ED SHEERAN SURPRISES STUDENTS ON ZOOM WITH VIRTUAL MUSIC LESSON – (05/13/2020)
Ed Sheeran took elementary-aged kids at South London’s Ecclesbourne Primary School by surprise after joining their Zoom class taught by his friend, songwriter Timothy Spoerer.
Ed took part in a Q&A with the class and taught them how to play guitar, while also reflecting on his own time at school.
Sheeran showed the kids how to play his famous track “Perfect” on the guitar and admitted that he “wasn’t very smart at school.” “I thought I was an idiot for a very long time,” he said. “I couldn’t do maths, science and English and I was told to be successful in life you had to do those things.” “I loved playing music, that’s what made me happiest. My dad always said to me, ‘If you want to be a musician work really hard at it,’” Sheeran added.
He also told them that he wouldn’t be releasing new music any time soon. “I need a year off not doing anything,” he said. “Getting back to normal life.”
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POST MALONE RELAUNCHES CBD BRAND SHABOINK WITH ‘CLEAN KITS’ AND DONATION OF 40,000 MASKS – (05/13/2020)
Post Malone has relaunched his Shaboink brand in order to help outfit frontline medical workers across the country.
“We founded Shaboink to fuel fun. What started as a CBD product from the mind of Post Malone has evolved into something that supports fun no matter the why, when, or what,” reads a notice on the Shaboink site.
The brand is partnering with the charity Direct Relief to donate 40,000 N95 masks to front line healthcare workers.
The brand is also offering new Clean Kits, “containing everything you need to keep clean now so that you can Shaboink later.” The Clean Kits, available in two different sizes priced at $50 and $100, include hand sanitizer gel and spray, 3-ply masks, soap sheets, hand wipes, disposable gloves and Vitamin C candy. The kits are expected to ship between June 1-June 15.
A portion of sales from the kits will be donated to Direct Relief.
Malone played an all-Nirvana cover set last month that has raised more than $800,000 for the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO so far.
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TONY SHALHOUB HAD COVID: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Tony Shalhoub revealed on the new Peacock web series The At-Home Variety Show that he and his wife Brooke Adams are recovering from coronavirus. He said: “Last month, my wife Brooke and I came down with the virus, and it was a pretty rough few weeks. But we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse.”
TINA FEY IN TEARS OVER SUPPORT: Tina Fey’s tearful reaction to the mega-amount—$115 million—earned during the star-studded Rise Up New York! telethon benefiting coronavirus Monday has gone viral. “Is this real? Ok. 115 million dollars. We did this! You did this! We are difference makers,” Fey announced, crying.
JOHN KRASINSKI AND EMILY BLUNT’S DAUGHTERS RAISING FUNDS FOR COVID: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s daughters Hazel, 6, and Violet, 3, are using their artwork to help raise funds for chef Guy Fieri’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. The girls teamed up with Pepsi to redraw the company’s logo, which is available on t-shirts; the soda company is donating $3 million to RERF.
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