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The Weeknd urges Spotify and record labels to donate to support Black Lives Matter protesters: ‘No one profits off black music more than labels’

The Weeknd has urged record labels to donate money (Picture: Michael Kovac/FilmMagic)

The Weeknd has urged record labels to publicly donate to Black Lives Matter organisations as they profit off of black artists.

The star, real name Abel Tesfaye, shared logos of several music companies and asked them to help the community, half a day after he donated $500,000 (£398,000).

‘To my fellow respected industry partners and execs- no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services,’ the After Hours singer wrote.

‘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 on this.’

The 30-year-old tagged Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Apple Music, Warner Music and Spotify.

The donations, protests and petitions come after a black man in Minneapolis was killed after a white police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.

The Weeknd donated money to many organisations (Picture: Steven Ferdman/WireImage)

Music companies, celebrities, and brands around the world participated in #BlackoutTuesday, a day-long ‘blackout’ protest where the industry stops new releases and social media posts to protest the injustices against George Floyd.

Stars like Chrissy Teigen and Seth Rogen have also been donating money to help bail out protesters.

The Weeknd recently donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter organisations and other campaigns amid the fight for freedom.

Abel shared receipts of his $200,000 (£160,000) donation to Black Lives Matter Global Network, $200,000 to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights campaign, and $100,000 (£79,700) to National Bail Out.

‘Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives,’ he wrote along with a Black Lives Matter photo.

‘Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it’s a small amount. #blacklivesmatter.’

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