Tidal

Don’t Look Away

The world’s first music video that demands your attention.

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Insight

Stories of racial profiling and violence against unarmed civilians make headlines with regularity.

And while these cases are hot topics for a news cycle, the media and the public quickly move on to the next sensational story without truly acknowledging the lives lost, or making any real progress towards change. While social injustice keeps taking lives, it’s all too easy for society to keep looking away.

Idea

Internationally celebrated musician Usher recorded “Chains”, an anthem to advocate for unarmed victims of violence.

To ensure the public paid attention to this important issue, the song was launched exclusively on chains.tidal.com. Using facial recognition technology, fans have to hold the gaze of victims of social injustice – like Travyon Martin and Sean Bell – in order to hear “Chains”. If the viewer looks away, the music stops.

Impact

Influencers including Cara Delevingne, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay Z took to social media to express their support. Usher performed “Chains” for the first time to a sold-out audience at the TIDAL x 1020 Amplified by HTC concert, with proceeds benefitting groups that promote social impact and change.