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Ellen DeGeneres illustrated by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Ellen Tests Positive for COVID

By Hannah DiPilato

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has shut down her talk show until January after testing positive for Covid-19. 

“Hi Everyone,” DeGeneres wrote. “I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe,” wrote Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s official Twitter account

The announcement to cancel the show came from a spokesperson from Telepictures studio. “Following Ellen’s announcement this morning, we have paused production on the Ellen DeGeneres Show until January,” said the statement. 

The show had returned to the air in Septmeber after a summer of employees reporting the show as a “toxic work environment.” Ellen made an apology about these allegations during the September premire. 

“As you may have heard this summer, there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show,” DeGeneres said during the first episode back on the air. “And then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say, I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power. I realized that with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there. My name is there. My name is on underwear. We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes. And today we are starting a new chapter.”

DeGeneres has apologized to her staff for the environment of the show. Employees reported accounts of sexual misconduct, racism and “culture of fear.”  This has resulted in many celebrities turning down the oppurtunity to be featured on the show. Although the show has featured big celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Jimmy Kimmel in the past, celebrities don’t want to be featured on a show with such negative backlash. 

Ever since the show’s return to air, the once popular talk show is now struggling to stay on top. According to Buzzfeed, the show hasn’t been able to book A-List celebrities for appearances. The show has also lost advertisers as well as seeing a large dip in viewer ratings. Usually Decemeber is a busy time for The Ellen Show because of the “12 Days of Giveaways” segment that runs through the holiday season. 

This year The Ellen Show planned to give the gifts to those impacted by coronavirus such as frontline workers and affected families. However, an employee has said this year’s gifts that will be given to the audience are much less extravagant than usual. 

“In a typical year, ‘12 Days of Giveaways’ is huge. We’ve basically claimed Christmas on daytime TV. When you think of Christmas on TV, you think of The Ellen Show,” said the employee. “Everyone wants to be in the audience. Everyone wants the gifts. And so we line up all these crazy sponsors, and people love it. But this year, our ‘12 Days’ is more condensed. We don’t have as many sponsors.”

Although the show is postponed until January, DeGeneres has signed a contract that continues the talk show through 2022. While the show is struggling more than usual, executives have said the show isn’t going anywhere.

Tate McRae – Don’t Be Sad

MTV VMA’S Push Best New Artist nominee Tate McRae releases her newest track and music video, “don’t be sad” today via RCA Records (listen/watch here). The track was written by Tate, Larzz Principato (Dua Lipa, Halsey) and Jeremy Dussolliet (Anthony Ramos) and is another step up in showcasing Tate’s personal songwriting abilities.

Tate’s current single, “you broke me first” currently has over 100 million streams worldwide. The track continues to receive top tier pop playlisting at Spotify and Apple including Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits and Apple’s A-List Pop and many more. Both “you broke me first” and “vicious” will be featured on Tate’s upcoming EP due out this fall.

Earlier this month, Tate received a nomination for an MTV Video Music Award for Push Best New Artist. Fans can vote daily at http://www.mtv.com/vma/vote/.

About Tate McRae

Named YouTube’s next Artist On The Rise, singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae released her debut EP all the things i never said, in January and features her standout tracks “stupid” “tear myself apart,” “all my friends are fake,” and “that way.”  She also wrapped her completely SOLD OUT all the things I never said pt 1 tour which made stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, London, Berlin and Amsterdam. 

Tate has received early praise from a variety of publications with TheInterns.net claiming she is, “going to be one of the hottest names in music” while Idolator voted her one of 40 artists to watch in 2020. E! included her as one of 15 newcomers you need to know. She has also garnered early press from Fader, i-D, Wonderland, NME, Young Hollywood, ET, Billboard, & more.

Tate launched her YouTube channel and her “Create with Tate” music series where she has been consistently releasing original music (check out some here). In just over a year, she has over 2.4 million subscribers and over 230 million video views on YouTube and has over 450 million combined on demand streams to date.

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old. She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the “The Best Dancer” honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on Ellen, The Teen Choice Awards, and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash.

Teyana Taylor * New Album

TEYANA TAYLOR RELEASES THE ALBUM TODAY VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS.

THE ALBUM FEATURES SPECIAL GUESTS RICK ROSS, ERYKAH BADU, QUAVO, MISSY ELLIOTT, FUTURE, BIG SEAN, MS. LAURYN HILL & MORE.

LISTEN HERE

Teyana Taylor has dropped her highly anticipated third LP, THE ALBUM, today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. THE ALBUM features special guests Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Quavo, Missy Elliott, Future, Big Sean & more.

Stream THE ALBUM HERE

Tapped by Pitchfork as one of the “most anticipated albums of the summer, THE ALBUM also features Teyana’s new graduation anthem “Made It,” pegged by NPR as a “a triumphant, isolation-proof anthem for the Class of 2020,” the Janet Jackson-approved viral sensation “Bare Wit Me” the Kanye West-produced “We Got Love.” and “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs.

Since 2018’s KTSE, Teyana’s star has continued to rise; from her successful career as video director and continued investment in her production company, The Aunties, to her acting and modeling career, to a string of scintillating self-directed singles and videos, including “Morning” with Kehlani. THE ALBUM is poised to take her to the next level.

THE ALBUM is the highly anticipated successor to K.T.S.E. (June 2018), Teyana’s second album, one of the five G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. K.T.S.E. (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime Top 10 R&B smash “Gonna Love Me.” She performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley with “Rose In Harlem,”another K.T.S.E. track) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Hip-hop audiences embraced the “Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, whose video was directed by Teyana. K.T.S.E. spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP (Work This P***y).”The video was nominated for “Best Dance Performance” at the 32nd annual BET Soul Train Awards. The third single from K.T.S.E. was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.” After slaying the audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it all full circle.

About TEYANA TAYLOR:

Being a jack of trades has enabled Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the R&B superstar entertainer dips in dives between her talents as singer, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, model, and mother. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.

“I literally can do everything. I never look at anything as being impossible,” she explains. “I exhaust all options to make what happen when I need to make happen.” Her mantra made her an early favorite to artists like Pharrell, who she signed her first deal with, and later choreographed videos for artists like Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In 2014, Teyana’s love for the arts and R&B earned her the title of the first woman signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.

Between R&B’s identity crisis in the 2010s, Teyana dropped her debut album VII, with tracks like “Maybe” (featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T) and the sultry “Just Different” shaping her musical persona. The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her position in today’s modern R&B field. “I fought for that raw, hood necessary R&B and now I feel like it’s better than ever,” she says.

After spicing up the R&B charts, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert in 2015. “I do all of this for my baby. She’s who I do it for,” she says about Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration. “I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she’s a female doing it all.” Soon after, Teyana went on to star in the internet-breaking video for Kanye West’s “Fade,” and scored her first MTV Moonman for “Best Choreography” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

But it wasn’t until the release of her second album project K.T.S.E.(released June 2018) that the world caught up with Teyana’s talents. With her all-female production company The Aunties, Teyana self-directed videos for “WTP,” the RIAA gold-selling single “Gonna Love Me,” (whose remix features Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon), and recently, “Issues/Hold On.”

Teyana has also directed videos for her peers like T.I. (“You”), Monica (“Commitment”), and Lil Duval (“Pull Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign) with fans like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Elton John praising her boss moves. Part of what makes Teyana stand out from the rest is her ability to move with precision and poise in everything she does.

From the studio to the stage, every idea is a project with the singer front and center with a vision all her own. With her musical inspirations like Aaliyah, Teena Marie, Mint Condition and Janet Jackson speaking to her soul, Teyana is aware her mission is larger than life. “I’m working on me every day and I think that’s my purpose,” she says, comparing her life to a never-ending book. “I’m still going, still mastering and being a better me.”

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BTS’s “Fake Love” MV

K-pop group BTS (Aka Bangtan Sonyeondan, or Bangtan Boys) has broken records with their latest MV reaching an outstanding number of views within just 24 hours. The South Korean group released their MV “Fake Love” as the title track for their Love Yourself: Tear album on May 18 at 6pm KST. Within the first 6 hours of their release, they gained a staggering 14 million+ views. Now after a full 24 hours has passed, the video reached 40,961,289 views, but an official count from Youtube is currently being anticipated. With this number, BTS has set a new record for the highest views of a K-pop MV seen within the first 24 hours.

The seven-member boy group was formed by Big Hit Entertainment and they debuted on June 12, 2013. They have come a long way since then, becoming one of South Korea’s influential celebrities. Pre-orders of their newest album became available on April 18, and they sold an outstanding 1.44 million copies in South Korea within the first 6 days of the pre-order period.

Congratulations to BTS! They will be performing at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20 along with performances from Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and many more. BTS will also be returning to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the second time on May 25 and perform “Fake Love.”

See their “Fake Love” MV here: http://youtu.be/7C2z4GqqS5E

JAMES BAY × “SLIDE”

JAMES BAY RELEASES NEW TRACK & VIDEO FOR “SLIDE”

PERFORMING ON ELLEN MAY 16TH

OPENING UP FOR THE ROLLING STONES ON TOUR

NEW ALBUM ELECTRIC LIGHT OUT MAY 18

Check out “Slide” Here and Video Here!

“(Us) emotional, soul-tinged ballad” – Rolling Stone

“smooth lyrics and sultry notes” – Entertainment Weekly

“It’s moving, raw and promises big things for Electric Light.” – Idolator

Following its release on Monday, three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multiplatinum singer-songwriter James Bay shares the music video for his latest track “Slide.Check out the “Slide” here and the video here!

On “Slide” and its beautiful video Bay said: “Slide was the last song written for the new album and it felt like a natural closer. Although it’s tone is sad and heavy, it’s essentially about connection – a theme which, with hindsight, this album is really hinged on – and hope, despite the fact it doesn’t always work out. I guess it goes back to the nature of why I love songwriting – because a song promises the possibility of connection with other people – so we chase those flashes of creativity even when they sometimes lead us astray.”

The outro to the song and video feature a reading of one of Bay’s favorite Allen Ginsberg’s poems: “Song” which begins with “…the weight of the world is love” and is read by musician David Ryan Harris who Bay brought on tour this spring.

“Slide” was featured as a World Record by Apple Music/Beats1 with Zane Lowe and proceeds the arrival of his anxiously awaited second full-length, Electric Light [Republic Records]—finally available everywhere next Friday, May 18, 2018. Pre-order HERE  to receive instant grat downloads of “Slide” and the previously released hits “Us, “Pink Lemonade,and “Wild Love.

In addition to new music, Bay will be making his return to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 16th. Be sure to tune in!

As a way to give back to his fans and fellow artists, Bay just teamed up with Spotify for a special fan event in honor of the new music entitled, #ElectricLightVisualized. Fans can submit their own artwork inspired by the new album and top submissions will be displayed at a private gallery in Los Angeles on May 11th, Meanwhile, one winning submission will be turned into a new merch item to be sold on his upcoming fall tour with proceeds benefiting the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Fans can submit HERE.

Recently, BAY has been anointed by music industry legends as he was asked by The Rolling Stones to directly open for them for their stadium show on June 19th at London’s Twickenham Stadium. He is in good company as openers on other dates include Liam Gallagher, Florence and the Machine, Elbow, The Vaccines and more.  In addition, BAY will be featured on blues legend Buddy Guy’s upcoming album The Blues Is Alive And Well on the new song “Blue No More. Others featured on the album include Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

Captivating venues everywhere, he revs up the “Electric Light” Tour this May following the record release. See full dates below and at  www.jamesbay.com.

Composed in East London’s Baltic Studios, Bay co-wrote and co-produced Electric Light with longtime friend and collaborator Jon Green and brought onboard Paul Epworth [Adele, Florence and The Machine] to add final production elements to the record. “Wild Love” has already reached nearly 19 million Spotify streams and its official music video co-stars Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things. Watch the “Wild Love” music video here. “Pink Lemonade” has also raised its hand as a standout with over 6.1 million streams and features an “almost” intergalactic music video with a heartwarming twist. See the official “Pink Lemonade” music video here!  In addition, his anthem of unity “Us” has touched hearts across the country and its beautiful video has already reached over 13 million views. Check out the music video here! Across the globe Bay has earned widespread critical acclaim from NME, ForbesHarpers BazaarTimeGQ UK, Rolling StonePeopleClash, Billboard, and performed on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Be on the lookout for more news from BAY and pre-order Electric Light HERE via Republic Records.

Electric Light Tracklist

1. Intro

2. Wasted On Each Other

3. Pink Lemonade

4. Wild Love

5. Us

6. In My Head

7. Interlude

8. Just For Tonight

9. Wanderlust

10. I Found You

11. Sugar Drunk High

12. Stand Up

13. Fade Out

14. Slide

JAMES BAY ELECTRIC LIGHT 2018 TOUR DATES:

May 27th                      SWANSEA                 Radio 1 Biggest Weekend+

May 29th                      London                       The Roundhouse+     SOLD OUT

May 30th                      Manchester                Albert Hall+                SOLD OUT

June 1st                       Sheffield                     O2 Academy+            SOLD OUT

June 2nd                      Bristol                         Colston Hall+              SOLD OUT

June 3rd                       Cambridge                 Corn Exchange+         SOLD OUT

June 5th                       Newcastle                  02 Academy+

June 6th                       Leicester                    De Montfort Hall+

June 8th                       Paris                          Elysee Montmartre+

June 11th                     Amsterdam                Melkweg+

June 12th                     Berlin                         Huxleys+

June 23rd                     Newcastle                  Isle of Wight Festival+

June 27th                     Corke                         The Marquee+

June 29th                     Glasgow                     TRNSMT Festival+

August 17th                  RIZE Festival             Chelmsford- Hyland Park+

September 13th            Atlanta, GA                Coca Cola Roxy Theatre+

September 14th            Nashville, TN             Ascend Amphitheater+

September 15th            Durham, NC               Durham Performing Arts Center +

September 18th            New York, NY            Beacon Theater+

September 19th            New York, NY            Beacon Theater+

September 20th            Washington, DC        The Anthem+

September 25th            Philadelphia, PA        Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier+

September 26th            Boston, MA                Blue Hills Bank Pavilion+

September 28th            Toronto, ON               Woodbine Park+

September 29th            Detroit, MI                  Masonic Temple Theatre+

October 1st                   Chicago, IL                 Aragon Ballroom+

October 2nd                  Minneapolis, MN        State Theatre+

October 5th                   Salt Lake City, UT      Union event Center+

October 7th                   Los Angeles, CA        The Greek Theatre+

October 11th                 Berkeley, CA              The Greek Theatre+

October 13th                 Vancouver, BC           Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre+

October 14th                 Seattle, WA                Paramount Theatre+

October 15th                 Portland, OR              Rose Garden – Theater of the Clouds+

*Previously Announced Tour

+ New Tour Dates

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James Bay is the definition of a modern-day rock star. With the upcoming release of his sophomore album Electric Light, Bay has once again won the world over with the album’s standout tracks “Wild Love,” “Pink Lemonade” and “Us.” Bay co-wrote and produced a majority of the album with his longtime songwriting partner John Green and Paul Epworth (Rihanna, Adele) came on to add the final production elements. In addition, this year he made his Saturday Night Live debut performance and sold out shows across the globe. This summer he will open for The Rolling Stones as direct support on June 19th show at London’s Twickenham Stadium.  Following the release of his debut album Chaos And The Calm, featuring—“Hold Back The River” and “Let It Go”— BAY was nominated for “Best Rock Album,” Best Rock Song,” and “Best New Artist” at the 2016 Grammy Awards. In the UK, the record became the “Biggest New Artist Album Release” that year and has been certified Gold in the United States, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, platinum in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, double platinum in the UK and has sold nearly 3.5 million albums in global consumption, and 2.7 billion streams worldwide. Receiving the BRIT’s Critics Choice award in 2015, BAY has gone on to receive a win for “Best Male Solo Artist” at the BRITS, International Newcomer at the ECHO Awards, “Best New Act” & “Best Solo Artist” at the Q Awards, “Most Performed Work” at the Ivor Novello Awards and was nominated for “Best New” & “Best PUSH” at the MTV EMA’s and a MTV VMA for “Best New Act.” On the other side of the globe, he has received a nod for “Best International Artist” at the ARIA Awards in Australia. In addition to selling out shows and performing at festivals across the globe, BAY lent a new version of his song “Running” for the 2016 Sports Relief charity,  is an advocate for the international non-profit Wateraid, designed his own signature line for Topman, and Epiphone created the Limited Edition James Bay Signature “1966 Century” Guitar in his name.

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

John Newman x Fire in Me

Today, BRIT Award-nominated UK platinum-selling singer, songwriter, performer, and vocal powerhouse JOHN NEWMAN ignites his new single “Fire In Me.Get it HERE via Republic Records.

NEWMAN co-produced the new single with Mark Ralph [Clean Bandit, Jax Jones, Alma], “Fire In Me” stands out as a dancefloor-ready anthem with festival ambition and enough power to soundtrack 2018.

NEWMAN’s previous single “Olé” co-written and produced by electronic dance music leader Calvin Harris. It eventually clocked over 9 million Spotify streams and counting. Additionally, he hit the main stage at Coachella to join Rihanna to perform “Blame” during Harris’s headlining set.

JOHN NEWMAN first rose to global superstardom with the RIAA platinum smash “Love Me Again.His 2015 opus, Revolve, boasted diverse cameos from the likes of Idris Elba and Charlie Wilson and garnered widespread international praise. Along the way, he’s captivated audiences with TV performances on Ellen and alongside Taylor Swift and at the European Games Closing Ceremony. Moreover, the artist has received the endorsement of The New York Times, USA Today, and more. To date, he has earned three #1 singles with cumulative streams and views approach the 1 billion-mark with over 6 million global single sales.