• KEITH URBAN KICKS OFF HIS RIPCORD WORLD TOUR.

    Seven tour buses, carrying 96 crewmembers, nine semis housing, amongst other things, an 8’ by 66’ high definition video screen, enough wiring to crisscross the United States (twice) and more than two dozen guitars, rolled into Kansas City, St. Louis and Indianapolis this past weekend for the debut of Keith Urban’s “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016.”  If the weekend’s performances, all of which received rave reviews, are any indication, “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016” will be one of the hottest concert tours of the year.

    Keith’s two-hour plus set featured live performance premieres of new songs, collaborations with both Brett Eldredge (“Somebody Like You”) and Maren Morris (“We Were Us”), an all-new, state-of-the-art stage production, stinging guitar solos and “in-audience performances” which only added to the party-like atmosphere that is synonymous with all Keith Urban concerts.

    Keith rocked through a set that featured 16 Top 5 songs, including nearly a dozen #1s, as well as brand new songs from his recently released #1 album RIPCORD.  The album, Urban’s fifth #1, debuted simultaneously in the top spot on the U.S., Canada and Australia album charts, the second consecutive time that the four-time Grammy Award winner has achieved the historic milestone – something that no other male Country artist has done (even once).

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  • CMA MUSIC FEST 2016: AJ, Darius, Dierks, Easton, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Jon, Josh, Keith, Lady A, Lauren, Luke and more

    It’s that time of the year again! The 2016 CMA Music Festival begins this week in Nashville, and the stars are coming out to perform and check in with their fans!

    Audio / Backstage at last year’s CMA Music Festival, Alan Jackson talked about CMA Music Fest and how it’s become a family affair. Alan is set to perform at ACME in downtown Nashville on Tuesday, as well as at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday.

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    Alan Jackson (CMA Music Fest) OC: …all about. :28 [NOTE: There’s a slight buzz underneath audio.]
    “My daughter – three daughters – and about 10 friends every year, we have to pack into vans and get ‘em out here. They come every night. They come every night, not to see me, they come see everybody else. So, it has become more of a local event, and of course it evolved tremendously since I first started when it was Fan Fair at the old fairgrounds and signing autographs in a hot buildings. But the fans are the same, and that’s what it’s all about.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker will host his 7th annual Darius and Friends concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon Monday (June 6th) during this year’s CMA Music Festival. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Darius is nominated for a CMT Music Award – CMT Performance of the Year – for “Alright” from the show, Instant Jam.

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    Darius Rucker (CMA Music Fest) OC: …awesome. :48
    “Music Fest is like nothing else. I say all the time that country music is the only genre that could have something like that. It’s truly amazing, when I come that weekend, people are everywhere and they want to be your best friend. It’s always cool and I love coming here. The thing that always gets me is the show. The fact that you can get that many superstars at one show all playing for free, for the same goal, to entertain those people that are in that stadium that come here for the whole week from all over the world. They come here for one week to see country music, and it’s amazing that those artists say on Friday and Saturday night, this is country music come on out. That’s awesome.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley is making a few appearances during CMA Music Festival week, including performing his latest single, “Different for Girls,” on this year’s CMT Music Awards with Elle King. He’ll also perform during the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) on Thursday (June 9th). Dierks Bentley talks about the lengths that fans will go to show their appreciation.

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    Dierks (fans) OC: …commitment. [laughs] :22
    “I know a lot of the early fans by name, because we played a lot of shows at a lot of small venues where we’d be around a lot after the shows. I’m not gonna say her name ‘cause I don’t know if she’d want me to or not, but she has like a dog print of Jake, my dog’s Jake, but she has this dog print on her shoulder with my name in the middle of the tattoo. So, tattoos are always, that’s a big deal when somebody gets your name tattooed on part of their body or something. It’s kind of a scary thing, because it’s kind of a lifelong commitment. [laughs]”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley recalls the weirdest thing he has signed.

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    Dierks Bentley (signing a baby’s head) OC: …child’s brain. :13
    “A baby’s head with a sharpie. Yeah, like a two-week old baby. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do it. The woman was like, ‘Please.’ I was like, ‘Alright.’ The head at that point is so vulnerable, transparent, so I’m just hoping they didn’t get any ink in the child’s brain.”

    Audio / Easton Corbin, who has hit the airwaves with his latest single “Are You With Me,” talks about CMA Music Festival.

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    Easton Corbin (CMA Music Fest) OC: …wouldn’t work. :25
    “CMA Music Fest, it’s a great opportunity to hang out with your fans and stuff. The great thing about the country genre is it’s one of the only genres that really has a festival dedicated to their fans, and I think that’s great because without the fans we wouldn’t be here. They’re the ones that make it work. Without the fans to buy records and listen to the radio and come to the shows, it just wouldn’t work.”

    Audio / Easton Corbin talks about his fans.

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    Easton Corbin (fans) OC: …being here. :24
    “My fans mean a great deal to me, especially the fans that come out to the shows and the ones that make it to every show around their home or in that vicinity. I even have people come here every time, in these meet-and-greet lines or maybe at the fence over there by the when you’re getting off the red carpet, I try to always make it a point to recognize those fans and just let them know how much that I care and how much I appreciate them being here.”

    Audio / Eric Church, who’s making his way up the country charts with his latest single “Record Year,” says CMA Music Festival is special and unique to country music. Eric is set to perform at Nissan Stadium on Friday (June 10th).

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    Eric Church (CMA Music Fest) OC: …to see.
    “Well, I think it’s what makes country music unique. Find me another format that happens in, it’s just not something that happens. I think it’s about what we were talking about earlier; country music is the one for mat where the fans…the music is really about them. And we’re them; we’re not different than them. We’re not a lot of the rock stars and a lot of the other guys where they’re their own person, they’re their own agenda…they’re not like the people that are listening to them. It’s different in country, we are. We come from there, we are that. I think it’s just a great thing for them to be able to come to our town and to get just this barrage of music. We’ve always tried to do it a little different when we’ll have different events, a couple years ago we made the fans find us…they had to find clues around town of where we were playing and then when they found out they could post it and tell people and then that night we had a full show. We started that day with no people, we didn’t advertise, we said, ‘We’re playing, find us.’ We called it ‘Midnight Church.’ So at midnight we played the Rutledge. They found us, and they were out the door, and they found us there. It was really cool to have some fun in our town and just do stuff like that every year. I’ve done, last year I did a show where I did 3 nights in a row at a place. The first night was me and my band, the second night was an acoustic show, and the last night was me and the songwriters that helped me write this record all sitting up there playing songs and telling stories. It was three different takes on basically the same songs. Just unique. It’s my favorite thing about doing it, is when people come to town, we able to do some shows that we’re not able to do throughout the year because we’re touring a certain way. This is a chance for us to have a little more freedom, creatively, and give the fans something maybe they don’t get to see.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay will be all over the place during CMA Music Fest. On Tuesday morning (June 7th), he’ll take part in the Tug McGraw Sporting Clay Event at the Nashville Gun Club. He’s also set to perform at Riverfront Stage Friday (June 10th), followed by booth signings and Behind the Music Listening Event at the Music City Center, as well as a performance at the HGTV Lodge. Here he talks about getting his first autograph.

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    Eric Paslay (1st autograph) OC: …first autograph. :42
    “The first autograph that I ever got was in Branson, Missouri, and it was Shoji Tabuchi, and he’s a great fiddle player, and I always remember that, you know if you go to Branson, you know who he is. But I was a 9, 10 year old kid, and I always remember that. Every time I meet a kid, I don’t know if it’s their first concert. It could be their 100-thousandth, but whenever I sign an autograph for a kid, I really make sure it’s special and memorable, and with anybody, but especially with kids. I still have that Shoji Tabuchi autograph, you know? Because it meant that much. I didn’t know he was until we saw him, but he tore the place down playing the “Orange Blossom Special.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi, whose new album California Sunrise comes out June 17th, will be all over town during CMA Music Fest. On Tuesday (June 7th), he’ll be at 5th and Demonbreun at Noon with Wrangler signing and chatting with fans, then later that night, he’ll be at the Cannery Ballroom performing during the Musicians On Call event. On Thursday (June 9th), he’ll be in the UMG booth at the Music City Center signing from 3p – 4p, followed by a performance at the Riverfront Stage beginning at 12:15p.

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    Jon Pardi (performing live) OC: …really loud. :19
    “To get up on stage, it feels like home. It’s like, ‘Yeah, this is where I want to be.’ I’d rather be there than a lot of places. I love just getting up on stage not matter where it is. It’s fun to get up and entertain people and have a good time, make everybody feel a part of the show and get up there and play my guitar really loud.”

    Audio / Josh Turner, who just released his new single “Hometown Girl,” recalls the weirdest item he’s ever been asked to sign.

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    Josh Turner (weirdest things he’s signed) OC: …Sharpie, though. :10
    “A toothpick; an unused toothpick, let me throw that out there, an unused toothpick. It was quite challenging, actually, and it didn’t look anything like my autograph. It took a really small Sharpie, though.”

    Audio / Keith Urban, who’s sitting inside the Top 10 with his current single “Wasted Time,” will be making a couple of appearances at this year’s CMA Music Fest. First, he’ll play the HGTV Lodge Thursday (June 9th) and at Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) on Sunday (June 12th). Keith will also perform during the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 8th), where he’s up for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

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    Keith Urban(CMA Music Fest) OC: …love it. :25
    “I love it! It’s like summer camp. I mean, it is! It’s a chance to obviously see a lot of people I don’t normally see. I don’t know. It’s just palpable. Since Fan Fair, it’s just been that sort of week-plus of energy; the town just explodes, and what it is we love about this genre and the community aspect of it. I always love it.”

    Audio / Kip Moore fans will get a chance to see him a couple of times this week. He’ll perform during the Pandora Country Music event at Marathon Music Works Tuesday evening, and then you can catch him at the HGTV Lodge downtown on Thursday afternoon. He tells us about his favorite thing about performing live. You’ll definitely get to hear him play his latest hit single, “Running for You,” which is from his Wild Ones album.

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    Kip Moore (favorite thing about performing live) OC: …it gets. :17
    “I’d say that my favorite thing about being on the road is the fact that I get to play music each and every night with my best friends. There’s nothing better than that than playing with your best buddies and seeing the joy that you bring to other people’s faces playing the music that you love to play. I mean that’s the best it gets.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley will participate in Fan Fair X, part of the CMA Music Festival bringing fans and artists together. Hillary, along with her family, will be the artist of the day on Thursday (June 9th) showcasing their upcoming faith-based album with performances and a Q&A, while Charles will give fans an up close and personal look into his solo album, The Driver, on Sunday (June 12th).

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    Lady Antebellum (Music Fest) 3 OC: …really cool. :25

    “When you see the same fans, these die-hard fans that camp out outside the radio remotes and the hotels, and all of these places, and you start recognizing them, I think that’s when you start going ‘Wow, this is a special and unique industry.’ You talk to them by name and give them a hug. I can’t think of any other genre that has that kind of connection. The people that come back the same time every year, you know where they are going to be. It’s really kind of a fun thing. It’s really cool.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina says she owes it all to her fans, and she starts this year’s CMA Music Festival on Tuesday with the City of Hope Softball Game. On Wednesday evening, she’s set to perform a late-night set downtown in HonkyTonk Alley, and on Thursday morning, Lauren will perform an acoustic set on the Disney Stage at the Music City Center, followed by a signing at the UMG booth. On Friday, she’ll perform in the park at the city’s Walk of Fame, and on Sunday, she’ll perform at the Music City Center.

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    Lauren Alaina (fans) OC: …me wrong. :30
    “My fans helped me grow as a person in lots of different ways. I grew up in front of them. I was 15 on American Idol, so they watched me grow up and kind of helped me mold into who I am, because I worked at CiCi’s Pizza, and now I’m traveling all over the place. It’s like I learned responsibility through all of it. I learned who I am as a person, ‘cause my fans have made me stronger, they’ve made me more responsible, they made me believe in myself 10 times more, because I thought I was going home every week on American Idol, and they proved me wrong.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan, who is set to perform at Nissan Stadium on Sunday (June 12th), enjoys CMA Music Fest Week. Luke is nominated for a pair of CMT Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for “Strip It Down.”

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    Luke Bryan (CMA Music Fest) OC: …for this week. :33
    “It’s a great week. I truly love this week for hundreds of reasons. I always remember my first ones and starting out and doing River Stages and always dreaming of coming over here and performing at LP Field (now Nissan Stadium) and all of the stuff building the fan base early in the week. It’s an amazing week for Nashville, and it’s a great week for me. And then I get to be home and do all this stuff. It’s always been a fun week for me. A lot of my family always comes in for this week.”

  • KEITH URBAN WILL GIVE SOME OF HIS OLDER SONGS A FRESH COAT OF PAINT ON HIS UPCOMING RIPCORD WORLD TOUR.

    Keith Urban is preparing to launch his upcoming ripCord World Tour Thursday (June 2nd) in Kansas City, Missouri, and he’s planning on a heavy dose of hits and new songs from his latest album, Ripcord.

    “I wanted to obviously bring in some of the older songs that we haven’t done in a while, because we retire a lot of songs from certain tours, but I’m always aware that X-amount of people want to hear some of those songs. So, I wanted to sort of see if there was a way we could give them a fresh coat of paint without changing them so much, because I’m also respectful of people wanting to be able to sing along,” says Keith. “Sometimes [when] I go see artists play and when they do some of their older hits, they sing them in a way in which it seems like they’re obligated to do and they don’t want to do it and that sort of thing, and then they start changing the melody and no one can sing along. So, I’ve never been a fan of that, but also recognize that for us we’ve done the song a million times, so how can we change it so it’s fresh and new for us, but not too different for everybody out front? Hopefully, we’ve done that with things like ‘[Where the] Blacktop [Ends]’ by bringing in the Ralph Stanley sample and a few things like that.”

    Keith’s ripCord World Tour, which also features Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, launches Thursday (June 2nd) in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about adding in some of his older songs into his set.

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    Keith Urban (bringing new and old songs together for the tour) OC: …things like that. :51
    “I wanted to obviously bring in some of the older songs that we haven’t done in a while, because we retire a lot of songs from certain tours, but I’m always aware that X-amount of people want to hear some of those songs. So, I wanted to sort of see if there was a way we could give them a fresh coat of paint without changing them so much, because I’m also respectful of people wanting to be able to sing along and not have them, I find sometimes [when] I go see artists play and when they do some of their older hits, they sing them in a way in which it seems like they’re obligated to do and they don’t want to do it and that sort of thing, and then they start changing the melody and no one can sing along. So, I’ve never been a fan of that, but also recognize that for us we’ve done the song a million times, so how can we change it so it’s fresh and new for us, but not too different for everybody out front? Hopefully, we’ve done that with things like ‘[Where the] Blacktop [Ends]’ by bringing in the Ralph Stanley sample and a few things like that.”

  • MEMORIAL DAY 2016

    Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day celebrated Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars. The holiday also typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

    Some of your favorite country artists talk about what it means to be free because of the brave men and women willing to fight and sacrifice for our freedom.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley, whose own father was a World War II veteran, talks about the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women.

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    Dierks (Memorial Day) OC: …upon them. :37
    “On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”

    Audio / Eric Church, whose grandfathers served in World War II, says the sacrifices the men and women in the military make are really touching.

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    Eric Church (grandfathers in WW2) OC: …touching to me. :21
    “Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans. I mean, that’s something that’s very rare. I’m not unique, you know. There’s a lot of people out there like that that their grandfathers served. The way that I was raised was very much red, white and blue and very patriotic, and I think that it’s the fact that what they give up is the real thing that’s very touching to me.”

    Audio / Keith Urban wrote and recorded “For You” a few years ago for the film, Act of Valor, which was inspired by real life events and stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs. After hanging out with the SEALS, he was very impressed with their commitment of service.

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    Keith Urban (SEALS mantra) OC: …conviction. :30
    “They have a mantra, and they say ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ and they had this spirit of brotherhood and that’s a particular thing that’s the way in which, I think, it exists is very specific to the Seals. I mean, military in general have this very strong brotherhood code; it’s a particular kind of thing in the Seals. As was the testament, to Lt. Roark who is the lead guy in the film; when he was interviewed talked about funerals he had been to, and he says ‘there isn’t really any one of us who isn’t just a little bit jealous of the guy who’s died,’ and ok, I heard that, that’s a particular way of being that I cannot relate to. That is an unbelievable depth of commitment and conviction.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his grandfather who served during World War II.

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    Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
    “My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

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  • KEITH URBAN KICKS OFF NEW ALBUM AND NEW TOUR WITH ‘GONE TOMORROW HERE TODAY.’

    Keith Urban has been in rehearsals in Nashville this week for his upcoming ripCord World Tour, kicking off next week. He’ll include several songs from his new album, Ripcord, which is spending a second week at the top of the Billboard country album chart. He said during a private rehearsal event on Wednesday that he’s still trying to figure out how to include about nine of the songs from the new record into the set.

    He’ll start his shows with “Gone Tomorrow Here Today,” which is also the first song from his new album, Ripcord. “When we wrote ‘Gone Tomorrow Here Today,’ I not only felt like that was the perfect song to start a record, I felt like it was the perfect song to start a tour, as well,” says Keith. “It’s just my own personal love for the things that I like about it, which is the fusion of the ganjo – which is such a crucial part of my sound, but it’s presented in a way that I have not done before. The melodic structure of that riff is not like anything in any of my other songs, but the sound is very familiar. I like that sense of having something that is very familiar to everybody, but then do a twist on it…It hopefully has enough familiarity to pull you along, yeah, to pull you along for the journey as well. So, it seemed again like a good opening track for the show.”

    Keith’s ripCord World Tour, which also features Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, launches June 2nd in Kansas City, Missouri. He’ll play a bunch of amphitheaters and will include a second satellite stage located on the lawn.

    Audio / Keith Urban says there's a good reason he chose "Gone Tomorrow Here Today" as the first song on his new record Ripcord, as well as the first song to start his shows

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    Keith Urban (first song on record and in show) OC: …live, right? [laughs] :5
    “For me, when we wrote ‘Gone Tomorrow Here Today,’ I not only felt like that was the perfect song to start a record, I felt like it was the perfect song to start a tour, as well. It’s just my own personal love for the things that I like about it, which is the fusion of the ganjo – which is such a crucial part of my sound, but it’s presented in a way that I have not done before. The melodic structure of that riff is not like anything in any of my other songs, but the sound is very familiar. I like that sense of having something that is very familiar to everybody, but then do a twist on it. So, for me when the rhythm kicks in, it’s a whole different thing, but it’s got a trance kind of energy to it. The reason that I wanted it at the beginning of the record is because I felt like it was planting a flag. It hopefully has enough familiarity to pull you along, yeah, to pull you along for the journey as well. So, it seemed again like a good opening track for the show. We’ll see what happens live, right? [laughs]

  • KEITH URBAN’S ‘RIPCORD’ DEBUTS AT NO. 1 IN U.S., CANADA AND AUSTRALIA.

    Keith Urban’s eighth studio album RIPCORD has debuted at No. 1 in the United States, Canada and Australia, marking the second consecutive time that the four-time Grammy Award winner has achieved that historic milestone, something that no other male Country artist has done. It is also Urban’s fifth No. 1 album.

    “The 15 months that I spent recording RIPCORD, was one of the most incredible musical journeys I’ve ever had,” said Urban.  “Working with some of the most creative, and inspiring musicians to explore and expand my music in the studio was exhilarating. To now see this music connecting with my audience in this way is an extraordinary feeling – it means everything to me.”

    RIPCORD has already produced Urban’s 19th (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”) and 20th (“Break On Me”) No. 1 songs.  His latest, “Wasted Time,” has given Urban his 36th consecutive Top 10 song.  It extends his record-breaking streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart – a streak that began back in August of 2000.

    RIPCORD features some of the music industry’s most celebrated and influential musical collaborators from Pitbull to Nile Rodgers to Carrie Underwood and Dann Huff to Jeff Bhasker, Greg Wells and busbee.

    Its release coincides with the June 2nd launch of Urban’s ‘ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016,’ with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris in the United States, with Dallas Smith and Maren Morris in Canada and with Carrie Underwood in Australia.

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  • KEITH URBAN’S ‘RIPCORD’ BOWS AT NO. 1 ON THE COUNTRY ALBUM CHART.

    Keith Urban’s Ripcord album has debuted at the top of the country album chart. The record, which was released May 6th, sold 106,000 copies to land at No. 1 on the country chart.

    A few of the songs on the album changed from how they were written or recorded when he first started the recording process. “It’s always an unknown thing for me. Get in the studio and a lot of it’s born, of course the song first and foremost, what the song wants, if the song’s a mannequin and how are we going to dress it. You can overdo, you can underdo it and it can change the song drastically, too,” says Keith. “I find recording a funny thing because you’re capturing a song in a particular form, but that is not mean to be the be all and end all of that song. That’s just one form of it… But for me getting in the studio is always, it’s fun. It’s like a sandbox for me. It has its share of frustration and all of it, but it has unlimited potential. That’s what excites me a lot.”

    Ripcord features his current single, “Wasted Time,” as well as two previous chart-toppers, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break on Me.”

    Keith is preparing to hit the road on his ripcord World Tour 2016 June 2nd in Kansas City, Missouri. He’s taking Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris along for the ride.

    Audio / Keith Urban says he enjoys being in the studio.

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    Keith Urban (in the studio) OC: …me a lot. :57
    “It’s always an unknown thing for me. Get in the studio and a lot of it’s born, of course the song first and foremost, what the song wants, if the song’s a mannequin and how are we going to dress it? You can overdo, you can underdo it and it can change the song drastically, too. It’s a funny thing with, I find recording a funny thing because you’re capturing a song in a particular form, but that is not mean to be the be all and end all of that song. That’s just one form of it. It will be like meeting someone one day in their life and thinking that you’ve met them for what they are their entire life. It’s just, no, that was just one day. You only met them one day and recorded songs live on forever as just that one day’s representation of the song. But for me getting in the studio is always, it’s fun. It’s like a sandbox for me. It has its share of frustration and all of it, but it has unlimited potential. That’s what excites me a lot.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about releasing three singles before his new album, Ripcord, came out.

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    Keith Urban (releasing 3 singles before album) OC: …the puzzle. :21
    “I’ve never had that happen in my life where we’ve got the third single out before the album comes out. But what those two songs did, what ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’ did and what ‘Break on Me’ did was it helped me see what the record was trying to be. So, when I was narrowing all the songs down to get to 13, it helped a lot. For me, ‘Wasted Time’ was the last missing piece of the puzzle.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Dierks, Luke, Kip, Lauren, Mickey

    Keith Urban will perform during Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series August 12th from New York’s Central Park on ABC.

    Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan will perform as part of the Today Show’s Summer Citi Concert Series. Dierks and his band will take to the Today Show plaza May 27th, the same day his new album Black is released, while Luke will perform for the crowd June 3rd.

    Luke Bryan’s latest single, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” is inspiring people to post photos to his Twitter showing themselves either huntin’, fishin’ or lovin’ every day. Check out NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, aka “Rocket Man,” below with his catch of the day.

    Kip Moore will perform during the second annual Pandora Country concert June 7th as part of CMA Music Festival, the biggest week in country music. Fans can RSVP for the free show at Marathon Music Works, which also features Tyler Farr, Cam and Brent Cobb, at pandoracountry.com.

    Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton, are among the country stars who’ve been added to the previously announced players — Vince Gill, David Nail, Scotty McCreery, RaeLynn, Charles Esten, Jamie Lynn Spears and many more for the 26th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. The event, which will benefit , takes place June 7th, at 3 p.m. from First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Proceeds benefit the City of Hope to help find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1QQDkff.

    Video / NASCAR driver Ryan Newman fishin'

  • KEITH URBAN AND HIS WIFE NICOLE KIDMAN WIN MOST ADORABLE COUPLE AS THEY SING ALONG TO ‘THE FIGHTER.’

    Aren’t Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman just the cutest couple in the world? Earlier this week, Nicole posted a video of her singing “Wasted Time,” her husband’s latest single, while in the makeup trailer getting ready to film scenes for her new upcoming HBO series, Big Little Lies, which also stars Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Skarsgard. Now, both Keith and Nicole have posted a video of them in the car singing along to “The Fighter” from his new album, RipcordCarrie Underwood actually duets with him on the record.

    Keith will appear this afternoon on the Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings).

    Ripcord is Keith’s eighth studio album and already features two No. 1 songs, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me.”

    Video / Keith & Nicole on "The Fighter"

  • KEITH URBAN ON THE SMALL SCREEN THURSDAY.

    Keith Urban is set to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (May 12th).

    He released his brand new album, Ripcord, last Friday (May 6th).