Music industry to participate in Black Out Tuesday, Report

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Music industry to participate in Black Out Tuesday, Report
Music industry to participate in Black Out Tuesday, Report

The music industry will unite in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, June 2.

The likes of Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Elektra Music Group, HitCo, Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Pulse Music Group, Reservoir, Republic Records, Sony/ATV, Sony Music, Virgin EMI and Warner Records have all pledged to cease business activity on the day.

[Update: A Universal Music Group spokesperson has confirmed that UMG, company-wide, is observing Black Out Tuesday. A Kobalt spokesperson has confirmed it too will be observing Black Out Tuesday around the world. Others who have confirmed their participation include Hipgnosis Songs Fund, Downtown and Boomplay.]

The move is being made as a statement of solidarity in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Video footage appears to show a white police officer fatally suffocating Floyd, 46, last Monday (May 25) by kneeling on his neck during an arrest.

That now ex-police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murdering Floyd.

The George Floyd case has further fuelled widespread anger over police killings of black people in the US. Large-scale protests have taken place in 30-plus cities across the States throughout this weekend.

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