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Could the Next American Idol Be From Nashville??

Could the next American Idol have been found in Nashville?? It’s a possibility. Either way, this kid is never gonna have another slow dance live up to the one he had with Jennifer Lopez while being serenaded by Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban.

Keith Urban Pens Open Letter to Preserve Nashville’s History

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Keith Urban has called Nashville home for many years and most of his career. In recent months and years, Nashville’s popularity and growth have put it’s history at risk. Keith has penned an open letter in The Tennessean, encouraging growth but also asking Nashvillians to stand-up and fight to preserve the culture.

I made my first trip to Nashville from Australia in the summer of 1989. I checked into the Shoney’s Inn on Demonbreun, then headed straight into the legendary Music Row.

It was instantly magical being among rows of the most charming cottages and simple buildings that were housing the global center of country music. I knew instantly that this was where I belonged, and I became a Nashville resident in 1992.

From that moment on, I would drive to the Row almost daily in my rented crap car to write, record demos and generally hang around, meeting all kinds of people. Music Row became my center, because Music Row IS a center.

Evolution is a constant part of music and life, but for me what’s always been at the heart of country music is simplicity and community. Music Row is where the past, present and future meet, and that’s a vital part of keeping balance. You can feel it as you drive along 16th and 17th avenues and see so many original buildings, including RCA’s Studios A and B; the house where Warner Brothers first opened their doors; Quad Studios, where Neil Young recorded “Harvest”; and Hillbilly Central, where Waylon Jennings and the boys transformed the status quo by revolutionizing the way artists could take creative control. … Not to mention the countless publishing houses where classic songs were and are written, pitched and demoed.

The past, present and the future are ALL still here — but the Row is currently under threat from developers. Nashville has exploded as a music town, and not just country music. Musicians from all genres, all over the world are making the pilgrimage here to immerse themselves in the kind of creative center that so many other cities have lost but that Nashville still maintains.

Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City.

I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.

This comes just after the legendary Studio A was purchased by a developer. However, he promises to keep the studio intact. Printer’s Alley is also the next landmark in talks to be destroyed. Nashville must stand-up for its history.

Keith Urban Releases Statement About Alleged Rape at His Concert

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Keith Urban has released a statement about the alleged rape that took place at his concert last week.

“My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.” – Keith

The suspect, 18-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston allegedly took the girl’s hand and led her away from her friends to another section of the lawn, promising to bring her back. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Tafe said the girl told police she went with the defendant because “she was afraid of what would happen” if she didn’t go. The two had met and exchanged kisses earlier in the evening.

The incident was stopped only after a witness intervened and asked the girl if she was consenting. When the girl said no, the woman allegedly pulled the suspect off the girl, according to police.

Sean Murphy has pleaded not-guilty.

Fan Allegedly Raped at Keith Urban Concert

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If you thought Keith Urban concerts brought in a tamer crowd, the evidence is piling-up that that’s just not the case. According to The Sun Chronicle, a 17 year old girl was allegedly raped while concert-goers watched, took pictures, and even videoed the crime.

The suspect, 18-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston allegedly took the girl’s hand and led her away from her friends to another section of the lawn, promising to bring her back. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Tafe said the girl told police she went with the defendant because “she was afraid of what would happen” if she didn’t go. The two had met and exchanged kisses earlier in the evening.

The incident was stopped only after a witness intervened and asked the girl if she was consenting. When the girl said no, the woman allegedly pulled the suspect off the girl, according to police.

Sean Murphy has pleaded not guilty and said the incident was consensual. At least 15 people watched the incident unfold, most assuming it was between two consenting adults.

Funny, how we’re having multiple arrests being made for drunkenness, people falling into dumpsters and dying, and alleged rapes occurring at country concerts and the woman who brought her infant into the pit at a Brad Paisley concert feels it’s all appropriate for a 4 month old. Heck, I’m not even sure any of it’s appropriate for a 20 year old.

Keith Urban Concert Goers Party Too Hard & End Up Hospitalized

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It seems that drunken parties and country concerts go hand in hand these days, even at Keith Urban concert. At his ‘Raise ‘em Up’ tour stop at the Xfinity Center in Massachusetts Saturday where 22 wound up hospitalized and 50 were taken into custody.

Last evening’s Keith Urban concert was not anticipated to present with the volume of issues handled, but measures were in place to provide appropriate and adequate care and protection to all patrons. As a result, although there was a higher than expected volume, appropriate care was available through the expandable model,” Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon and Fire Chief Neil Boldrighini said in a joint statement today.

In total, Fire and EMS attended to 46 medicals resulting in 22 transports mostly alcohol-related,” Sellon and Boldrighini said. “The large number of medicals in a shortened time of approximately three hours caused the activation of a phase one EMS plan utilizing ambulances from five mutual aid communities. Police dealt with a steady stream of intoxicated persons as well, resulting in over 50 people being taken into protective custody and a number of others arrested for alcohol-related issues.”

So, those that think a country concert is subdued…think again. Apparently it doesn’t just follow the Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean concerts…

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