Record labels to suspend work for Black Out Tuesday

Music Industry Plans

Billed as "a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community", the campaign - boasting the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused - has gained support from people like Dirty Hit Records' Jamie Oborne, former Hot 97 music director Karlie Hustle and Beats 1 host Ebro Darden. It said it would contribute to Black Lives Matter and other groups fighting "racial injustice".

Columbia Records was the first label to make a public stance over Loyd's death, with its chairman, Ron Perry, posting on May 28, "We stand together with the Black community against all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence".

Additionally, the performance rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC will take part in the #TheShowMustBePaused initiative.

Following the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests, dozens of music industry members have pledged to join a grassroots campaign to make June 2nd "Black Out Tuesday". Video footage widely circulated online shows a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for an extended period even though the 46-year-old repeatedly mentions that he is struggling to breathe.

Interscope wrote on their Instagram: "IGA will not release new music the week of June 1st". "At UMG, we're committed to being a force for constructive change". We continue to stand with the Black community, our staff, artists, and peers in the music industry.

Additionally, Relix and its partners at Dayglo Presents (LOCKN', The Capitol Theatre, Brooklyn Bowl) are proudly participating in Blackout Tuesday. They are working on a greater plan of action, to be announced, and say they "are and will be in this fight for the long haul". "Donate to the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund set up by his family and to organisations like Black Lives Matter". Floyd's death sparked outrage around the globe, and in the USA, protesters took to the streets to speak out against racism and police brutality.

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