Kacey Musgraves ‘Sets the Scene’ for New Song With Some Heartbreaking Lyrics

Kacey Musgraves previewed new music on social media that left her fans in (emoji) tears.

On Saturday (Aug. 21), Musgraves first teased a snippet of a new song without sharing its title or any other details.

Soon after, she followed with several more Instagram posts, each one unveiling the next line from what appeared to be a set of lyrics.

The words described the heartache of a relationship that’s ended, perhaps alluding to her own divorce from Ruston Kelly.

Put together, her posts read: “Let me set the scene/ Two lovers ripped right at the seams/ They woke up from the perfect dream/ And then the darkness came/ I signed the papers yesterday/ You came and took your things away/ Moved out of the home we made/ And gave you back your name/ What have we done? / Did we fly too high?/ Just to get burned by the sun?/ No one’s to blame/ ‘Cause we called all the angels to save us/ But I guess they got lost…”

Comments ranged from sad faces to announcements about being “all in” and “ready” for the new tune.

“They see me as this starry-eyed, rose-colored glasses kinda girl; the Golden Hour girl. Well, here I come with a post-divorce album, bursting the f—ing bubble,” Musgraves recently revealed of her next record. She paralleled the recording process to grieving — “Denial, anger, sadness, depression, bargaining, guilt… [I’ve felt] all of those things” — and added that the new album captures “the push and pull of tension between sorrow and joy” as she experiences life after marriage.

Listen to her latest teaser on Instagram.

New York’s Central Park ‘Homecoming Concert’ Closes Down Due to ‘Approaching Severe Weather’

New York City’s “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” ended early on Saturday (Aug. 21) due to severe weather conditions in Central Park.

The concert had kicked off in the morning with a pre-recorded video featuring stars like Stephen Colbert and Sara Bareilles delivering a rendition of “New York State of Mind,” wrapping up a week-long celebration of the city’s reopening, which consisted of live concerts, free movie screenings, Restaurant Week, cultural activities and more.

Hours into the event, the concert was halted due to “approaching severe weather” including heavy rain and thunder. Attendees were asked to find the nearest exit and proceed to their vehicles or other protected areas outside of the event site at Central Park.

“This is NOT an emergency,” clarified New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio via his official Twitter account when the announcement was made. According to local news, tropical storm warnings were issued for New York City, with hurricane warnings from Long Island to Rhode Island.

Amid CNN’s continued coverage after the event was stopped — while it was unclear whether it would continue — Anderson Cooper spoke on the phone with stars including Elvis Costello, Patti Smith and Colbert. “I am watching historic broadcasting right now,” said Colbert from the performance tent. “I am enjoying this moment of you killing time. You are spinning straw into gold.”

Smith, who told Cooper that she was “on-call” offsite with her band as they waited for further instructions, shared a message she felt was important. “A performer is there to not only inspire but to entertain the people,” she said, clarifying that obviously I wanted to entertain. “There are things to talk about … “she said, emphasizing the crux of the continuing global and environmental pandemic. “These are important to acknowledge even in a night of celebration.”

Smith mentioned a number of the ongoing challenges in the world: fires, flooding, drought, famine, the earthquake in Haiti, fall of Kabul and the delta variant. “These are real things that are happening, so what are we celebrating?” asked the singer. She concluded that we are celebrating that “we as individuals have heart, resilience and the ability to make change.”

Smith emphasized to Cooper: “We have to face the new world … with a certain amount of willingness and sacrifice to make change.”

The Killers performed an acoustic version of “Mr. Brightside” backstage, as Don Lemon and many others watched in the tent. Elsewhere, Barry Manilow performed and played piano from his trailer.

During the concert’s pre-show, attendees — largely unmasked, though vaccinated as part of the event’s entrance requirement — were treated to a musical montage of New York affiliated artists and entertainers, including Broadway star Idina Menzel and award-winning actress Laura Dern, serenading the Big Apple with the Billy Joel tune.

“This is a celebration of our city, of every working family who faced incredible challenges last year and overcame,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement last month when details about the concert were announced. “This is a celebration for you.”

But outside the Central Park event’s entrance, anti-vaccine protesters congregated with yellow stars attached to their clothing, something Holocaust survivors, historians and experts have criticized. Used by the Nazi German government to identify Jews during the Holocaust, the symbol has been appropriated by the anti-vaccination movement, which inaccurately likens vaccine mandates to antisemitic persecution during World War II.

Following the pre-event, The New York Philharmonic and CBS This Morning’s Gayle King helped open the show, with the morning show co-host thanking essential workers for taking “their stations on the front lines” in the city, which was once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and “is now the epicenter of the recovery.”

“Slowly, New Yorkers began to do what we do,” King said to a clapping crowd. “We find a way.”

The “Homecoming” concert features performances from an array of music icons and contemporary artists, spanning various genres — from reggae to rock to Latin pop and more. “Live music has the unique ability to bring us together,” said Geoff Gordon, the regional president of Live Nation, which is co-producing the event along with music mogul Clive Davis and the city.

Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, LL Cool J, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, The Killers, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Fallon, Cynthia Erivo, Julia Michaels and Earth, Wind & Fire were among the big-name acts set to take the stage at the celebration, which took place amid ongoing concerns about the delta variant.

Introducing Jon Batiste, Colbert said, “If there’s one thing I learned at the beginning for the pandemic, it’s that owning a tiger sanctuary is harder than it seems. If there’s a second thing, it’s that living any part of your life in New York is a gift.”

Behind each performer, a series of shots and graphics of New York filled the screens behind the stage. Hudson described her operatic performance with the New York Philharmonic to King, calling it an “out of body experience.”

Blue and white beach balls and big, yellow balloons with smiley faces on them bounced around the audience as the concert continued. DJ Cassidy filled in between performance sets, playing pop hits.

Proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination was required for entry, unless an attendee was unable to get vaccinated because of a disability or age, in which case they needed to provide a negative COVID test result. Masks were optional at the outdoor event. The event was also set to air worldwide exclusively on CNN.

“There is absolutely no place more special than Central Park to celebrate the reopening of New York City,” Davis said last month, adding that the event marked an “historic occasion.”

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Kelsea Ballerini Covers Taylor Swift’s ‘Teardrops on My Guitar’ on Jonas Brothers Tour: Watch

The Jonas Brothers’ Remember This Tour has kicked off, and special guest Kelsea Ballerini got nostalgic with her opening set that featured a short medley of songs that have inspired her.

One of those songs was a Taylor Swift classic that had a Las Vegas crowd singing along: “Teardrops on My Guitar.”

“There is one particular woman who paved the way for people like me,” Ballerini said of the track from Swift’s debut album at the Park Theater Friday night (Aug. 20), where she performed her set for the audience before the Jonas Brothers took the stage for the night. (“Teardrops on My Guitar” was Swift’s second single, off of her self-titled album released in 2006.)

In fan-filmed videos from the show, Ballerini seemed delighted to return to the stage as tours begin to resume, with safety precautions, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Following CDC guidance and Nevada state requirements, events at the Park Theater on the grounds of the Park MGM require masks for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

“Is this anyone else’s first show back?” Ballerini asked the crowd. “Well how about this: How about I promise for the next 15 minutes I will give you 110% of everything have if you’ll do it back for me?”

The week before the first show, a masked up and ready Ballerini tweeted, “I’m thankful to be back at it.” Before the concert began on Friday, she posted a series of rehearsal photos on Instagram, writing, “feeling over-the-top joy to kick this tour off tonight. praying for mindfulness and safety. ready for approximately 10461947 sing alongs. gonna go roll around in glitter and see y’all on stage, Vegas.”

The tour continues at the Park Theater for a second night on Sunday, then heads to California. The Remember This trek is scheduled to run through the end of October. A full list of tour dates is available on the Jonas Brothers’ website.

Watch some clips of Ballerini’s tribute to Swift below.

Marchers Demand Return of Dutch Music Festivals

Dutch music fans have been banned for months from going to large-scale festivals due to coronavirus restrictions. On Saturday (Aug. 21), the festivals came to them.

Hundreds of performers and festival organizers held marches through six Dutch cities on Saturday to protest what they argue are unfair restrictions that have forced the cancellation of summer music festivals and other events.

Thousands of people attended one of the “Unmute Us” marches in Amsterdam, walking and dancing behind a convoy of trucks carrying DJs and sound systems pumping out music.

Leonie der Verkleij, a freelancer who works in hospitality services at events, was among those marching in Amsterdam.

“The festival industry feels like an unwanted child,” she said. “It feels like all sectors are important except ours.”

Amsterdam municipality appealed mid-afternoon for no more people to join the march as it was too crowded.

The Dutch government has banned large-scale events such as festivals until at least Sept. 19 amid fears over the spread of the highly infectious delta variant. One-day events with a maximum of 750 visitors are allowed for people with a COVID-19 app showing they have been vaccinated, have recently tested negative or have recovered from a case in the past six months.

Organizers of Saturday’s protest want the ban lifted on Sept. 1. They point to overseas events and the return of crowds to soccer stadiums — with proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test — as evidence that people can congregate in large numbers without infection numbers surging.

Jasper Goossen of Apenkooi Events, which organizes dance festivals, said hundreds of festivals have been canceled due to the pandemic, crippling an industry that employs 100,000 people.

“There are so many passionate people working in this industry and they are all having a tough time. We want to move forward, not stand still,” he said.

Dutch organizers point to festivals in other countries that have not turned into superspreader events, such as the summer’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Authorities in Chicago said they had linked 203 COVID-19 cases to the four-day event that drew 385,000 people.

Marchers carried home-made banners reading: “Music = Medicine” and “Don’t Cancel Culture.”

Festivals are a traditional feature of the European summer, but many have been canceled or postponed this year. In England, many of the biggest events, such as Glastonbury in southwest England and BST Hyde Park in London, were cancelled for the second year running because of the pandemic.

But the lifting of all remaining restrictions on social contact in England on July 19 has at least allowed some to take place. However, organizers of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London, which is billed as Europe’s biggest street fair, decided before those restrictions were lifted to cancel the two-day event in late August because of the “ongoing uncertainty and risk” posed by COVID-19.

In France, festivals are allowed for people with a virus pass showing they are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative or recently recovered from the virus. Yet many organizers have reduced the maximum number of people per day. The country’s biggest festival, the Vieilles Charrues, set a limit of 5,000 spectators each day.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Netherlands eased slightly over the past two weeks, going from 16.45 new cases per 100,000 people on Aug. 6 to 15.05 new cases per 100,000 people on Aug. 20. Nearly 18,000 people have died in the Netherlands of COVID-19.

Melvin van Pelt, a DJ and producer who works under the name Tahko, said he’s worked in government testing and vaccination centers to help pay his rent and agrees with many coronavirus measures, but he’s had enough of the festival ban.

“I am sick of it. I’m angry. I no longer feel represented by my own government,” he said.

Dead & Company Fans Falls to His Death During Concert at New York’s Citi Field

A fan attending the Dead & Company’s concert on Friday (Aug. 20) at New York’s Citi Field has died after falling from the stadium’s balcony.

The concert-goer, described as a male in his mid-40s, reportedly fell from a second-floor staircase during intermission at around 9 p.m. at the Queens ballpark, which home to the New York Mets.

“Upon arrival, officers observed EMS personnel attending to a 46-year-old male who was suffering from injuries consistent with a fall from an elevated position,” Detective Sophia Mason, a spokeswoman for the NYPD, said in a statement to CNN.

The fan was later pronounced dead after being taken to the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Queens. His identity has not yet been released to the public. It was unclear at press time if the man’s death was accidental, police spokesman Hubert Reyes told CNN.

A police source told the Daily News that the concert-goer “attempted a body flip, fell, and landed on the balcony below.” A driver working at Citi Field supported that claim, telling The New York Post that he witnessed the fan fall after attempting to flip.

“He was unresponsive and he hit the ground head first. There was no way he survived,” the driver told the Post. “His brother came downstairs and found out he jumped. His brother was with him. He was crying.”

Billboard has reached out to the Dead & Company’s representatives for comment.

The group — featuring the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir alongside John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chiment — launched its 31-date summer tour on Aug. 16 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, N.C. The U.S. trek, which requires attendees to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test, concludes with a three-night stand at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in late October.

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (August 21)

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.

Bad Bunny announces 2021 concert

In true Bad Bunny fashion, the Latin superstar surprised fans with the announcement of an upcoming concert in his native Puerto Rico set for Dec. 10, 2021. Named after his Arcangel and Kendo Kaponi-assisted trap song “P FKN R,” the one-time show is how Bad Bunny plans to close off the year and prepare for his highly awaited 2022 tour across North America.

Following safety measurements due to the current global pandemic, organizers will require that all concert attendees show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an official Vacu-Id provided by CESCO Digital. Tickets for his “P FKN R” concert are now on sale via ticketera.com.

1st round of performers at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Camila CabelloChristian NodalJuanesNatti NatashaPrince RoyceAna BarbaraCarlos RiveraMyke TowersReik and Rauw Alejandro are confirmed to perform at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, set to take place on Sept. 23. The chart-topping artists make up the first lineup of confirmed performers at the annual awards show that will broadcast live on Telemundo beginning at 7 p.m. ET with the traditional red carpet special followed by the awards show at 8 p.m.

This year, Bad Bunny leads the list of finalists with 22 nods. Maluma follows with 11, J Balvin with nine, and Karol G, Anuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with eight each. The Billboard Latin Music Awards will also be simulcast on the Hispanic entertainment cable channel, Universo, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional.

Natti Natasha to talk motherhood at Latin Music Week

Natti Natasha is confirmed for Billboard’s 2021 Latin Music Week, returning to Miami in September with a weeklong event that unites the top Latin hitmakers, influencers and industry leaders, and features live performances and conversations with superstars. Titled “There’s No Hood Like Motherhood,” the Dominican Republic superstar along with Telemundo television host Adamari López will have a candid conversation on wellness, babies and superstardom.

To register and for more information, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

El Grito festivities

As the live entertainment industry reopens, so do the annual El Grito festivities that take place in Las Vegas throughout September. In celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, the city will capture El Grito’s essence with month-long cultural events, a star-studded lineup, and culinary hotspots, to name a few.

Live Nation is producing seven out of 12 performances taking place in September, including Nodal kicking off his Botella Tras Botella tour with special guest Gera MX, Grupo Firme with three back-to-back shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and both Marco Antonio Solis and Alejandro Fernandez with two concerts each.

In regards to the COVID-19 and Delta variant spikes, Live Nation SVP of concerts Emily Simonitsch assures, “Live Nation continues to follow all venue and local government protocols and encourages guests to visit the websites for each venue for the most updated guidelines.”

Ally Brooke to release Spanish album

Ally Brooke is tapping into her Latin side. The former Fifth Harmony member has signed a joint record deal with indie labels Duars Entertainment, founded by Eric Duars, and with AMSI, launched by entertainment attorney Simran A. Singh, becoming the first female artist signed to either company. Brooke is currently recording her first Spanish-language album and is working with producers Luny Tunes, Dimelo Flow and Mr. NaisGai, among others. The album will also feature collabs with Latin and mainstream artists.

Kanye West Shares Childhood Home Photo Ahead of ‘Donda’ Release, Deletes Other Instagram Posts

Kanye West is taking a trip down memory lane ahead of his third Donda listening event in Chicago.

The 44-year-old rapper and fashion mogul took to Instagram on Friday (Aug. 20) to share a photo of his childhood home in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. All other posts on his social media account had been deleted as of press time.

The captionless snapshot arrives ahead of West’s third large-scale listening event for his still-unreleased 10th album, Donda, which is named after his later mother who died in 2007. Ye will once again preview his newest musical project at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Aug. 26.

Last year, Kanye bought his childhood home for a reported $225,000. His late mother, Donda West, purchased the house in the early 1980s and sold it in 2004. The property reportedly went through foreclosure before it was bought by West’s former collaborator, Rhymefest, who planned to turn the home into an “arts incubator.”

Since returning to Instagram in late July, West had shared numerous posts on the social media platform. The images included his makeshift bedroom inside Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium, where he held his first two Donda listening events and had been living while completing work on the album.

While Yeezy fans have clamored online over the superstar collaborations he’s cooked up with Jay-Z, The Weeknd and Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and more, Donda has not been given an updated release date. The album was slated to arrive after both previous listening events, but never materialized on streaming services.

Check out West’s childhood home post on Instagram here.