Record labels to suspend work for Black Out Tuesday

Lawrence Kim
June 2, 2020

Capitol Music Group, Warner Music Group and their respective labels announced Saturday that they would align with "Black Out Tuesday".

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.

Record labels to "Black Out" in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Lindsay Ell and the Highwomen tweeted their support, too. The two, who are both black, called on the music industry to suspend daily operations "in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard", according to TheShowMustBePaused.com.

On the website, Agyemang and Thomas state, "The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry".

Some of the bigwigs have, over the course of this turbulent weekend, called for a music industry-wide blackout in solidarity scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, tagging it #TheShowMustBePaused. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. 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. Floyd was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

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

Columbia wrote, "We stand together with the Black community against all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence". Here are five things you should know about Blackout Tuesday.

MetalSucks will also be participating in the show of solidarity.

The initiative came about as a response to the death of 46-year-old George Floyd.

Protests against police brutality and endemic racism have been held in the U.S. and around the world after footage showed Mr Floyd being pinned on his neck by a Minnesota police officer.

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