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Keith Urban (And Fans) Announce “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” During Live Streamed Pop-Up Performance

At an unannounced pop-up show last night at Nashville’s Exit/In, GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban enlisted his fans to officially announce his “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018,” and also took the opportunity to reveal that his forthcoming album will be called GRAFFITI U.  During a 2-hour surprise show, in front of a crowd of 350 lucky fans that poured out onto the streets, Urban also took time to introduce and perform with GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini, who will accompany Urban on the North American leg, as his supporting act.


It was Urban’s fans who took center stage for the tour announcement – a live streamed event that saw them during the feed, in cities across the country announcing the “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” on white poster boards –  http://smarturl.it/KU-FanVideo.


“I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating and creating with some incredibly talented people for GRAFFITI U, a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” said Urban.  “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating and I loved having our fans included in the announcement of the tour because it’s their tour too.”


The 58-city tour will kick off on June 15th at St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and will include 10 shows in Canada (supporting act TBA) as well as visits to cities in Nevada, Oregon, Alabama and Arkansas that Urban has yet to headline.  Urban’s shows have become concert events that electrify.  They’re unexpected, if not unpredictable, and have been hailed by media around the world as a “concert experience not to be missed.” The tour will feature many of Urban’s 23 #1 songs, as well as brand new songs that have never been performed live and an all-new concert production that promises to be as spectacular as never before.


“I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart filled artistry,” says Ballerini. “He’s the best in the business and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”


Ballerini continues her record-breaking momentum with acclaimed sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY (Black River Entertainment) featuring Top 10 single “Legends.” Regarded as her “grown-up statement” (Rolling Stone), the album follows her history-making GOLD debut THE FIRST TIME that delivered three consecutive #1, PLATINUM-certified smashes – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Peter Pan,” “Dibs” – making her the only female artist in Country music to achieve this accolade. Praised by The New York Times as an “elegant songwriter,” Ballerini was most recently honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award and ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award.




Fri Jun 15                               St. Louis, MO                        Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sat Jun 16                             Indianapolis, IN                   Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Fri Jun 22                               Clarkston, MI                       DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sat Jun 23                             Pittsburgh, PA                      KeyBank Pavilion

Wed Jun 27                           Saratoga Springs, NY         Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Fri Jun 29                               Toronto, ON                         Budweiser Stage

Sat Jun 30                             Toronto, ON                         Budweiser Stage

Thu Jul 5                                Gilford, NH                           Bank of NH Pavilion

Fri Jul 6                                  Gilford, NH                           Bank of NH Pavilion

Sun Jul 8                                Canandaigua, NY                CMAC

Fri Jul 13                                Salt Lake City, UT                USANA Amphitheatre

Sat Jul 14                               Denver, CO                           Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Sun Jul 15                              Albuquerque, NM               Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Jul 20                                Mountain View, CA            Shoreline Amphitheatre

Sat Jul 21                               Lake Tahoe, NV                   Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Sun Jul 22                              Lake Tahoe, NV                   Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Fri Jul 27                                Raleigh, NC                           Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Sat Jul 28                               Charlotte, NC                       PNC Music Pavilion

Sun Jul 29                              Alpharetta, GA                    Verizon Amphitheatre

Fri Aug 3                                Philadelphia, PA                  BB&T Pavilion

Sat Aug 4                              Mansfield, MA                     Xfinity Center

Sun Aug 5                              Bangor, ME                          Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

Fri Aug 10                             Cleveland, OH                      Blossom Music Center

Sat Aug 11                            Bristow, VA                          Jiffy Lube Live

Sun Aug 12                           Virginia Beach, VA              Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Wed Aug 15                         Rogers, AR                            Walmart AMP*

Fri Aug 17                             Kansas City, MO                  Sprint Center

Sat Aug 18                            Chicago, IL                            Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sun Aug 19                           Cincinnati, OH                      Riverbend Music Center

Fri Aug 24                             Nashville, TN                        Bridgestone Arena

Sat Aug 25                            Orange Beach, AL               The Wharf Amphitheater

Sun Aug 26                           Tuscaloosa, AL                     Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

Fri Sept 7                               Uncasville, CT                       Mohegan Sun Arena

Sat Sept 8                             Uncasville, CT                       Mohegan Sun Arena

Fri Sept 14                            Ottawa, ON                          Canadian Tire Centre*

Sat Sept 15                           London, ON                          Budweiser Gardens*

Wed Sept 19                        Winnipeg, MB                      Bell MTS Place*

Fri Sept 21                            Saskatoon, SK                       SaskTel Centre*

Sat Sept 22                           Edmonton, AB                     Rogers Place*

Sun Sept 23                          Calgary, AB                           ScotiaBank Saddledome*

Tue Sept 25                          Vancouver, BC                     Rogers Arena*

Thu Sept 27                          Eugene, OR                          Matthew Knight Arena

Fri Sept 28                            Boise, ID                                Taco Bell Arena

Sat Sept 29                           Missoula, MT                       Adams Center

Thu Oct 4                              Phoenix, AZ                          Ak-Chin Pavilion

Fri Oct 5                                Laughlin, NV                         Laughlin Event Center

Fri Oct 12                              Peoria, IL                               Peoria Civic Center

Sat Oct 13                             Minneapolis, MN                Target Center

Sun Oct 14                            Grand Forks, ND                  Ralph Engelstad Arena

Thu Oct 18                            Toledo, OH                           Huntington Center

Fri Oct 19                              Grand Rapids, MI                Van Andel Arena

Sat Oct 20                             Louisville, KY                         KFC Yum! Center

Wed Oct 24                          Youngstown, OH                 Covelli Centre

Thu Oct 25                            Hershey, PA                          Giant Center

Sat Oct 27                             Brooklyn, NY                        Barclays Center

Sun Oct 28                            Charlottesville, VA              John Paul Jones Arena

Thu Nov 1                             Little Rock, AR                     Verizon Arena

Fri Nov 2                                New Orleans, LA                 Smoothie King Center

Sat Nov 3                              Dallas, TX                              American Airlines Center

* Supporting performer to be announced



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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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