What’s The Buzz? 4/14-4/21

While America is urged to stay home, the industry has made its best attempt to keep us entertained. Welcome to this week’s hot topics!

Drake Breaks The Record for Most Billboard Hot 100 Entries

Drake is the first male artist to have three number-one singles on the Billboard charts. His newest song, “Toosie Slide”, has been making waves on Tik Tok as users have created a dance behind the lyrics. The song is followed by “Nice For What,” which entered the charts in April as well as “Gods Plan” which debuted in February.  

Tory Lanez’s Quarantine Radio

Tory Lanez, rapper, has been hosting an Instagram Live almost every night as the world quarantines at home. Dubbed as “Quarantine Radio”, Lanez sits on a couch to play his favorite playlists while inviting users to join his Livestream. Anyone who is in the live stream can request access. Lanez randomly picks users to wild out. Fans are having rap battles, other popular rappers have joined, girls are on there twerking, and Lanez has even created a trivia giving out cash prizes.

NASCAR Kyle Larson Fired For Dropping The N-Word 

Kyle Larson, six time NASCAR Cup Series winner, has been fired after saying the n-word during a livestream race.

“After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” the organization said in a statement. “As we said before, the comments that Kyle made were both offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization.”

Larson apologized in a video on Monday before his termination. He apologized to his family, NASCAR and the black community. His sponsorship with McDonalds, Credit One Bank, and Fiserv have been terminated as well.

Tom Hanks Hosts SNL

Tom Hanks, one of the first celebrities to publicly announce having the Corona-virus, is alive, well and hosting SNL. The television show filmed the first episode in broadcast history from the comfort of the cast’s quarantined homes. The episode was kicked off with a brief insight on his recovery. 

The actor joked, “Ever since being diagnosed, I have been more like America’s dad than ever before,” Hanks said, “since no one wants to be around me very long and I make people uncomfortable.”

iHeart Radio, New Podcast Alert for The Class of 2020

The pandemic has canceled graduation for this year’s class of 2020, and to make up for it, iHeart Radio has announced its new podcast called “Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020.” 

Their press release name dropped huge names that will be featured on the show:

“Students will be able to hear commencement speeches from a multitude of people, including musicians like John Legend, Halsey, Kesha, DJ Khaled, Khalid, Pitbull and Tim McGraw, leaders like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US General Stan McChrystal, business leader and Co-CEO of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, athletes like FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach, NFL star Eli Manning and college basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, in addition to stars like Chelsea Handler, Sienna Miller, Jimmy Fallon and Katie Couric. Speeches will also come from cosmetics icon Bobbi Brown, restaurateur and TV personality David Chang, journalist and NPR correspondent Guy Raz, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Rule and CEO of Epic Records Sylvia Rhone, with more to be announced.

“Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020” will also feature speeches from iHeartRadio’s own on-air personalities and podcast hosts, including Ryan Seacrest, Enrique Santos, Angie Martinez, Bobby Bones, Jake Brennan, Angela Yee, and Woody, with more to be announced.” – iHeart Media

Bankruptcy of AMC, $4.9 Billion in Debt

Like many other businesses, AMC theater announced it is struggling to stay afloat admist the pandemic. It has closed 634 locations in the U.S. and Canada. There have also been reports, according to Variety, that the company is on the brink of a Chapter 11 filing. Although, China’s Dalian Wanda Group, the owners of AMC, said in a statement that the “recent online speculation from the media that Wanda’s AMC is filing for bankruptcy is pure rumors,” per Deadline.

Animal Adoptions Are Up

To leave this week’s hot topics off on a good note, animal shelters have been clearing out as pet adoptions rise. In New York City and Los Angeles, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said foster applications in both locations went up by 200 percent. Shelters across the nation have been experiencing similar results, with pet adoptions booming as people are finding their quarantine the perfect time to bring in a new adoption to their families.

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