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Nearly a decade and a half after he first came to America from Australia, Keith Urban has arrived in a major way as a global musical force. This accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has slowly but surely established himself as one of the most consistent and exciting talents not simply in country music, but in our music world as a whole.
A sense of steady artistic growth has been apparent since Urban's American debut as part of the country rock trio The Ranch back in 1997. There's been a series of increasingly acclaimed solo albums from 1999's Keith Urban, to 2002's Golden Road to 2004's Be Here, which topped Billboard's Top Country Album charts as well as hit #3 on the Billboard 200. Keith Urban and Golden Road, combined, produced 7 Top 5 Singles, including 4 #1s with sales of more than 4 million. Ultimately, Be Here, which went platinum in every country in which it was released, and four times platinum in the United States, would yield five smash singles ("Days Go By," "You're My Better Half," "Better Life" "Making Memories of Us" and "Tonight I Want To Cry"). Urban earned his first Grammy Award for Best Male Country Performance and the very prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award from the Country Music Association.
Anyone who imagined that the massive success of Be Here and the flurry of honors that followed it would lead Urban to rest on his laurels is in for a big, bold and rather beautiful surprise. Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing, a multi-textured work, which Urban co-produced with longtime collaborator Dann Huff, is already being lauded as the most ambitious, accomplished and intimate album in Urban's already impressive career.
Of Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing, Urban says, "It's just an accurate reflection of where I am now. I think it's the sound of being happy with my life and passionate about the music that I'm making." As for the album's intriguing title, Urban explains, "It's inspired by a great old movie called Love, Pain and the Whole Damned Thing. We just swapped the "Damned" for "Crazy,' and it gave the right sense of how the album feels and what it's all about. It's about Love, Pain and the whole crazy thing. It's about life. When the title came to me, it was obvious - it seemed to fit."
Recorded and written with key collaborators from previous recordings including producer Dann Huff and engineer Justin Niebank, Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing seems set to generate another string of hit songs. Yet each and every one of them feels exceptionally fresh. As Urban explains, "It's a lot of the same team as the last two records, but in a way it seems quite a bit on from the last record. I think it's because there is a sense of a feeling of a full heart here -- so much so that just playing music these days feels different to me. There is much more of a balance to my life, and music, than there has been in the past. If this album is reflective of anything, it's reflective of the peace that I feel now and the desire I have to keep reaching to try different things."
That sense of overflowing passion is at the heart of who Keith Urban is today. "I don't think back too much because I'm so focused on the now and on the future. I think of myself as a work in progress, so I'm always moving forward by my nature. I'm just grateful that I have the freedom to go and make the record that I've just made - big kudos to Capitol Records for believing in me and supporting that freedom."
Of his vision for the album, Urban explains, "What I try to make are records that have an ebb and flow, that you can listen to from top to bottom and that take you on a journey. The result is a record with a lot of diversity. It was also great to play a few more instruments this time around. For instance, when it comes to piano playing, I'm not an accomplished pianist, but that was the appeal of it for me - the texture without the technique." With Urban and Dann Huff producing, the album has no shortage of textures. "Dann's got a great sense of arrangement, and he's really gotten to know me after three records. He knows when to push and when to back off. He's also very creative in the studio, so I take more creative risks because I trust him."
Also making a major contribution to the album is David Campbell, who was responsible for the string arrangements and an unlikely choir arrangement that graces the introduction for "God Made Woman." For Urban, "It was fantastic with David. He's got a great quirky bent, but he also understands the majestic
approach to string arrangements."
One other notable guest is Ronnie Dunn of country superstars Brooks & Dunn, who appears on "Raise The Barn," an uplifting salute to those rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "I've always wanted to do a song with Ronnie and, strangely enough, he records all of his vocals in this old barn on his property. Needless to say, when we did it there was a whole lot of 'raising' going on."
As far as songwriting is concerned, Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing reflects a prolific time in Urban's career. "I found this house in Nashville that had a great room in the front of it, with windows all around and amazing views, here I could set up my studio. It was supposed to be the dining room, but I sacrificed that for the music. I just had the feeling I could write a lot of songs in that environment and as it turned almost all of the songs for this album were written there."
Now, Urban is ready to bring the songs to life onstage. "With the album completed, I can now see how there might have been something subconsciously at work in the creation of these songs. I think in the arena environment that we've been fortunate to find ourselves in, these songs are going to feel very much at home."
Asked if he's proud to be bringing so many people into the large world of country music, Keith Urban says, "If what I do encourages people to discover country music, including artists that I grew up listening to, then I'm grateful for the opportunity. I see it as a diverse genre, from the traditional to the contemporary. The point is that there is a lot of great music of all sorts out there to discover."
Ultimately, though, Urban's musical mission with Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing is much more personal than that. "I just want to be true to my music and share it," he explains, "I hope I've done that."
Keith Urban - Keith Urban attends the Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets MLB game at Dodger Stadium, annoucning the team line-up pre-game. The Mets defeated the Dodgers by a final score of 4-2. at Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th May 2016
The brightest stars of country were all in attendance at the ACMs.
In some senses, Sunday night’s ACM awards were just the latest in a long month of country music-themed ceremonies, with a similar lineup of stars and the same songs you’d expect at one of these things. They did have a few things going for them though.
As the only show to be hosted by the Blake Shelton/Luke Bryan duo for the umpteenth time in a row, there was some radorkable banter happening. There were also a couple of lovely nostalgic tributes. Eric Church and Keith Urban offered up a lovely rendition of Church’s collaboration with Merle Haggard, Pledge Allegiance to the Hag. George Strait followed with the appropriate All My Ex’s Live in Texas, his No. 1 hit from 1987, followed by his brand new single, Let It Go.
Continue reading: Music-focused ACM Ceremony Remind Us What Award Shows Should Be Like
Country music's biggest stars came out for the award ceremony
The biggest stars in country music gathered together for the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night. One of the most dazzling attendees was country star and mum-to-be Carrie Underwood who hosted the event alongside Brad Paisley.
Carrie Underwood dazzled as the host of the Country Music Association Awards
Carrie, 31, wowed in a stunning champagne dress with glittering embellishment, fabulous smoky eyeshadow and beautifully styled loose curls. However, she wasn’t the only super country star who also graced the event.
After having a music career that spanned five decades and saw the release of over 70 studio albums, country music superstar, Glen Campbell, was hit with a major tragedy. In June 2011, Campbell announced to his worldwide fan base that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six months earlier. What followed was a 'goodbye tour' of epic proportions. The tour was originally scheduled for five weeks, but in almost no time at all, that five weeks blossomed into a 151-week tour of sold-out concerts as fans across the globe flocked to see and support the musical legend before his retirement for the industry. His final performance came in 2012, at that year's Grammy Awards Ceremony were he performed his most famous and most loved song, 'Rhinestone Cowboy'.
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Urban was "horrified" when hearing the rape news
The country music star's performance at the Xfinity Center in front of a sold-out crowd, which was part of his 'Raise 'Em Up' tour, ended in mayhem after 40 fans were reportedly treated by medical staff for mostly alcohol-related reasons, and a further 22 individuals were hospitalized in the town's local medical centre, which is around 25 miles south of Boston.
Continue reading: Keith Urban "Horrified" By Concert Teen Rape News
Dozens of concertgoers treated for alcohol-related illnesses at gig in Massachusetts
Chaos ensued at country star Keith Urban’s concert in Mansfield, Massachussetts as many fans had to be given medical attention for excessive alcohol consumption.
Country star Keith Urban played a gig where dozens of fans had to be given medical treatment
Police and medics were called to the Xfinity venue, which is about 25 miles south of Boston, and treated 46 inebriated concert goers, 22 of whom had to be transported to hospitals in the surrounding area. The demands were such that an emergency EMS protocol had to be engaged by police, meaning that ambulances from five separate communities were despatched to the venue.
Continue reading: Drunken Keith Urban Fans Hospitalised At Concert
The Australian country music singer's Saturday night concert ended with 22 concert-goers getting submitted into hospital for mainly alcohol-related reasons.
For many concertgoers, Keith Urban's Saturday night (July 26th) show in Mansfield, Massachusetts, didn't go as planned as they finished the evening receiving medical treatment after consuming too much alcohol.
Urban is currently on his Raise 'Em Up tour
Over 40 fans were allegedly treatment by medical staff after becoming ill from mostly alcohol-related reasons, and a further 22 individuals were hospitalized in the town's local medical centre, which is around 25 miles south of Boston.
Continue reading: Over 20 Fans Hospitalized Following Keith Urban's Weekend Concert
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest are all set to return for the 14th season of 'American Idol'.
American Idol judges, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., will all be returning to the 14th season of American Idol, Fox announced on Monday (23rd June). Ryan Seacrest will also be returning as host and his contract was signed earlier this month.
Jennifer Lopez at the finale of American Idol season 13.
Lopez was a judge on the show from 2011 to 2012 but returned for the 13th season earlier this year. Urban has been a judge for the past two seasons. Connick Jr. joined the other two judges for the 13th season. All three are confirmed to return for the 14th season of the hit show.
Is there a Sing Along of the Year Award? This video should probably win.
No, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman aren’t headed for a divorce – in fact, they couldn’t be farther from the thought. In case you needed further proof that the pair are adorable and still in love, the couple visited a children’s hospital in Australia on Friday and sang a heartwarming duet of Amazing Grace.
Nicole Kidman still has the voice, in case you were wondering
Urban, a true man of country, brought his guitar on their visit to Monash Children’s Hospital, while Kidman showed off her impressive pipes. She joined in with her husband, making it into a rather endearling duet. By the end of the song, the musical pair had the entire room singing along.
American Idol crowned a new winner on the finale of its 13th season. Caleb Johnson won the competition and was able to perform with Kiss. There was certainly an impressive array of famous names and faces who turned up to appear in or watch the show and they posed for picture on the red carpet beforehand.
Caleb Johnson won American Idol season 13.
As USA Today reports, this is the third time Johnson auditioned for American Idol but the first time he got past the audition rounds. Yet third time's a charm and Johnson has proven critics wrong by winning the 13th season of American Idol.
Continue reading: On The Red Carpet At 'American Idol' Season 13 Finale [Pictures]
The contestants couldn't come to an agreement on this week's results night.
With five contestants left, it was time for a slight rule change. Did the producers lift that idea from The Hunger Games? We may never know. Anyway, the new rules stated that the five remaining contestants were allowed to either axe the finalist with the lowest votes or keep him/her, but face a tougher contest next week.
This week's lowest votes went to Sam Woolf.
Date of birth
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RT @CountryMusic: It's The 50th Annual CMA Awards nominations. It's tomorrow. It's on @GMA! https://t.co/CZHx1k544p
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Here's how we spent the day backstage !!!! - KU #ripCORDWorldTour https://t.co/ctnoykWGrU
JERRRSEY!!! Hell yeah- THAT'S what a Friday nite is ALL ABOUT ! I JUST LOVE U GUYS. THANK U!! - KU #ripCORDWorldTour https://t.co/274Jg1c11W
Syracuse!!!! Tonight was RIGHTEOUS! We had a great time! - KU #ripCORDWorldTour https://t.co/k1HJ2hJI3w
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Today we finally celebrated #BreakOnMe's number 1 on country radio with the writers and producers of the single! https://t.co/52P06pgrYG
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Virginia Beach - u guys turned on 1 heluva perfect sweaty rowdy euphoric joyous nite! THANK U - KU #ripCORDWorldTour https://t.co/diPld2IKNE
.@margaritababy33 - thanks for being one of my biggest @Spotify streamers in Virginia Beach! I'd love to meet u tonight! #ripCORDWorldTour
Raleigh - thanks for singing super loud on every song tonight! It was so good!!!! - KU #ripCORDWorldTour https://t.co/QHKmA2FENF
Charlotte! Thank u every single 1 of ya's. It was hot as hell & so was the temp! Love to all! - KU #ripCORDWorldTour https://t.co/ixTrHwz2jp
Y'all check out Keith's new single, #BlueAintYourColor on @Spotify's Hot Country playlist: https://t.co/opKTh5ON2Y
Tonight, Keith is taking @thegrammys' Nashville Chapter inside the songs of #RIPCORD!!! https://t.co/UJ5Wp3gd9B
We just played our first show of the night at the @Opry. Loved it! Everybody's so good to us here. Next one at 11CT. https://t.co/DTPN4LEHRL
TONIGHT - We're at the @opry!!! If you're not here, make sure to stream the performance on https://t.co/MBHxdOikkC! https://t.co/WIVUCimGm7
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Editing the #BlueAintYourColor video with Carter Smith featuring @ambervalletta. - KU https://t.co/7FlrwPTkyg
After having a music career that spanned five decades and saw the release of over...