UPDATED: After Okay-pop titans BTS acknowledged their solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter this week, declaring “we stand collectively” towards racial discrimination, the group and its Korean report label are making an extra dedication: BTS and Massive Hit Leisure have donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, a rep for Massive Hit confirms to Selection.
The donation was transferred earlier this week, with Black Lives Matter confirming receipt to Massive Hit on Friday. BTS and Massive Hit aren’t anticipated to touch upon the donation; contacted by Selection, Kailee Scales, managing director for Black Lives Matter mentioned:
“Black individuals all around the world are in ache at this second from the trauma of centuries of oppression. We’re moved by the generosity of BTS and allies all around the world who stand in solidarity within the battle for Black lives.”
The pledge comes on the finish of every week that has seen many musicians and others name upon the music trade exhibit help for the black group, which it has made strikes to do with “Blackout Tuesday” — June 2, a day by which many firms paused the workday to debate and strategize — and donations. Warner Music and its major proprietor Len Blavatnik, in addition to Sony Music, have pledged $100 million every to social justice causes.
On Monday, June 1, The Weeknd requested others to step up after detailing his donation of $500,000 in the direction of racial-justice initiatives. “Urging everybody with huge pockets to offer and provides huge,” he shared on Instagram. He adopted up with a selected request to the trade in a publish that featured the logos of Common Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Music, Spotify and Apple Music. “To my fellow revered trade companions and execs—nobody earnings off of black music greater than the labels and streaming providers,” he wrote. “I urge you to go huge and public with yours this week. It will imply the world to me and the group if you happen to can be a part of us.”
Within the Okay-pop scene, a number of artists have supported the motion each as people and teams. Some stars have shared their private donations as properly like Los Angeles native Mark Tuan of boy band GOT7 pledging $7,000 to the George Floyd Memorial fund, Korean-American rapper pH-1 donating $3,000 to Black Lives Matter, and a $1,000 donation to the Minnesota Freedom Fund from Jae of Okay-pop/rock outfit DAY6. BTS and Massive Hit mark the primary within the Korean-pop trade to make a public group and label donation after the Could 25 loss of life of George Floyd sparked protests towards police violence throughout the nation.
Elsewhere, Jay Park and his Seoul-based hip-hop label H1GHR Music shared that their artists have collectively donated $21,000 to Black Lives Matter. Park, who’s signed with Roc Nation, donated $10,000 three days after George Floyd’s loss of life commenting that “numerous harmless unarmed individuals shedding their lives and no one taking accountability or being held accountable.”
On Sunday, BTS will seem as a part of YouTube’s “Expensive Class of 2020” graduation occasion alongside Beyoncé, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The occasion was rescheduled in observance of the memorial service celebrating the lifetime of George Floyd being held in Raeford, N.C. on June 6.