The global music industry comes together for Blackout Tuesday

02 Juin, 2020, 00:55 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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"Black Out Tuesday" will see the music industry pause business to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the Black community and demands for justice following the death of George Floyd, and will take place on Tuesday 2nd June.

Companies including Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Elektra Music Group, HitCo, Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Pulse Music Group, Reservoir, Republic Records, Sony/ATV, Sony Music, Virgin EMI, Universal Music Group and Warner Records, among others, have committed to halting business activity on the day. Armed with #TheShowMustBePaused, music labels, streaming services, and entertainment companies are taking "a day to disconnect from work and to reconnect with [the] community".

Record labels to "Black Out" in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

On the website, Agyemang and Thomas state, "The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable". In the week since the killing, Chauvin and three other officers have been fired from the force and Chauvin has been arrested for third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Sony Music made a similar announcement, it said it would release no new music this week.

"Monday suggests a long weekend, and we can't wait until Friday for change", they continue. In their statement, DefJam executives vowed to "stand with our colleagues, our artists, and our community in observance of BLACKOUT TUESDAY".

TheShowMustBePaused.com also includes suggestions for how those participating in Tuesday's blackout can use their time productively. Floyd's death sparked outrage around the globe, and in the U.S., protesters took to the streets to speak out against racism and police brutality.

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