If things are a little quiet from your favorite artist today (Tuesday), there’s a reason.
Today is Blackout Tuesday in the music biz. It started when two Black women in the top ranks at Atlantic Records made the call to action #TheShowMustBePaused. The movement’s creators, Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, explained the purpose is to “intentionally disrupt the work week... The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable."
The post says, “This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in the fight for the long haul."
While most are only taking a 24-hour hiatus, UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M says they will take things one step further by not releasing any music this week. This means planned releases fromMachine Gun Kelly,6lack,Dylan,Jessie Ware,Smoke Purrp,Lil Moseyand more will be bumped.
A number of individuals and organizations are taking part.
Artists & Execs: Billy Bragg, Ebro Darden, Nile Rodgers, Karlie Hustle, ItsTheReal, Zane Lowe, Peter Gabriel, Neon Trees, Marc Anthony, Lance Bass, Radiohead, the Estate of Whitney Houston, Rita Wilson, Mumford and Sons, The Rolling Stones, Steve VaiandQuincy Jones.
Labels:Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group. Columbia Records, Def Jam, Epic Records, Interscope Geffen A&M, RCA Records, Republic Records, Shady Records, Sony/ATV, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group.
Digital Streaming Platforms:Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora
Other Orgs: AEG, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Live Nation, Goldenvoice, ASCAP, BMI, Tunecore,