Golden Road 3
Keith Urban and Friends Revel in "Somebody Like You"
Edward Morris

Capitol Records star Keith Urban mingled with hundreds of supporters recently to toast the success of his single, "Somebody Like You." It has perched at the top of the Billboard country singles charts for five straight weeks. The celebration was held at the Nashville headquarters of BMI, the performance rights organization.

Among those applauding Urban were his parents, Bob and Marienne; singer Steve Wariner; Capitol Records/Nashville president Mike Dungan; and dozens of visibly enthusiastic young women.

"Somebody Like You" is the lead single from Urban's second Capitol album, Golden Road, released last month.

"Seeing him on [the CMA Awards Show] last night made me want to be young and skinny again," sighed BMI's Joyce Rice as she began to introduce a string of well-wishers to the crowd.

Said Dungan, "This [celebration] is very much testimony to the fact that Keith Urban is unwilling to compromise [musically]." Urban's co-producer, Dann Huff, gave the Australian artist most of the credit for the direction his music is taking: "Keith is very much able to make his music by himself. He doesn't need much help."

Barry Coburn, Urban's publisher, remarked, "We're very thrilled to be a part of your quest. This overnight success has been going on a lot of years." Before Urban emerged as a solo artist, he recorded for Capitol as part of the group The Ranch. That group scored its first chart hit, "Walkin' the Country," in 1997.

Urban thanked his co-writer, John Shanks, who did not attend the party. He explained that he had not known Shanks before their publishers arranged their first writing session. "He was a little mortified when I brought my banjo," Urban recalled. "But I think he understands now." Urban's parents, who plan to be in the U. S. for six weeks, will take turns going out on the road with their increasingly famous son.

"In the end," Urban said, "I just want to thank Nashville as a community for accepting me."

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Keith Urban makes it 8 consecutive weeks at #1 on the R&R Country Top
50 with "Somebody Like You," blowing past the seven weeks at Number
One success of Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff." Urban also held the
#1 spot in Canada for eight weeks. SECOND SINGLE from GOLDEN ROAD is
already impacting radio and Urban says "Raining On Sunday" impacted
him when he first heard it. "That song hit me. It's beautiful. Lying
in bed with your girl on a Sunday When it's raining and pulling up
the covers and staying in bed all day. Sure sounds good to me."
New York, NY - As if having a #1 single wasn't enough, country star
Keith Urban has had one for eight consecutive weeks on R&R's Country
Top 50 Singles chart. This position puts Urban's smash "Somebody Like
You" into the 2002 record books, officially breaking Kenny Chesney's
record for "The Good Stuff," which held the top spot for seven weeks
this year. Urban also held the #1 spot in Canada for eight weeks. And
even as "Somebody Like You" stands at #1, Urban recently released his
second single from Golden Road entitled "Raining On Sunday," which is
already getting a great response from radio. The new single, written
by Radney Foster and Darrell Brown is definitely one of Keith's
favorite. "That song hit me. It's beautiful.  Lying in bed with your
girl on a Sunday when it's raining and pulling up the covers and
staying in bed all day.  Sure sounds good to me." Urban, whose been
touring to support Golden Road, has gotten a very warm response from
both fans and critics for his amazing live performances.  According
to the Los Angeles Daily News, Urban has all the ingredients to be a
star, starting with his chiseled features and easygoing, charismatic
persona ... he has a strong, melodic voice that transcends country
fare...Urban does a fine job pacing the performance, bringing things
down with a ballad before turning it up a notch with some blistering,
impressive guitar work."