Spotify to participate in Black Out Tuesday

Brenda Watkins
June 2, 2020

As protests demanding racial justice have multiplied since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week, the spirit of reckoning has also spread across America, including within the music industry.

The campaign comes as a response to the death of George Floyd which aims to prevent racism and violence against black communities.

Owned by Sony Music Entertainment, the record label is the home to artists including Beyonce, John Legend, Adele, and Bob Dylan.

Numerous calls to action clarify that this is not a "day off", but rather a day of reflection and interaction with the community at large.

Some Instagram users who are trying to post using the "Black Lives Matter" hashtag are getting an "action blocked" message at the moment.

Users are opting to post a simple black tile on their feed and are committing to not posting anything else for the rest of the day, unless directly related to the BLM movement. Interscope Geffen A&M Records have pledged to financially contribute to bail organisations, aid lawyers and charities working to help economic empowerment in the Black community.

Jon Platt, the chairman and CEO of the world's largest publishing company, Sony/ATV, and the only black leader of a major global music company, wrote in an op-ed delivered to Music Business Worldwide on Monday that: "Timely action must follow the industry's lyrics".

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The central theme of "Blackout Tuesday" revolves around the fact that there will be no new music released on Tuesday, June 2nd.

"We're broken and we're disgusted".

"Perhaps with the music off", the company continued, "we can truly listen".

Spotify also claims it will pause social media publication as a symbol of solidarity to remind listeners that things can not remain status quo.

Green posted on Instagram saying "I wish that life was as simple as living by "treat others as you would like to be treated".

Some musicians were spotted alongside crowds of protesters over the weekend, including Ariana Grande, J. Cole, Jamie Foxx, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, Miguel, Tinashe, Lil Yachty and Halsey, who said she was hit with a pellet and a shrapnel shell in Los Angeles. "For 400 years you had your knees on our necks, a garden of evil with no seeds of respect", he rapped.

Terrence Floyd made a powerful speech at the Minnesota protest. "We can not normalise this pain". This is just a first step. "Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain and look at yourselves".

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