Kacey Musgraves Releases New Album star-crossed: Stream

Inspired by Musgraves’ divorce from fellow musician Ruston Kelly, star-crossed plays out as a modern-day tragedy in three acts

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Kacey Musgraves, photo courtesy of the artist

    Get ready to fall apart: Kacey Musgraves has unveiled her new album star-crossed via MCA Nashville/Interscope Records. Stream it below, and check out Consequence‘s review here.

    In a sit-down with Rolling Stone, the superstar singer revealed that she was inspired by Greek tragedies and her divorce from ex-husband Ruston Kelly when conceiving the album.

    “This last chapter of my life and this whole last year and chapter for our country — at its most simple form, it’s a tragedy,” she explained. “And then I started looking into why portraying a tragedy is actually therapeutic and why it is a form of art that has lasted for centuries. It’s because you set the scene, the audience rises to the climax of the problem with you, and then there’s resolve. There’s a feeling of resolution at the end. I was inspired by that.”


    As such, the album features tracks hinting at the theme of marriage and relationships, like “good wife,” “breadwinner,” and “hookup scene,” as well as a closing cover of “gracias a la vida” by late Chilean folk artist Violetta Parra. Musgraves previewed the album with the singles “star-crossed” and “justified.”

    star-crossed also arrives with an accompanying 50-minute visual film. It screened earlier this week at theaters in 25 major cities around the country, and is set to stream on Paramount+ on release day. Update: Musgraves has shared the video for “simple times,” which is taken from the film and features Victoria Pedretti (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, You), singer-songwriter Princess Nokia, and Symone (RuPaul’s Drag Race).

    In support of the album, Musgraves will soon embark on “star-crossed: unveiled,” a 15-city limited tour kicking off in January. Pick up tickets at Ticketmaster or look for deals on the secondary market here.


    star-crossed serves as the follow-up to Golden Hour, for which Musgraves took home Album of the Year and Best Country Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

    star-crossed Artwork:

    kacey musgraves star-crossed album cover art

    star-crossed Tracklist:
    01. star-crossed
    02. good wife
    03. cherry blossom
    04. simple times
    05. if this was a movie..
    06. justified
    07. angel
    08. breadwinner
    09. camera roll
    10. easier said
    11. hookup scene
    12. keep lookin’ up
    13. what doesn’t kill me
    14. gracias a la vida