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Music industry plans blackout in solidarity with Black community following George Floyd death

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A host of record labels and other music industry figures are planning a social media blackout on Tuesday (June 2) in solidarity with the black community.

Messages shared by Warner, Universal, Dirty Hit and more set out a plan to “disconnect from work and reconnect with out community” for the day, held as “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

The decision comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week. Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after being apprehended by a white police officer. Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

“Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change,” the message begins.

“As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss.

“Join us on Tuesday June 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community,” the message concludes, adding the hashtag “#THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED.”

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Universal Music Group quoted Martin Luther King in their Instagram post supporting the blackout, echoing his sentiments that “there comes a time when silence is betrayal”.

The Caroline label wrote: “Our Black friends are not ok, our Black families are not ok, we are not and should not be ok.”

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A number of figures in the music industry have spoken about following Floyd’s death. Taylor Swift this week called out President Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweets about the situation, saying: “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence,” and threatening to “vote [Trump] out in November”.

Elsewhere, rapper 6LACK has spoken over the high-profile deaths of Floyd as well as Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, while Bon Iver has led a new $30,000 donation to the George Floyd Memorial Fund.

Billie Eilish also shared her thoughts on the matter, writing: “If I hear one more white person say ‘all lives matter’ one more fucking time I’m gonna lose my fucking mind,” while Run The Jewels rapper Killer Mike sent an emotional message to the residents of his hometown of Atlanta, a city that has sparked into violence since Floyd’s death.

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Axl Rose says his political tweets come “from a sense of outrage, obligation n’ responsbility”

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Axl Rose has defended his politically outspoken tweets in a new post, saying they come “from a sense of outrage, obligation n’ responsibility”.

The Guns N’ Roses frontman has often used his Twitter account to criticise Donald Trump and yesterday (July 4) spoke out against the US Surgeon General.

“My disdain 4 current administration n’ what I perceive as its threat to democracy is no secret,” he tweeted today (July 5). “I’m not all that active w/social media n’ tho I more than appreciate anyone who takes an interest in something I might post I don’t really have an interest in how many followers or retweets etc. I have as my political or social issue posts rn’t about me. They’re about the issues.”

 

He continued: “In general my posts in regard to current events, politics or social issues r usually coming from a sense of outrage, obligation n’ responsibility to say something at times when I feel not to is being complicit (as opposed to a desire for attention or self promotion.)

“I’m nobody, just a citizen that like everyone else has my own opinions n’ believes in my heart that ultimately I want what’s best for not just r country but for humanity, wildlife n’ r environment n’ other’s as opposed to right, left or any other wing fascism r at least in this country free to disagree.”

Rose added that some people might consider his tweets “a lewd or immature response or opinion”, but said he would “voice an opinion” when someone in the government or public eye “says or does something that in my view supports or caters to the irresponsibility of this administration or various issues w/government or law enforcement”.

In his tweets yesterday, the musician called US Surgeon General Jerome Adams a “coward” and a “piece of shit” over comments he had made about Fourth of July celebrations. Rose also urged Adams to resign after he said American citizens “had to look at their individual risk” before attending any Independence Day gatherings.

In May, the frontman became embroiled in a Twitter feud with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin after he criticised the government figure for how he handled the impact of coronavirus on the US economy.

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Bassnectar “stepping back” from music following sexual misconduct allegations

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Bassnectar has said he will “step back” from music after being accused of sexual misconduct by multiple people.

The DJ, whose real name is Lorin Ashton, responded to the claims that were made via an Instagram account called @evidenceagainstbassnectar.

The page features screenshots of DMs and emails that are claimed to be from Bassnectar inappropriately communicating with women and girls, some of whom were underage, and allegations of grooming, coercion and more.

In a statement shared on Twitter, the DJ said he was “stepping back” from his career and “stepping down from [his] position of power and privilege in this community because I want to take responsibility and accountability”.

 

“I feel intense compassion for anyone I may have hurt,” he wrote. “I truly hope you allow me a chance to work together toward healing.”

Bassnectar went on to deny the claims made against him, describing them as “rumours” that “are untrue”. “But I realise some of my past actions have caused pain and I am deeply sorry,” he added.

“I am handing off our nonprofit Be Interactive to a diverse team to continue without my involvement moving forward. Sometime in the future I may share more thoughts on these matters, but for now, please take care of each other and I wish you all the brightest future.”

He previously denied any allegations against him in a statement shared on June 29, according to EDM.com.  “I have never been involved in anything that was not absolutely, unequivocally consensual,” it read. “During a time when high profile men are being called out for their violence against women, I am proud to be an ally of women and stand in solidarity with victims. Thank you to all those who are listening to real victims of abuse and standing to support women.”

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On June 30, he posted a lengthy message to his social media accounts announcing “scholarships for therapy” for victims of sexual misconduct. “As a man in a position of power, I have always hoped to treat people the way I want to be treated and to do the right thing,” he wrote in that post. “Since my own romantic relationships and interactions have been positive, consensual, legal, and loving, I enjoy staying in touch and maintaining friendships.”

Employees and collaborators of Bassnectar have begun to speak out on the claims made against him. Lia Holland, the executive director of Be Interactive, said yesterday (July 4) that she would resign from her position.

 

Musician Mimi Page, who worked with the DJ on his song ‘Butterfly’, said that she was “devastated” by the claims and promised to make a longer statement today (July 5). “For now, I send love, healing, and support to the women who came forward tonight,” she added. “I send love and healing to the fans in this community who’s hearts are also breaking.”

 

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Rapsody and Maroon 5’s PJ Morton recruit D Smoke for ‘Afeni’ remix

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Rapsody has shared a remix of her track ‘Afeni’, featuring Maroon 5‘s PJ Morton and D Smoke – listen to it below.

Taken from the critically-acclaimed 2019 album ‘Eve’, ‘Afeni’, which is produced by 9th Wonder, features a sample of 2Pac reciting the lyrics to his 1993 hit single ‘Keep Ya Head Up’. The song is named after the late rapper’s mother, who herself died in 2016.

On the song’s remix, Rapsody recruits D Smoke for a second verse. After joining PJ Morton on the refrain, the Rhythm & Flow season one winner raps: “May I present this conversation starter (Ooh-ooh, ooh)/ Just picture a single mister, tryna to raise a daughter.”

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Meanwhile, Public Enemy opened the 2020 BET Awards last weekend with a powerful rendition of ‘Fight The Power’, which saw them joined by the likes of Nas, Rapsody, YG and The RootsBlack Thought and Questlove.

Updating the track with timely verses, the performance saw the group referencing the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide protests across the US after the death of George Floyd.

They say a suicide when dead bodies are swinging/ Cowards are hunting Black men that’s what I’m seeing,” Nas rapped, while Rapsody discussed the killings of Floyd, Taylor and Rayshard Brooks.

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