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Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman Grieve the Loss of Nicole’s Father

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

Send your prayers to Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. Nicole’s father, Dr. Anthony Kidman has passed away after a fall at a Singapore Hotel room. Not many details are available about the incident, but we know Dr. Kidman was in Singapore visiting Nicole’s sister Antonia and his grand children who live there.

The family is in shock and is grieving…I think that some time and privacy is needed to deal with this shock and tragedy,’ Wendy Day, Nicole’s publicist said.

You can read more about the tragedy here.

Keith Urban Releasing Two Car Songs in a Row is Just a Coincidence

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If you think it’s by design that Keith Urban followed his hit “Cop Car” with another automobile song, “Somewhere in My Car,” he says you’d be wrong.

“It’s not intentional. It’s just the themes, I guess, that hit some of my songs,” Keith tells ABC News Radio. “Not all of them, it’s just with these singles — the order of the singles has seen this car theme, but they’re the only car songs on the whole album.”

Keith admits he is definitely a car aficionado, though.

“It’s the first thing, for me, that I was excited to be able to get, my first car,” he recalls, “and most people remember what their first car was. My dad was a car-lover, so I really inherited that. My taste in cars run the gamut of all sort of eclectic things, but it’s trucks, too. I love trucks, cars, everything, and we’ve got some truck songs on the record. But, ‘Somewhere in My Car’ is really, it’s not really about a car so much as it is what happens in the backseat of a car.”

When he’s in the front seat, the Aussie superstar does follow some more serious pursuits, it turns out.

”It’s where I still listen to more music than anywhere, probably, in the car,” he says. “It’s just a great place of sort of coming to terms with everything, you know what I mean? It’s the only quiet place you can get, sometimes, is in the car, as well.”

Next weekend, Keith takes his Raise ‘Em Up tour to Irvine and Mountain View, California.

Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman’s Secret to Happiness… Snuggling

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated 8 years of wedded bliss this summer. The couple have had their share of ups and downs together and apart, and recently the media has speculated at their impending doom because of the time they have to spend apart. Nicole recently sat down with The Edit, to set the record straight, and there is NO divorce lurking around the corner. In fact, Nicole and Keith are very much in love and happy. It seems being content is just not as interesting to write about.

In fact, Nicole’s relationship has made her the envy of her girlfriends. It seems being married to a country crooner who wears romance on his sleeve has it’s perks.

At his concert on their wedding anniversary in Australia earlier this year, Urban dedicated a song to his wife with the words, ‘Eight years, baby girl. This song is for you. I love you so much.’ Even her friends, she says, were jealous of that one. “I had two girlfriends sitting with me and they were like, ‘Bitch!’” Kidman laughs. “I went, ‘Hey! I’ve been to hell and back!’”

Distance has been the biggest hurdle the couple have had to over come. Keith is busy in LA with “American Idol” and riding a bus across the country touring while Nicole is on-location shooting movies.

“Ultimately I ask Keith, ‘Is this a possibility to do?’” she says of prospective projects. “It may sound old-fashioned, but I want the family to work. And I feel pain when I’m away; I literally feel a yearning and a pain. When I was younger, it was different. I’d be like, ‘Yeah I’ll go, I’ll go here, I’ll go there.’ I’m on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer and my husband says to me, ‘You’ve become more Cancer – you’re all about the family now.’”

However, the couple have found “normal” in Nashville. Living on their piece of land with their two daughters, and the locals allowing them to live an ordinary life.

“[Keith] brought me here, and you know how you can be as a woman, you go from A to Z in your head. You’re on a date with a guy and already in your head you’re married to them with a child. If they knew that, they’d run a mile. But you’re sitting there talking and before you know it, you’re like, ‘Yes, this works, I could marry him.’

“We watch America’s Funniest Home Videos and reruns of The Brady Bunch, that’s very much our life,” she enthuses. “Keith always says, ‘We’re lucky we met late in life. The sadness of that is we can’t have six kids together, but the greatness of that is [we are done] with all the other stuff, so now we are totally present for this.’ That’s a great thing to hear from a man,” says Kidman.

It turns out the secret to happiness has nothing to do with Oscars or Grammys…Happiness has nothing to do with jet-setting to exotic locations. It turns out happiness is so much easier to obtain.

Snuggling,” she smiles. “Snuggling is the secret to happiness.”

You can read more here.

Keith Urban Takes Arena Break at The House of Blues

Photo by Erika Goldring

Photo by Erika Goldring

Earlier this week, Keith Urban and his fellow “American Idol” judges were in New Orleans scouting talent, when Keith Keith got a hankerin’ to play. Instead of the usual arenas and stadiums, a small intimate venue provided the backdrop for a night many fans won’t forget. With the help of a local radio station, the super star gave away 350 free tickets to The Parish at House of Blues. According to The Times-Picayune newspaper, Keith ran his 75 minute set with the energy of an arena show, but the intimacy of a dive-bar gig…inviting an audience member on stage to perform “We Were Us” with him.

“This could work very well, very averagely or be a complete disaster,” Urban said by way of disclaimer. “I’m happy either way.”

Luckily for all involved, Juliet Kalifeh from Brisbane is an aspiring singer, and didn’t disappoint. The 14-song set included all his hits along with an arena-worthy encore.

I just hope the fans truly appreciate seeing a performer such as Keith Urban in such a small intimate venue. There’s nothing like it.

See photos and the setlist here.

Keith Urban & Song Writers Celebrate “We Were Us” Success

Keith Urban, Nicolle Galyon, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins

Keith Urban, Nicolle Galyon, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins

Yesterday, Keith Urban and “We Were Us” writers Jimmy Robbins, Jon Nite, and Nicolle Galyon gathered with friends and family at a posh bar in Nashville to celebrate the tune hitting number 1 on the charts. This was the first #1 song for Nicolle and Jon, and it almost didn’t happen. It turns out two massive super stars like Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert performing a duet doesn’t make chart success a sure thing.

It turns out there’s a lot involved in getting a song to the top…Not just writing and performing. Lots of promotions, lots of hard work, and a plan. For Nicolle Galyon, she is grateful to God because she knows that this was indeed his master plan.

“My first plane ride was when I was thirteen to Nashville for Fan Fair,” she said, and one of the first performers she saw on that trip was a young and unknown Keith Urban performing in the aisles of Tower Records. “I’ve never forgotten it because I’ve never heard anyone play guitar like that, and I’ve never heard anyone talk like that.” For her, it’s come full circle to be standing next to him with her first number one song plaque in her hand.

From the moment Keith heard “We Were Us,” he had only pictured Miranda Lambert performing it with him. In fact, if it wouldn’t have all come together, the song may not have ever made the radio waves. Unfortunately, Miranda couldn’t attend the party, but she sent her well-wishes via video.

The party topped off with a performance of “We Were Us” with all the writers and Keith playing a part.

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