In this episode of Urban Developments, Keith Urban and his band are in the studio for the recording of ‘For You’ for the Act of Valor film.
Nashville, TN – Feb. 27, 2012 – Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s anthemic title track and current single “Home” is resonating with fans across the border as it climbs into the No. one spot on Canada’s Mediabase Country Chart this week. Though inspired by domestic struggles, the track’s relatable global message of strife, strength and optimism is unifying fans everywhere.
“Dierks may have had America in mind with ‘Home,’ but the fact it went to No. one in Canada shows that the song has universal appeal,” said EMI Music Canada’s Ron Harwood. “We are all proud of where we are from. We’ve all faced tough times recently. We all know that things can be better again. It is a song that reflects on our own past and gives hope for a bright future, regardless of where you call ‘home.’”
“The gorgeous title track tastefully expounds on American patriotism…without resorting to blatant flag waving. Bentley once again affirms he is not your run of the mill country act.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“Home” continues to strike a chord with fans in the U.S. as it also climbs through the Top five at country radio this week. Last week, Bentley wrapped the Canadian leg of his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour, which will next visit fans in Australia early next month before its 20-city U.S. spring run. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and more on the new album, visit www.dierks.com.
Keith Urban has put together a music video for the song, “For You,” which appears on the soundtrack of the film, Act of Valor. Check out the video below.
Alan Jackson broke the all-time attendance record for the San Antonio Rodeo Thursday night with nearly 17-thousand people at his show. It’s the largest crowd ever at the Rodeo!!
Alan performed his latest hit single, “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” from his forthcoming album, due out later this year.
AUDIO: Alan Jackson credits his fans for helping him achieve his unbelievable success.
AJ (fans) OC: …it works. :30
“You just can’t say enough about country music fans — at least mine, anyway. I’ve had fans that have to have a walker to get to the show…and some that have to have their mama carry ‘em there! I’ve got this wide range of fans. There’ll be doctors and farmers, you know? It’s just amazing how diverse the people are when I’m out there singing. One minute I feel like I’m supposed to be singing a gospel song for this lady and a drinking song for this man, and I just can’t…it’s kinda confusing! But…it works.”
Nashville, TN – Feb. 24, 2012 – Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley wrapped the Canadian leg of his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour last night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shortly after crossing the border on his return ‘home’ to the U.S., Bentley’s tour bus “Old Goldie” marked its one millionth mile.
“Goldie has been my home on the road since I put out my very first single,” said Bentley. “A lot of memories have been made traveling across the country in Goldie, and I’ve been able to see every city and town three or four times. If you look at my guitar or my boots or my truck, you know that I love old things. I hope she makes it another million!”The eight city tour across Canada was the first official trek of 2012’s Country & Cold Cans Tour in support of Bentley’s sixth studio album “Home,” which debuted at No. 1 last week and continues to bring in massive critical acclaim. Here’s what they are saying about the Canadian leg of the tour:“He certainly has a firm grip on what it takes to be an entertainer…had the crowd on its feet (not like they ever sat down) and singing every word.” – Calgary Sun
“He’s an unstoppable showman.” – Edmonton Journal
“Bentley and his ace band kept the energy up…the entire group worked the stage, with Bentley stoppingto shake hands, run around the wings and even take a swig of beer from a fan’s cup. He may be aGrammy-nominated big name artist, but he comes off as an authentic artist who knows how to make his audience feel good.” – Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Bentley will play the San Antonio Rodeo this weekend, before taking his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour to Australia and then on a 20-city U.S. spring run. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and more on the album, visit www.dierks.com.AUDIO: Dierks Bentley explains his mission on the road.
Dierks (fans on the road) OC: …it’s sincere. :20
“My biggest thing out there on the road is to make it real and not just have it be going through the motions or faking anything…I’m spending my whole day out on the road in some town, and these fans are spending their whole day to come out there and their money to come out to the show. So, I just want that experience to be as real as possible. So, when I get a chance to talk to ‘em in person, it’s just an honest discussion and it’s real and it’s sincere.”
Ping Pong is an intense sport and the entire Lady A crew is very invested in the game while out on the road. After selling out the San Antonio Rodeo last weekend, there was a serious ping pong showdown backstage.
Keith Urban is in awe of the real-life Navy SEALS who are featured and portrayed in the film, Act of Valor, which opens nationwide on Friday (February 24th). Keith, who wrote and recorded “For You” for the movieâ��s soundtrack, feels people who see it will have a whole new respect for the SEALS. â��I think this film, particularly, when people see it will have a new insight as to what they do,â�� he says. â��The diversity, separate to their sacrifices and their honor â�� separate to that â�� their actual physical human skills are just extraordinary.
- Act of Valor is inspired by real life events and stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism.
- The soundtrack, which is now in stores, also features Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Sugarland, Jake Owen, Wynonna and many others.
Keith Urban (Navy Seals-AOV) OC: …extraordinary. :36
“For me, and I said this to some of the SEAL guys too, you know, because they were saying thank you so much for the song and being involved in the film. I’d like to say it’s just mine and my family’s tiny little way of saying thank you for what they do. It’s really extraordinary what they do, and I think this film, particularly, when people see it will have a new insight as to what they do. The diversity, separate to their sacrifices and their honor — separate to that — their actual physical human skills are just extraordinary.
Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” is spending its second week at No. 1 on both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country singles charts. “You Gonna Fly” is the singer’s 14th No. 1 hit, and his first multi-week No. 1 since 2009’s “Sweet Thing.” While Keith has enjoyed several chart-toppers, he says it’s always a great feeling to have a single go No. 1. “It’s an important moment,” he explains. “I’ve been fortunate to have a few of them, but it doesn’t diminish the excitement that I feel when they call me and say that the song’s gone No. 1.”
Keith is currently in Australia taping episodes of The Voice, but you can catch a brand new video from him for the song, “For You,” from the Act of Valor soundtrack.
AUDIO: Keith Urban says having a No. 1 single is very important and exciting for him!
Keith Urban (No. 1s) OC: …great feeling! :11
“Number-ones are, it’s an important moment, you know? I’ve been fortunate to have a few of them, but it doesn’t diminish the excitement that I feel when they call me and say that the song’s gone No. 1. It’s a great feeling!”
Lady Antebellum‘s Own the Night returns to the top of the Billboard Country Album chart this week. The collection sold nearly 37,000 copies to retake the top spot on the country chart and climb to No. 7 overall. The band has already scored two No. 1 songs — “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night” — from the album, and their latest hit, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” is inside the Top 10 on the country singles charts.
Lady A (Dancin’ Away With My Heart-Charles) OC: …that person. :40
CK: “That’s probably one of my favorites on the record, for sure. I think that was one too we knew…A lot of times you write songs and you can’t really tell until after a year or so writing which ones you’ll end up narrowing down for a record. But we knew after we wrote that, we were like, ‘This is going to be on the record.’ This is … I hope that’s a single. It’s definitely one of my favorites off the record. We wrote that with Josh Kear, who we wrote ‘Need You Now’ with and my favorite lyric of that is, ‘For me, you’ll always be 18 and beautiful.’ It’s like thinking about back at different people that have had an impression on my life and stuff and relationships and that first dance or whatever it may be, and you wonder what they’re doing. You picture them in your head as that person. So, for you, they’ll always look like that in your head, and they’ll be that person.”
Keith Urban is currently in Australia working as one of four vocal coaches on the nation’s version of America’s hit show, The Voice. When he was initially approached to take part in the show, he turned it down because of the time commitment. But he was able to work with the show’s producers to work it in his schedule. He, along with Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem, will by vying for his own team of singers he will mentor. He said the first thing that attracted him to the show were the blind auditions. “We live in such a visual age, you know, but we don’t buy videos, we buy records,” says Keith. “So what does it matter what an artist looks like? How about how they sound? How does their voice affect me? And how does that song affect me? I love that this show is the first one that I’ve ever seen that basically go on just the sound of the voice first, and then we run with other things after that.”
Even though he is Down Under, he made an “appearance” during the annual Country Radio Seminar’s Country DJ Hall of Fame. He videotaped a performance of Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” honoring the legendary performer, who received the CRB Career Achievement Award.
Keith is currently enjoying his latest No. 1 hit, “You Gonna Fly,” from his Get Closer album.
Keith Urban (The Voice) 1 OC: … cool thing. :32
“I think the first and foremost thing I loved about it was the blind auditions. We live in such a visual age, you know, but we don’t buy videos, we buy records. So what does it matter what an artist looks like? How about how they sound? How does their voice affect me? And how does that song affect me? I love that this show is the first one that I’ve ever seen that basically go on just the sound of the voice first, and then we run with other things after that. That really struck me as a cool thing.”