Four-time Grammy Award-winner Keith Urban will join the superstar guest lineup on Best.Cover.Ever., which also includes previously announced superstar artists Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, FLo Rida, Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo. Best.Cover.Ever. is a cutting-edge talent competition series hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Ludacris and produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. The series will premiere exclusively on YouTube this fall. More musicians are expected to be announced.
Best.Cover.Ever. gives emerging musicians from around the world a chance for international fame. Throughout the series, a new superstar artist will challenge competing musicians to perform a cover of one of their original songs. The musicians can perform the song in their own unique style as they battle for the ultimate prize: the opportunity to perform a duet with the superstar artist that will premiere on YouTube!
“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” said Urban. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens – to hearing how people interpret my songs – and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”
With the submission phase currently open, fans are encouraged to upload a video to YouTube performing their creative cover of one of Urban’s biggest hits Somewhere In My Car (video here). Fans can upload their video, follow submissions, and watch the series by subscribing to the Best.Cover.Ever. channel on YouTube, and can learn more by going to TheBestCoverEver.com.
Urban along with the other superstar artists will each pick the one lucky cover artist for a chance to perform a whole new song together. Viewers will witness every part of the planning, behind-the-scenes process as they mount this uniquely special music performance.
The series is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and hosted by GRAMMY Award-winner Ludacris, who will also serve as an executive producer. Best.Cover.Ever. is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. In addition to Seacrest and Ludacris, Rob Smith (ESNA), Georgie Hurford-Jones (ESNA), Marilyn Wilson and Teri Kennedy (RSP), will also serve as executive producers.
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About Keith Urban
Urban’s 2016 album release RIPCORD, was recently certified platinum (the second artist to achieve that status in 2016). It produced his 22nd #1 song, (his 6th consecutive with “Blue Ain’t Your Color”) and extended his streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38). Besides his four Grammy Awards, Urban has won ten Country Music Association Awards and eleven Academy of Country Music Awards.
About Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
As a recording artist, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” Most recently, Ludacris dropped his 8th studio album, Ludaversal. Ludacris also starred in the highly anticipated The Fate of the Furious, which broke records at the box office, becoming the highest grossing film opening worldwide. Bridge’s philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments; he started The Ludacris Foundation in 2001 which focuses on helping the youth in his hometown of Atlanta.
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ABOUT RYAN SEACREST PRODUCTIONS
Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) is an Emmy-winning entertainment production company creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP produces the E! hit cable series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its spin-offs, as well as “E! Live from the Red Carpet” award shows, Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” and CMT’s “I Love Kellie Pickler.” Additionally, RSP produces “Shades of Blue,” a NBC drama series starring Jennifer Lopez and “Insatiable” for Netflix. The company produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language format sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.