The record industry is listening. Tuesday, June 2nd will be observed as “Black Out Tuesday,” as record labels announced a day of protest against the killing of George Floyd.
Floyd was killed after being arrested by four police officers in Minneapolis on May 25. Video footage showed him pleading for his life with one cop’s knee on his neck for more than seven minutes. Many artists have also voiced their opinion on the matter.
Universal Music Group, Sony, Atlantic, Warner Records, Columbia, and Interscope Geffen A&M all shared a statement carrying the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused: “Due to recent events, please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change. As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins but also hold each other up during a loss. Join us Tuesday, June 2, as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.”
Universal added. “In the face of bigotry and prejudice, we’re proud of the way our artists, songwriters, and employees have spoken out.” Columbia noted that “we stand together with the black community against all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence. Now, more than ever, we must use our voices to speak up and challenge the injustices all around us.”
All planned releases during the week of June 1 will be put on hold. Interscope Geffen A&M said, “IGA will contribute to organizations that help to bail out protesters exercising their right to peaceably assemble, aid lawyers working for systematic change and provide assistance charities focused on creating economic empowerment in the black community. IGA is committed to taking long-term action in the continued fight for racial justice.”