Charlie Puth claims the people who were part of Ellen DeGeneres’ record label, who signed him in 2011, are gone.
Appearing on a recent episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, the singer-songwriter shared that after joining the eleveneleven label, which was run by the former talk show host, he saw the team record his first EP, gone.
“Not putting any blame on one person, but from a collective… all the people that were in that room, they just disappeared,” Puth said in the interview with Rolling Stone. “I didn’t hear from anybody.”
The singer rose to online fame after launching his YouTube channel in 2009. After his famous cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You,” he and fellow songwriter Emily Luthor signed to DeGeneres’ label.
Eleveneleven started in 2010 with talk show host Mile Hamlin before shutting down in 2012.
Although he hasn’t not had an easy experience with the now-closed company, Puth still talks about DeGeneres in a place of positivity, saying the rumors about her bad attitude at work aren’t true for him.
“People describe Ellen as rude,” he stated. “I’ve never experienced that. Maybe she likes me.”
Plus, he was still a developing artist at the time, so there’s no resentment that his early tracks haven’t been released.
“I don’t know how good they are,” he revealed.
A month prior, after releasing his third album Charlie, the 30-year-old revealed to EW that his new label Atlantic is easy to work with.
“I have the support from a record label now, too,” he stated.
“When I signed with Atlantic, their primary goal was for me to just deliver a full body of work for them, which, previously, was not the case. Before, it was all just about pumping out singles, and nobody really cared about me – they just cared about the song on the radio.”
Puth and Chance
Puth’s statements came following singer Greyson Chance’s revelation on his encounter with eleveneleven, in which he alleged DeGeneres of being “degrading” and “manipulative.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Chance said he had “never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered and more blatantly opportunistic than her,” alleging she was “domineering and way too controlling” about the decisions such as his clothing styles.
“She would come in and look at a rack, yell at stylists, berate people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show,’” said Chance. “She was just degrading to people.”
Puth revealed in his latest sit-down that although he has not encountered a problematic experience, he does think the label was not managed well.
“We both have different experiences, me versus Greyson. But I do agree with him that no one was present, certainly, after the creation of my first demo EP,” he stated.
When asked for comment, DeGeneres’ representatives did not instantly reply to some media outlets.
Puth is currently making a massive following in the new: TikTok. His most viral videos include some showing himself playing the piano and making impromptu tunes and short songs.