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.


    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



    "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" logo

    “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” logo

    Superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley announced they will be returning for the 10th time to host Country Music’s Biggest Night™ in 2017. The 51st Annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    The return of the beloved CMA Awards hosts was announced at the Artist of the Day panel during this year’s CMA Music Festival.

    Brad and Carrie’s 10-year run as hosts is second only to Vince Gill’s 12-year run. To view Brad and Carrie’s greatest hosting moments, see below.

    Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later with information available at CMAawards.com. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.


    Video / Brad & Carrie CMA Moments


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    Grand Ole Opry member and seven-time GRAMMY®-winning superstar Carrie Underwood hosted a party for her official fan club at the Grand Ole Opry House today. The exclusive event for fan club members included a private performance, a raffle for prizes, and a photo with Carrie inside the Opry’s famed circle of wood. Fans were given Nashville Predators’ rally towels and celebrated last night’s win in a group photo with Carrie. Tonight Carrie will perform during two Grand Ole Opry shows.  

    Tomorrow Carrie will perform “The Fighter” with Keith Urban on the “2017 CMT Music Awards,” broadcasting LIVE from Music City Center in Nashville. Carrie holds the record for the most wins in the show’s history at 15, and is nominated again for 3 awards.

    On Saturday, Carrie will join Brad Paisley at Fan Fair X to reflect on the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards and their nine year run as hosts with executive producer Robert Deaton.

    To visit Carrie’s official fan club site, go to www.carrieunderwood.fm.
  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Shania, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Carrie

    Luke Bryan is set to co-host NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Wednesday morning (June 7th) during the 10am hour.

    Shania Twain will perform during this year’s BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park taking place September 10th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday morning (June 7th). Blondie, James Blunt, Rick Astley and Take That will also perform.

    Little Big Town’s “Happy People” is included in Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Songs of the Year (So Far)” feature and is No. 2 on the all-genre list. Calvin Harris, feat. Frank Ocean and Migos on “Slide” is No. 1, while Lorde’s “Green Light,” Lana Del Ray’s “Love” and Drake’s “Passionfruit” are also on the list.

    Brothers Osborne performed during the Nashville Predators’ Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Carrie Underwood will return to NBC’s Sunday Night Football for her fifth season of singing the theme song for the weekly NFL broadcast. The new season kicks off September 10th as the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys. Check out last season’s opening, a reworking of her hit “Something Bad,” here.

    During this week’s rehearsals for Wednesday night’s (June 7th) CMT Music Awards, Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo will perform Luke’s No. 1 hit, “Strip It Down.” Catch the two of them below talking about the R&B singer’s excitement at being in Nashville and on the CMT Awards.

    Video / Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo


    Wearing a Kevin Fiala jersey, Dierks Bentley performed the National Anthem before the Nashville Predators took on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final on Monday night (June 5th).

    Dierks, longtime Predators season ticket holder and all-around hockey fan, follows Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Vince Gill along with daughters Jenny and Corrina, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride in singing the Anthem during the Preds Stanley Cup playoff run.

    Carrie chatted with the NBC NHL analysts during the first intermission, while basketball legend Charles Barkley talked about the excitement of the Preds fans at Bridgestone Arena during the second. Kip Moore performed during Music City Gives Back, the pre-game concert, located on Broad and Fifth Avenue.

    Video / Dierks Bentley performing National Anthem during the Stanley Cup


    More performers have been announced for next week’s CMT Music Awards. Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini will perform, and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Jason Aldean will perform a tribute to the late Gregg Allman, who passed away over the weekend.

    Previously announced performers include Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett, as well as collaborations between Florida Georgia Line and The Chainsmokers, as well as Lady Antebellum and Earth, Wind & Fire.

    Presenters will be announced in the coming days.

    Nashville star Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET/PT.


    The Oklahoma Hall of Fame officially announced its 90th Class of 2017 honorees. Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood is among those who will be honored at the induction ceremony in Oklahoma City on Thursday, November 16 at the Cox Convention Center. The evening will be emceed by past Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees Vince Gill and Kristin Chenoweth.

    “I’ve always been proud to say I’m from Oklahoma,” shared Carrie. “The people, culture, and environment molded me into the person I am today. It’s such an honor to be recognized among such great company by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!”

    The 2017 Class also includes Justice Tom Colbert, Sapulpa; Congressman Tom Cole, Moore; Bob Funk, Piedmont; Shannon Miller, Edmond; Phil Parduhn, Edmond; Hal Smith, Ardmore; and Carrie Underwood, Checotah.  Those individuals who will be honored posthumously are Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, Chickasha; and Sequoyah, the Cherokee Nation I.T. Previous inductees include Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and more 

    Along with being honored at the formal induction ceremony, the 2017 Honorees will be recognized in November with the unveiling of their portraits at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  In addition, their biographies, photos and fun facts will be accessible through interactive exhibits. 

    About Carrie Underwood: 
    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 25 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” 2016 marked Underwood’s fourth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November, she returned for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. The Grand Ole Opry member also demonstrated her creative diversity in 2013 starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping platinum fifth studio album, Storyteller, which produced four #1 hits.

    Keith Urban performed the National Anthem before the Nashville Predators played host to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night (May 16th) at Game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals in the run for the Stanley Cup.


    In fact, it’s the first time during his 25 years of living in the States to even be asked to perform the Anthem. “Hey, everyone! We’re here at the Preds game. I’ve lived in America for almost 25 years, and I’ve never been asked to sing the national anthem… until tonight. So, it’s a huge honor. Thank you, Preds, for asking me. Go Preds!”



    Keith follows Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Vince Gill along with daughters Jenny and Corrina and Lady Antebellum in singing the Anthem during the Preds Stanley Cup Playoff run.

    Longtime Preds fan, Dierks Bentley, was feeling a little under the weather, but was definitely  in attendance with his family to cheer on Nashville’s NHL team.

    And…of course Carrie Underwood was at Bridgestone Arena to cheer on her hubby Mike Fisher and the rest of the Preds.

    And Little Big Town, who sang the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of Round 2, were in attendance as well, celebrating the 2 – 1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.



    NOWNOW Deluxe

    Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Josh Turner, Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina are among the artists featured on the new NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 10 compilation, due June 9th. The latest installment of the popular NOW series will include some of today’s biggest hits, including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Fast,” “Black,” “Kill a Word,” “Better Man,” “Hometown Girl,” “Dirt On My Boots” and “Road Less Traveled,” as well as Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Bar Stool,” Kenny Chesney’s “Bar At the End of the World” and Dustin Lynch’s “Seein’ Red,” among others.

    To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the NOW Country brand, there will also be a Deluxe Version, featuring 14 more hits that will be released at the same time. Some of the bonus tracks include Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time,” Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” Brad Paisley’s “She’s Everything” and Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

    NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 10 Track List:

    1. Keith Urban- “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
    2. Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
    3. Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl”
    4. Jason Aldean – “Any Ol’ Bar stool”
    5. Luke Bryan – “Fast”
    6. Dierks Bentley  – “Black”
    7. Kenny Chesney – “Bar At The End Of The World”
    8. Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red”
    9. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
    10. Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”
    11. Eric Church – “Kill A Word”
    12. Little Big Town – “Better Man”
    13. Chris Young f/ Vince Gill -“Sober Saturday”
    14. Brad Paisley – “Today”
    15. Michael Ray – “Think A Little Less”
    16. Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”
    17. Kelsea Ballerini – “Yea Boy”
    18. Miranda Lambert – “Vice”

    NOW presents What’s Next
    19. Canaan Smith – “Like You That Way”

    Deluxe Bonus Tracks:

    1. Luke Bryan – “Country Girl”
    2. Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road”
    3. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
    4. Carrie Underwood – “Jesus Take The Wheel”
    5. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball”
    6. Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
    7. Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
    8. Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
    9. Brad Paisley – “She’s Everything””
    10. Kenny Chesney – “Somewhere With You”
    11. Josh Turner – “Your Man”
    12. Jake Owen – “Barefoot”
    13. Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”
    14. Cam – “Burning House”

    Audio / Luke Bryan co-wrote the heartfelt “Fast,” a song from his album, Kill the Lights.


    Luke Bryan (Fast) OC: …in a song. :58
    Fastis a song that I got the opportunity to get in the room with Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird and we started it. Luke and Rodney, I mean obviously, their pedigree is quite extensive and amazing. And I’m just so proud about how we used a simple word like Fast and we tied the verses in and then that second verse how we brought in the parents were saying ‘we were falling in love too fast but we still made it work.’ And how life does move too fast. Every time I come home my boys are bigger and starting to throw me around the house a little more, and one day I’ll snap my fingers and you wish you could have froze time a little bit. And I think anytime you can help people slow down and reflect on that and remember to take things in stride a little bit better, I think people love hearing that in a song.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about “Dirt on My Boots.”


    Jon Pardi (Dirt on My Boots) OC: …that track. :31
    “I saw my 22 year old self getting off a tractor and going to take a shower and putting his work boots back on and going and hanging out with a girl and having a good time dancing or something. And I really connected to the lyrics of it. It’s very country lyrics. It has tractors. It has cutting a rug. My favorite [line] — ‘I can get cleaned up, but I can only get so fancy,’ and I loved it. It was a great written country lyric, and I really think we made it more of a traditional feel with a modern flare to it, and I was really proud of that track.”

    Audio / Eric Church says “Like a Wrecking Ball” is absolutely about what it says in the song.


    Eric Church (Like a Wrecking Ball) OC: …their life. :49
    “I hate innuendo. I don’t like where people get cute. I’m 36 years old. I’m not 12. I don’t need people to disguise what we’re talking about. I think we can get so cute with stuff like that. Al Green didn’t get cute. Conway Twitty didn’t get cute. They said it. We’re adults, and this is an adult record. We’ve always made adult music. I like songs like that, and that’s what this song is. This song is about sex. It’s about not being home to see your wife or girl for a long time, and thinking about that, preparing for that and executing that [laughs] is what this song’s about. It has nothing to do with anything else. I mean…that’s what it is, and the honesty of that, I hope people find refreshing, because I’ve not found anybody that hasn’t felt that at some point in time during their life.”


    Today, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and multi-platinum superstar, Carrie Underwood, announced plans to fully fund girls team sports projects on education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose.org.  Pledging a $200,000 commitment, together CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation will fund an estimated 100 teams across the country in the month of May.

    The pledge marks the third Sports Matter donation on behalf of CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation, as a part of its broader $500,000 commitment to support girls youth sports across the country. Two grants were previously awarded in 2016: $100,000 to Underwood’s alma mater, Checotah (Okla.) School District’s Girls Athletic programs and $100,000 to Aldine Independent School District’s Girls Athletic programs in Houston, TX.

    “Sports were a big part of my life growing up, so it’s important to me that girls across the country get those same opportunities,” said CALIA Lead Designer, Carrie Underwood. “Through Sports Matter, CALIA and The DICK’S Foundation, we are empowering hundreds of girls across the country to learn, grow and dream, teaching them to do what they love later in life.”

    Through its Sports Matter program, DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation made a multi-year $50 million commitment to raise awareness and support youth sports programs facing budget shortfalls.  To date thousands of teams and leagues have been support by DICK’S and its Foundation’s efforts to champion local youth sports.

    For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, visit SportsMatter.org and CaliaStudio.com.