Friday, 24 June 2016


Like the rest of the country and the world, Billboard editors were horrified by the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and by the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered. And so faced with another gun-related tragedy, the staff organized this special “Open Letter to Congress” cover of Billboard.
With the help of leading gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety, editors reached out to those we cover in the music industry, and asked for their support and their signatures to help seek a sane and safe end to gun violence. Within minutes, Joan Jett was the first to sign on. Lady Gaga shortly followed. Within hours, and then in a matter of just a few days, nearly 200 top artists and executives—pop stars (including Grimmie's friend Selena Gomez), rappers, rock gods, legends, Broadway heroes, even two Beatles and Yoko Ono—lent their voices to the chorus of Americans looking to our political leaders for change. Billboard, artists and music-industry executives join so many members of the House and Senate this week proudly advocating for common-sense gun safety.

An open letter to Congress:

Stop Gun Violence Now

As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change.
Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.
The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.
We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including:
  • Require a background check for every gun sale
  • Block suspected terrorists from buying guns
Billboard and the undersigned implore you—the people who are elected to represent us—to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.
Adam Lambert
Adam Leber Partner, Maverick
Adam Levin X Ambassadors
Akiva Schaeffer
Alan Gilbert NY Philharmonic
Alanis Morissette
Alex Pall The Chainsmokers
Alicia Keys
Andrew Bird
Andy Samberg
Angel Coleman
Avery Lipman
Barbra Streisand
Bill Kreutzmann Dead & Company
Billy Joel
Bo Koster My Morning Jacket
Bob Weir Dead & Company
Bonnie Raitt
Boyd Muir
Brad Delson Linkin Park
Bradford Cobb Partner, Direct Management Group
Brandon Creed Manager/The Creed Company
Brendon Urie Panic at the Disco
Britney Spears
Butch Walker
Calvin Harris
Cameron Strang Chairman/ CEO, Warner Bros. Records
Carl Broemel My Morning Jacket
Carole King
Casey Harris X Ambassadors
Charlie Puth
Charlie Walk
Chester Bennington Linkin Park
Christina Aguilera
Christina Perri
Conan O'Brien
Courtney Love
Craig Kallman Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group
Cyndi Lauper
Dan McCarroll President, Warner Bros. Records
Daniel Ek Co-Founder/CEO, Spotify
Daniel Glass Founder/President, Glassnote Entertainment Group/Insieme Music Publishing
Danny Bennett
Demi Lovato
Dina LaPolt Founder, LaPolt Law
Doug Morris
Drew Taggart The Chainsmokers
Eddie Vedder Pearl Jam
Elle King
Ellen DeGeneres
Elvis Costello
Emily Robison Dixie Chicks
Eric Hutchinson
Faisel Durrani
Fher Olvera Maná
Glenn Kotche Wilco
Gregory Porter
Iggy Pop
Irving Azoff Chairman/CEO, Azoff Madison Square Entertainment
Jack Antonoff
Jackson Browne
James Corden
James H. Gosnell President and CEO, APA
Jason Kupperman Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
Jason Mraz
Jay Marciano COO, AEG; Chairman & CEO, AEG Live
Jean-Michel Jarre
Jeff Ament Pearl Jam
Jeff Chimenti Dead & Company
Jeff Tweedy Wilco
Jeffrey Harleston
Jennifer Lopez
Jeremy Zimmer CEO/Co-Founder, United Talent Agency
Jim James My Morning Jacket
Joan Jett
Jody Gerson
Joe Hahn Linkin Park
Joe Jonas
John Esposito PresIdent/CEO, Warner Music Nashville
John Janick
John Mellencamp
John Stirratt Wilco
Jorge Hernandez Los Tigres del Norte
Josh Groban
Julia Michaels
Julie Greenwald Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records Group
Justin Tranter
K.D. Lang
Katy Perry
Kelly Rowland
Kevin Liles Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment
Kid Cudi
L.A. Reid
Lady Gaga
Lee Daniels Director; CEO, Lee Daniels Entertainment
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Sir Lucian Grainge
Lyor Cohen CEO/Founder, 300 Entertainment
Marc Geiger Partner/Head of Music, William Morris Endeavor
Mark Pinkus President, Rhino Entertainment
Mark Ronson
Martie Maguire Dixie Chicks
Martin Bandier
Martin Erlichman Manager, Barbra Streisand
Martin Kirkup Partner, Direct Management Group
Matt Cameron Pearl Jam
Meghan Trainor
Melissa Etheridge
Michael Bublé
Michael Rapino President/CEO, Live Nation
Michael Stipe
Michele Anthony
Michelle Jubelirer
Mickey Hart Dead & Company
Mikael Jorgensen Wilco
Mike Caren CEO, Artist Partners Group; Creative Officer, Warner Music Group
Mike D
Mike Dungan
Mike McCready Pearl Jam
Mike Shinoda Linkin Park
Monte Lipman
Natalie Maines Dixie Chicks
Nate Reuss
Nels Cline Wilco
Nick Jonas
Nicky Jam
Pasquale Rotella CEO/Founder, Insomniac Events
Pat Monahan
Pat Sansone Wilco
Patrick Hallahan My Morning Jacket
Paul McCartney
Pete Wentz
Peter Edge
Peter Tork
Phil McIntyre CEO/Founder, Philymack
Prince Royce
Pusha T
Ricky Martin
Ringo Starr
Rivers Cuomo
Rob Bourdon Linkin Park
Rob Light Partner/Managing Director/Head of Music, Creative Artists Agency
Rob Thomas
Roger Gold Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment
Rosanne Cash
Rufus Wainwright
Russell Simmons Hip Hop Mogul & Activist
Ryan Leslie Producer
Ryan Lewis
Sam Gores Chairman/CEO, Paradigm Talent Agency
Sam Harris X Ambassadors
Sara Bareilles
Scooter Braun Founder, SB Projects
Scott Borchetta President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group
Selena Gomez
Stephen Cooper CEO, Warner Music Group
Steve Barnett
Steve Bartels
Steve Jensen Partner, Direct Management Group
Steve Levine Partner/Co-Head of Worldwide Concerts, ICM Partners
Stevie Nicks
Stone Gossard Pearl Jam
Stu Bergen CEO, International and Global Commercial Services, Warner Music Group
Talib Kweli
Terence Blanchard
Thom Yorke
Tim Westergren CEO, Pandora
Todd Moscowitz Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment
Tom Blankenship My Morning Jacket
Tom Corson
Tom Windish President, The Windish Agency
Tony Bennett
Tori Amos
Trent Reznor
Troye Sivan
Vic Mensa
Wayne Coyne
Yoko Ono
Zayn Malik

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