1. Keith Urban Uses Personal Heritage to Push Country Limits in 'Wasted Time'

    May 02, 2016 10:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 The track from his 'Ripcord' album was written mere weeks after his father's passing. When his father died on Dec. 5, 2015, Keith Urban was in the midst of working on what would become Ripcord , an album that’s due May 6. That kind of ...

  2. 'American Idol': Keith Urban Talks Trent Harmon's 'Amazing' Coronation Song

    April 07, 2016 4:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Trent Harmon performed his coronation song "Falling" on American Idol  (April 6), there was a reason Keith Urban knew every word: he wrote it. "I was singing along tonight with it, and Jen ( Jennifer Lopez ) says 'how do you ...

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: Farewell Season Finalists Sing One Last Time for America's Vote

    April 06, 2016 10:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tonight marked the first night of the American Idol farewell season finale, with the top three contestants all singing the singles they will release should they be crowned the winner tomorrow night. After the performances, the results were announced ...

  4. ACM Awards 2016: Jason Aldean Named Entertainer of the Year, Chris Stapleton Rules the Night

    April 04, 2016 12:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 The  Chris Stapleton train continues to roll along in the country music world at a first-class rate. Sunday’s 51 st  Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were proof of this, as the singer added four more awards to his mantle -- new male vocalist, ...

  5. 'Chillin' on the Road' with Brett Eldredge's Takeover Tuesday Playlist

    March 28, 2016 4:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome back to  Takeover Tuesday , where each week Billboard taps charting artists and mega taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever s ...

  6. Reese Witherspoon's Birthday: Serenade From Taylor Swift, Duet With Keith Urban & More

    March 20, 2016 12:00 PM EDT 2.209 k 0 6 Reese Witherspoon treated guests at her star-studded 40th birthday party in Los Angeles Saturday night (March 19) to a performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd ’s iconic song “Sweet Home Alabama.” Watch Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara Lip-Sync Miley ...

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: The Top 8 is Revealed

    March 03, 2016 10:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Tonight on the farewell season of American Idol , the Top 10 was whittled down to the Top 8 in an intense double-elimination episode. Ryan Seacrest gradually announced who was voted through to next week over the course of the episode, and the bottom ...

  8. Judges and Ryan Seacrest on What They'll Miss Most About 'American Idol'

    February 27, 2016 8:32 PM EST 0 0 0 Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. talk about the top 10 they created, as well as Kelly Clarkson’s judging -- and her stunning performance. The mood backstage at American Idol is usually light despite the natural stress of production ...

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: Final Top 10 Sing for America's Vote, Kelly Clarkson Comes Back to Judge

    February 25, 2016 10:32 PM EST 0 0 0 Tonight, Ryan Seacrest announced the final Top 10 contestants of American Idol’s farewell season. Four singers -- Dalton Rapattoni, Olivia Rox, Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae -- were already selected by judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban and Harr ...

  10. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban & More to Perform at ACM Awards

    February 25, 2016 8:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Florida Georgia Line & Cam will also take the stage at the April 3 ceremony in Las Vegas. Carrie Underwood , Kenny Chesney , Keith Urban , Florida Georgia Line and Cam will perform at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The awards s ...

  11. LoCash Fights for Follow-Up Single 'I Know Somebody'

    February 25, 2016 10:08 AM EST 0 0 0 When LoCash was stuck in the lower to mid-range of the Country Airplay chart with “I Love This Life,” the duo found itself engaged in more than one battle. Chris Lucas and Preston Brust were fighting to keep “Life” alive on the very public chart. Me ...

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: First Half of Farewell Season's Top 24 Take the Stage for Solos

    February 10, 2016 10:21 PM EST 0 0 0 With the farewell season’s contestant pool narrowed to the top 24, American Idol entered the showcase round of the competition this week. Tonight, 12 of the top 24 gave solo performances for a live audience at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. To ...

  13. CRS Opens With a Friendly Tone

    February 09, 2016 10:51 AM EST 0 0 0 The Country Radio Seminar opened yesterday (Feb. 8) with a series of afternoon events that paid homage to collaboration. Keith Urban, accepting a humanitarian award, recalled how at age nine, the country music club that his parents belonged to in Au ...

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Last Ever Hollywood Week Reveals the Top 24

    February 04, 2016 10:44 PM EST 0 0 0 The very last "Hollywood Week" finally came to a close on American Idol tonight with the top 51 artists performing in front of a large live audience as well as judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr . The morning after th ...

  15. 'American Idol' Recap: Final Audition Round Wraps As Hollywood Week Looms On the Horizon

    January 21, 2016 10:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Tonight marked the last night of auditions for American Idol’s final season. Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr. handed out the last of the golden tickets to the final class of Idol  hopefuls heading to Hollywood Week. Jessica Cabra ...

  16. 'American Idol' Recap: A Few Familiar Faces Return For the Last Week of Auditions

    January 21, 2016 3:17 AM EST 0 0 0 The final week of American Idol’s season 15 auditions started tonight. Judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr. saw auditions from some of the hopefuls who turned out for the Idol audition bus tour. The first person to audition wa ...

  17. Carrie Underwood Turns Down 
the Volume On 'Heartbeat'

    January 20, 2016 10:34 AM EST 0 0 0 New single from "Storyteller" album is a rare love song from the "American Idol" grad. She has one of the most powerful voices in the business, so Carrie Underwood has a unique challenge with ballads: She admits that dialing back ...

  18. Keith Urban Pays Tribute to Glenn Frey With 'Take It Easy' Cover on Piano: Watch

    January 19, 2016 5:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Keith Urban paid his respects in song to the late Glenn Frey on his Facebook page late Monday night. Seated simply at a piano, Urban played a reverent version of the Eagles classic "Take it Easy" (co-written by Jackson Browne and Frey). Gl ...

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: Fourth Night of Auditions Returns to Little Rock and Denver

    January 14, 2016 11:47 PM EST 0 0 0 T he fourth night of auditions brought American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. to Denver and Little Rock, where more singers of all styles and levels of experience vied for golden tickets. First up in Denver were frie ...

  20. 'American Idol': Watch Brenda K. Starr's Daughter, Gianna, Audition in Philadelphia

    January 14, 2016 1:58 AM EST 0 0 0 American Idol experienced some technical difficulties early in its  Wednesday (Jan. 13) night broadcast  just as '80s pop singer Brenda K. Starr's daughter was about to audition  for the judges. The sound cut out as Gianna Isabella spoke t ...

  21. Keith Urban Announces Ripcord World Tour, Album

    January 11, 2016 11:11 AM EST 0 0 0 When Keith Urban dives into his Ripcord World Tour later this year, he’ll be aiming to land straight on the hearts of his fans, with whom he hopes to make an emotional connection at his shows. He has the same mission in mind for his eighth album, al ...

  22. High Times For LoCash: Veteran Duo Celebrates First Top 10 Hit

    December 10, 2015 1:20 PM EST 0 0 0 "We're top 10," Chris Lucas bursts out at the end of a 30--minute conversation. "Every answer we say is just, 'We're top 10, we're top 10, we're top 10.' " It's a joking oversimplification, but ...

  23. Sam Hunt Tunes-Up for Grammy Amplifier Program

    November 09, 2015 10:51 PM EST In the past eighteen months, a lot has changed for MCA Nashville recording artist Sam Hunt . His debut album, Montevallo , has sold more than 800,000 copies, and he has clicked with three straight No. 1 records. Now, the Georgia native might jus ...

  24. ASCAP Expo Opens Registration & Releases 2016 Details

    November 03, 2015 7:03 PM EST 0 0 0 ASCAP announced its 11th annual "I Create Music" Expo for 2016. Registration for the event is now open and provides attendees with the chance to receive exclusive opportunities such as roundtable lunches with successful songwriters. The ev ...

  25. Keith Urban To Be Focus Of New Country Museum Exhibit

    October 28, 2015 11:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country star Keith Urban's path from Australia to Music City will be the focus of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit, called Keith Urban So Far , will open on Nov. 20 and will show the history of one of coun ...

  26. Kanye West Auditions for 'American Idol' in San Francisco

    October 11, 2015 11:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 Could Kanye West be the next -- and final -- American Idol ? After performing for President Barack Obama at a Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco on Saturday morning (Oct. 10), West headed over to where S.F. auditions were being hel ...

  27. Craig Morgan's 'When I'm Gone' Finds Inspiration In Mortality

    October 07, 2015 11:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country traditionalist freshens up his sound with latest single. According to Benjamin Franklin , the only guarantees in an ever-changing world are death and taxes. Moaning about the IRS is a common response to the latter. As for death, many would r ...

  28. Johnny Cash's 'Sunday Morning' Dawns Again In Modern Country

    October 05, 2015 8:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Urban, Eric Church & Michael Ray reference Kristofferson song in 2015 singles. A dozen years after Johnny Cash ’s death, he has become something of a mythical figure. Heidi Newfield ’s “Johnny and June,” Jason Aldean ’s “Johnny Cash,” Geor ...

  29. Taylor Swift Returns to Country Roots With Assist From Keith Urban: Watch

    October 03, 2015 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift returned to her country roots during the first of two sold-out nights at Toronto’s Rogers Centre with the help of a special guest: American Idol judge Keith Urban . Taylor Swift's 5 Most Unexpected 1989 Tour Special Guests “Someone ...

  30. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato & Beyonce Highlight Diva Debuts

    October 01, 2015 10:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Goulding's 'On My Mind' launches at No. 22, leading a parade of new entries. Plus, moves for Shawn Mendes, Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris & Keith Urban. As previously reported, The Weeknd remains at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dat ...

  31. Little Big Town Talk Nerves and Laughs Ahead of CMA Music Festival TV Special

    August 04, 2015 2:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Little Big Town are seasoned professionals -- when it comes to performing. Their interview skills, however, are something else entirely. The band serves as the host of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock , tonight on ABC, and Kimberly Schlap ...

  32. Nashville's Biggest Songwriters Speak Out About the Lack of Women on Country Radio and the Songs They Wish They Wrote

    July 23, 2015 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hitmakers are the lifeblood of country music. “Songwriting is sort of a 9-to-5 job in Nashville,” says Michael Dulaney, who has collaborated on singles with  Tanya Tucker and Jason Aldean . Unlike in other genres, where artists and producers disappe ...

  33. Nile Rodgers on Jamming with Beck, Keith Urban and Many More

    Nile Rodgers on Jamming with Beck, Keith Urban and Many More

    June 26, 2015 3:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary musician Nile Rodgers discusses jamming with Beck, Keith Urban and many more on the stage of his Freak Out! Let's Dance Funk Festival in August 2015. Interview at AOL HQ in NYC for AOL BUILD build speaker series , nile rodgers , AOL , ...

  34. The Long Road to Completing 'John Cougar,' Keith Urban's Newest Hit

    June 25, 2015 3:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Keith Urban performed with John Mellencamp during the May 21 NBC special Red Nose Day , he decided against telling Mellencamp about his next single. "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" hinges in part on the stage name that a former m ...

  35. Hot 100 Chart Moves: The Weeknd Debuts With 'Can't Feel My Face'

    June 19, 2015 12:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported, Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth , tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated June 27) for a ninth week, while OMI jumps into top 10 with "Cheerleader" (11-9). Who else ar ...

  36. CMT Awards 2015: All the Performances Ranked Best to Worst

    June 10, 2015 11:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's CMT Awards offered a slew of exciting numbers from veterans and up-and-comers, a skit with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a brave inter-genre collaboration. Even more exciting, a number of singers played new singles for the first time o ...

  37. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's Firs ...

  38. Mariah Carey Says 'American Idol' Was the 'Worst Experience of My Life'

    May 28, 2015 11:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mariah Carey got candid on Australia's Kyle and Jackie O show on Wednesday, describing her time on American Idol as "the worst experience of my life." When questioned if she would return for the upcoming season 15 American Idol series ...

  39. Billboard Cover: Jason Derulo on Fitness Fanaticism, His Post-Jordin Sparks Love Life and All-Star-Filled New Album

    May 22, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 10.533 k 540 56 "Warm lava cake with vanilla ice cream,” says Jason Derulo . “That shit is unbelievable.” For a man as obsessed with staying fit as he is with making hits -- the 25-year-old is on the verge of scoring his 11th million-selling single, ...

  40. Jason Derulo Teams Up With Stevie Wonder & Keith Urban on Funky Track 'Broke'

    May 20, 2015 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Derulo 's latest track, "Broke," off his June 2 release Everything Is 4 is bit of an unexpected and very funky anti-gold digger anthem featuring Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban . The track includes not only Wonder's signature ...

  41. CMT Awards 2015 Performers: Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood & Florida Georgia Line on the Bill

    May 19, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Luke Bryan , Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line are among the first set of performers set to take the stage at the CMT Awards on June 10, CMT announced Tuesday (May 19). Jason Aldean , Keith Urban , Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum will al ...

  42. Q&A with 'American Idol' Winner Nick Fradiani: 'This Is Beyond Words'

    May 14, 2015 2:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 Another American Idol has been crowned! On Wednesday night’s finale, Nick Fradiani was named the official Season 14 winner. And now that the excitement has sunk in, the Connecticut native is ready to get to work. “They can get me up whenever they wa ...

  43. Keith Urban Lights Up Fourth 'Fuse' No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

    May 12, 2015 12:51 PM EDT The star scores four No. 1s from an album for the first time. Keith Urban tallies his fourth No. 1 from his latest album, Fuse , on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated May 23) as "Raise 'Em Up," featuring Eric Church , ri ...

  44. Chart Highlights: The Weeknd Earns First No. 1 on Pop Songs Chart

    May 11, 2015 7:20 PM EDT His coronation marks a pair of chart feats not accomplished for more than a decade. Plus, new No. 1s for Walk the Moon, Nick Jonas, Fetty Wap, Muse, Keith Urban & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard chart ...

  45. 'American Idol' Ending With Season 15

    May 11, 2015 8:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 American Idol will be back for a 15th season and final season. Fox announced Monday that it had renewed the aging singing competition, and the current judges roster of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will all return with it -- as ...

  46. 'American Idol' Recap: Top Three Revealed

    May 06, 2015 10:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 The top four returned to their hometowns tonight, and the contestants sang three selections. Season mentor Scott Borchetta chose their first songs of the evening, the judges picked their second songs and the artists chose their own third songs, inte ...

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