Olivia Rodrigo Opens Up about Heartbreak Songs and Therapy

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Popstar Olivia Rodrigo appeared on CBS Sunday Morning on Oct. 10, 2021, from her childhood bedroom where a lot of current songs were created and have become hits.

On the show, she discussed her rise over the past year, her debut album, “Sour,” and therapy.

If you’re not familiar with Rodrigo, her singles are about teenage breakups. Rodrigo shared with CBS Tracy Smith “I’ve always been obsessed with heartbreak songs. I wrote heartbreak songs before I ever had a boyfriend, honestly,” Rodrigo said. “I’ve always been obsessed with that feeling. There’s nothing more painful than being in that feeling of loss.” 


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Sour Cover Art from Olivia Rodrigo on Spotify

In her hit “Drivers License”, Rodrigo shared that “I just remember writing it and feeling like it was a page ripped out of my diary because it was so intimate and vulnerable. I just think there was no other option for me: I had to write it, I had to write it for me, to get it out. I would feel sick if I kept all of that in, but really at the core of it I had to do it for myself.” 

She continued “ I was really sad. I was a 17- year-old girl going through my first real heartbreak, but I think a lot of people also think that – listening to my music – I’m a sad, depressed person; that could be farther from the truth. Definitely not crying on my bedroom floor all the time.”

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Later in the interview, Rodrigo disclosed she’s been in therapy since she was 16 years old and said “That was a really big, life-changing moment, I’ve learned so much about myself.” Rodrigo shared. 

Olivia said that “I think there’s sometimes a stigma around it (therapy), too. Sometimes people are like, ‘You don’t need that. You have so much. Your life is so great. What are your problems?’ I think that’s a thing that sometimes older people can do to younger people too, just trivialize what they’re going through…but it feels so real when you’re in it, it feels so valid. Just because it’s not an adult problem, where you don’t have to pay taxes yet or whatever, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.” 

I will say that after watching this interview, there is nothing wrong with seeking help no matter how big or small the problem may be, remember, mental health is health.

You can stream Olivia Rodrigo’s album “Sour” on Spotify and Apple Music now. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with their emotional health head to mentalhealthishealth.us for resources and ways to get help. SDSU also has resources available from Counseling and Psychological services, you can visit their website here

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Silk Sonic Debut Album Coming Nov. 12

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Leave the door open as you listen to this album.

Silk Sonic, the duo featuring Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars are releasing their first album, “An Evening with Silk Sonic” which will drop on November 12.

The album will feature hits “Leave the Door Open” and “Skate”. The album release comes as a surprise as we were not expecting anything from the duo until next year.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @AndersonPaak with Album Announcement on Twitter

Both artists made the upcoming album announcement on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, which happened to be Bruno Mars’ 36th Birthday (Happy Birthday Bruno!). A tweet shared by Paak said “ALBUM DROPS NOVEMBER 12!! Now spam the comments with happy birthday wishes to my brother @BrunoMars 🎉”

We can’t wait for the new album to drop and hear what Silk Sonic brings.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 Reveals He’s Cancer-Free

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Good news for bassist and co-lead singer Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. He is officially cancer-free.

The artist shared the news on his Twitter and Instagram stating “Just saw my oncologist and I’m cancer free!! Thank You God and universe and friends and family and everyone who sent support and kindness and love. Still have to get scanned every six months and it’ll take me until the end of the year to get back to normal but today is an amazing day and I feel so blessed. Can I get a W in the chat?”


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @MarkHoppus on Twitter

Well, Mark, you can get a million “W’s” from us because this sure is amazing news!

The musician first announced his cancer diagnosis on June 23 sharing “Hopeful and Positive for a cancer-free future while still going through the next few months of treatment.” Hoppus disclosed he underwent chemotherapy for three months prior to his first announcement. 

Hoppus is scheduled to appear at bandmate Travis Barker’s House of Horrors later this month. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Travis Barker Announces Virtual Halloween Event with Special Guests

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Travis Barker of Blink-182 will be hosting the ultimate Halloween event this year, complete with a powerhouse of guests.

Barker’s House of Horrors Halloween is an event hosted by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The event this year will be virtual. The online event will see guest appearances from Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne, Blink-182 bandmate Mark Hoppus, Blackbear, Iann Dior, and Jxdn.

Allison Hagendorf and Danger Ehren from The Dingo will host the exclusive event which is broadcasting from a haunted private estate via the platform NoCap on October 28, 2021, at 10 PM E.T. / 7 P.M. PT.

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In a release from Barker, he shared “This is the concert we all WISH we could go to.” NoCap is both a platform and promoter of premium live stream concerts and innovative experiences providing fans globally access to memorable performances.

The platform hopes to present live shows virtually by top talent in historic venues like The Roxy Theatre and other locations with incredible concert-quality sound and visuals. The company also offers premiere content, merchandise, VIP, and Meet-and-Greet upgrades.

NoCap worked with artists like Jimmy Buffet, Foo Fighters, G-Eazy, Kehlani, and more. Tickets for Barker’s House of Horror start at $25 and are on sale at the event site VIP tickets are $35 which allow fans to sign on 30 minutes early for performer arrivals, interviews, and get exclusive access to the afterparty. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA