Icelandic pop icon, Björk, has made the decision to upload her entire back catalogue onto Bandcamp in a bid to raise money for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Björk, who has been pioneering her own brand of experimental pop music since she began creating music as a young child, has nine studio albums to date and will upload all of them to her new streaming account.
The albums, which includes classic releases such as her 1993 debut record, 1995 effort Post, her most recent effort Utopia and more, is being made available in a variety of formats which includes digital, vinyl, CD, and cassette.
“Bandcamp is thrilled to announce the arrival of Björk’s complete studio discography, with proceeds from all sales being donated by Björk and One Little Independent to Black Lives Matter UK from today until the end of Bandcamp’s NAACP fundraiser,” the company said in a statement. “To put it plainly: Björk is one of pop music’s greatest innovators, and her work over the last 30 years is proof of what can happen when an artist follows their own impulses above all else.”
Bandcamp’s fundraiser coincides with ‘Juneteenth’, an unofficial American holiday which celebrates the moment Union army general Gordon Granger revealed that on June 19, 1865, all slaves were now free. The timing of the anniversary has coincided with the fast-growing Black Lives Matter movement which has been sparked recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more.
“The ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies,” Bandcamp said. “We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of colour everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.”
The company added that all sales made on June 19th will be donated to charities helping the cause: “Today, Juneteenth, from midnight to midnight PDT, and every Juneteenth hereafter, for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organization that has a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education. We’re also allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of colour.”
Like many artists, Björk has joined the movement in a bid to show her support. Below, find a link to her music on Bandcamp and if you can afford it, consider making a purchase.