In a message of solidarity in response to the death of George Floyd, a number of music industry leaders have called for a “Blackout Tuesday” on June 2.
Record labels such as Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Records, and Interscope Geffen A&M, among many others, have all pledged to cease business activity on Tuesday.
“Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change,” says a statement widely circulated on social media under the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused.
“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,” the statement continues. “Join us on Tuesday JUNE 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.”
A number of the labels noted that “Blackout Tuesday” will not be a “day off” but rather a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity.
The move by the music industry comes following the May 25 death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Floyd’s death has sparked mass protests across the country.
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