KEITH URBAN releases the album "Keith Urban in the Ranch" today. This is a re-release of Keith’s work with the band he played with before his solo success. Keith’s current hit is “You’ll Think of Me.” He says he was attracted to the song because, quote, “I’ve been that guy in the song. I think a lot of people have been in that position.”
March-April 2004 News
No Stop Signs On This ‘Golden Road’
Keith Urban's Golden Road was released on October 8th 2002. Since that time various international census bureaus have recorded the birth of 2,344,432 babies worldwide, the sale of nearly 4.3 trillion dollars of processed goods and the use of nearly 3 billion metric tons of fossil fuels. Seventy three weeks ago Urban's now breakthrough album was released, which since that time has scored 3 Top 5 singles including two #1's, 3 #1 music videos and the #1 position as Billboard's Hot Country Singles and Tracks for 2003. But wait there is more...
In just this past week alone, Urban's Golden Road has continued to travel upwards to the #5 slot on Billboard's Country Album Chart. Press time saw a caucus of statisticians convening to tabulate the latest record broken by this Urban juggernaut. Further, Urban received 4 CMT Flame Worthy Award nominations as his latest single, "You'll Think Of Me," gets ready to pop into an upper position on the Billboard Country Charts.
All of this, as "unstoppable" Urban gets ready to take the stage for his sold-out show last Monday night, at the historic Ryman Auditorium. His critically acclaimed crowd-pleasing live performance is set to rock the packed house and insiders say that Capitol records is planning a hush, hush, invite-only party to celebrate Urban's success.
More to come? Later this month, Urban will be taping his first CMT Spring Break special in Daytona Beach, Florida, before hitting the road with Kenny Chesney for "The Guitars, Tiki Bars & Whole Lotta Love Tour".
KEITH URBAN AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR
Keith Urban has joined 60 other country music favorites in donating an autographed guitar for the CRS Auction on CMTAuctions.com. Proceeds from the CRS online auction will be used to support the Country Radio Broadcasters educational outreach programs.
KEITH’S POST CONCERT PLATINUM PARTY
After Keith’s show at the Ryman on March 1st, Keith was honored with a party from Capitol Records honoring his Platinum sales for Golden Road and his self titled Keith Urban albums. Keith was presented with his plaques before enjoying the rest of the night with his friends.
Urban Impresses and the Jenkins Shine
New Act Wins Support During
Country Radio Seminar Performance
By: Calvin Gilbert
Nobody questioned the headliner's talent, although there's little doubt that the room full of radio programmers wondered if the opening act's live performance could match the buzz created this week during the Country Radio Seminar.
His career still ascending, Keith Urban exuded nothing but confidence during Friday's (March 5) lunchtime concert at the Nashville Convention Center. The Jenkins' mission was to close the deal with the movers and shakers who will be deciding whether or not to play their music.
With some 2,000 registrants, the annual seminar provides record companies a prime opportunity to introduce new acts, move established artists another step up the career ladder and rekindle superstars' relationships with country radio.
Both of Urban's solo albums are now double platinum, and the momentum is likely to increase substantially in the coming months when he hits the road with Kenny Chesney -- another act pulling in the younger demographic worshipped by country programmers. At the luncheon, Capitol Nashville chief Mike Dungan reiterated the record label's continued commitment to move Urban to the superstar level.
As he demonstrated Friday, Urban projects the charisma of a rock star during his live performances. He also has a bag of catchy songs, including the hits, "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," "But for the Grace of God" and "Where the Blacktop Ends."
His concerts also support his reputation as a guitar-slinger of the highest caliber. Indeed, the Australian-born musician didn't flinch when he broke a string during the last solo of his final song, "Somebody Like You." Forced to improvise to overcome the handicap, it sounded as though he had merely drafted a different version to add a new twist on a familiar song.
Hailing from Sebastopol, Calif., the Jenkins are a family trio -- mother Nancy Jenkins and daughters Kacie, 19, and Brodie, who turned 17 just this week during the seminar.
Judging from their performance, the Jenkins are the real deal. And judging from the response at Friday's performance, the radio broadcasters recognize this. The trio's brief performance featured their first single, "Blame It on Mama," and other tracks from a Capitol debut album set for release later this year.
Good luck and a proper aligning of the planets are determining factors in a new act's ultimate success, but the Jenkins already have the advantage of strong songs (primarily co-written by Nancy Jenkins), even stronger vocals and a natural knack for performing. They move around easily onstage -- with no silly choreography to detract from the music. And sure, they've probably got a fashion stylist telling them what to wear, but their attire at Friday's concert looked like it came from the closet of an average person who happens to have good fashion sense -- rather than some "hipper than thou" outfits few women would ever wear on the street. They've also aligned themselves with a producer known for solid work -- Rodney Crowell.
Even under the best of circumstances, there are never guarantees of success in the music business. As of Friday, however, it can be said the Jenkins started the first phase of their career on a high note with country radio.
Visit Keith Urban's artist page at CMT.com to view photos of his Country Radio Seminar performance.
Keith Urban Enjoys a Momentous Week
While Preparing for Career Milestones, Golden Road Climbs the Chart
As the year progresses, one question is becoming perfectly clear: Who wouldn't wanna be Keith Urban?
On the brink of a national tour with Kenny Chesney, Urban enjoys a sizable jump on the country albums chart this week. And Monday night (March 1), he checks into Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for his first show as a headliner at the historic venue. Immediately following the show, Urban heads to a party celebrating the platinum status of his latest album, Golden Road.
Golden Road rises five slots to land at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums listing. In the meantime, the first four titles on the chart remain unchanged with Chesney's When the Sun Goes Down at the top -- followed by Toby Keith's Shock'n Y'all, Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits Volume II and Josh Turner's Long Black Train. Keith's previous album -- the quadruple-platinum Unleashed -- bounces up two levels to No. 6. Falling one position each are Martina McBride's Martina (No. 7) and Brooks & Dunn's Red Dirt Road (No. 8). Shania Twain's Up! is down four spots to No. 9, and Gary Allan enters the Top 10 with See If I Care.
On Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, Keith's "American Soldier" and Jackson's "Remember When" cling to the top positions, respectively. Tim McGraw's "Watch the Wind Blow By" breezes upward one notch to No. 3, followed by slight declines for Brad Paisley's "Little Moments" (No. 4) and Terri Clark's "I Wanna Do It All" (No. 5). The remainder of the singles chart is unchanged from last week. In the sixth through 10th positions respectively are McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes," Trace Adkins' "Hot Mama," Jimmy Wayne's "I Love You This Much," Sara Evans' "Perfect" and Buddy Jewell's "Sweet Southern Comfort."
Lonestar had the highest debuting country single of the week by landing at No. 43 with "Let's Be Us Again," the first single from the band's upcoming album. Nineties hitmaker Billy Dean returns to the chart at No. 49 with a remake of John Denver's 1975 hit, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," written by Denver's former guitarist, John Martin Sommers. Newcomer Donovan Chapman debuts at No. 56 with "Hey Hollywood," and Cross Canadian Ragweed's "Sick and Tired" arrives at No. 59.
On the country albums chart, another big act from the '90s -- John Berry -- has the only debut of the week with I Give My Heart.