Keith Urban's Be Here Turns Platinum; Six Week Certification One Of The Fastest Of The Year

November 5, 2004 - In just its sixth week on the charts, Keith Urban's Be Here has solidified its position as one of the year's fastest selling albums.  Certified Platinum this week by the R.I.A.A. Be Here marks Urban's third consecutive Platinum recording and places his total sales near 5 million worldwide.  Be Here, released on September 21st, has already firmly established Urban's position as a force with which to be reckoned, garnering unanimous critical praise.  The album has produced his 5th overall #1 hit, "Days Go By," and its #1 debut chart position on Billboard's Country Album Chart marked the highest debut position of his career.  The album also debuted at #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. 

"Platinum now feels like but a small building block in this incredible career," said Mike Dungan, President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville.  "We are just getting started with what will no doubt be remembered as one of the biggest records in Capitol history!"

Co-produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban, the album includes nine tracks written or co-written by Urban, including the recently released second single, "You're My Better Half," co-written with John Shanks.

Urban has been celebrating unprecedented success of late.  His previous album, Golden Road, which after more then 100 weeks on the album charts, has been certified Double Platinum, as has his self-titled debut.  In addition, Urban's last 8 singles have all charted Top 5 on the Hot Country Singles Chart including 5 #1's within that span of time. 

Urban will take time out of his first headline tour, CMT ON TOUR: KEITH URBAN BE HERE '04, next week to perform at the CMA's, where he is also nominated for Top Male Vocalist.  For additional information on Keith Urban or upcoming tour dates check out www.keithurban.net


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Keith’s Dinner And Auction For Meningitis

Keith Urban and friends will perform at Max It Out For Meningitis at Rocketown in Nashville on January 22. The event includes dinner, an open bar, and a live auction, which features a chance to win Urban’s 357 Customs Chopper motorcycle valued at $78,000. Proceeds benefit the Edwards Pediatric Meningitis Research Fund via Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

Country music living legend Loretta Lynn recently shared her thoughts
on the sexiest men of all time. Her picks: Elvis Presley, Conway
Twitty, Dean Martin, Gregory Peck and one guy that's still alive:
Keith Urban! Loretta says: "He's the cutest guy singer in country
today!" Hear, Hear!!!!!
Keith Urban Has Acting Aspirations
It still hasn't sunk in. Keith Urban says of winning this year's CMA Male Vocalist Award, quote, "I'm still really blown away by that, really baffled by it but happy, nonetheless." Keith considers himself a musician, first and foremost, but does have acting ambitions. He says, quote, "I'd like to try that but that's a ways down the track." Keith's first love is music, specifically playing for a live audience. He says, quote, "It's always been therapeutic for me."  acctop40.com
URBAN NEED TO DRESS UP
How big do you have to get, before your mom lets you dress however you want to? KEITH URBAN was enormously proud when his mother and dad watched him win the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year award last month. He says it was particularly special, because he'd brought each of them to the awards in the past, but separately. This time they were sitting side by side when he won. But he says his parents wanted to know why he didn't dress better, standing up there in jeans and a T-shirt!

Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban to Be Honored at January 15 Gala Celebrating Australian Achievements

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban will be honored at the Penfolds Gala Dinner on January 15, 2005, the headline event of the second annual G'Day LA: Australia Week in Los Angeles.

G'Day LA: Australia Week from January 15 - January 23, 2005, will showcase all things Australian, including food and wine, travel, film, arts, culture, fashion and business, at a series of events across Los Angeles.

The Penfolds Gala Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel will bring together and honor Australians who have made significant international contributions across various industries. The event will feature the best of Australian musical talent and a menu designed and executed by celebrity chef Neil Perry, one of the leading lights of the Mod Oz cuisine movement.

Australian Consul General the Hon. John Olsen, said all three honorees personified the achievements Australia Week was designed to celebrate.

"Mel Gibson's achievements are virtually unparalleled in his field," he said. "He is a product of both Australia and America and his career reflects the influence of both his home countries."

"Nicole Kidman's creativity, talent and elegance have made her one of the world's most successful and popular actors," he continued.

Mr. Olsen said Keith Urban, the multi-platinum recording star, proved that an Australian country boy can reach the top in one of the most competitive music fields markets in the world -- American Country music.

Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, N.Y. and immigrated to Australia as a 12-year-old with his family. After graduating from Australia's famed National Institute of Dramatic Arts, he quickly established a name for himself as one of the leading lights of the "New Wave" of Australian cinema. Starring in such acclaimed films as "Mad Max," "Gallipoli," "The Year of Living Dangerously" and "Tim," Mel Gibson launched a career which has seen him rise to the international pinnacle of his craft as an actor, producer and director of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of his time.

Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii but returned to her parents' home town of Sydney, Australia as a very young girl. A passion for the stage became apparent in her childhood and soon acting had edged out ballet as her first love. At 16 she made her film debut in "Bush Christmas" and followed that with breakout performances in both film and television. Her US debut came in 1989 when she starred opposite Sam Neill in the thriller "Dead Calm." Over the next few years her performances in a range of high profile films eventually delivered Gus Van Sant's "To Die For" to her door, winning her first Golden Globe award and great critical acclaim. With "Moulin Rouge!," "Dogville," "Eyes Wide Shut" and "The Hours," Nicole Kidman has built a career of great depth and variety. Her performance in "The Hours" made her the first Australian to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Keith Urban grew up on a small farm in Queensland, Australia. Raised to the tunes of Don Williams, Glen Campbell and Charley Pride, he decided at a very young age that music was his calling. At eight he won his first music talent show. By fifteen he had quit school and hit the road with his band. And in 1992 he headed for Nashville. His self-titled debut album, "Keith Urban," yielded three Top 5 hits, including the No.1 'But For The Grace Of God'. Urban's follow up album, "Golden Road" went double platinum in the US and produced four #1s. "Days Go By" is Urban's #1 single from his current release "Be Here" which was certified Platinum in just six weeks. Urban was named the Country Music Associations ' Best Male Artist for 2004 and was this week nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Last year's Penfolds Gala Dinner honored Cate Blanchett, Anthony LaPaglia and Baz Luhrmann for their international achievements. Nearly 100 Australian companies and more than 200 U.S. businesses participated in the inaugural Australia Week in 2004, and celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton John and Greg Norman lent their support to the events.

G'Day LA: Australia Week is produced through a partnership between the Australian Consulate in Los Angeles, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tourism Australia, AusTrade and Qantas Airways. It is supported by significant corporate sponsorship from major Australian companies.

CONTACT: Laura Calliari of Golin Harris, +1-310-941-8780,lcalliari@golinharris.com, for G'Day LA: Australia Week 2005
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Keith Cancels Concert Due To Fire
A recent Keith Urban concert in Tucson, Arizona had to be canceled after a fire broke out at the Tucson Convention Center. Flames erupted while a new Steven King movie was being filmed in another part of the convention center. Five people were injured and about 2,000 fans arriving for the Urban concert had to be evacuated. (December 10, 2004)

TIM TOPS AGAIN (but-keith's in there TWICE!!)
TIM MCGRAW's record "Live Like You Were Dying" is Billboard magazine's Country Single of the Year and that honor has been McGraw's three times since Billboard Monitor launched in 1993. The rest of the top ten, in order, are ALAN JACKSON's "Remember When," KEITH URBAN's "You'll Think of Me," KENNY CHESNEY's "When the Sun Goes Down," and JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY's "Letters From Home" is fifth in the year-end roundup. The rest of the Top Ten: "American Soldier" by TOBY KEITH, "Mayberry" from RASCAL FLATTS, "Suds in the Bucket" by SARA EVANS, McGraw's "Watch the Wind Blow By," and Urban's "Days Go By."
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