• THIS DATE IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY: March 14th

    On this date (March 14th) in 2009, Keith Urban’s “Sweet Thing” tops the Billboard country chart.

  • LUKE BRYAN AND CHRIS STAPLETON HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton have been added to the list of performers at next month’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Jason AldeanTim McGraw and Thomas Rhett. Previously announced performers include Keith Urban, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam and Florida Georgia Line.

    The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be hosted by Luke and Dierks, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 3rd at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • KEITH URBAN GRABS THE ‘CORD’ FOR NEW ALBUM AND TOUR.

    Keith Urban just scored his second No. 1 single from his forthcoming album, ripCord, which is also the title of his tour. He says while the name comes from a play that recently opened in New York City, it’s more of the imagery of a ripcord that he’s drawn to for the title of his album and tour.

    “I like the sound of the word. I like the energy that it denotes, but metaphorically, I also love that it’s a thing that you grab to save your life, and that’s a really beautiful thing,” says Keith. “I was thinking about the various things in my life that I reach for, like family, faith, music, all manner of things. So, ripCord took on a whole new meaning, but it really, for me, fits the music. It definitely fits the tour.”

    The ripCord World Tour 2016, featuring Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, launches June 2nd in Kansas City and is expected to run through November.

    Audio / Keith Urban explains where he came up with the title for his new album and tour.

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    Keith Urban (ripCord title) OC: …the tour. :32
    “The name ripCord comes from a play that’s opening in New York soon. But the image of a ripcord, I like it. I like the sound of the word. I like the energy that it denotes, but metaphorically I also love that it’s a thing that you grab to save your life, and that’s a really beautiful thing. And I was thinking about the various things in my life that I reach for, like family, faith, music, all manner of things. So, Ripcord took on a whole new meaning, but it really, for me, fits the music. It definitely fits the tour.”

  • KEITH URBAN MAKES HISTORY!

    On February 24th, 2001 a little known country music singer scored his first #1 song with his third single “But For The Grace of God,” from his self-titled debut album.  Fifteen years later, almost to the day, the four-time Grammy Award winner and multiple ACM nominee celebrates another #1, only this time setting not only a new career high, but an historic mark on Billboard’s All-Time Country Airplay Chart.

    “Break on Me,” the second release from Keith Urban’s upcoming album ripCORD, marks his 19th #1 song on Billboard’s All-Time Country Airplay Chart.  This moves Urban into #8 all-time, moving him ahead of Garth Brooks.  The song also marks Urban’s 20th #1 and his 4th consecutive (dating back to 2013’s “We Were Us”) on the Aircheck/Mediabase Country Chart.

    “Music for me has always been about expression and connection,” said Urban.  “So to have all of these songs connect in the way they have hits me on so many different levels.  I’m constantly inspired by the passionate support I get from all of the fans, my friends at country radio and of course Capitol Records.  “Break On Me” holds a very special place in my heart for personal reasons, and for the incredible timing of it hitting number one almost to the day of my very first number one! Truly divine.”

     Urban recently announced his ‘ripCORD World Tour 2016” with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris.  It gets underway on June 2nd in Kansas City, and thus far will play more than 50 shows in amphitheaters and arenas throughout the U.S.  ‘ripCORD World Tour 2016’ will not only see Urban’s first headlining shows ever in Youngstown (Ohio), Lincoln (Nebraska), Orange Beach (Alabama), Bloomington (Illinois) and Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), but will see his return to several cities in which he hasn’t appeared in three years, including Tampa (Florida), Kansas City (Missouri), Lake Tahoe (Nevada) and West Palm Beach (Florida).

     “Break On Me” is the follow up to “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”, second #1 song from ripCORD.

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  • KEITH URBAN SCORES HIS 20TH CAREER NO. 1.

    Keith Urban scores his 20th No. 1 single as “Break on Me,” leaps to the top of both the Billboard and Country Aircheck country singles charts. The song, written by Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, is a feeling Keith can relate to from both sides.

    “‘Break On Me’ is just one of those songs that I, the first time I heard it, it hit me in all the right ways, because having been in that place where I’ve needed someone to ‘break on,’ but also of course being someone who could be strong for somebody else,” says Keith. “I’d gotten the song and not long after that was when [my wife] Nic lost her dad, and I found myself living out that song.”

    “Break on Me” is the second the second single from his upcoming album, Ripcord, and the follow-up to his previous No. 1, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    • Keith will certainly have a place for this song and many other No. 1 hits when he hits the road on his Ripcord World Tour, featuring Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, on June 2nd in Kansas City.
    • Keith is set to headline the sixth annual All for the Hall concert with pal Vince Gill April 12th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show’s theme is Mashville: The Music City in 2016 and will feature performances by Luke Bryan, Peter Frampton, Sam Hunt, Jason Isbell, Maren Morris, Maddie & Tae, Emmylou Harris, Peter Frampton and Florida Georgia Line, among others.
    • You can also catch Keith every Wednesday and Thursday on the final season of American Idol on FOX at 8pm ET.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about his latest single, “Break On Me.”

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    Keith Urban (Break On Me) 1 OC: …same reasons. :37
    “‘Break On Me’ is just one of those songs that I, the first time I heard it, it just, it hit me in all the right ways, because having been in that place where I’ve needed someone to ‘break on,’ but also of course being someone who could be strong for somebody else. I’d gotten the song and not long after that was when [my wife] Nic lost her dad, and I found myself living out that song. Once we got it on the road and started playing live, I’d started getting a lot of stories back from people who loved the song for the exact same reasons.”

  • KEITH URBAN WILL PERFORM ON THE ACM AWARDS.

    Keith Urban is among the initial list of performers for this year’s ACM Awards. He’ll be joined by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Cam.

    Keith is nominated for both Vocal Event and Song of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Eric Church.

    Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

    The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 3rd at 8pm live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • KEITH URBAN CONNECTS TO BOTH SIDES OF ‘BREAK ON ME.’

    Keith Urban is closing in on the top of the country charts with his last single, “Break On Me,” the second single from his upcoming album, Ripcord, and the follow-up to his recent No. 1 “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    The song, written by Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, is a feeling Keith can relate to from both sides.

    “‘Break On Me’ is just one of those songs that I, the first time I heard it, it hit me in all the right ways, because having been in that place where I’ve needed someone to ‘break on,’ but also of course being someone who could be strong for somebody else,” says Keith. “I’d gotten the song and not long after that was when [my wife] Nic lost her dad, and I found myself living out that song.”

    Keith will certainly have a place for this song and many other No. 1 hits when he hits the road on his Ripcord World Tour, featuring Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, on June 2nd in Kansas City.

    TIDBIT: If “Break On Me” hits the top of the chart, it will be Keith’s 20th No. 1 hit.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about his latest single, “Break On Me.”

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    Keith Urban (Break On Me) 1 OC: …same reasons. :37
    “‘Break On Me’ is just one of those songs that I, the first time I heard it, it just, it hit me in all the right ways, because having been in that place where I’ve needed someone to ‘break on,’ but also of course being someone who could be strong for somebody else. I’d gotten the song and not long after that was when [my wife] Nic lost her dad, and I found myself living out that song. Once we got it on the road and started playing live, I’d started getting a lot of stories back from people who loved the song for the exact same reasons.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Break on Me intro)

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  • THIS DATE IN HISTORY (Wednesday, February 24th): Keith Urban

    On February 24th, 2001, Keith Urban scored his first No. 1 single, “But for the Grace of God.” He co-wrote the song with Jane Weiland and Charlotte Caffey from The Go-Gos, and it appeared on his 1999 self-titled album, Keith Urban.

    Keith is now on the cusp of scoring his 20th No. 1 single with “Break on Me,” the second release from his upcoming album, Ripcord.

    Audio / At the No. 1 party for “But For the Grace of God,” The Go-Gos’ Jane Weiland, who co-wrote the song with Keith and her bandmate Charlotte Caffey, explained that she had some preconceived notions when she came to write with Keith, and it didn’t turn out the way she expected.

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    Jane Weiland (Keith Urban) OC: …on the eyes. :36
    “Keith knows who he is, and you can’t make him be who you want him to be, which is how the session started out. I know I came in with some preconceived notions of him being kind of like a sort of rockabilly-crossover-country guy, and I’m like, ‘No, you should do this,’ and he’s like, ‘nope, nope, nope.’ And I’m like, ‘Dang it! He won’t listen to me!’ And that’s ‘cause he knows who he is, and I think that is really one of the most important character qualifications that an artist needs to have. In Keith’s case, he’s the finest guitar player I’ve ever seen, literally the finest guitar player, and he is a pitch-perfect singer and he is easy on the eyes.”

    Audio / At the No. 1 party for “But For the Grace of God,” Keith Urban said the writing session with Jane Weiland and Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Gos didn’t start off well, but when they were about to throw in the towel, a title sparked the song.

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    Keith Urban (The Go-Gos) OC: …came out. :32
    “From The Go-Gos session that I did with the two girls, I just thought it was a disastrous idea to begin with, theoretically it looks pretty bad.  They had these ideas, and they were tossing out these ideas, and they were just so not me. It was so mismatched, and I was uncomfortable and squirming in my chair, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow! (laughs) whatever.’ And it was it. We decided this was a complete waste of time, let’s go get something to eat, and then Charlotte said, ‘Well, I’ve got this title called ‘But For the Grace of God,’ and boom, the song came out.”

     

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  • LBT, ERIC PASLAY, CHRIS STAPLETON, KEITH URBAN AND ERIC CHURCH ARE ALL ACM SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINEES.

    The ACM nominees for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year were announced on Thursday (February 18th). Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You” and Chris Stapleton’s “Nobody to Blame” are on the ballot, as well as Keith Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring Eric Church.

    The Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 3rd at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Song of the Year [awarded to songwriter(s)/publisher(s)/artist(s)]
    “Burning House,” Cam
    Songwriters: Jeffrey Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Cam

    “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
    Songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose

    “Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman

    “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
    Songwriters: Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele

    “She Don’t Love You,” Eric Paslay
    Songwriters: Eric Paslay, Jennifer Wayne

    Songwriter of the Year
    Rodney Clawson (“Crash My Party”)
    Ross Copperman (“Strip It Down”)
    Ashley Gorley (“Play It Again”)
    Shane McAnally (“Break Up in a Small Town”)
    Josh Osborne (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”)

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about writing “She Don’t Love You” with Jennifer Wayne.

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    Eric Paslay (She Don’t Love You) OC: …this album. :52
    “We initially were trying to write a song for George Strait ‘cause he had just announced that he was doing Cowboy Rides Away tour, and Jen Wayne’s grandfather is John Wayne, so she knows a lot about cowboys. So, we were trying to just write that song, and we didn’t quite have it and in the midst, like songwriters do of writing a song, we were just cutting up and small talk and this and that. And I think I said ‘She don’t love you’ or she said ‘she don’t love you’ and I said ‘Yeah, she’s just lonely,’ just kind of joking around or something. And 45 minutes later we had written ‘She Don’t Love You,’ and I’m proud to have a great ballad. I believe it was probably the best ballad I’ve ever been a part of writing-wise. And I think when you think of country music, those songs that the whole room quiets down over or even all the guys at the bar turn around and listen, and that’s definitely that song on this album.”

    Audio / KEITH URBAN SAID ‘RAISE ‘EM UP’ WAS THE PERFECT SONG FOR HIM AND ERIC CHURCH TO DO TOGETHER.

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    Keith Urban (Raise ‘Em Up) 3 OC: …sang on it. :15
    “It wasn’t written as a duet, but it just struck me as the perfect song. There’s a particular theme really in the song, particularly in the second verse that I felt was just perfect for Eric. I sent him the song, and he loved it. And I was really happy that he came in and sang on it.”

  • VALENTINE’S DAY: Billy, Brothers O, Canaan, Charles, Clare, Darius, David, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Gary, Strait, Jon, Josh, Kacey, Keith, Kelleigh, Kip, LBT, Luke, Sam, Shania

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Billy Currington. Hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is T.J., and I’m John, and we’re Brothers Osborne. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Charles Kelley (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Valentine’s Day)

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    “What’s up y’all? This is Darius Rucker, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is David Nail, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Eric Paslay, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is Gary Allan, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Valentine’s Day)

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    “This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Josh Turner, and I want to wish you and your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi, this is Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. This is Keith Urban. Make the day special for your ‘Once in a Lifetime’ love.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kelleigh Bannen, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s happening, everybody? This is Kip Moore. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Luke Bryan. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day) 2

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    “Hey y’all. It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Valentine’s Day. Make sweet love to your other.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi, this is Shania Twain. Happy Valentine’s Day.”