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Nov 12

Keith Urban Records PSA For Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Keith Urban Performs at 2014 CMA Fest Keith Urban has joined the Nikki Mitchell Foundation to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer research. In support of the foundation, Urban has filmed a PSA for November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the PSA below. Nikki Mitchell was the longtime friend and manager of county music legend Waylon Jennings. Upon her death of pancreatic cancer last year, she challenged the music community to shine a light on the need for research. Pancreatic cancer only receives 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget and is predicted to be the second deadliest cancer by 2020. County Music Hall of Fame songwriter Hank Cochran and Ray Price also died from pancreatic cancer. Continue Reading

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Nov 5

Country Stars Reflect on CMA Awards Nominations

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Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

As cliché as it might sound, country stars call it an honor just to be nominated in a category at the CMA Awards. For Keith Urban, who is up for four awards Wednesday night, one of the best parts of being nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year category is being recognized alongside his friends, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Blake Shelton.

“It’s a great group to be in,” he said. “It’s a real extraordinary cool little group to be in. “I’m really happy for Dierks too. That’s a guy that’s been working for a long time,. It’s funny, ‘cause Eric, Dierks and I, we’re all pretty tight because we have kids the same age, so Dierks’ kids are over at our house almost all the time, and we have that tight little kid connection. It feels very ‘family.’”

Urban is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year. He takes touring seriously, just as he does being nominated in the Entertainer category. “I know the criteria isn’t purely about live performance, but I’ve always felt that that’s what it is,” he said. “Otherwise, it probably should be called Artist of the Year. I’ve always loved putting on concerts and tours and shows and really trying to put something on that’s incredibly entertaining and engaging. I probably obsess about that part of what I do equal to making records.”
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Sep 27

Watch Keith Urban’s “Somewhere In My Car” Music Video

Keith Urban's Somewhere In My Car video

Keith Urban has released a steamy new music video for his latest single, “Somewhere In My Car.” The track is the fifth single from his Fuse album. Directed by John Urbano, the video shows a couple in the midst of a passionate moment.

“The story [of ‘Somewhere in My Car’] is what I would call melancholy,” he said. “So for me, the video had to be centered around the present and the past, but focused on the intoxicating emotion of ‘those nights’.”

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Sep 4

Country Stars React to CMA Awards Nominations

Darius Rucker and Little Big Town Announce CMA Award Nominations

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announced this year’s CMA Awards nominees on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. (Photo courtesy of CMA World, Heidi Gutman / ABC)

The nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards have been announced! Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with nine nods, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year title, which pits her against husband Blake Shelton, along with George Strait, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Country stars are reacting to the good news.

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Reigning Entertainer of the Year George Strait received another nomination in the category this year. “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year,” he said.“It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”

Dierks Bentley Performs on Late Show With David Letterman

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Dierks Bentley is up for five CMA Awards, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He took to social media to celebrate the good news. “Wow y’all. 5 #cmaaward?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. I never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!” he posted on Facebook.

Keith Urban picked up four award nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban has won Male Vocalist three times, from 2004-2006, but wasn’t able to accept his last win in person.

“This morning, I was just thinking the last time I won that was 2006, and I was in rehab and I couldn’t be present to receive it, which I don’t really have any adjectives for how that felt not being able to be here to receive that award,” he said. “Now, fast-forward eight years and be at this place in my life and get that nomination this morning, I was right back there in that moment with deep, mixed feelings, mixed feelings of how devastating and emotional and chaotic everything was then and how living life a different way the last eight years to land at a different place is extraordinary.” Continue Reading

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Jul 9

Keith Urban Kicks Off Raise ‘Em Up Tour

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Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban just wrapped his Light the Fuse Tour in his native country, Australia, but he can’t wait to get back on the road. He will kick off his Raise ‘Em Up Tour on July 12 at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canda. The U.S. tour launches on July 17 in Atlantic City. Urban will perform all of his tour shows in outdoor amphitheaters, as he did for the Light the Fuse Tour.

“There’s a big celebratory feeling that was a little more looser and a little more relaxed in that sort of outdoor setting, which is what a summer concert feeling is,” he said. “It’s a different thing to an arena. I mean, audiences know that because they go and they feel that too. It’s a little more liberated, looser, chill, and it feels kind of sexier in a way, actually.” Continue Reading

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Jun 28

Keith Urban Releases “Somewhere In My Car”

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Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

It seems Keith Urban has a thing for cars. As a follow-up to his last single, “Cop Car,” he has released his new single, “Somewhere In My Car,” to radio. The tracks are distinct, however, with “Cop Car” about falling in love and “Somewhere In My Car” about missing a former love.

Keith co-wrote the song with J.T. Harding. It is the fifth single from his Fuse album, a project that had Keith attempting to step out of his comfort zone. “Part of the record started out from sort of a sonic, rhythmic instrumentation aspect, bringing things together that I hadn’t done before,” he told Country Now. Continue Reading

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Jun 17

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Serenade Children’s Hospital

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Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman are in their native Australia where Keith is wrapping up the final leg of his Light The Fuse Tour. Recently, the couple visited Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and while there, they toured the new neonatal ward, spending time with children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Parents of two young daughters, Keith and Nicole connected with the patients and their families. At one point, Keith picked up a guitar and an impromptu sing-a-long of “Amazing Grace” broke out with Nicole joining her husband in singing the hymn. Watch the video below: Continue Reading

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Jun 14

Keith Urban Takes His Light The Fuse Tour Down Under

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Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban is in his native Australia to launch the final leg of his Light The Fuse Tour. The tour Down Under kicks off in Townsville on June 14, followed by a two-night stand in Brisbane before wrapping in Perth on June 29.

“This is a funny thing because the Australian leg that we’re doing is actually the official end of the Light The Fuse Tour,” he said. “It’s not quite technically of the Raise ‘Em Up Tour, so the set list tour leans a bit more into the Light The Fuse set list. There’s a lot of new songs that we’ll be putting in when we come to the States to kick off, that we won’t do down there.” Continue Reading

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Jun 4

Keith Urban Opens Up to Rolling Stone About Time in Rehab

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Keith Urban is a family man these days, parenting two young daughters with wife Nicole Kidman. His down time is largely spent at their home in Nashville, waking up early to prepare breakfast before singing Disney songs with his girls. But life wasn’t always so family-friendly for the superstar. He recently opened up to Rolling Stone about his time in rehab and the first time he played a show sober.

Before striking out as a solo act, Urban was part of a trio known as The Ranch. The band recorded the song “Some Days You Gotta Dance.” When the Dixie Chicks heard it, they recorded it as well, asking Urban to play on the tune. When it was time to go into the studio, Urban was busy elsewhere.

“I got on a bit of a three-day bender and couldn’t come to the session and had to call them and tell them I’m going to be a bit late,” he told Rolling Stone. “Then I would call them and say, ‘I’m going to be a bit later.’ And then I would call them and be a bit later.” Continue Reading

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Jun 3

Keith Urban and Darius Rucker Love CMA Music Festival

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Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Country music fans from all over the world are Nashville-bound this week for CMA Music Festival. Set for June 5-8 in downtown Nashville, the festival features hours of live music and numerous opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite stars. As much as fans look forward to the event each year, country artists get excited about it too.

“Music Fest is like nothing else,” Darius Rucker said. “I say all the time that country music is the only genre that could have something like that. It’s truly amazing. When I come that weekend, people are everywhere, and they want to be your best friend. It’s always cool, and I love coming here.” Continue Reading

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