• NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Sam, Carrie, LBT, Josh, Keith

    Shania Twain will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Shania Twain on Wednesday night (August 16th).

    Shania Twain joins the cast of John Travolta’s racing movie, Trading Paint, which is currently in production, according to Variety. The film, also featuring Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Donnie Brasco), Kevin Dunn (True Detective, Veep) and Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones), is about a veteran race car driver and his son, a fellow driver, who overcome family and professional conflicts, balancing competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side.

    Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood picked up trophies at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards over the weekend. Carrie took home the Choice Country Artist trophy, while Sam’s “Body Like a Back Road” was named the Choice Country Song.

    Little Big Town will perform on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday night (August 17th).

    Josh Turner’s ”Hometown Girl” has been certified gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 digital downloads.

    Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” has been certified double platinum (for two million copies sold), while “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood, has gone gold.

  • KEITH URBAN GIVES THANKS FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT OF HIS ‘RIPCORD’ ALBUM.

    Keith Urban thanks fans, country radio, Carrie Underwood and many more for their support of his most recent No. 1 song, “The Fighter,” and for the overall appreciation for his album, Ripcord. See the video below.

     

     

  • COUNTRY STARS REACT TO THE PASSING OF GLEN CAMPBELL.

    Glen Campbell passed away Tuesday afternoon (August 8th) after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The iconic singer, known for such classic songs as “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Southern Nights” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” was 81. The Country Music Hall of Famer was an inspiration and musical hero to many of today’s country stars.

     

     

     

     

     

    Keith Urban, who cites Glen as one of his musical idols, posted a heartfelt message about the legendary performer.
    “What a powerful artistic and personal journey Glen Campbell’s passage has been. As a role model, singing guitar player he was a big influence on me.

    His blend of genres created his own sound and style and his ability to entertain wasn’t limited to the stage. He blazed real trails through film (and especially television) where his charismatic southern charm and personality fit perfectly.

    The night I won my first country music award, I got back to my hotel room and there was a fax on the floor.

    “Welcome to the award winning world kid. You got it.” Glen Campbell.

    Universal music, universal stories, universal spirit. No wonder he was a global superstar. I love Glen for so many reasons – but above all, for his humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim and all of his extended family today. May peace be with you all. Go rest high on that mountain, Glen.” – KU

     

    Keith performed at last year’s 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ for a special tribute to Glen Campbell, who was honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award. Dierks Bentley also performed during the tribute, who said “He just has a way of performing that I’ve always felt like he’s one of those guys that if all of the power went out and there was no PA system and no band behind you and it just had to be just you and a guitar, he could entertain that crowd just as well as if they had all of the lights and production, and it’s Glen. He’s such a great singer, great musician and so funny, and such a great storyteller. He really carved out his niche. There’s no one that’ll ever sound like him – a classic legend.”

    Audio / A couple of years ago, Keith Urban said Glen Campbell was one of his biggest influences.

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    Keith Urban (Glen Campbell) OC: …guitar player. :22
    “I’ve always been a fan of what I like to call Guitartists, you know those guitar artists like Glen Campbell who’s probably one of my biggest influences. Those guys who knew a good song, had a great voice and played great and you know, just the all-around guys with the guitar you know? ‘Cause when you think of Glen Campbell you think off, I think of ‘Galveston’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’ then I also think of him being a phenomenal guitar player.”

     

     

     

    Video / Keith Urban and Glen Campbell performing "Wichita Lineman" in Las Vegas during a stop on Keith's 2009 tour.

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  • KEITH URBAN TEAMS UP WITH THE OPRY FOR SOME ‘GUITAR HACKS.’

    Keith Urban teamed up with the Grand Ole Opry to teach fans some awesome guitar “hacks.”

     

  • KEITH URBAN DOESN’T TELL ANY ‘BIG LITTLE LIES.’

    Keith Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, is an extraordinary actress and has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in The Hours. This year, she’s up for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for her role as “Celeste” in HBO’s Big Little Lies. What’s even more remarkable is she helped make the nominated series actually happen, which impressed her husband even more.

    “Everything about it was done with such a raw authenticity. It was extraordinary work and, for me, among some of Nic’s finest work ever,” Keith tells Toronto’s Metro News. “What I love especially is it was all them, it was all the girls that made this happen. This wasn’t a project that got brought to Nic or Reese (Witherspoon). This was them — Reese — reading the book, Nic getting on a plane and flying to Australia to meet (author) Liane Moriarty and seeing if they can get their support in securing the rights in getting it made into a series.”

    Nicole’s role as a lawyer caught in an abusive marriage was very emotionally draining on her, but by being a loving husband, Keith was there to comfort and support her and help her get through those difficult scenes.

    “Nic is an accessor more than an actor, meaning that, for me, she accesses everything that you’re seeing or feeling on camera. If she’s getting tossed around or she’s being traumatized, she’s really feeling it. It’s legit,” he says. “Those scenes were pretty heavy. She would call me after a day of shooting and be just really shaken. I could hear it in her voice. Luckily, we’re both artists and I get the passion and commitment in her life, in storytelling.”

    Nicole is currently in the process of filming Aquaman, in which she plays Queen Atlanna. The movie also stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Willem Dafoe.

    Keith, who just scored his latest No. 1 single “The Fighter” last week, is set to perform for fans North of the border beginning August 11th with shows in Ontario, Quebec and Montreal.

  • BILLY CURRINGTON AND KEITH URBAN SPLIT THE COUNTRY CHARTS.

    Keith Urban’s “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood and Billy Currington’s “Do I Make You Wanna” are both No. 1 this week. “The Fighter” tops the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country Chart, while “Do I Make You Wanna” is in first place on the Billboard Country Chart.

    For Keith, this song marks his fifth consecutive No. 1 hit from his latest album, Ripcord, following the success of “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Wasted Time,” “Break on Me” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” It’s also his 23rd single to reach the top of the country chart.

    In Billy’s case, “Do I Make You Wanna” is his 12th chart-topper, following the No. 1 smash, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” from his album, Summer Forever. The song, which was written by Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins and Jerry Flowers (who just so happens to play bass in Keith Urban’s band), was one of Billy’s favorite demos he listened to in making his current album and said it has that certain special thing.  “‘Do I Make You Wanna’ was a strong contender [for first single] for me and I think other people at the label,” says Billy. “It’s just got that laid-back thing, and easy to sing and just a really, really cool song. A cool vibe, that’s definitely what I’d say about this. It’s got that vibe.”

    Audio / Keith Urban explains the simple and realistic story behind his latest hit, “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood.

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    Keith Urban (The Fighter) 2 OC: …pretty universal. :37
    “It was a really simple idea that you’re in a relationship, at the beginning of the relationship, and in my case, the girl is saying, she just wants reassurance, and I thought I’d love to hear that in a song where the girl says really simple things, like ‘What if I fall?’ And the guy’s like, ‘I won’t let you fall?’ ‘And if I cry?’ ‘I’ll never make you cry.’ ‘And if I get scared?’ The guy says, ‘I’ll hold you tighter, and when they’re trying to get to you, I’ll be the fighter.’ I just liked the simplicity of all that, because that’s been my experience. More often than not, the more real, simple scenario is pretty universal.”

    Audio / Billy Currington talks about “Do I Make You Wanna,” featured on his new album, Summer Forever.

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    Billy Currington (Do I Make You Wanna) OC: …number ones. :42
    “‘Do I Make You Wanna’ was recorded, actually, it was one of the first three songs that was recorded. It was ‘Don’t It,’ ‘Do I Make You Wanna’ and a song called ‘Soundtrack.’ And those three were recorded and sent in for the first single. You know, we had to pick a song out of those three songs. ‘Do I Make You Wanna’ was a strong contender [for first single] for me and I think other people at the label. It’s just got that laid-back thing, and easy to sing and just a really, really cool song. A cool vibe, that’s definitely what I’d say about this. It’s got that vibe. The writers aren’t too bad either. [laughs] They’ve had quite a few number-ones.”

     

  • KEITH URBAN WASTED NO TIME IN WRITING “THE FIGHTER.”

    Keith Urban wrote “The Fighter,” his fifth single from his Ripcord album with busbee. The song was inspired by his early relationship with his wife Nicole Kidman, and it was apparently written very quickly, especially given the inspiration behind it.

    “The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it,” says Keith. “It was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”

    Keith takes “The Fighter,” plus several more of his hits to Paso Robles on Wednesday (July 26th).

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about writing his hit smash, “The Fighter,” which features Carrie Underwood.

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    Keith Urban (writing The Fighter) OC: …that song. :56
    “The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it. I think we put down the chorus pretty much straight away with busbee filling in where the girl would sing. I still have the copy of him singing, ‘What if I Fall,’ it’s so fantastic. And so, that’s what I had as a place holder for a long, long time until I beautifully heard Carrie’s voice on it finally one day. And it was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”

    Video / Keith Urban The Fighter video

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  • KEITH URBAN WANTS YOUR BEST COVER OF ‘SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR!’

    Keith Urban is joining the superstar lineup on Best.Cover.Ever., a new competition series that gives emerging musicians from around the world a chance to perform with their favorite artists.

    Best.Cover.Ever also includes previously announced artists Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo.

    “The internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” says Keith. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens – to hearing how people interpret my songs – and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”

    Fans can enter by doing a creative cover of Keith’s “Somewhere In My Car” and submitting it on TheBestCoverEver.com

    Urban, along with the other superstar artists, will pick one lucky cover artist and they will perform a whole new song together. Viewers will witness every part of the planning and behind-the-scenes process as they mount this uniquely special music performance.

    The series will premiere exclusively on YouTube this fall.

    Video / Keith Urban on Best.Cover.Ever.

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  • KEITH URBAN IS BACK IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON NEW MUSIC.

    Keith Urban shared some news with his fans on Wednesday (July 19th). He posted a photo of a soundboard and tagged it “Back in the Studio.” He’s started work on the follow-up to his current album, Ripcord, which was released in 2016 and possibly includes a few new strategies of creating music.

     

    Keith, who is currently making his way up to the top of the country charts with his latest single “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood, says making an album for him is a relatively organic process. “[I like to] get in the studio and I want to feel just really enraptured with a song to get in there and figure it out with the band and watch it sort of blossom.” He adds, “After we’ve recorded them all, it seems apparent which ones should make it to the record, which ones should be bonus tracks and figuring out the sequencing.”

    Keith will hit the stage in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Thursday (July 19th) and Twin Lakes, Wisconsin on Friday.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about his album process.

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    Keith Urban (album process) OC: …out the sequencing. :39
    “It always seems to be a fairly organic process; get in the studio and I want to feel just really enraptured with a song to get in there and figure it out with the band and watch it sort of blossom. They don’t always do that and it’s usually very, very quickly that I can tell it’s just not working. But having said that, I don’t always know. That’s why the song has a way of becoming and being a part of it, and after we’ve recorded them all, it seems apparent which ones should make it to the record, which ones should be bonus tracks and figuring out the sequencing.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Luke, Eric, Sam, Lady A, Dierks, Darius, LBT, Chris, Kacey

    Catch several of this year’s hottest performances from CMA Music Festival during ABC’s CMA Fest television special. Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum will take the stage, along with collaborations between Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell and Darius Rucker with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, among others. The music event will air August 16th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 is the No. 1 country album in the nation this week. His Traveller album lands at No. 2, followed by Keith Urban’s Ripcord at No. 3.

    Chris Stapleton‘s From a Room: Volume 1 has been certified gold by the R.I.A.A for more than 500,000 copies sold.

    Kacey Musgraves (along with her fiancé Ruston Kelly) are among the singer-songwriters who are adding their vocals and music to poems Johnny Cash had written throughout the years that are being turned into a tribute album to the Man in Black. The collection, which will be called Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music, will also feature contributions from Brad Paisley, Jewel, Jamey Johnson, T-Bone Burnett and the late Chris Cornell. Kacey and Ruston recently debuted their duet, “To June, This Morning,” at Blackberry Farm in East Tennessee. Johnny wrote the poem for his wife, June Carter Cash, more than 45 years ago.

    Sam Hunt garners more nominations at this year’s Teen Choice Awards, which just announced its second wave of nominees. He grabbed two more nods, including Choice Country Song for “Body Like a Back Road,” as well as Choice Summer Tour for his 15 in a 30 Tour. Sam was previously nominated for Choice Country Artist and the all-genre Choice Song for his huge smash hit, “Body Like a Back Road.” Voting is now open at TeenChoice.com or fans can tweet the category hashtag with the nominee’s name through July 19th. The Teen Choice Awards will air live August 13th at 8pm ET on FOX.

    Keith Urban’s lovely wife, Nicole Kidman, has earned an Emmy nomination for her role as “Celeste Wright“ in HBO’s Big Little Lies, alongside her friend Reese Witherspoon. The show was also nominated in the Outstanding Limited Series category and ended up with 16 nominations. The Emmys will air live September 17th at 8pm ET on CBS.