Kimmel vs. ABC
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel apparently nearly quit his gig on Jimmy Kimmel Live! over jokes about former President Donald Trump. On Stitcher's Naked Lunch podcast, Kimmel said executives at ABC wanted the comedian to stop telling jokes about the then commander-in-chief because they thought it might alienate the show's Republican viewers. Kimmel pushed back and said he wouldn't stop and that the network could simply find a replacement for him if they weren't comfortable.
'Eras Tour' Bonus Shows
Taylor Swift hit a new level this week when she became the first artist in history to occupy the entire top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Now she's capitalizing on the buzz and the success of her new album Midnights by adding new dates to her Eras Tour. She first announced the 27-date U.S. run earlier this week, and this morning, she announced eight new dates. Some of the cities in for an extra night of T. Swift include Tampa, Nashville, Seattle, and East Rutherford, N.J. (just outside of New York City). The tour kicks off in March 2023.
UMG's Voting Campaign
Universal Music Group is urging Americans to make their way to the polls on Election Day. The record label is revamping its Use Your Voice initiative, which uses partnerships and activations in an effort to boost voter turnout. UMG is also amplifying another initiative called Pull Up to the Polls which first started in 2020 to support marginalized voters across the U.S. by providing access to voter education programs and rides to and from voting locations.