• KEITH URBAN PULLS THE ‘RIPCORD’ ON THREE ONE-OF-A-KIND ALBUM LAUNCH EVENTS.

    Friday, May 6th marks the much-anticipated release of Keith Urban’s eighth studio album RIPCORD, which has already produced two #1 songs (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me”) and one of the fastest rising chart singles of his career with “Wasted Time,” the current single streaking to the top of the charts.

    The album’s release will be celebrated with THREE unprecedented one-of-a-kind events that will take place within days of RIPCORD’s release, as Urban crisscrosses the country with stops in New York City, Nashville AND Los Angeles.  Fans are invited to attend ALL of the events and should go to http://smarturl.it/ripcordevents for further information.  (Limited seats are available for the Los Angeles event.)

    Urban’s first stop will be in New York City, where he’ll premiere all-new music from RIPCORD (as well as some of his hits) at Stage 48.  Those unable to attend will be able to view the May 4th New York City show, titled TIDAL X: Keith Urban, live online on TIDAL, the global music and entertainment streaming platform at 8:00 pm at www.tidal.com/tidalxkeithurban.com.

    Following his May 4th stop in New York City, Urban will return home for a free outdoor noontime show in Nashville’s Bridgestone Plaza, complete with some of Nashville’s finest food truck vendors.  The album release event is being done in partnership with the City of Nashville.

    “Keith is an asset to this city on every level,” said Butch Spyridon of The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.  “His talent as a singer, songwriter and musician is unquestionable and as a citizen he is a model for others to follow.  He has given back time and time again and it is truly appreciated.  While he is celebrating the release of his next great record, which is already a hit in our book, he is still giving back! We can’t say enough and it is an honor to help celebrate the album release by partnering with him for this this event.”

    After the Nashville event’s conclusion Urban will head off to Los Angeles where he’ll grace the stage of the 200-seat GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater for a special intimate evening KEITH URBAN “Inside The Songs Of RIPCORD.” The ‘inside the actor’s studio’ format will include moderator Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, and intimate performances and stories behind the writing, producing and recording of Urban’s groundbreaking new album.

    “The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host Keith in our Clive Davis Theater,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.  “He’s one of our industry’s most prolific songwriters, insightful producers and most electrifying performers. He’s continued to break new ground through his music and that’s never been more apparent than on his new album RIPCORD. It’s our honor to be hosting this one-time only event.”

    The recording of RIPCORD, Urban’s nearly 18-month musical journey, 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 the four-time Grammy Award winner’s ‘ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016’ with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris.

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  • KEITH URBAN ADDS PITBULL’S STYLE TO ‘SUN DON’T LET ME DOWN’ FROM RIPCORD.

    Keith Urban’s new album, Ripcord, will be released Friday (May 6th), and he’s got a few special guests on the record. In addition to Carrie Underwood on “The Fighter,” there’s also “Sun Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Nile Rodgers and Pitbull.

    Keith says the song, which he wrote and co-produced with Nile and busbee, had a musical break which they were just going to let “simmer,” but he heard Pitbull on the radio and felt his “swagger” would work perfectly on the song.

    “I called the guys up and said, ‘Should we send this track to him and see what he does with it?’ And they said, ‘Sure.’ So, we sent it. He loved it. The crazy thing was that we gave him no direction at all. We just said, ‘Here’s your 16 bars, just do something. Anything. It’s a blank canvas. Just say what you want to say.’ And thankfully, he loved it,” says Keith. “I had no idea what to expect when I unwrapped the gift so to speak when he sent it to my house. I was like, ‘Okay, what’s this gonna be? What did he say?’ And he sent back this insane verse and really finished out the song.”

    Keith is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Wasted Time.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about getting Pitbull on the song, “Sun Don’t Let Me Down.”

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    Keith Urban (Pitbull on Sun Don’t Let Me Down) OC: …the song. :51
    “We finished the song, and there was this musical break in the song that we were just going to let simmer a little bit and build back up to the last chorus. Everybody was cool with it, and one day I heard Pitbull singing on the radio, or rapping, and I was like, ‘Man, I’ve always loved his tone.’ It was literally his tone, his flow, his style. And I called the guys up and said, ‘Should we send this track to him and see what he does with it?’ And they said, ‘Sure.’ So, we sent it. He loved it. The crazy thing was that we gave him no direction at all. We just said, ‘Here’s your 16 bars, just do something. Anything. It’s a blank canvas. Just say what you want to say.’ And thankfully, he loved it. I had no idea what to expect when I unwrapped the gift so to speak when he sent it to my house. I was like, ‘Okay, what’s this gonna be? What did he say?’ And he sent back this insane verse and really finished out the song.”

  • KEITH URBAN RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR ‘WASTED TIME.’

    Today marks the release of Keith Urban’s new video “Wasted Time,” for the song that is one of the fastest rising chart singles of his career. The video marks the second from Urban’s new album RIPCORD (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16), which will be released on Friday, May 6th, and the third directed by John Urbano (“Cop Car” and “Somewhere In My Car”).

    Of “Wasted Time” Urban says, “I worked with a lot of new people on Ripcord, and Greg (Wells) was one I’d wanted to work with for a long time.”  “He’d been writing a lot with J (James) and so the three of us spent a couple days at Greg’s studio to jam and see if we clicked. Greg had this cool chord progression and I grabbed my guitar and started singing a melody.”

    “J suggested the title, and before we knew it, we were talking about growing up and all the things you do, no matter where you are in the world, and the song just took off from there.” “Wasted Time” was co-written by Greg Wells, J Hart and Urban and was co-produced by Urban and the Grammy Award winning Producer of the Year Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, etc.).

    The much-anticipated eighth studio album RIPCORD, the result of Urban’s nearly 18-month musical journey, 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 the four-time Grammy Award winner’s “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016” with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris.

    For more Keith Urban news and information go to www.keithurban.net.

    Video / Keith Urban Wasted Time video

  • KEITH URBAN’S ‘WASTED TIME’ IS ABOUT COMING-OF-AGE.

    In just one week, Keith Urban will release his new studio album, Ripcord. The collection has already spawned two No. 1 singles – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break on Me,” as well as a new hit, “Wasted Time.” Keith wrote the song with Greg Wells and J. Hart, and found out the three of them, while growing up in completely different places, had many of the same experiences.

    “I have a lot of that formative years memories from sort of ten to 16, 17 right through there. So, that’s a big coming of age, right of passage period in a boy’s life,” says Keith. “And there was a place we had to I think it was called Lime Rock was the name of the little water hole we would go down to and there was a big rope swing that someone had put in a tree and it was a horrendously long drop to the river below and we would often just cut class and go down there and hang out. And I have such great memories of that. It was an exhilarating, exciting time. You know, girls and skipping class and finding somebody that owns a car on a Friday night and pile into that and drive around with nothing to do except hang out at the gas station act important and be somebody that you’re not. And it was crazy, you know. I get here to write with these two guys and Greg’s [Wells] from Canada and J. [Hart] is from Atlanta, Georgia and yet the three of us had the exact same memories, pretty much the same. Different names of drinks, different names of cars, different names of towns, but pretty much all the same things. So, this song really took off when we started writing it.”

    The video for “Wasted Time” has just premiered on Vevo, while Keith’s new album, Ripcord, is available May 6th.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about how he “wasted time” when he was younger, and how those experiences are universal the world over.

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    Keith Urban (how he Wasted Time) OC: …writing it. 1:37
    “The town I grew up, feel I grew up in was Caboolture. I mean I was ten when my parents moved there. We lived in Brisbane before that, but really Caboolture was the small farming town we moved to and it was where I finished out what you would say middle school and then high school. I did all of that in Caboolture, so I have a lot of that formative years memories from sort of ten to 16, 17 right through there. So, that’s a big coming of age, right of passage period in a boy’s life. And there was a place we had to I think it was called Lime Rock was the name of the little water hole we would go down to and there was a big rope swing that someone had put in a tree and it was a horrendously long drop to the river below and we would often just cut class and go down there and hang out. And I have such great memories of that. It was an exhilarating, exciting time. You know, girls and skipping class and finding somebody that owns a car on a Friday night and pile into that and drive around with nothing to do except hang out at the gas station act important and be somebody that you’re not. And it was crazy, you know. I get here to write with these two guys and Greg’s [Wells] from Canada and J. [Hart] is from Atlanta, Georgia and yet the three of us had the exact same memories, pretty much the same. Different names of drinks, different names of cars, different names of towns, but pretty much all the same things. So, this song really took off when we started writing it.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (My new album, Ripcord, will be here next week)

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY’S NEW RECORD WAS BORN FROM THE SONG ‘BLACK.

    Dierks Bentley is just a month away from releasing his new album, Black, and he says it’s pretty much a relationship-based record.

    “Whenever I’m moving forward into a new album, I’m definitely looking for a new sound, some new idea to kind of like start writing to wrapping the album around. So, it’s either a sonic thing or a lyrical thing or an idea,” says Dierks. “On the last record it really came from, I had some personal stuff going on in my life with people passing away and people being born. On this record, it really came from the song ‘Black,’ which is the album title. Just these milestones were passing me by, and I didn’t really get a chance to celebrate them or honor them. My wife and I had our 10 year anniversary, and it just kinda came and went, so I kind of started thinking about that and relationships in general and how crazy it is to be with someone for 10 years. And that really sparked the idea for the song ‘Black,’ and really from there that’s kind of the cornerstone of the record, that song, and that’s where the idea for this kind of relationship-based record came from and trying to do it in a way that’s a little bit different than just a love song, all love song-based album.”

    The first single from the album, “Somewhere on a Beach,” is sitting inside the Top 3 on the country charts. Black is set for release May 27th.

    Dierks is receiving a lot of praise and acclaim for Black…even his friend Keith Urban, who received an advanced copy of the album, had great things to say about Dierks’ new album, and so…he tweeted him: “…really proud of u brutha. ‘Different For Girls’ – THAT’S a song!!”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his new album Black being a relationship-based album.

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    Dierks Bentley (Black album) OC: …like that. 1:22
    “Whenever I’m moving forward into a new album, I’m definitely looking for a new sound, some new idea to kind of like start writing to wrapping the album around. So, it’s either a sonic thing or a lyrical thing or an idea. These last two records have really gone into that, on a pretty blank piece of paper – not sure what it’s gonna be or where it’s gonna come from. On the last record it really came from, I had some personal stuff going on in my life with people passing away and people being born. On this record, it really came from the song ‘Black,’ which is the album title. Just these milestones were passing me by and I didn’t really get a chance to celebrate them or honor them. My wife and I had our 10 year anniversary, and it just kinda came and went, so I kind of started thinking about that and relationships in general and how crazy it is to be with someone for 10 years. And that really sparked the idea for the song ‘Black,’ and really from there that’s kind of the cornerstone of the record, that song, and that’s where the idea for this kind of relationship-based record came from and trying to do it in a way that’s a little bit different than just a love song, all love song-based album. I think ‘Black’ is the closest thing I have to a love song on the entire record. So, it’s a little bit more of a mysterious, a look at the mysterious elements and the growth through a long-term relationship.”

    Video / Keith Urban's tweet to Dierks Bentley

    Video / Dierks Bentley 'Somewhere on a Beach

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  • KEITH URBAN RELEASES THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR ‘WASTED TIME.’

    Keith Urban has released the lyric video for his single, “Wasted Time.” Check it out below.

    “Wasted Time” is the third single from his upcoming album, Ripcord, which will be available May 7th. The previous two singles — “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break on Me” — topped the country charts.

    Video / Wasted Time lyric video

  • KEITH URBAN AND VINCE GILL ARE READY FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL ALL FOR THE HALL EVENT.

    Keith Urban is ready for the sixth annual All for the Hall benefit concert, along with co-headliner Vince Gill. The theme for the event, which takes place Tuesday (April 12th) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, is Mashville: The Music City in 2016.

    It will feature performances by the show’s headliners, as well as Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Jason Isbell and Maddie and Tae. Check out his Twitter page to see photos from today’s rehearsals.

    Nashville has become a dynamic and diverse musical melting pot,” Keith said about this year’s theme in a prepared statement. “While it remains the home of country music, an unbelievably talented community of songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, singers, bands and solo artists are rapidly changing the entire musical landscape in Music City, U.S.A.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says the only challenge with his annual All for the Hall event may be culling down the guest list.

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    Keith Urban (All 4 the Hall) OC: …over the years. :50
    “It’s a labor of love in the best way. It really is. If I said there’s only one challenge with it, it’s condensing the guest list. It was, right from the beginning, it was like trying to put a wedding list together and which family member to invite. You have to either invite everybody or elope, right? But we’ve only got limited time and it’s very, very hard to have certain people who are very good friends of mine say, ‘What the…? What the…? Waiting for the call. Nothing.’ So, I thought how do I get around this problem? And then the idea of themes came up so at least there’s some type of criteria for me to put a guest list together. Otherwise, this show would be days and days long if I invited everybody I wanted. We get to do it every year, so I have a huge list of people I want to be able to invite over the years.”

  • KEITH URBAN ‘REVEALS’ HIS ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016 DATES IN A VERY ARTISTIC WAY.

    Keith Urban revealed the dates for his upcoming ripCORD World Tour 2016 in a very unique way…by using an artist write all the dates on his body. Check out when he’s coming to your area below.

    Keith will release his Ripcord album May 6th.

    Video / Keith Urban Ripcord World Tour

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Eric Paslay, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves

    Eric Paslay has been announced as the first performer at the Riverfront Stage during this year’s CMA Music Festival. The news was revealed during a recent visit to the CMA’s office in Nashville. The rest of the performers at Riverfront will be announced on Tuesday (April 12th). CMA Fest 2016 is scheduled June 9th-12th.

    Keith Urban is one of the writers on the song “Falling,” which is American Idol winner Trent Harmon’s debut single. The former A.I. judge co-wrote the song with Dallas Davidson and Brett James.

    Kacey Musgraves performed “High Time” from her Pageant Material on The Late Late Show with James Corden last week. Check it out below.

    Kacey Musgraves is set to perform on Record Store Day Saturday (April 16th) at Lunchbox Records in Charlotte, North Carolina. Other artists are set to perform at different stores around the nation, including Bonnie Raitt, Metallica and Mumford & Sons.

    Video / Kacey Musgraves performing "High Time" on James Corden.

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  • KEITH URBAN’S NEW ALBUM, RIPCORD, WILL FEATURE CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND PITBULL.

    The May 6th release of Keith Urban’s RIPCORD already features a virtual who’s who of writers and co-producers, but now two Grammy Award-winning artists, Carrie Underwood and Pitbull, have officially been confirmed as featured guests.

    “Sun Don’t Let Me Down,” co-produced by Nile Rodgers, busbee and Urban, “was basically finished,” said Urban.  “But there was this musical breakdown about half-way into the song that we were going to leave, and then I heard this Pitbull song. I’ve always loved his vocal style and swagger, and in that moment I could hear his voice in the breakdown of the song.  So I called Nile (Rodgers) and asked him if he could send the song to Pitbull.  Thankfully he felt it, spat out a verse, and it was the most incredible feeling hearing him on the track for the first time.  It suited the spirit of the song.”

    “The Fighter,” was written and co-produced by busbee and Urban. “Carrie and I toured together a few years ago and every night we’d do a song together,” said Urban.  “I’ve always loved singing with her.  We had written this song, “The Fighter,” that needed a female voice and Carrie’s voice immediately came to mind.  I can’t wait for people to hear it – and hope that we get to do it live.”

    RIPCORD pre-orders are currently available at iTunes and Amazon.

    RIPCORD Track Listing

    1. Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)
    2. John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
    3. Wasted Time
    4. Habit Of You
    5. Sun Don’t Let Me Down (featuring Pitbull)
    6. Getting’ In The Way
    7. Blue Ain’t Your Color
    8. The Fighter (featuring Carrie Underwood)
    9. Break On Me
    10. Boy Gets A Truck
    11. Your Body
    12. That Could Still Be Us
    13. Worry ‘Bout Nothin’

    Urban launches his “ripCORD World Tour 2016” with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris on June 2nd in Kansas City and thus far will play more than 50 shows in amphitheaters and arenas through the U.S.

    For more official Keith Urban news and ticket information go to www.keithurban.net.