Charlie Puth on Ellen DeGeneres’ label: ‘They just disappeared’

Turns out Greyson Chance wasn’t alone.

Charlie Puth also opened up about his experience with Ellen DeGeneres’ record label — and it wasn’t a good one.

In a recent appearance on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, the “Light Switch” singer claimed that members of DeGeneres’ now-defunct elfeleven label disappeared after recording his debut EP.

“Blaming it not on one person, but on a collective…all the people that were in that room just disappeared,” Puth said. “I haven’t heard from anyone.”

Puth first burst onto the music scene in 2009 after posting covers of songs on his YouTube channel. He was signed to elfeleven after the cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You” by him and fellow musician Emily Luther had an internet moment. Puth and Luther signed with elfeleven in 2011. But in 2012 the label had dissolved.

However, Puth didn’t blame DeGeneres for his experience.

“People describe Ellen as rude,” he said. “I have never witnessed anything like this. Maybe she likes me.”

Puth’s comments come a few weeks after fellow musician Chance told Rolling Stone in September that he was “completely dumped” by DeGeneres.

Chance appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after a video of him performing a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral in 2010. The singer received $10,000, a new piano and became the first artist to be signed to DeGeneres’ eleven-eleven record label.

“I remember [DeGeneres] He pulled my mom aside and said, ‘You’ll never have to work a day in your life again,'” Chance said. “,I will protect you. I will be there for you. We’re going to do this together.’”

Chance claimed in the interview that DeGeneres “became really invested in his career” after the then 13-year-old picked up steam with EPs and tour dates in late 2010, but he added that she also “got domineering and way too controlling. ”

“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] a text from her,” Chance said. “That was awful. … If she had any opinion, the whole thing changed.”

The now 25-year-old singer described incidents when both he and his mother were verbally abused by DeGeneres and said the presenter acted as a “hidden eye” throughout his career.

“I’ve never met anyone more manipulative, self-centered, and overtly opportunistic than her,” he said of DeGeneres.

As his sales began to plummet in 2012, Chance claimed his agent, publicist, and entire management team disappeared and DeGeneres ignored his calls.

“I could not reach you. Couldn’t speak to her,’ he said.

Puth brought up Chance’s experience when speaking to Rolling Stone.

“We both have different experiences, me versus Greyson,” Puth explained. “But I agree that no one was actually there, at least after making my first demo EP. I didn’t hear from anyone after that.”

Rolling Stone reported that sources close to the DeGeneres team say they don’t remember this happening to Puth.

DeGeneres officials did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment.

Puth doesn’t hold much grudge about the situation, however, because he’s not convinced any of the songs he wrote for the label are worth re-watching.

“I don’t know how good they are,” he said.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-11/charlie-puth-ellen-degeneres-record-label-greyson-chance Charlie Puth on Ellen DeGeneres’ label: ‘They just disappeared’

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