(BBC) – The music industry is to observe a day-long “blackout” on Tuesday, in response to George Floyd’s death last week.
All three major record labels have shared a message on social media promising “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community”.
Employees have been given Tuesday off as “a day of action,” intended to “provoke accountability and change”.
Interscope vowed not to release new music this week, while Apple Music’s Ebro Darden cancelled his radio shows.
Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died last week after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.
Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been sacked and charged with third-degree murder. He is due to appear in court on Monday, amid ongoing protests in the US and UK.
Many of music’s biggest stars have spoken out about the father-of-two’s death.
Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Rihanna spoke of the “devastation, anger [and] sadness” she has experienced over the last week.
“Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart,” she wrote.
Beyoncé filmed an Instagram video urging fans to sign a petition seeking “justice for George Floyd”.
“We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight…We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalise this pain”.