B duo Changing Faces; "808" for the girl group Blaque; and Maxwell's "Fortunate," the crowd favorite he performed at the last stop of his tour in New York in December.

Singer R Kelly. Source: Bang Showbiz