US music industry to mark ‘Black Out Tuesday’ to show support for racial equality and Black Lives Matter

  • #TheShowMustBePaused calls for communities to fight racism as protests spread across the country
  • Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Rihanna have all demanded justice for George Floyd, a black man killed by police
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Leading record labels will mark “Black Out Tuesday” this week, suspending business and working with communities to fight racial inequality after protests erupted in the United States following the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.

Several top artists have also spoken out in response to the death and subsequent demonstrations, some of which have turned violent.

“We stand with the black community,” Universal Music, part of Vivendi, said on its Twitter account, which featured the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused.

“The music business at WMG will not go on as usual,” Warner Records wrote on its account, referring to Warner Music Group. It said it would contribute to Black Lives Matter and other groups fighting “racial injustice”.

Sony Music made a similar announcement, while Interscope Geffen A&M, part of the Universal stable, said it would release no new music this week.

In a memo to staff over the weekend, Universal CEO Lucian Grainge said the company was setting up a task force to work on improving its performance on inclusion and social justice.

“This week, yet again we saw our society’s most painful realities about race, justice and inequality brought — cruelly and brutally — into the harsh light of day,” he wrote in the note, seen by Reuters.

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Beyonce posted a video on Instagram in which she called for justice for Floyd.

“We’re broken and we’re disgusted ... I am not only speaking to people of colour. If you are white, black, brown or anything in between I am sure you feel (left) hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.”

Several leading artists joined the protests over the weekend, including Ariana Grande.

“Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!”, Rihanna, a singer-songwriter originally from Barbados, wrote on Instagram.