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Keith Urban to Headline Australian “Super Bowl”

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As prestigious as the Super Bowl halftime show is in the United States is the National Rugby League (NRL) Telstra Premiership Grand Final in Australia, which multiple Grammy Award (and ARIA Award) winner Keith Urban will headline.  The final match will take place at the ANZ Stadium on Sunday, October 2nd in front of nearly 100,000 fans.  The appearance will feature songs from Urban’s #1 CMA nominated Album of the Year RIPCORD (an award that Urban has never won).

In Australia RIPCORD has exploded.  It debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album chart and the gold certified album remained in the Top 10 for 15 weeks, setting a new record for Urban for the number of weeks an album has remained in the Top 10 on release.  After 18 weeks the album still is in the Top 20.

During his trip to Australia, Urban will also perform at 2Day FM’s ‘World Famous Rooftop’ in Sydney.

Before it concludes Urban’s “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016” will have visited four countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia and for the first time ever Urban will perform in New Zealand at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The tour’s arena leg began this month in Canada and will move to the U.S. in October.

Late last month Urban was nominated for four CMA Awards including the coveted Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Best Vocal Event (with Carrie Underwood for “The Fighter”), as well as the previously mentioned Album of the Year.

Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine to Honor Keith Urban

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Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, the ultimate guide to the best Nashville has to offer in music, theater, sports, art, food, drink and more, has announced the recipients of the 3rd Annual Nashville Arts and Entertainment Honors. The 2016/17 issue, which is available now, recognizes platinum selling artist Keith Urban, Contemporary Christian icon Michael W. Smith, Community Foundation President, Ellen Lehman, and Studio Tenn Theater Company co-founders Jake Speck & Matt Logan. Five remarkable Nashvillians whose lives and work in music, the visual and performing arts, business and philanthropy have positively impacted our city in countless ways.

Singer, songwriter, guitar slinger and producer Keith Urban has racked up 19 #1 singles from eight studio albums and reigns as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart. The four-time GRAMMY Award winner also has a mantle full of trophies from the CMA, ACM, CMT, AMA, People’s Choice, Teen Choice and more.

The first and only Country artist to have served as an American Idol judge, Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Eric Church.

Urban resides in Nashville with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and their two daughters.

To acknowledge the tremendous spirit of giving and encouragement these honorees embody, Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, a Glover Group Entertainment Production, is pleased to make a $1,000 donation to the affiliated charity honoree. For Keith Urban, the donation will be presented to Habitat for Humanity Greater Nashville.

The 2016-2017 issue of Nashville Arts & Entertainment is packed with informative features such as “Up and Coming: New Nashville,” highlighting who’s new in music; “The Nashville Bucket List,” detailing musts to dos for visitors and residents alike; monthly calendars listing upcoming events, shopping and more celebrating the best Nashville has to offer and more. Copies are currently available on newsstands and at www.NAEMag.com and will be available through August 2017. To receive a free digital copy of Nashville ARTS & Entertainment Magazine just download the new ARTZ app.  Fans can also follow the magazine and get updates at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The Story Behind Country Music’s Epic Mash-Up! Plus: Hear Blake, Carrie, Miranda and 27 Other Stars Sing ‘Forever Country’

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Shane McAnally was nothing short of terrified when he stepped into the studio to begin a project that, on paper, looked a little crazy.

The challenge of melding three iconic country song – John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” – into one new piece of music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, was “a very scary process,” McAnally tells People.

In fact, when a mash-up was first proposed as a way of marking the anniversary, McAnally, who’s written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves among others, argued against it.

“I didn’t think it would work in our genre,” he says. “I said, ‘Maybe in pop music you can just take a piece of a song, but we tell stories. And we can’t just cut into them and take a piece.'”

But as McAnally, a CMA board member as well as a top producer in town (he’s behind albums by Sam Hunt and Musgraves), and other CMA members began to consider what songs could work, the idea took shape.

“I Will Always Love You” was a song that everyone felt like needed to be a part of it but I was having a hard time with the story – it’s such a personal song. It’s to one person,” he says. “But when you play that song over, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, they somehow take on a life together and it feels almost like you’re speaking more to the music, and to country music specifically, when you say, ‘I will always love you.’ It feels meant to be.”

An ode to the life of a traveling musician, Nelson’s classic seemed a natural addition to the mix.

“The line ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ kept coming into my mind and ‘On the Road Again’ felt essential,” McAnally says.

The result, dubbed “Forever Country,” was born and McAnally took on the task of producing the recording, a monumental undertaking with 30 artists, including one whom he especially wanted to impress.

“I was very scared when Dolly heard it that it might seem like a bit of a compromise to the integrity of the original song,” he says. “The song is such a simple, perfect sentiment. It was really important for her to know we handled it with care. She just listened and said, ‘Wow. That really works!’ It was really hard not to cry in front of her. I’ve cried a lot since then!”

The tune begins with West Virginia native Brad Paisley singing the opening lines of “Country Roads” (“Almost heaven, West Virginia) followed by a host of stars – Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shelton”, George Strait – adding line after line until Musgraves begins “I Will Always Love You” (“If I should stay/I Would only be in your way”). Lyrics from the two songs weave in and out with different Nashville voices as Jason Aldean begins “On the Road Again,” joined by Rascal Flatts and many more.

The song premiered on country radio stations around the country Friday, but you’ll have to wait ’til Tuesday for the video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who won a VMA Award for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

“The responsibility of this feels greater than anything I’ve done,” McAnally says of the project. “I hope this is a great timepiece for the legacy of country music.”

Profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will go toward music education causes supported by the CMA Foundation.

Keith Urban Releases “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Music Video

Finally, Keith Urban‘s new video for “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is out, and it’s awesome. Check it out!

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