On Wednesday, country star Kacey Musgraves, who recently won four Grammy Awards, including “Album of the Year” for 2018’s Golden Hour, opened up a four-night run of shows at Nashville, TN’s historic Ryman Auditorium.Judah & The Lion Release New Single “Pictures” With Kacey Musgraves [Listen]In addition to performing a career-spanning setlist of original material, Kacey Musgraves invited up Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams for a cover of Cyndi Lauper‘s 1983 hit single, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. Although made popular by Lauper, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” was originally released by Philadelphia rocker Robert Hazard in 1979. It’s evident Musgraves and Williams were having fun with the cover, as the duo twirl and dance around the stage, also inviting the audience to sing along.Watch Musgraves’ cover of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” below:Kacey Musgraves w/ Hayley Williams – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”[Video: the C]This cover follows Musgraves’ recent tribute to Selena Quintanilla-Pérez at Houston, TX’s NRG Stadium, the same venue where Selena delivered her final performance on February 26th, 1995, just a month prior to her tragic murder in March of that year. It was only fitting that Musgraves used the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Tejano singer by covering one of her biggest hits, “Como La Flor”, which found its way into the setlist in front of a very welcoming audience.Musgraves continues her oh, what a world: tour, which began last fall and continues through September 2019. Fans can head over to Musgraves’ website for ticketing and more information.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Jamaican culture was fully on display for the world to see during the online clash between dancehall veterans Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. In true Jamaican fashion, the clash was briefly interrupted by police who were inquiring about the loud music and social gathering. Beenie Man, however, informed them that they were involved in an international event and the police allowed the clash to continue. Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, the organizers of the battle, along with most of the viewers agreed that the battle was the best clash from the series so far. “Jamaica, which was thought of as a third world country, represented as leaders in the world tonight”, said Swizz Beatz after the battle. The virtual afterparty also including the legendary Stone Love sound, which the producers credited as among the originators of clash culture. The clash lasted over two hours on Instagram, with almost 500,000 viewers on Instagram and a record-breaking 3.7 million viewers across all platforms. A host of celebrities tuned in to be entertained, including Rihanna, Idris Elba, Diddy, Usain Bolt and even Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness. The deejays were part of the Verzuz music battle series created by American Record Producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland on Instagram. While previous battles had covered other genres, featuring musical legends like Teddy Riley, Babyface, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s, Saturday night’s battle was the first dancehall battle. Out of respect, the two deejays started off the battle with the playing of Jamaica’s national anthem to the audience of mostly international viewers. They then went back and forth with 20 songs each, trading competitive jabs and stories behind the music. Both Jamaican deejays were trending on social media for hours after the clash, which was heavily covered by international media including CNN. Both artistes have also seen a huge spike in music streams since the battle. On twitter, Jamaican politicians like Damion Crawford boldly stated that while COVID-19 has wrecked Jamaica’s tourism progress this year, the two dancehall deejays may have just saved the entire industry.
Key parts of an investigation into allegations of World Cup bid corruption should be published, according to FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.Prince Ali added his voice Tuesday to calls that FIFA should lift the secrecy about a case which could see some of his executive committee colleagues punished for their conduct in the 2018 and 2022 bid contests won by Russia and Qatar.”The entire football family and those who follow the game worldwide have a full right to know the contents of the report in the spirit of complete openness,” the prince said in a statement.Michael Garcia, the independent prosecutor appointed by FIFA who is leading the investigation, also wants to ease confidentiality rules which keep all his work secret.He delivered initial reports this month to FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert, who said he expects to give verdicts early next year.However, the code states that “only the final decisions already notified to the addressees may be made public.” Challenging that strict limit, Prince Ali said the “main findings should also be fully disclosed to the general public.”He added that the 27 FIFA board members must see all the work carried out by Garcia’s team’s currently 430 pages of documents.”In the interest of full transparency and openness, I believe it is important that the much anticipated report on the ethics investigation that is crucial to ensuring good governance at FIFA is fully disclosed to the FIFA executive committee,” Prince Ali said.Garcia has sought to quiz the 12 current FIFA board members who were involved in the December 2010 votes.At a FIFA-hosted ethics conference last week, Garcia called for reviewing secrecy rules that were written into the ethics code before he was appointed in 2012. “I think that is a disservice in many ways because people are skeptical and want information,” the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said last Friday.Garcia compared FIFA’s reputation for transparency unfavorably with his former office in Manhattan which he said was trusted by the public.”But I doubt we would have enjoyed that confidence if we couldn’t announce who had been charged with what,” Garcia said.