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Keith Urban Wants You On “Best.Cover.Ever.”

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.


Visit thebestcoverever.com to learn how to submit. Follow and subscribe to Best.Cover.Ever. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all future updates.


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.



Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch, and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.



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.”



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.

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Keith Urban And Songwriters Celebrate #1 Single “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Keith Urban celebrated his most recent #1 hit single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” with songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, and Steven Lee Olsen recently at Nashville’s The Basement East to a packed crowd of friends, family, and music industry.

Urban dubbed this song “the sexiest” song he has had to date.

Watch the clip below as he discusses “Blue Ain’t Your Color” with the songwriters from the #1 party:

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Keith Urban’s Chart-Topping, ACM Awards-Nominated Hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Celebrated In Nashville

Pictured (l-r): Producer Dann Huff, songwriter Steven Lee Olsen, Keith Urban, songwriters Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg. Photo credir: Ed Rode

Music Row friends and family packed The Basement East to celebrate the team behind the ACM Awards Song of the Year nominated Keith Urban hit single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” The tune marked eighteenth chart-topper for songwriter Hillary Lindsey and the second for co-writer Clint Lagerberg, while songwriter-artist Steven Lee Olsen celebrated his very first #1 song. Lindsey is also nominated for the ACM’s Songwriter of the Year award, while Urban is up for ACM awards in four additional categories: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album and Single of the Year.

The celebration kicked off with a live performance of “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Urban, the songwriters and producer/guitarist Dann Huff, followed by a long line of music industry well-wishers who took to the mic to offer their congratulations, including publishers BMG’s Daniel Lee, Cornman Music’s Nate Lowery, Sea Gayle Music’s Marc Driskill, Spirit Music’s Daniel Hill and Warner/Chappell’s Ben Vaughn; and Urban’s label home Capitol/UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan. Hosted by ASCAP’s Mike Sistad and Beth Brinker, the party was sponsored in part by First Tennessee Bank.
Photos by Ed Rode for ASCAP.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 600,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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Keith Urban And Writers Celebrate “Wasted Time” At The Westin


Pictured: (L-R): BMI’s Jody Williams, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, BMG’s Sara Knabe, ASCAP songwriter Greg Wells, BMI artist Keith Urban, SESAC songwriter JHart, SESAC’s Shannon Hatch and Universal’s Kent Earls. (Photo by John Russell.)

Friends, family and music industry executives took the #1 party for BMI artist Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time” to new heights, celebrating his 21st #1 hit on the rooftop of the Westin Hotel. Written with SESAC writer JHart and ASCAP’s Greg Wells, the track is the third single from Keith’s incredible ninth studio album Ripcord. The trio of writers treated party attendees to a special performance of the song, inviting audience members to sing along. Presentations followed, and UMG’s Mike Dungan honored Keith with the “Impaler Award,” a small trophy awarded to those artists on the roster who hit the top of the charts. Both JHart and Greg, who are more well-known for their pop singles, were celebrating their first country chart-toppers, and commented on the unique atmosphere of Nashville’s country music scene. Keith is about to embark on an international tour, hitting New Zealand and Australia before Christmas.

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Keith Urban’s eighth studio album RIPCORD has debuted at #1 in the United States, Canada and Australia, marking the second consecutive time that the four-time Grammy Award winner has achieved that historic milestone, something that no other male Country artist has done.  It is also Urban’s 5th #1 album.

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Keith Urban Plays Free Concert To Huge Crowd In Downtown Nashville, Celebrates Release Of “RipCord”

Keith Urban plays free concert in downtown Nashville to huge crowd to celebrate new album, "RipCord".

Keith Urban plays free concert in downtown Nashville to huge crowd to celebrate new album, “RipCord”.

Keith Urban treated Music City to the ultimate lunch break on Monday afternoon, when he performed a free outdoor concert at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in downtown Nashville. Continue Reading →

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Keith Urban Announced As 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award Recipient


The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Keith Urban as the recipient of the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 8, 2016. Last year’s Artist Humanitarian Award recipient, Lady Antebellum, will be on hand to present Urban with this year’s award.

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Keith Urban On The Passing Of His Dad


Our thoughts and prayers are with
and family due to the passing of his dad, Robert Urban.

“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic and I, and our family,  have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night. His long battle with cancer is now over and he is finally at peace. My Dad’s love of country music and America set me on my life’s journey, and shaped so much of who I am today.  Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers.”–Keith Urban

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#1 Celebration For “Raise ‘Em Up”

Pictured L to R are: Jeffrey Steele, Jaren Johnston, UMG president Mike Dungan, Keith Urban, and Tom Douglas.

Pictured L to R are: Jeffrey Steele, Jaren Johnston, UMG president Mike Dungan, Keith Urban, and Tom Douglas.

On Wednesday, September 16th, BMI hosted the #1 celebration for “Raise ‘Em Up” at The Sutler in Nashville.   Continue Reading →

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Keith Urban’s FUSE is one of the four-time Grammy Award winner’s most successful album releases to date.  It marked the only time in history that a male Country artist had captured the #1 all-genre album chart simultaneously in the U.S., Canada and Australia, spawned four #1 songs, including Urban’s 18th #1 “Raise ‘Em Up,” extended his historic streak of Top 10 singles to thirty-three and garnered nearly two dozen Award nominations from around the globe.

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