• CMA AWARDS 2015: Keith Urban

    Keith Urban is up for Vocal Event of the Year for his collaboration on “Raise ‘Em Up” with Eric Church.

    Keith says the song didn’t start out as a duet. “The lyric is just absolutely extraordinary, and all the things ‘Raise Em-Up’ can apply to,” he says. “I felt this song was such a journey and a deeply American aspect to this song too, particularly in the second verse. And what ‘Raise Em-Up’ can mean, all the various things that that phrase can mean; it’s such a cinematic song, and I’ve always considered Eric as a cinematic artist, and I sent him the song and he was in the studio immediately. I am so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place.”

    Keith is set to duet with John Mellencamp on Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday (November 4th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about the song "Raise 'Em Up," featuring pal Eric Church.

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    Keith Urban (Raise ‘Em Up-Church) 2 OC: …new place. 1:04
    “It’s not a duet, but it hit me that this might be a good song for us to do as a duet because it’s an extraordinary song to begin with. When I got sent it, it got sent under the heading of ‘Song of the Year,’ and I thought, well that’s a tall order for a song. Then I saw the writers Jeffery Steele, Tom Douglas, and Jaren Johnston, and I went, ‘Okay we’ve got some pretty stout writers on this song.’ The lyric is just absolutely extraordinary, and all the things ‘Raise Em-Up’ can apply to. I felt this song was such a journey and a deeply American aspect to this song too, particularly in the second verse. And what ‘Raise Em-Up’ can mean, all the various things that that phrase can mean; it’s such a cinematic song, and I’ve always considered Eric as a cinematic artist, and I sent him the song and he was in the studio immediately. I am so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place.”

  • KEITH URBAN WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

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    Keith Urban will be the subject of a career-spanning exhibition, which opens November 20th at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Keith Urban So Far… will run through May 2016 and will follow the multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award winner’s path to Nashville, where he’s become not only one of country music’s best-loved ambassadors, but one of the world’s most-respected musicians.

    The exhibition will represent this journey with a wide array of historic and priceless memorabilia from Urban’s collection, including his 1989 Fender Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Telecaster “Clarence” and Levinson Blade electric guitar played by Urban on his first #1 song, “But for the Grace of God.” The shirt worn on the cover of his self-titled 1999 debut album will sit alongside handwritten song manuscripts, awards, and other documents from Urban’s scrapbooks of his childhood and teens.

    Urban’s road to success has been paved with 19 #1 songs across multiple country music charts, including his most recent “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”; more than 20 million albums sold; Grammy, CMA and ACM award wins; a reputation as one of the best live performers in any musical genre; and membership in the Grand Ole Opry. He possesses an historic streak of 34 Top Ten songs and is the only male country artist to debut simultaneously atop the all-genre album charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

    “This exhibit allows the museum to highlight the career of one of country music’s top entertainers today,” said Carolyn Tate, Senior Vice President of Museum Services. “Keith Urban is a tremendously talented artist, and we’re thrilled to share the story of his hard-earned success with our visitors.”

    The exhibit will examine the four-time Grammy winner’s extraordinary drive and exceptional talents as an entertainer, musician, and songwriter, attributes that have sustained him for almost his entire life. In addition, the exhibit will emphasize his passionate commitment to music education and the arts.

    To learn more about Keith Urban, visit www.keithurban.net, and visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org for more details about the exhibit.

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  • KEITH URBAN PULLS THE ‘RIPCORD’ ON THE TITLE OF HIS NEW ALBUM.

    Keith Urban announced today that his eighth studio album will be called Ripcord.  Speculation surrounding the details of the release began back in June when Urban put out “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” billed as the first song from the forthcoming album – which became his 19th No. 1.  It not only set an historic country radio mark for the highest one-week spin count and point total on Country Aircheck/Mediabase, it extended Urban’s lead as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, a streak that started in August of 2000.

    Just this past week Urban released the melodic, mid-tempo ballad “Break On Me,” the second single from Ripcord.  The song debuted as the #1 most added single at country radio.

    You can catch Keith perform on The 49th Annual CMA Awards with John Mellencamp live on November 4th at 8pm ET on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. There’s no word on what song the two will perform together, but Mellencamp’s moniker, John Cougar, is actually referenced in Urban’s latest chart-topper, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about why particular songs make his albums.

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    Keith Urban (songs that make the record) OC: …I’ve forgotten. :47
    “I gravitate towards songs for some diverse reasons and they end up being very diverse because of that. I don’t know. I get with people I love and collaborate and have fun and certain things come out of that some work, some don’t. And the ones that work hopefully constitute the record. I wish it were that simple…I just try and keep it organic and spontaneous and have songs that we’ve recorded hopefully stay resonating with me and some that you know, you record a song and that a month later they don’t sort of hit me the same way and I gotta let ’em go or redo them, and I have no problem dismantling a song and doing it again and or just letting it go. So, I wish I knew how to make records but every time I get in the studio it seems like I’ve forgotten.”

  • KEITH URBAN CELEBRATES HIS NO. 1 SUCCESS OF ‘JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16.”

    Keith Urban celebrated his recent No. 1 success for “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” at a morning celebration – complete with sausage and biscuits and French toast skewers – on Wednesday (October 21st) in Nashville. As per his usual modus operandi at No. 1 parties, Keith performed the song with the tune’s writers – Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne – as well as with producer Dann Huff.

    Apparently, the final recording was a bit different from the original demo, however, that didn’t take away from the song. “For me, it was just a great song. It kinda didn’t matter how it was done, it was a great song. It was solid, great melody. Even from a singer’s standpoint, there’s certain things about rhythmic qualities of consonants and vowels and where they fall in a melody and where they fall in the rhythm that matter to me; maybe not even just matter, but they resonate with me that way,” says Keith. “So, you can have a song that’s really well-written lyrically, but it’s not great to sing. It doesn’t sing well. It reads well, but it doesn’t sing well, and this is one of those songs that does everything.”

    Keith, who will perform during this year’s CMA Awards, is nominated for Music Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Eric Church.

    Keith has released his new single, “Break On Me,” which is from his forthcoming album.

    Audio / Keith Urban explains that while he and producer Dann Huff changed up the song’s production from the original demo, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” it didn’t detract from the song itself.

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    Keith Urban (J3 #1 party) OC: …does everything. :30
    “For me, it was just a great song. It kinda didn’t matter how it was done, it was a great song. It was solid, great melody. Even from a singer’s standpoint, there’s certain things about rhythmic qualities of consonants and vowels and where they fall in a melody and where they fall in the rhythm that matter to me; maybe not even just matter, but they resonate with me that way. So, you can have a song that’s really well-written lyrically, but it’s not great to sing. It doesn’t sing well. It reads well, but it doesn’t sing well, and this is one of those songs that does everything.”

  • KEITH URBAN WILL RELEASE HIS NEW SINGLE, ‘BREAK ON ME,’ ON MONDAY.

    This Monday, October 19th at 2:00 p.m. CT, four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban will release “Break On Me,” the second single from his forthcoming eighth studio album.  Urban broke the news to his fans online early this morning from London at http://smarturl.it/KUtease. The song’s release falls in line behind an historic, record setting 34 Top 10 songs, 19 of which have hit the Top spot, including his latest “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    “Break On Me,” written by Ross Copperman and Jon Nite and co-produced by Nathan Chapman and Urban, is a melodic, mid-tempo ballad – Urban’s first ballad since FUSE’S third single, “Cop Car.”

    Urban not only wrapped American Idol’s farewell season judging rounds this past Sunday, seeing in excess of 100 contestants, he also saw the conclusion of his summer tour with his first concert, before a sold-out crowd, in Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

    You can catch Keith perform on The 49th Annual CMA Awards with John Mellencamp live on November 4th at 8pm ET on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. There’s no word on what song the two will perform together, but Mellencamp’s moniker, John Cougar, is actually referenced in Urban’s latest chart-topper, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about the album process.

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    Keith Urban (album process) OC: …sequencing. :39
    “It always seems to be a fairly organic process. I get in the studio and I just, I want to feel just really enraptured with a song, and to get in there and get in the band and watch it sort of blossom, and they don’t always do that, and it’s usually very, very quickly that I can tell that 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. After we’ve recorded ’em all, it seems apparent which ones should make it to the record, which ones might be bonus tracks and then figuring out the sequencing.”

  • KEITH URBAN WILL PERFORM WITH JOHN MELLENCAMP AT THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

    Keith Urban and John Mellencamp are set to perform together during The 49th Annual CMA Awards. Keith’s “Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church is nominated for Musical Event, a category Urban has won three times: “Start A Band” with CMA Awards host Brad Paisley (2009), “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift (2013), and “We Were Us” with fellow nominee Miranda Lambert (2014).

    Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. 

    In anticipation of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will pave the road to the CMA Awards by welcoming some of the genre’s most notable stars. The lineup includes performances from Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Chris Young, as well as 2015 CMA nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and more. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca, Erin Irwin and David Craig serve as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED- CAPTIONED) Enjoy “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on the web at abc.com/JimmyKimmeLive and at youtube/JimmyKimmelLive.

    Fans can get more information on “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, as well as view a full list of announced performers, by visiting CMAawards.com.

    John Mellencamp (aka John Cougar) is one of the inspirations behind Keith’s recent No. 1 hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    The CMA Awards will air live Wednesday, November 4th (8:00-11 PM/ET) from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC.

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Eric, Sam, Chris, Lauren, Lady A, Keith

    Luke Bryan and Eric Church, along with Carrie Underwood have been announced as headliners for the 2016 Stagecoach Country Music Festival April 29th and 30th and May 1st. The three-day event in Indio, California, will also include performances by Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch, A Thousand Horses and Old Dominion.

    Lauren Alaina was chosen as this year’s hottest bachelorette by Nash Country Weekly readers. Lauren’s self-titled EP is available now, and it includes her single “Next Boyfriend.”

    Keith Urban joined Taylor Swift during her sold-out 1989 Tour stop in Toronto, to perform with the pop superstar. The pair collaborated on his 2002 No. 1 hit “Somebody Like You,” along with his most recent chart-topper, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    Lady Antebellum will perform at the NASH Presents Hearts Unsung – a special evening of music benefiting Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals. The event will take place November 9th at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will be part of the full-length feature film, Hearts Unsung in theaters nationwide January 21st.

  • KEITH URBAN TOPS THE COUNTRY CHART WITH HIS 19TH NO. 1 SINGLE, “JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16.”

    Keith Urban earned his 19th No. 1 song this week as his latest hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” moved to the top of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart. The song, written by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Ross Copperman, is the first release from his forthcoming album.

    During his recent No. 1 party for “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban discussed the connection he felt in recording both “Raise ‘Em Up” and his new No. 1 song, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

    “In some ways, I think these songs probably do have, they have a thing about them that feel family, communal in nature,” says Keith. “So, whatever is in them, the spirit, I guess, is what I connect to. I think it’s just the spirit. I think that’s it.”

    Keith is back on the road vetting up-and-coming stars for the 15th season of American Idol, which returns to FOX in January.

    Audio / During his recent No. 1 party for “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban discussed the connection he felt in recording both “Raise ‘Em Up” and his new No. 1 song, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

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    Keith Urban (John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16) OC: …that’s it. :14
    “In some ways, I think these songs probably do have, they have a thing about them that feel family, communal in nature. So, whatever is in them, the spirit, I guess, is what I connect to. I think it’s just the spirit. I think that’s it.”

  • KEITH URBAN’S LATEST HIT, ‘JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16,’ REALLY SUITS HIM.

    Keith Urban is poised to take over the top spot on the country charts with his latest single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” It’s a song from his forthcoming album, and he says he was intrigued about the song when he first saw the title, since he didn’t write it.

    “I saw the title of the song first and was curious to what that song would be,” Keith tells Lon Helton, host of the syndicated Country Countdown USA. “Some songs grab me at first listen. Other songs creep up on me. I love those songs too, but this was immediate. I played it maybe three times, and then went and grabbed my guitar and came out and I sort of sang along with it, and I thought, ‘I think this really, really suits me. I love this song, and I think it suits me.’”

    Keith will take “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” to Las Vegas October 3rd when he’s scheduled to perform during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about his latest hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” [CREDIT Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton]

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    Keith Urban (J3) OC: …so right. :35
    “I saw the title of the song first and was curious to what that song would be. Some songs grab me at first listen. Other songs creep up on me. I love those songs too, but this was immediate. I played it maybe three times, and then went and grabbed my guitar and came out and I sort of sang along with it, and I thought, ‘I think this really, really suits me. I love this song, and I think it suits me.’ That’s the other funny part about recording songs that I haven’t written, and other artists experience it too, you get in the studio with a song you love, but it just doesn’t suit you. It sounds like karaoke, and yet this one felt so right.”

     

    Video / Keith Urban video for John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

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  • KEITH URBAN PERFORMS ‘JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16’ ON THE TONIGHT SHOW.

    Keith Urban performing his latest hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

    Video / Keith Urban 'John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" on Tonight Show