Despite being subjected to sexual assault allegations and the popularity of movements like #MuteRKelly following the release of the documentary Surviving R Kelly last month, the 52-year-old US singer’s ticket sales are booming in one German city.

In Ludwigsburg, a picturesque place just north of Stuttgart in south-west Germany, Kelly has had to upgrade from his original 7200 capacity venue to a 9000-strong complex in a city about 120 kilometres away in Neu-Ulm.

It’s the second time the April 12th date has been forced to move – but not because of growing demand. Ausburger Allegemeine reported the RnB singer was set to play a venue a different venue originally, but an online petition against the concert forced organisers Concerts Stuttgart to pull the plug.