Ed Sheeran Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Ed Sheeran has tested positive for COVID-19. The “Shivers” singer announced via Instagram Sunday, October 24, 2021

The post read “Hey guy, Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m self-isolating and following government guidelines.” He continued with “It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in-person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house. Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone x.”


Photo Credit: Ed Sheeran on Instagram

The news couldn’t have come at a bad time for the “Bad Habits” singer as he has a busy week ahead. Sheeran is this season “Mega Mentor” on The Voice. For those who don’t know the knockout round where Sheeran is scheduled to make an appearance is pre-recorded this week, so he will be featured in those episodes.

He’s also scheduled to perform on Saturday Night Live on November 6. No word yet if that performance will be canceled, postponed, or completed remotely; and his album “=” is scheduled to drop this Friday, October 29, 2021.

In a statement on the upcoming album, Ed shared “= is a really personal record and on that means a lot to me.” He continued “My life changed greatly over the past few years – O got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”

You can pre-save Ed’s new album on Spotify now. Get well soon Ed!

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

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

Stressed? Here are 5 Ways to Feel Better in 5 Minutes

School, work, relationships, bills, everyday life events, and long to-do lists. Things that can make us feel stressed and overwhelmed throughout our day.

Our stress is at an all-time high, not to mention we are still in the middle of a global pandemic while reacclimating to normal life. It’s important to take care of your mental health.

Here are 5 easy tips you can take to help with your stress and bring some calm back into your life:

  • Focus on your breathing
    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) taking deep breaths is important for working your flight-or-fight response.
    • Set a timer for two minutes
    • Take a deep breath through your nose while counting to four
    • Hold your breath seven seconds
    • Exhale for eight seconds
    • Repeat the process for the whole two minutes

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  • Take a break from your phone
    Constantly checking your phone for and scrolling social media can overwhelm you. Unplugging for at least an hour a day to do some deep breathing, exercising, coloring or another activity can help you in reducing stress.

    Just because you are taking a break from your phone, does not give you permission to hop on social media via your laptop or turning on the news. Take a complete break from the screen.

    Also, to help with managing notifications on your phone, check out my article on focus mode from iOS 15. 

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  • Go outside for a walk
    Getting fresh air is important. According to the American Heart Association, “Nature presents scenes that gently capture your attention instead of suddenly snatching it, calming your nerves instead of dazzling them.”

    So go for a walk around the neighborhood with your favorite playlist on or you can go on a walk without your playlist and enjoy the scenes around you, being present and aware of everything around you. From the birds chirping to the sound of the tree branches moving from the wind.

    Moving your body is important during times of stress because you are keeping the tension in by sitting there feeling stressed.
  • Connect
    Connecting with people you trust is important to discuss your concerns and how you’re feeling. This could be your friends, family, or even a therapist. SDSU offers an option where you can connect with a therapist, more information on that can be found here.

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  • Make time to unwind
    At the end of a busy workday, be sure to take 60 minutes for yourself to unwind at the end of the night. This could include journaling, coloring, watching an episode of your favorite tv show to laugh at, or reading a book. When you make time for yourself, your body will respond accordingly.

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A friendly reminder to also be sure to eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep (7-8 hours) each night.

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