Rihanna, Nas and Megan Thee Stallion are among the artists to sign a letter calling for reform in the New York City Police Department.
Yesterday (8th June), a handful of artists, athletes and music industry professionals signed an open letter, asking New York City to repeal statute 50-A.
Statute 50-A is a law that conceals a police officers' personnel records from public view, and those signing the letter urged the government to provide complete transparency on employees within law enforcement.
Sony Music Group has announced a $100million social justice fund, in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
On Monday, 25th May, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin. Footage of the arrest shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, ignoring him as he repeatedly pleads, “I can’t breathe”.
Public Enemy’s ‘Fight the Power’ is among a number of songs to see a surge in streams amid the ongoing George Floyd protests.
The protests have been taking place globally since the end of May, following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who was killed by white police officer, Derek Chauvin. Footage of the arrest shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, ignoring him as he repeatedly pleads, “I can’t breathe”.
Streams of N.W.A’s ‘Fuck Tha Police’ surged by 272% amid the George Floyd protests in recent days.
Across last Sunday (31st May), and Monday (1st June) this week, Alpha Data, who provide information for the Rolling Stone charts, revealed that the song had 765,000 on demand audio streams in the 48-hour period. Originally released in 1988, 'Fuck Tha Police' lyrically protests police brutality and racial profiling, and provoked the FBI to write to N.W.A's record company claiming misrepresentation of the police.
Gorillaz have shared a statement on systematic racism.
The Damon Albarn-fronted project, comprised of members 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel, shared the statement addressing systematic racism via Instagram, in response to the death of George Floyd.
"Gorillaz are enraged at the death of George Floyd and many before him at the hands of systemic racism and police brutality," the statement read. "It's time to be the change and play an active part in the fight for justice and equality."
BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo delivered an emotional anti-racism speech on Blackout Tuesday (2nd June), an industry-wide initiative demanding racial justice and structural change in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Bandcamp has announced it will donate 24 hours of profit to support “racial justice, equality and change” later this month.
On June 19th, the online music store will donate 100% of its profits to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund. NAACP, a civil rights organisation founded in 1909, describe their mission in the 21st century as ensuring "the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination".
Killer Mike has delivered an emotional speech to Atlanta protestors, urging for peace and calm amid the violence.