The music industry plans to turn the music off to devote a day to reflection and the search for a change in response to the death of George Floyd and the murders of other black people.
Several record labels prominent organized for Tuesday “Black Out Tuesday” while violent protests exploding around the world in response to the death of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Companies Live Nation and TikTok, as well as the Recording Academy, also published in social networks that they plan to support and endorse the black community.
“Tuesday, June 2, Columbia Records will commemorate the ‘Black Out Tuesday’” well, ” said the seal from Sony that represents Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Adele and John Legend in a statement. “This is not a free day. In time, this is a day to reflect and to find ways to move forward in solidarity.”
“We continue to support the black community, our staff, artists and colleagues in the music industry”, continued the company. “Perhaps with the music turned off, we can really listen to”.
Among those who have joined “Black Out Tuesday” are the seals on RCA Records and Epic Records Sony; divisions Republic Records, Def Jam, UMG Nashville, Capitol Records and Island Records, Universal Music Group; and the labels Atlantic and Warner Records, Warner Music Group. Independent labels, smaller, companies, music publishers and firms of representation have also joined the initiative.
Interscope Geffen A&M, an imprint of UMG, home to stars such as Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar, said that in addition to joining “Black Out Tuesday” not releasing new music this week — the first to take that step.
“In time, IGA will make donations to organizations that help pay bail of protesters exercising their right to assemble peacefully, assist lawyers who are working for systemic change and provide assistance to organizations focused on creating economic empowerment in the black community, ” the statement said.
IGA delayed releases of MGK, 6lack, Dylan, Jessie Ware, Smokepurp, Lil Mosey, Billy Raffoul, Max Leone and other artists in coordination with partners such as Alamo, LVRN, The Darkroom and Bad Boy.
Musicians including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Post Malone and Harry Styles have been pronounced after the death of Floyd and the international protests, some of which have resulted in riots. Some musicians were seen adjacent to the protesters including Ariana Grande, J. Cole, Jamie Foxx, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, Miguel, Tinashe, Lil Yachty and Halsey, who said that he fired rubber bullets in Los Angeles.
LL Cool J turned to music to show their outrage and passion, publishing a long rap on social networks. “For 400 years, have had their knees on our napes, a garden of evil the seeds of respect”, rapeó. “In the mirror of America all that she sees is repentance, instead of allowing the blood to live, they are begging for the blood that is”.
Jay-Z issued a statement Sunday night demanding that the attorney general of Minnesota Keith Ellison prosecute those responsible for the death of Floyd, a black man in handcuffs, who begged for air while a white police officer as submitted with the knee on the nape of the neck.
“I, along with the country’s sore whole, appeals to the attorney general Ellison to do the right thing and prosecuted all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd with the full weight of the law. This is only a first step. I’m more determined to fight for the justice that any fight that my potential oppressors may have” said Jay-Z.
“I call to every politician, prosecutor, and police in the country to have the courage to do the right thing. Have the courage to see ourselves as human, parents, brothers, sisters, and mothers sore and look to yourselves”.
Racial tensions had been intensified after the murder to shots of Arbery, a seconds hand black from Georgia, murdered by two white men, and then the police in Louisville, Kentucky, kill shot Taylor in his home in march.
The duo R&B Chloe x Halle was going to launch originally his second album, “Ungodly Hour” on the Friday. Told the Associated Press on Monday that it will be on another date. The singers also posted on Instagram a cover of the classic “protestWe Shall Overcome” an anthem for the civil rights, with the hope of giving the world a little bit of positive energy.
“This week has been very intense for all of us. We’ve been trying to not understand, because there is no way to understand the horrific murders — just feel a great sadness this week, and we’re trying to do everything we can to pray and support one another with our voices, ” said Halle on Friday.
“With everything that is happening, we feel that the music can be very healing, because that’s what it has been for us to help keep us sane in these times” added Chloe. “As much as we can, we want to share our gift of song to lift the spirits even for just a few seconds”.