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Eric Andre Supports The Petition To Make Him The Next Host Of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Most viral petitions are bad, but most viral petitions aren’t for Eric Andre to become the next host of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Over the past few weeks, Ellen DeGeneres has faced accusations of fostering a “culture of fear” with employees saying “they faced racism, fear, and intimidation.” So it’s no wonder that #ReplaceEllen trended on Twitter for much of Monday, with users suggesting who should take over for Ellen if she leaves/gets fired from her daytime series. One popular suggestion is someone with talk show experience: Eric Andre.

The “Make Eric Andre the host of the Ellen Show” petition has only been up for a day, but it’s already been signed thousands of times by Legalize Everything fans and received a coveted show of support from Andre himself. “With the recent scandals plaguing Ellen Degeneres, we the people of the world hereby nominate and elect Eric Andre to become the new permanent host of The Ellen Show,” it reads. “Fans have been lining up outside of NBC Studios, Adult Swim, The White House, and for some reason my house too… all chanting: ‘Get Eric Andre to replace Ellen, keep show format the same. Also don’t change the name!!’ These fans keep me up at night, please… for the love of god sign the petition and make Eric Ellen.” Sign it for the Photoshop alone.

Eric Andre gave birth to jazz. Now you can give birth to Andre as the host of Ellen.


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Kanye West’s Presidential Campaign Reportedly Has Republican Ties

In the last month, Kanye West has been continuously making headlines. The rapper re-joined social media, publicly dissed his wife, announced an album named after his mother which has already been delayed, and lastly, launched a presidential campaign. In the past, the rapper has been a vocal Trump supporter but said he was distancing himself from the Republican Party to instead run as in Independent. Despite his Independent affiliation, West is reportedly working closely with several members of the GOP.

A recent report from The Intelligencer shows West has campaign ties with Republican Party members as he attempts to get his name on the ballot in several states ahead of November’s election. Per the report, one of West’s electors in the state of Vermont as well as his campaign’s Arkansas point of contact are known members of the Republican Party.

Chuck Wilton, who will serve as one of West’s electors in Vermont, was also elected in May by the Vermont Republican Party to serve as a Trump delegate at this year’s Republican National Convention. When questioned by The Intelligencer, Wilton said he had been connected to West through “political contacts” and denotes that West similarly falls “center right” on the political spectrum. As for the second Republican contact in his campaign, West has invited Gregg Keller to be his point-of-contact in Arkansas. Keller has previously worked on the campaign for other Republican Party members like Mitt Romney and successfully assisted West in getting his name on the Arkansas ballot.

If West did succeed in getting his name on the ballot in more states, the rapper would still have a number of hurdles to jump before further participating in the race. West still needs to hold 270 electoral votes in order to participate in the presidential debates as well as have a 15 percent support in the polls. So far, West is falling short of 15 percent, as his July polling numbers saw just 2 percent support.

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FKA Twigs Joins Squeaky-Voiced Rapper 645AR In The OnlyFans-Inspired ‘Sum Bout U’ Video

One of the oddest new performers taking advantage of the “anything goes” climate produced by social media and streaming is Atlanta rapper 645AR. Emerging from seemingly out of nowhere with viral hits “Bible And A K” and “Crack,” 645AR’s most distinguishing quality is his double take-inducing delivery — an ear-piercing squeak that takes Young Thugs vocal-rending approach to an out-of-the-box extreme. Today, he’s delivering the most attention-getting feature of his burgeoning career in FKA Twigs on the new single, “Sum Bout U.”

Somehow, it’s a collaboration that is shocking yet unsurprising, making sense even as it twists the boundaries of the genre with unconventional appeal. FKA Twigs is already pretty well-known for riding on the cutting edge of pop and soul with tracks like “We Are The Womxn” and her appearance on Ty Dolla Sign’s “Ego Death” with Kanye West. Here, she adopts a reflection of 645AR’s straining falsetto delivery, making for an aurally intriguing approach to the usual trap antics of 645AR’s Atlanta compatriots.

As Twigs is a little under a year removed from her outstanding album Magdalene and 645AR is garnering more and more attention with his unusual vocal tic, the pairing offers a chance for both to raise their respective profiles — especially at a time where new music releases have slowed down considerably in response to an ongoing pandemic

Listen to FKA Twigs and 645AR’s “Sum Bout U” above.

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Scotland’s Isle Of Rum Wants To Rent You An Eco-Home For Shockingly Cheap

Many of us are itching to press the reset button on what’s proven to be a generally horrendous year. It turns out, living amidst widespread civil unrest, a global pandemic, and a political environment that seems to get more insane with each passing day is the perfect recipe for absolute exhaustion. So perhaps there’s never been a better time to live in a place so chill it’s actually called the Isle of Rum.

The island, off of Scotland’s west coast, is currently looking for both individuals and families to join its small population of between 30 and 40 to call the island home for the next two years. Maybe even longer. And they’re making it very cheap to do so.

According to Matador Network, the island’s community trust is currently seeking new residents to occupy four two-bedroom eco-homes that were recently built outside the island’s only settlement, the village of Kinloch. The eco-homes sport “clear and sweeping views” of the Rum Cuillin ridge and come equipped with high-quality fiber broadband. For a cool $590 a month (the price of a closet in LA), prospective residents can join a small community and help shape future events on the island.

The island is actively looking for currently self-employed applicants in the fields of catering, farming, mountain and marine tourism, fishing, and child care, as well as anybody with construction experience, including household maintenance — though anyone is welcome to apply regardless of skills, especially those willing to commit to staying on the island for up to two years.To download the application and see some pictures of the homes, head to the Isle of Rum’s website.

The deadline to submit your application is August 28th. Though… if you hear “rum” and think “tropics,” you may want to spend five minutes learning about the island’s climate before filing your application.

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Richard Sherman On Financial Literacy And The Failures Of The U.S. Educational System

Richard Sherman has long been an outspoken advocate of individuals educating themselves further and, in particular, becoming more aware of how to manage their money.

The All-Pro corner, now entering 10th season in the NFL and third in San Francisco, was among the leaders in the NFLPA as the union currently negotiated with the league on health and safety protocols for returning to football amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s also launching an online video series titled “Adulting with Richard Sherman” on Million Stories, with new episodes dropping each Tuesday offering free, quick videos that he hopes can advance the public’s financial literacy and give them a baseline of understanding of some basic, key elements of being financially healthy.

Last week, Sherman spoke with Uproxx Sports by phone about his new series, how it came about, the status of the league and union’s talks on health and safety, and why he thinks the U.S. education system is “broken” and in desperate need of reform in terms of addressing real life skills people need to understand.

You were among the many players to point out the issues with the NFL’s lack of a testing and health and safety plan. Do you feel like the league is getting closer to addressing the player concerns on this and what do you need to see to feel comfortable going into camp?

Well yeah, they’re addressing it much better than they were addressing it before. Obviously this is unique territory and unprecedented circumstances, but at the end of the day the safety of our players is a paramount concern for us as a union and we need to make sure they are doing everything and making sure that if anything happens that they’re prepared for every scenario that can occur with regards to players getting sick and the virus spreading in the locker room or within the front office or whatever the case may be. I think they’ve tried their best to address those concerns that we’ve had, but it’s still an on-going process.

Like you said, this has been an incredibly unique situation. What has this offseason been like for you and how have you been trying to keep up with your training?

You know, it’s been pretty simple for me. I’ve always treated my offseason the same. Get on the bike, do my workouts — I usually workout alone anyways, so it didn’t change much for me — but I’ve gotten a lot more time with my kids, you know, they haven’t had to go to school. So we’ve hung out and taken them places, but outside of that it’s been pretty normal. I wasn’t planning on going to OTAs this year anyways, so it’s just made it simpler for me, I guess.

You’ve got the “Adulting” series that just started launching on Million Stories. Where did the idea for this come from and why was it important for you to get involved with this?

Well, it’s something I’ve always been passionate about, you know, helping simplify and have the uncomfortable talks. Obviously, in my community growing up there’s very low financial literacy of any kind, you know, not even as simple as budgeting or how to pay bills. I have friends who still to this day don’t know how to pay bills or what their credit score means or how its figured out or how to use a credit card. It’s just simple things, and I felt like with this series we could open more eyes and educate more people to make them more comfortable in this space.

You mention there’s a lot of people who don’t have financial literacy. Is that something you think should get greater emphasis in the U.S. educational system? Because it’s not something you learn in high school and it’s not something you’re taught, and if you come from a place that doesn’t have the resources or the background it’s just something that’s difficult to learn on your own.

Yeah, it’s a deep rabbit hole going down talking about the education system, because I think it’s beyond broken, and there are way more negative things I have to say than positive. But yeah, I think teaching real skills in school — real life skills in school — would be time better spent than us teaching kids calculus and trigonometry, or partial U.S. history. Information that unless you’re going to school to study math or economics or whatever you’re not going to use the skillset, and if they plan to go to school for that they can take those classes.

But I think there’s more general education things that need to be taught in our schools to help people manage their money better. To understand when you’re getting a paycheck where do the taxes go, how do you file taxes at the end of the year. And if you buy a home, this is a down payment and this is a first-time home buyers program that technically everybody would qualify for, and etc., etc. Because those are things that would help improve people’s quality of life, you know. I don’t think necessarily learning U.S. history in the way that they teach it, where it only teaches you part of the history that they want to show you, it really helps people in their every day lives.

Absolutely. I know this is something you’ve been passionate about, because like you say in the budgeting episode, when you come into the league you hear the stories about 78 percent of the league goes broke. What has to happen, specifically within football, to help these guys understand these things, like you said, paying your taxes at the end of the year, knowing what comes out? What do you tell guys and what are steps the league can take to take to help that or do you think they have begun doing that more?

I think the league has taken steps in that space, but I think it’s up to each individual to take accountability and responsibility for their own finances and to educate themselves. I think sometimes the league has conversations about that and has programs, but guys kinda go glass-eyed through them. They sit there and sit on their phones and don’t really absorb the information being presented, so then it’s pointless. So, I think at the end of the day it’s up to each individual to learn the information and want to be better in this space, and I think that we’re doing what we can as veteran players to tell them the stories, tell them the good, the bad, the places we made mistakes. Places that we felt were beneficial and to save their money.

Obviously saving your money seems like a novel concept, but for a lot of these guys, their families are their worst enemies. They give a lot of the money to their family thinking, ‘Hey, if I give this to them now, I won’t have to give it to them later,’ not understanding that their families aren’t financially literate. So it just perpetuates the cycle. Then they spend the money they’ve never had in a way that isn’t productive or beneficial in any way, and now you’re stuck either frustrated and giving them more money or not giving them anymore money and then it’s been a waste. It’s just been a bad learning lesson, and those are stories you hear every day.

You have episodes up now on budgeting and choosing health insurance. What are some more topics you’ll be diving into as new episodes come out every Tuesday?

Well, we’ll try to address some of those issues — the simple things. Paying bills, taxes, credit cards, you know, buying homes, real estate. I’m trying not to go too in depth in terms of complexities of certain investments, because then you dilute the message, and then once again people go glass-eyed and don’t absorb the information. So we’ll try to keep it fun and keep it simple and keep it entertaining for people, so they want to come back and want to see the next episode.

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All The Best New Pop Music From This Week

This week in pop music saw the return of some major artists that have earned Uproxx’s best new pop stamp of approval. Billie Eilish shared a reflective tune, Sam Smith linked with singer Burna Boy for a smooth single, and Jorja Smith shared a poignant protest anthem.

Each week, Uproxx rounds up the best new pop releases. Listen up.

Billie Eilish — “My Future”

Billie Eilish’s debut LP When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? catapulted the young singer into stardom. Ever since the singer has been taking her recent songs in a moodier direction, as seen on her best new pop single “My Future.” According to Eilish, she wrote and recorded the track in just two days: “For me, I’m sure you know, I take f*cking forever to get a vocal take that I like, and I do like a billion takes. And this one… I just, I don’t know, there was something about this one take that I did, and I was like, ‘This is the only way that it can be.’”

Sam Smith — “My Oasis” Feat. Burna Boy

It’s been three years since Sam Smith released their sophomore album The Thrill Of It All but earlier this year, the singer ushered in a new era with the Demi Lovato collaboration “I’m Ready.” Smith has now returned once again, this time tapping singer Burna Boy for the slow-burning track “My Oasis.”

Jorja Smith — “By Any Means”

Jorja Smith is back after adding her own spin on the jazz classic “Rose Rouge” last month, and this time it’s for another compilation record. In a statement about “By Any Means,” Smith says the song is a protest anthem: “The inspiration behind ‘By Any Means’ really came from going to the Black Lives Matter protest and leaving thinking, what can I do to keep this conversation going? It’s not just a post on social media, it’s life.”

Dominic Fike — “Cancel Me”

Dominic Fike shared his highly-anticipated debut record What Could Possibly Go Wrong this week and with it came the earworm “Cancel Me.” A tongue-in-cheek critique of cancel culture, Fike sings that he hopes the internet will try to cancel him so that he can dedicate more time to his family.

Mxmtoon — “Bon Iver”

After her EP Dawn debuted back in April, Mxmtoon is now ushering the effort’s counterpart, Dusk. “When we think of nightfall, we often associate it to the ‘end’ of something,” Mxmtoon wrote alongside “Bon Iver,” which announced the upcoming EP. “The ‘Bon Iver’ music video is meant to counter that notion, and to spark thought over the possibilities that are ahead instead. A day does not just end when the sun goes down, you continue to find wonder and joy despite the dark, and a whole other world awaits you as the moon glides overhead.”

Amy Allen — “Difficult”

After taking up the opportunity to write songs for some of today’s biggest stars like Harry Styles and Halsey, Amy Allen is ready to write music for herself. That’s where “Difficult” comes in. “As a woman, I’m often referred to as ‘Difficult,’” she said in a statement. “Difficult for advocating for myself. Difficult for wearing my ambition on my sleeve. Difficult for prioritizing my dreams. Every woman I know has had this term weaponized against her. I wrote Difficult after I realized this word, which I used to take as an insult, is actually something I own. I’m proud to be Difficult and want to reclaim the word.”

Ava Max — “Who’s Laughing Now”

Though she’s been sharing her music for years, Ava Max is now gearing up for her debut album. Announcing the LP Heaven & Hell, the singer debuted the track “Who’s Laughing Now” as a revved-up preview. “I’ve been holding onto this secret for so long and am so excited I can finally talk about my debut album Heaven & Hell,” Max said. “I put my heart and soul into making it and cannot wait to share my music with everyone.”

Alexander 23 — “Caught In The Middle”

Alexander 23 has cultivated a name for himself in the bedroom pop genre, touring with the likes of Mxmtoon, Alec Benjamin, and Omar Apollo, and even having a song go viral on TikTok. Now, the singer continues his catalog with the nostalgia-inducing number “Caught In The Middle,” which showcases his far-reaching vocals over a resounding guitar.

Somegirlnamedanna — “Seriously Just Stop”

With “Seriously Just Stop,” Somegirlnamedanna announces her debut EP Twenty One, Twenty Two. About her music on the upcoming EP, the singer said she hopes to dismantle the pristine image of someone’s life that social media can create. “I think it’s easy to forget that people are not living the perfect lives portrayed on social media, and these songs were inspired by the real challenges and downswings that many of us face behind the screen. I want people to remember they are not alone in these times and I hope we continue to display our vulnerabilities and traits that make us human in popular culture.”

Prep — “On And On”

This British indie-pop four-piece announced a self-titled debut album with the hypnotic number “On And On.” Aimed at curing summertime sadness, the track is a taste of Prep’s feel-good tunes and offers a preview of their synth-heavy catalog.

Some of the artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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Doja Cat, BTS, And J Balvin Are Performing At The 2020 MTV VMAs

Award show season is going to be different this year, but the MTV VMAs are soldiering on. The show is set to take place on August 30, and now MTV has revealed who will be performing during this year’s ceremony: Doja Cat, BTS, and J Balvin. Those are just the first three performers who have been announced, as more are set to be revealed between now and the day of the show.

Of those artists, J Balvin has the most nominations with four. His Black Eyes Peas collab “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” is up for Best Collaboration, and he has three different songs nominated for Best Latin: Anuel AA’s “China,” Maluma’s “Queì Pena,” and his own “Amarillo.” Meanwhile, Doja and BTS each have three nominations — Song Of The Year (“Say So”), Push Best New Artist, and Best Direction (“Say So”) for Doja, and Best Pop, Best K-Pop, and Best Choreography for BTS (all for “On”).

The show is actually set to take place in person at New York City’s Barclays Center after governor Andrew Cuomo gave MTV the go-ahead. However, given the pandemic, the event will have “limited or no audience.”

Find the full list of this year’s nominations here.

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The Pistons Told J. Cole To Get In Touch About A Tryout

There’s a whole lot of smoke around J. Cole trying to pursue some sort of basketball career. A recent ad for his first signature sneaker through Puma, the RS-Dreamer, showed him working out in a gym underneath a voice-over by Master P, who famously had a short basketball career with a few NBA preseason invites. Shortly after, Master P told TMZ that Cole reached out and asked what he’d need to do if he wanted to pursue a spot in the league.

Now, an NBA team wants to give him a chance to show what he can do. The Detroit Pistons tweeted at Cole on Monday evening, telling him that if he wants to try and earn a spot on a team to get in touch for some sort of tryout.

Of course, this must come with the caveat that the likelihood of a 35-year-old rapper who has never played professional basketball before making an NBA roster is super unlikely, even if it’s pretty well-documented that Cole can ball and has a nice jumper. We’ve also not heard anything from Cole about whether or not he’s going to pursue a basketball career, although I do suppose that accepting an invite from an NBA team to try out for their roster would answer that question pretty quickly.

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Ryan Reynolds’ Hilarious ‘Reynolds Cut’ Of ‘Green Lantern’ Is Much Shorter Than The Snyder Cut

One of the best meta-jokes in Deadpool 2 was Wade Wilson, played by Ryan Reynolds, going back in time to murder not only the X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of Deadpool, but also actor Ryan Reynolds before he could agree to star in Green Lantern. The notoriously terrible 2011 superhero film is a recurring target for the Free Guy actor, who told his Twitter followers to “walk away” from watching it and called it “really dumb” on The Late Show. His latest barb against Green Lantern came in the form of a “secret cut” of the movie that doubles as a parody of the so-called Snyder Cut of Justice League.

“Here’s the secret Reynolds Cut of GL you all haven’t been waiting for,” Reynolds tweeted. “In order to make it as great as possible we made some judicious cuts.” The video is all of 27 seconds long, including the first three seconds being footage from another movie entirely (the aforementioned Deadpool 2 scene). There are explosions, loud noises, a Tom Cruise cameo, and the Justice League hanging out together. As a two-hour movie, Green Lantern is no good. But it’s a masterpiece under 30 seconds.

As for why Green Lantern didn’t work, Reynolds once explained, “I don’t think anyone ever figured out exactly what it was. That isn’t to say the hundreds of men and women didn’t work their fingers to the bone to make it as good as possible. It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood, which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me so I was excited to try and take part in it.”

Watch the “Reynolds Cut” below.

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Kelly Lee Owens Unveils The Foreboding ‘Corner Of My Sky,’ Her New Song With John Cale

Following her acclaimed self-titled debut record, Kelly Lee Owens is experimenting with sound on her upcoming sophomore effort Inner Song. The full record is due out in late August and the producer has already previewed the LP with the atmospheric tracks “Night,” “On,” and “Melt.” For her next single, Owens tapped fellow Welsh artist John Cale, formerly of Velvet Underground, to offer his brooding vocals on the track.

Over a slippery beat, Cale’s gruff voice annotates the 7-minute track. Cale delivers each line as prose, even adding in a few Welsh phrases into the mix.

About his experience working on the track, Cale said:

“It’s not usually this immediate that a productive afternoon brings a satisfying conclusion to a task. Kelly sent me a track she’d written — an instrumental that was a gentle drift — something comfortably familiar to what I’d been working on myself. On the first listen, the lyrics came with ease and a chorus and melody grew out of it. Even the Welsh phrases seemed to develop from a place of reflective memory which was a surprise since I hadn’t written in Welsh for decades. Once finished, I realized there existed a built-in thread we’d created together and apart – and her kind spirit pulled it all together and in quick order.”

Owens added:

“I knew with this album I needed to connect with my roots and therefore having the Welsh language featured on the record felt very important to me. Once the music for the track was written and the sounds were formed, I sent the track straight to John and asked if he could perhaps delve into his Welsh heritage and tell the story of the land via spoken-word, poetry and song. What he sent back was nothing short of phenomenal. The arrangement was done during the mixing process and once I’d finished the track, I cried — firstly feeling incredibly lucky to have collaborated with John and his eternal talent and secondly for both of us to have been able to connect to our homeland in this way.”

Listen to “Corner Of My Sky” below.

Inner Song is out 8/28 via Smalltown Sound. Pre-order it here.