Everything regarding the build-up to Kacey Musgraves’ fifth album, Star-Crossed, implied great drama. She embellished glossy magazine covers before she had released any music, promising an album inspired by Greek tragedy and inspired by a revelation she had while listening to Bach. A film starring Eugene Levy and Princess Nokia is also available. Partially, this amount of pop infrastructure makes sense. Musgraves’ most recent album, Golden Hour, earned the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2018, and it refracted sensitive country songwriting through wide-eyed psychedelia, sparking conjecture about her pop-star potential. Though, all of this pomp and circumstance feels inversely proportional to Musgraves’ bruised peach of an album.
Musgraves basked in wedded bliss with fellow country performer Ruston Kelly on Golden Hour; three years later, the couple separated. The 33-year-old small-town Texan built a name for herself as a musician by defying traditional southern views about fallen women and using her witty humor to defend burnouts, LGBT youth, and refuseniks. It seemed like a win, especially when she broke out from the small-minded country mainstream that had snubbed her and established herself as a true star. The perfect spouse, the loved-up selfie are all present in Star-Crossed, but Musgraves claims little vindication for defying those roles; rather, she expresses disappointment at not being able to live up to them, despite how they diminished her natural confidence, followed by relief at being able to dream bigger once more.
Star-Crossed isn’t a total reimagining like Golden Hour was, implying the real-life limitations of a fresh start after a traumatic emotional rupture: these are experiences to ponder and grow on, not to dismiss. As a result, it draws on the acoustic songwriting and cosmic, retro-futurist production of its predecessor, a pairing that seemed both astonishingly fresh and like perfect kismet in 2018. The discoveries are fewer this time, but they are just as powerful when they do arrive.
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The title track is also the first thing you hear in the trailer for Star-Crossed: The Film, the album’s cinematic companion, which fans can watch this week on Paramount+.
Here’s all you need to know about Bardia Zeinali’s full-length film, as well as how to acquire tickets to Musgraves’ forthcoming tour dates.
When Is Star-Crossed: The Film Available?
The film will be accessible to stream on Paramount+ beginning September 10th, the same day that Musgraves’ new album will be released.
How To Watch Kacey Musgraves’ Star-Crossed: The Film Online For Free
Right now, the only place to view Star-Crossed is on Paramount+. The good news is that you can watch it right away if you have a Paramount+ subscription or for free if you haven’t already.
If you haven’t already signed up for Paramount+, the new streaming service offers a 7-day free trial for new subscribers, allowing you to create a new account and begin watching Star-Crossed for free online the same day. Paramount+’s base package is $4.99 per month after the first week.
One of the few streaming services that offer a free trial is Paramount+. After your week-long trial period, the Essential plan, the service’s cheapest monthly option, starts at $4.99 a month, and you can cancel your subscription at any time during your free trial period before being charged the monthly rate.
You can watch Star-Crossed on your smart TV, as well as your Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, and Roku devices, once you’ve created a Paramount+ account.
Note that the normal monthly Essential plan includes advertisements. Still, if you prefer a mostly ad-free experience, you can upgrade to Paramount+’s Premium package for $9.99, which also includes a free 7-day trial.
If you want to keep your Paramount+ account for a long time, an annual membership will save you 16 percent. One-week free trials are available for both the Essential and Premium programs. The Essential package costs $49.99 per year ($4.17 per month) after your trial, while the Premium package costs $99.99 per year ($8.33 per month).
Each plan includes free online streaming of Kacey Musgraves’ Star-Crossed, as well as access to CBS programs, NFL games, and live news.
Star-Crossed: The Film Cast, Runtime
Musgraves enlisted an all-star cast of actors, musicians, and celebrities for Star-Crossed, in addition to collaborating with Zeinali and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique. RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Symone, Emmy winner Eugene Levy, Princess Nokia, comedian Megan Stalter, and You’re Victoria Pedretti all feature in the 50-minute short, according to Paramount+.
This happens not to be the first time Musgraves has put a project out on a movie streaming service in recent years. On Amazon Prime Video in the year 2019, she debuted in the Christmas Show of The Kacey Musgraves, a variety special starring Camila Cabello, Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, and James Corden. (To watch it, sign up on Amazon Prime for a 30-day free trial.)
How To Get Kacey Musgraves Tour Tickets?
Musgraves, who will also perform at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, will embark on the Star-Crossed: Unveiled tour in 2022 in support of Star-Crossed. The tour opens off on January 19th at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with stops at Madison Square Garden, the Staples Center, and the Primavera Sound 2022 festival in Barcelona, among others. Vivid Seats can help you find tickets near you, but you’ll want to act soon before they sell out.