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The music industry is calling for a “Blackout Tuesday” in response to George Floyd’s death.

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Written by Alan Ficher

On Friday (May 29), less than a week after Floyd was suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer during an arrest, all three major record labels have shared a message on social media promising “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community”.

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.

Earlier this week, a video of Floyd’s death surfaced showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Floyd for eight minutes. Chauvin was later charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

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