Vanilla Ice Cancels Fourth of July Concert Following Backlash and Coronavirus Concerns
Writing that he was moving the show to "a better date," the "Ice, Ice, Baby" rapper told fans in a video message, "Basically, I'm not going. Vanilla Ice added that he came to the decision due to his desire to keep fans safe. Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin were gonna move the concert to a better date. We were hoping for better Coronavirus numbers by July but Unfortunately the numbers have increased quite a bit so for the safety and health of everyone were going to stay home. RELATED CONTENT:How Keith Urban Safely Performed a Concert for More Than 200 Healthcare Workers (Exclusive)Chase Rice Speaks Out Following Concert Backlash Over COVID ConcernsKelsea Ballerini Blasts Chase Rice For Holding Concert Amid Pandemic
Chase Rice says Please go by the rules after being criticized for packed concert
Country singer Chase Rice released a video Monday commenting on his weekend concert which drew controversy. "Everybody had a blast," Rice said in the video posted Monday on his verified Instagram account. Brushy Mountain is a former prison more than 130 miles east of Nashville that has been converted into a museum and concert venue. The video showed a mostly mask-less crowd packed in together, singing and jumping as Rice, 34, urged them on from the stage. "Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people's health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now," Ballerini, 26, tweeted.
Country singer Chase Rice faces backlash online after gathering hundreds of fans for a concert in Tennessee
Country singer Chase Rice sparked outrage after posting a video online of what appeared to be a packed concert hall in Tennesse where the current number of coronavirus cases is more than 40,000, according to the LA Times. Rice posted the video to his Instagram story on Saturday with the caption “we’re back.”In the video, Rice can be heard saying, “Corona ain’t slowing us down,” as hundreds of unmasked fans standing shoulder-to-shoulder applauded at the end of a song. A screen recording of the video reposted on Twitter attracted the attention of thousands of users, including fellow artists. “Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect,” country star Kelsea Ballerini tweeted to Rice. Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now.
Kelsea Ballerini Blasts Chase Rice as He and Chris Janson Hold Packed Concerts Amid Coronavirus
Kelsea Ballerini is speaking her mind about Chase Rice and Chris Janson's recent public performances. Rice spoke with ET's Cassie DiLaura back in May about how he's handled the nationwide shutdowns and social distancing mandates. "Im not gonna stay in my house, Im not gonna let anyone tell me I need to stay home," he continued. "Im gonna go to my buddys house, Im gonna go to another buddys house, its like we got three houses that we keep going to. I had a blast and I dont think we put anybody in danger.
Critics slam country artists for playing for unmasked crowds
Musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists like Janson and Rice who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large crowds without masks. Rice performed in front of a large crowd in Tennessee and Janson performed at an outdoor festival in Idaho. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. Fellow musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large, tight crowds without masks, even as COVID-19 cases resurge in the United States. Country star Kelsea Ballerini called Rice selfish for risking people's health by playing in front of a large crowd. But the owner of the venue where Rice played said the concert was approved by both city and county officials.
Chase Rice Speaks Out Following Backlash Over Live Concert Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Chase Rice is speaking out after getting some heat for his recent packed concert in Tennessee. Rice's concert venue, however, addressed the controversy in a statement released to ET, sharing, "All local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken." "Im not gonna stay in my house, Im not gonna let anyone tell me I need to stay home," he continued. "Im gonna go to my buddys house, Im gonna go to another buddys house, its like we got three houses that we keep going to. RELATED CONTENT:Kelsea Ballerini Blasts Chase Rice For Holding Concert Amid PandemicAdele Tells Fans to Be 'Patient' for New Music: 'Corona Ain't Over'The Biggest Coronavirus Cancellations and Postponements
Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
This combination of photos shows country singer Rissi Palmer, from left, Chuck Harmony, left, and Claude Kelly of Louis York and country rapper Breland. Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. The genre has historically been marketed to white audiences and reinforced white male artist stereotypes. (Chris Charles via AP, left, Jeremy Ryan via AP, center and Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)
Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. I was called colored, like, I didnt know colored people like country music, said Palmer, who had three singles reach the Hot Country Songs Chart. Both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association started diversity task forces more than a year ago when country music was being criticized for a lack of female voices and women were being left out of major categories like entertainer of the year. But just as country artists outwardly reflect a predominantly white image, there are few Black country music executives working behind the scenes. Theres a dismantling of culture that needs to happen.Palmer, who is recording a podcast that focuses on the experiences of women of color in country music, said she feels optimistic that the current discussions about race and country music can lead to progress, if real changes are implemented.