New Album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

Swifties, are you sitting down? Good, now make sure your breathing.

Taylor Swift’s first recorded album has dropped, and I couldn’t be more excited.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter dropped a rerecorded version of her second studio album, Fearless. The re-recorded version is titled “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @taylorswift13

The re-release is swift keeping her word to re-record her music before the “Lover” album. In the event, you’re not up-to-date on the Scooter Braun-Taylor Swift battle here’s the low down.

Scooter Braun purchased her masters which ignited a heated public battle between Braun and Swift over music ownership. And, swift made the announcement she would rerecord her first six studio albums, to call them her own.

She shared on Good Morning America “I just think that artists deserve to own their work, I just feel very passionately about that.”

Swift re-recorded “Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in late 2020, the first re-recording released.

Photo Credit: Taylor Swift on Instagram

The new release provides fans 27 tracks and includes incredible talent like Keith Urban and Maren Morris: All the songs from the original and platinum of “Fearless”, six unreleased songs, and a bonus track.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Taylor Swift Tracklisting for “Fearless Taylor’s Version” on Twitter

You can stream Fearless (Taylor’s Version) right now on platforms like Spotify or Apple Music.

Let me know what you think about “Fearless Taylor’s Version” by connecting with me on Twitter or Instagram.

Cover Photo: Beth Garrabrant

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Behind the Seams with Blake: Unexpected MLB Team Records So Far in 2021

These teams have surprised viewers thus far in the 2021 baseball season, posting win/loss records that aren’t in line with preseason predictions.

What’s going on readers! No really…what’s going on here? Who had the Reds being one of the hottest teams and the Orioles sweeping their opening series against the Red Sox on their 2021 MLB Bingo card? Who thought the Braves would begin the season by losing their first 4 games and the As would start out 1-7? Nobody. In this post, I will chronicle how the Reds, Braves, and Athletics got to their current records and explain whether I think their performance trends will continue in the same fashion for the entirety of the season.

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have begun the season on fire offensively, averaging 9.5 runs per game, en route to a NL Central leading 5-1 record through their first 6 games of the season. Key players on offense have been top prospect 2B Jonathan India, RF Nick Castellanos (pictured above), and LF Tyler Naquin. Interestingly, Naquin was initially in the lineup just to fill in for regular LF Jesse Winker, but if Naquin continues hitting like he is (.316, 4 HRs in 19 ABs) I’d imagine the Reds will have a tough time deciding who to start in left once they are both fully healthy. The Reds have also gotten solid performances from 4 of their 5 starting pitchers through their first go-around in the rotation, with only their ace Luis Castillo (no, not the Marlins infielder from the Steve Bartman game) struggling so far this year. Now for the real question, is this sustainable? No, a team cannot average 9.5 runs per game through an entire season, as it’s the nature of the game for players to get into hitting slumps throughout the course of the season. The Reds can hope that their best hitters alternate times to go into slumps to avoid completely shutting off on offense for prolonged stretches of the season. Additionally, the team lacks proven starters in their rotation beyond ace Luis Castillo, as the rest of the rotation consists of 34-year-old Wade Miley, back of rotation starter Tyler Mahle, and 2 of the best starting pitching prospects of 2016 who’ve struggled to this point in the big leagues, Jeff Hoffman and Jose De Leon. It’s been entertaining to see the Reds showing a lot of fight to start the season (pun intended), but I still ultimately see the Cardinals winning the NL Central this season.

Atlanta Braves: Starting out the season 0-4, the Braves picked up their first 2 wins of the season on Wednesday, winning both games of a doubleheader against the Nats. The team has been shaky all around to start the season, as Ronald Acuna is the only player on offense who is not struggling to a certain extent. Top 2020 starting pitcher Max Fried has struggled in his first 2 starts of the season, and the back end of the bullpen hasn’t been a sure thing to this point either. Regardless of their struggles early on, I believe the Braves will turn their season around quickly and find themselves in the hunt for the NL East title once again, as they have so much young talent on their roster to go with several veteran players who have been on playoff-caliber teams already in their careers.

Oakland Athletics: It’s been pretty painful to watch As games thus far, as they have been quite pitiful though their first 8 games of the season, falling to a 1-7 record and landing at the bottom of the AL West division standings to start the season. Their franchise cornerstone Matts with the Bats; Matt Chapman and Olson have scuffled offensively to start the season. Additionally, the starting rotation has been awful, with nobody having an ERA lower than 5. The As have also experienced misfortune on the injury front, with offseason signee and expected closer Trevor Rosenthal having to undergo Thoracic Outlet Surgery, one of the hardest procedures to come back from (for example, Matt Harvey). The As will now have to figure out who is going to close games for them this season while also correcting their issues with starting pitching and hitting. Perhaps replacing shortstop Marcus Semien with the aging Elvis Andrus in the offseason will have a more negative impact than the organization anticipated. I predict it will be more difficult for the Athletics to right the ship than the Braves, as the Oakland squad has many more question marks at the moment. I’d expect to see them third in the AL West standings behind the Astros and Angels when it’s all said and done. 

Written by: Blake Koziel 

Photo Source: Red Reporter


“Friends” Reunion for HBO Max on the Way

After a year of curiosity, we finally have an answer. The “Friends” reunion is on the way.

Production for the highly anticipated “Friends” reunion hit a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was supposed to film last year.

The reunion is officially on and starts production the week of April 5.

The original cast of Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry will take place on the original Warner Bros soundstage (stage 24) located in Burbank, California.

Photo Credit: NBC

Schwimmer, who played Ross on the beloved sitcom, confirmed the reunion on The Graham Norton by sharing, “I’m going to Los Angels – we’re going to be shooting the Friends reunion next week, I’m going to see everyone next week for the first time in many years.”

He continued sharing that “There’s nothing scripted, we’re not in character. We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something.”

Photo Credit: NBC

“Friends” originally aired on NBC for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. The original reunion was February 2020 with a premiere of May 2020 on HBO Max. However, due to the pandemic, everything was delayed.

You can re-watch every episode of “Friends” on HBO Max now and keep an eye out for the reunion’s official release date by following HBO Max on Twitter.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Carson Daly Reveals His Anxiety and Helping Others with Mental Illness

The Today Show host wants to help in the battle of breaking the stigma associated with mental illness and partnered with Project Healthy Minds.

Carson Daly is one of the most successful hosts on Television and Radio from MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) to his radio show in Los Angeles, late-night Talk Show “Last Call with Carson Daly” and now co-host on the Today Show.

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Earlier this month, the successful host opened up about his struggles with mental health.

He decided to open up when he interviewed NBA player Kevin Love who shared a personal story about having panic attacks during a basketball game. Daly recalled the same experience while hosting MTV’s TRL.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Carson Daly Interviewing NBA Star Kevin Love on The Today Show

In an interview with People Magazine, Daly shared “I’ve suffered for over 20 years with, at times, debilitating anxiety and panic, and never knew it. I never knew how to define it.” He continues “After finally opening up to friends, one of them had a history of anxiety, and looked at me and was like, ‘You have anxiety.” 

He then educate himself about his anxiety by enrolling in a cognitive therapy course and learned how to manage his anxiety.

Carson shared that “It felt so good to get that diagnosis…Being diagnosed and then talking about it just feels good.”

Daly’s focus now is helping others struggling with mental illness and partnered with Project Healthy Minds, a millennial-driven non-profit startup focused on tackling the mental health crisis. Making it easier and faster for individuals to discover help and programs that expand access to care.

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Carson concluded the interview by sharing “It doesn’t have to be anxiety. It can be depression, it could be PTSD or any number of things. I want to hold their hand and go, ‘It’s okay to not be okay’.”

Remember that, it is okay not to be okay. If you are someone you know is struggling the following resources are available.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA