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Kanye West Announces $2 Million Donation, Pays College Tuition for George Floyd’s Daughter

Kanye West is breaking his silence.
On Thursday, nearly 10 days since the May 25 death of George Floyd, the billionaire mogul has announced that he has donated $2 million to charities associated with Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd. He has also pledged to cover legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families.
Additionally, he has set up a 529 college savings fund to cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.
His rep also tells TMZ that he will be making donations to black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago and nationwide that have been in crisis and impacted by the unrest in the U.S.
Kanye has not spoken out publicly, but his wife Kim Kardashian has joined the fight for justice. Her companies Skims, KKW Beauty, and KKW Fragrance will be donating to organizations focused on making change and fighting racial injustice. “We firmly believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we are committed to supporting and participating in the change that needs to take place,” Kim said in a statement.
Many celebrities have opened their pockets and made financial contributions in the wake of widespread protests against police violence. The Weeknd donated $500,000 to non-profit organizations including Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative, and the National Bail Out program. Drake also gave $100,000 to the latter.

Kanye West Donates $2 Million to Families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd

Kanye West has not made any comments or statements since the protests broke out in the U.S. and outside following the brutal killing of George Floyd by officers of Minneapolis Police.

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But he’s doing his part by donating a big sum to the cause. The rap mogul is donating a whopping $2 million which will assist the families and legal teams fighting for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. He has also set up a 529 college savings fund to fully cover the tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The $2 million donation will help cover the legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families, reports TMZ. Aside from that, Kanye is also donating to several black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago and elsewhere that have been in crisis and impacted by the protests in the U.S.
Kanye is the latest rapper to do his part from a financial standpoint. Previously, The Weeknd and Drake collectively donated $600k to several Black Lives Matter organizations.
Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian has been quite vocal about her support to organizations fighting against racism.

For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 30, 2020

Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, & N.W.A Anthems Surge in Streams Amid Protests

While the nation continues to protest the police killings of unarmed black citizens, music has become the soundtrack for justice and reform.
Several songs have seen a resurgence in streams more than a week after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer—from Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” to N.W.A’s “Fuck tha Police.”
According to Rolling Stone, the rap group’s 1988 anti-police-brutality anthem saw a 272% percent increase in on-demand audio streams from May 27 through June 1 compared to the five days before Floyd’s death.
“[It] makes me feel like a black man. That’s what it makes me feel like — same as always,” Ice Cube told Rolling Stone in 2016, nearly three decades after the song’s release. “As a black person, it’s always seemed like it’s a war on us. It’s just terrible.”

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” jumps 95 spots to #2 on the US Spotify chart. It earned over 1 million streams yesterday.
— chart data (@chartdata) June 3, 2020

Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” earns its highest rank of all time on the global Spotify chart (#26 on June 2).
— chart data (@chartdata) June 3, 2020

Gambino’s “This Is America” earned over 1 million streams on Blackout Tuesday and jumped 95 spots to No. 2 on Spotify’s U.S. chart, while Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” off 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly soared to No. 26 on the global Spotify chart, its highest rank ever.
Other protest songs including Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar’s “Freedom” and Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” also saw a spike in streams, along with decades-old classics including Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and James Brown’s “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud,” which has spiked 455%.

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar’s “Freedom” returns to the top 200 on the global Spotify chart (691,229 streams on June 2).
— chart data (@chartdata) June 3, 2020

Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us (Brazil Version)” has now surpassed 700 million views on YouTube.
— chart data (@chartdata) June 3, 2020

In response to the times, JAY-Z has also released his “Songs for Survival 2” playlist featuring 16 songs of hope, struggle, and love including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” and 2Pac’s “Keep Ya Head Up.”

Machine Gun Kelly Shares Rage Against The Machine Cover ‘Killing in the Name’

Machine Gun Kelly is one white artist who is always ready to stand for issues like racism and equality. So it’s no surprise that he’s been very active with the protests in L.A. which have erupted as a result of killing of Geroge Floyd on the hands of the Police.

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Today, the rapper has shared a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s song ‘Killing In The Name’ along with a music video where his good friend Travis Barker does the drumming duties. Fellow artist Yungblud also makes an appearance in the clip which captures some of the footage from the protests which MGK personally took part in.

“They wrote this song in 1992, it’s been 28 years since, and every word still applies,” MGK says in the description of the YouTube upload. The video ends with the message, “End Systematic Racism.” Watch it below. ‘Killing in The Name‘ was released by Rage Against The Machine in 1992 as a protest song against institutional racism and police brutality
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WATCH: George Floyd Memorial Service Live

(AllHipHop News) Today, (June 4) a private memorial will be held in Minneapolis for deceased George Floyd. The service starts at 2 PM and will feature National Action Network Founder Rev. Al Sharpton as the eulogist.
The actual ceremony is located on the campus of North Central University’s sanctuary in the downtown area of the city. Floyd’s family members will be brought in from different parts of America to attend.
One of the noted speakers outside of the MSNBC talk show host will be civil rights attorney, Ben Crump. As a sign of respect, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is scheduled to attend.
Floyd died on Memorial Day while being arrested and in police custody.
Former officer, Derek Chauvin kneeled in the crook of Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, resulting in a disputed climate that caused the Black man’s death. He has been charged with second-degree murder and third-degree murder.
Yesterday, three other officers were arrested for their participation in the police-involved violence that contributed to Floyd’s death. They have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
All four of the officers involved have been arrested and are in jail.
George Floyd also was a 90s Hip-Hop artist out of Houston, TX who worked with DJ Screw, Lil Keke, and Trae Tha Truth.

Kanye West, JAY-Z, & Drake Among World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.
After being declared a billionaire in April, Kanye West​ ranks at No. 2 with $170 million. West, who claims he’s worth more than $3 billion, collected most of his ​fortune from his Yeezy sneakers empire with adidas.
Kanye’s sister-in-law, Kylie Jenner, was the top-earner with $590 million after selling a 51 percent stake ​in her Kylie Cosmetics brand to Coty in January. Last month, Forbes revoked her billionaire status, claiming she had exaggerated the size of her business. However, the money she pulled in from the deal remains one of the biggest celebrity cashouts of all time.
Hip-hop stars dominated the list including Sean “Diddy” Combs at No. 37. His partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka helped earn him $55 million. Hip-hop’s first billionaire, JAY-Z, follows at No. 42, thanks to his investments in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac.
Drake ranks at No. 49 with $49 million. Champagne Papi has been keeping busy during quarantine, releasing his mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes in late April.
Other entertainers on the Celebrity 100 list include Ariana Grande (No. 17, $72 million), Ed Sheeran (No. 23, $64 million), Jennifer Lopez (No. 56, $47.5 million), Rihanna (No. 60, $46 million), and Will Smith (No. 69, $44.5 million).
The world’s highest-paid celebrities earned a combined $6.1 billion before taxes and fees, down $200 million from 2019, due to the global pandemic which forced the cancelation of tours and live events worldwide.

Beyoncé Urges Fans to Remain ‘Aligned and Focused’ in Fight for Justice

Beyoncé is not done fighting for justice.
The singer is speaking out following widespread protests against police violence across the globe. On Wednesday, three former Minneapolis police officers were charged with aiding and abetting murder in connection with George Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, a fourth former officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he pleaded “I can’t breathe,” will now also be charged with second-degree murder.
In her message, which was posted on Instagram Wednesday night, Bey applauded the efforts of protesters, but said the fight for justice is not done. “The world came together for George Floyd. We know there is a long road ahead,” she wrote alongside an aerial photo of thousands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators in the streets of Minneapolis.
She also called on her 147 million followers to continue to take action. “Let’s remain aligned and focused in our call for real justice,” added Bey.

In the wake of Floyd’s death, an emotional Beyoncé demanded an end to racism and police brutality in America. “We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain,” she said in her video message. “I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, black, brown, or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away.”
She also urged her followers to sign several petitions and “continue to pray for peace and compassion and healing for our country.”
Rihanna has also remained vigilant in her efforts for change. She posted an image of the nine U.S. states that are holding primaries and encouraged her fans to exercise their right to vote.
“Ya ain’t got shit else to do man! Get yo ass off the couch and go vote!!!” said RiRi. “I don’t wanna hear another excuse!! Stop believing that your vote and voice don’t matter! This the illest way to protest…vote for the change you want!!!”
When someone told her that “voting ain’t gon change shit,” she responded, “sick of hearing this! Ya know what ain’t gon change shit! Not doing shit!!!!”
Celebrities including The Weeknd and Drake are taking action by donating money to Black Lives Matter organizations, while others march in rallies across the country. JAY-Z also spoke with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and urged him to “do the right thing” and prosecute the four officers “to the fullest extent of the law.”

Jim Jones Shares New Song ‘The People’ in Tribute to George Floyd: Listen

Jim Jones is the latest rapper to pay tribute to George Floyd through music.

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The Dipset rapper has shared a new song called ‘The People’ with production coming from Harry Fraud. On the record, Jim addresses his killing in Minneapolis, Police brutality, Donald Trump’s mishandling of the current protests in America and more.

“Kaep took a knee, but I think it’s time to take a stand, that crooked cop put his knee on the neck of a sacred man / We still searching for equal rights inside this racist land, it all started when Columbus docked here to take the land / With the spirits of the Haitians, we take the power or the land back … every time we dig our way out, we sinking like a sand trap,” he raps.

Jimmy has also announced on Instagram that all the proceeds from streaming revenue of this track goes to George Floyd’s family. Listen below.
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Forbes Releases List of Highest Paid Celebrities & Musicians of 2020

And just like that, Forbes has returned with another confident list, this time ranking the top paid celebrities of 2020.

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According the publication, the highest-paid celebrities earned a combined $6.1 billion before taxes and fees, a $200 million drop from 2019 which can be blamed on the global pandemic that we are in currently. The top earning celebrities were Kylie Jenner and her brother-in-law Kanye West​, who brought in $590 million and $170 million, respectively. While most of Kanye’s earnings came from his Yeezy line of sneakers and clothing, Jenner’s came from selling a 51% stake ​in her cosmetics firm Kylie to Coty in January.

Forbes had published an article last week about how Kylie misrepresented her earnings and was in fact not a billionaire, as previously reported. Although the list that has been released is for the 100 most paid celebrities, we filtered the top 20 musicians out of it for our readers’ convenience.

Trailing Kanye is Elton John at $81 million and Ariana Grande at $72 million, making the latter the highest paid female musician from the list. Canadian superstar Drake comes in at #15 with earnings of about $49 million, according to Forbes.

Highest paid musicians of 2020:
#1 Kanye West – $170M#2 Elton John – $81M#3 Ariana Grande – $72M#4 Jonas Brothers#5 Chainsmokers#6 Ed Sheeran#7 Taylor Swift#8 Post Malone#9 Rolling Stones#10 Marshmello#11 Shawn Mendes#12 Jay-Z#13 Billie Eilish#14 BTS#15 Drake#16 J.Lo#17 Pink#18 Rihanna#19 Luke Bryan#20 Backstreet Boys
Highest Paid Celebrities of 2020:
#1 Kylie Jenner – $590 million#2 Kanye West – $170 million#3 Roger Federer – $106.3 million#4 Cristiano Ronaldo – $105 million#5 Lionel Messi – $104 million#6 Tyler Perry – $97 million#7 Neymar – $95.5 million#8 Howard Stern – $90 million#9 LeBron James – $88.2 million#10 Dwayne Johnson – $87.5 million#11 Rush Limbaugh – $85 million#12 Ellen DeGeneres – $84 million#13 Bill Simmons – $82.5 million#14 Elton John – $81 million#15 James Patterson – $80 million-#16 Stephen Curry – $74.4 million#17 Ariana Grande – $72 million#18 Ryan Reynolds – $71.5 million#19 Gordon Ramsay – $70 million#20 Jonas Brothers – $68.5 million
#21 The Chainsmokers – $68 million#22 Dr. Phil McGraw – $65.5 million#23 Ed Sheeran – $64 million#24 Kevin Durant – $63.9 million#25 Taylor Swift – $63.5 million#26 Tiger Woods – $62.3 million#27 Kirk Cousins – $60.5 million#28 Post Malone – $60 million#28 J.K. Rowling – $60 million#28 Ryan Seacrest – $60 million
#31 Carson Wentz – $59.1 million#32 Rolling Stones – $59 million#33 Mark Wahlberg – $58 million#34 Tyson Fury – $57 million#35 Marshmello – $56 million#35 Russell Westbrook – $56 million#37 Ben Affleck – $55 million#37 Sean Combs – $55 million#39 Shawn Mendes – $54.5 million#40 Vin Diesel – $54 million
#40 Lewis Hamilton – $54
#42 Jay-Z – $53.5 million#43 Billie Eilish – $53 million#44 Rory McIlroy – $52 million#45 Simon Cowell – $51 million#45 Jerry Seinfeld – $51 million#47 BTS – $50 million#48 Kim Kardashian West – $49.5 million#49 Drake – $49 million#49 Jared Goff – $49 million
#49 Judy Sheindlin – $49 million#52 Akshay Kumar – $48.5 million#53 Conor McGregor – $48 million#54 James Harden – $47.8 million#55 Giannis Antetokounmpo – $47.6 million#56 Jennifer Lopez – $47.5 million#57 Anthony Joshua – $47 million#57 Pink – $47 million#59 Deontay Wilder – $46.5 million#60 David Copperfield – $46 million
#60 Rihanna – $46 million#62 Luke Bryan – $45.5 million#62 Lin-Manuel Miranda – $45.5 million#64 Backstreet Boys – $45 million#64 Tom Brady – $45 million#64 Phil Collins – $45 million#67 Drew Brees – $44.8 million#68 Novak Djokovic – $44.6 million#69 Will Smith – $44.5 million#70 Blake Shelton – $43.5 million
#71 Sean Hannity – $43 million#71 Sofía Vergara – $43 million#73 Celine Dion – $42 million#74 Kyrie Irving – $41.9 million#75 The Eagles – $41 million#75 Adam Sandler – $41 million#77 Phil Mickelson – $40.8 million#78 Julio Jones – $40.5 million#78 Metallica – $40.5 million#80 Jackie Chan – $40 million
#80 Rafael Nadal – $40 million#82 Heidi Klum – $39.5 million#82 Travis Scott – $39.5 million#84 Kevin Hart – $39 million#85 Klay Thompson – $38.8 million#86 Katy Perry – $38.5 million#87 Lady Gaga – $38 million#87 Bon Jovi – $38 million#87 U2 – $38 million#90 Naomi Osaka – $37.4 million
#91 Canelo Alvarez – $37 million#91 Damian Lillard – $37 million#91 Paul McCartney – $37 million#91 Oprah Winfrey – $37 million#95 DJ Khaled – $36.5 million#95 Kiss – $36.5 million#97 Sebastian Vettel – $36.3 million#98 Serena Williams – $36 million#99 Angelina Jolie – $35.5 million#100 Mohamed Salah – $35.1 million

Lin-Manuel Miranda Doc 'We Are Freestyle Love Supreme' Postponed In Solidarity With #BlackLiveMatter Protesters

(AllHipHop News) We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, the documentary about the rapping improv group associated with award-winning creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, was scheduled to hit Hulu this week. However, the release of the film has been delayed."Black Lives Matter. We will be postponing the release of the #WeAreFreestyleLoveSupreme documentary and look forward to sharing it with you in the future. Today, take action: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co," read a tweet from the Freestyle Love Supreme Twitter account.

Before heading the critically-acclaimed musicals In the Heights and Hamilton, Miranda helped create Freestyle Love Supreme. Filmmaker Andrew Fried began documenting the collective in 2005. Fried used that footage to create the doc covering the group's off-Broadway show and 2019 Broadway reunion. 
Lin-Manuel Miranda went on to win an Emmy Award, three Tony Awards, and three Grammy Awards. The New York City native is also a recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Hamilton. 
That same year, The Hamilton Mixtape debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Various artists such as The Roots, Nas, Dave East, Common, Usher, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, Miguel, Jill Scott, Ashanti, Ja Rule, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, and more contributed to the project.

Jim Jones Releases George Floyd Charity Song “The People”

(AllHipHop News) Harlem rapper Jim Jones gathered his thoughts on the death of George Floyd and turned them into a new record. Jones' "The People" was produced by fellow NYC representative Harry Fraud.

According to a press release, all proceeds from the song will be donated to the family of George Floyd. Jones says, "We need more than reparations."
"The People" arrives as protests continue to take place around the world in response to fired white police officer Derek Chauvin killing Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. A witness recorded Chauvin refusing to lift his knee off Floyd's neck even though the 46-year-old black man can clearly be heard saying he can't breathe.
Chauvin has now been charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers that were at the scene were also arrested in connection to Floyd's death. Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Aloe Blacc Hosts #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Virtual Town Hall With Talib Kweli & More

(AllHipHop News) The conversation surrounding police brutality and institutional racism continues to take place. Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc added to the public discourse by presenting a virtual town hall on Instagram.In partnership with Okayplayer, Blacc hosted the digital meeting with veteran actor Michael Ealy, Los Angeles Lakers players JaVale McGee, and Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli. Each individual segment featured the men talking about the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests and more.
The #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd town hall was inspired by the murder of the 46-year-old African-American that was murdered in broad daylight by a now-fired Minneapolis police officer. Derek Chauvin is seen on video pressing his knee into George Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes as the prone man passes out.
Four other cops were are also present while Chauvin purposely disregarded Floyd's Constitutional rights and his life. Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Calls Out Donald Trump In A Video Supporting #BlackLivesMatter

(AllHipHop News) Before Donald Trump became President of the United States, the Republican politician was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Early this morning, arguably the most successful professional wrestler of all time took to social media to call out the POTUS.For over 8 minutes, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson delivered a subliminal message to the Commander in Chief. The Rock did not mention Trump by name, but it was clear his words were directed at the White House.
“Where are you? Where is our leader?” asked Johnson. “Where is our leader at this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out, just wanting to be heard?”
The movie superstar added, "Where is our compassionate leader who’s going to step up to our country who’s down on its knees, and extend a hand and say, ‘You stand up, stand up with me because I got you. I hear you, I’m listening to you. And you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, until my dying day, my last breath, to do everything I can to create the change that is needed, to normalize equality because Black Lives Matter.’ Where are you?”

The Rock also thanked the rest of the world for standing up with the American citizens that are fighting for equality. Over the last week, protests have taken place across the globe in response to the murder of African-American Minneapolis resident George Floyd on May 25 at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin.
While Trump was claiming to be on the side of peaceful protestors in a Rose Garden speech on Monday, his administration ordered the gassing and aggressive removal of peaceful protestors outside the White House at the exact same moment. Critics viewed the move as a violation of the First Amendment. Trump also threatened to send active U.S. military troops into American cities without the approval of state governors which has also been called un-Constitutional.
Trump's handling of the protests has been met with overwhelming dissatisfaction from the American public. A new Reuters-Ipsos poll shows that, by a 55% to 33% margin, people surveyed disapprove of the president’s response. 64% said they were sympathetic to the protestors.
According to RealClearPolitics, 63% say the country is currently headed on the wrong track. Presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Former Vice-President Joe Biden now leads Donald Trump in the national presidential race 50% to 42%. Both Biden and former President Barack Obama have recently spoken out about the civil unrest in the country and the need for action on improving the state of America.

Run The Jewels Release A Statement About New 'RTJ4' Album

(AllHipHop News) There is always music that reflects the time. El-P and Killer Mike are back with new tunes as the world stands up against racism and police brutality in the name of George Floyd, the African-American man who was murdered by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.The RTJ4 album arrived two days earlier than expected. The 11-track album features guest appearances by Greg Nice, DJ Premier, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Mavis Staples, and Josh Homme.
Killer Mike and El-P released the following statement:

F*ck it, why wait? The world is infested with bullsh*t so here's something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.
With sincere love and gratitude, 
Jaime and Mike.

Run The Jewels' RTJ4 is available for free download at runthejewels.com and across all digital platforms.

Warner Music Group Donates $100 Million to Social Justice Organizations

The music industry is taking action.
A day after Blackout Tuesday, Warner Music Group–home to stars including Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars–announced a $100 million fund to support charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice, and campaigns against violence and racism.
According to Variety, an advisory panel made up of appointees from Warner Music Group and the foundation of its primary owner, Len Blavatnik, will establish procedures to identify and support those in the music community, and organizations strengthening education, and promoting equality, opportunity, diversity, and inclusion.
“This fund will support the extraordinary, dedicated organizations that are on the front lines of the fight against racism and injustice, and that help those in need across the music industry,” said Steve Cooper, CEO of Warner Music Group. “Our advisory panel, which will draw from a diverse cross-section of people from our team and the wider community, will help us be very thoughtful and accountable in how we make an impact. We’re determined to contribute, on a sustained long-term basis, to the effort to bring about real change.”
The donation comes after artists including The Weeknd called on major record labels and streaming services to “go big” with their donations. The singer donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter organizations on Monday.

To my fellow respected industry partners and execs- no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services. I gave yesterday and I urge you to go big and public with yours this week. It would mean the world to me and the community if you can join us pic.twitter.com/tWzHMacnu5
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) June 2, 2020

In honor of Blackout Tuesday, the music industry including brands like Spotify, Apple, and Live Nation paused operations to protest the killings of black citizens at the hands of police and reflect on what actions need to be taken to support the black community.
“The music industry is a multibillion dollar industry,” read a message on TheShowMustBePaused.com. “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.”
Republic Records announced that they would be postponing releases scheduled for Friday, instead “using the time to reflect on the injustices happening to the Black community in America, and discuss how we and our artists can use our voices to impact and create real initiatives for change in our communities.” Interscope has also pushed back music by its artists including 6LACK, Jessie Ware, and Smokepurpp.
Live Nation and Apple have also made donations to the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit focused on criminal justice reform. “To create change, we have to reexamine our own views and actions in light of a pain that is deeply felt but too often ignored,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.