November/December 2005 News

KEITH'S BILLBOARD CHART HISTORY

Year:    Title:              Chart:               Peak Position:                                                                     
2005  Better Life  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1   
 
2005 Better Life  The Billboard Hot 100 44   
 
2005 Making Memories Of Us  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1   
 
2005 Making Memories Of Us  Hot Digital Songs 47   
 
2005 Making Memories Of Us  Pop 100 60   
 
2005 Making Memories Of Us  The Billboard Hot 100 34   
 
2005 You'll Think Of Me  Hot Digital Songs 56   
 
2005 You'll Think Of Me  Pop 100 41   
 
2005 You're My Better Half  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 2   
 
2005 You're My Better Half  The Billboard Hot 100 33   
 
2004 Days Go By  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1   
 
2004 Days Go By  The Billboard Hot 100 31   
 
2004 You Look Good In My Shirt  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 60   
 
2004 You'll Think Of Me  Adult Contemporary 2   
 
2004 You'll Think Of Me  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1   
 
2004 You'll Think Of Me  The Billboard Hot 100 24   
 
2003 Raining On Sunday  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 3   
 
2003 Raining On Sunday  The Billboard Hot 100 38   
 
2003 Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1   
 
2003 Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me  The Billboard Hot 100 30   
 
2002 Somebody Like You  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1   
 
2002 Somebody Like You  The Billboard Hot 100 23   
 
2001 But For The Grace Of God  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1   
 
2001 But For The Grace Of God  The Billboard Hot 100 37   
 
2001 Where The Blacktop Ends  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 3   
 
2001 Where The Blacktop Ends  The Billboard Hot 100 35   
 
2000 It's A Love Thing  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 18   
 
2000 Your Everything  Hot Country Singles & Tracks 4   
 
2000 Your Everything  The Billboard Hot 100 51


2005 RADIO MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Artist of the Year/Country Radio
Brooks and Dunn
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
George Strait
Keith Urban

"TONIGHT I WANNA CRY" TO HIT RADIO
Make sure to tune in to radio and request Keith's new single "Tonight I Wanna Cry". The newest single from his platinum album BE HERE officially hits radio on 11/21.


For Immediate Release
Nov. 15, 2005

KEITH URBAN WINS TWO AND LEE ANN WOMACK PICKS UP THREE CMA AWARDS ON ‘COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT

NASHVILLE  The Big Apple provided a big night for some of Country Music’s biggest stars. The 39th Annual CMA Awards was broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for the first time outside of Nashville, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on the CBS Television Network.

Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards.  Urban won the Horizon Award in 2001.

"I have been out with Kenny [Chesney] this year and last year", Urban said of his tour mate.  So I want to thank Kenny for teaching me so much about entertaining."
for more of this story, please click here to go to the CMA website
Keith Urban grabs double awards
Adam Harvey
17nov05

OVERJOYED Australian Keith Urban won the main prize at last night's Country Music Association Awards in New York.

Urban was declared entertainer of the year before a full house at Madison Square Garden, after he had already won the award for male vocalist of the year.
Urban hugged his mother before thanking the audience.

"I'm completely weirded out at the moment," he said. "Thank you, thank you, thank you."

It was the second consecutive year the Queenslander won the male vocalist award.

On Sunday, Urban received a CMA award for international achievement, and he had been nominated for two other awards last night -- music video (Days Go By) and the album of the year (Be Here).

Last night's awards had a much higher profile than usual CMA presentations -- the ceremony was switched from Nashville to New York to try to win more city fans, and the three-hour ceremony was broadcast live during prime time on the CBS network.

Singer Garth Brooks stopped traffic in Times Square for his set piece, and award presenters included prominent New Yorkers who seemed to have few links to country music, including newly re-elected mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor James Gandolfini, from The Sopranos.

The CMA Awards are country music's equivalent to the Grammys -- award winners are chosen by a secret ballot of about 5000 members of the country music industry.

Urban sang during last night's ceremony and had just returned to his seat when his award was revealed. He ran back up on stage, to thank the audience and his road band.

from  http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/


CMA Artist Detail
Keith Urban
4 Awards | 6 Nominations

Awards:
2005 - Entertainer of the Year
2005 - Male Vocalist of the Year
2004 - Male Vocalist of the Year
2001 - Horizon Award

Nominations:
2005 - Entertainer of the Year
2005 - Male Vocalist of the Year
2005 - Album of the Year
BE HERE - Capitol
2005 - Music Video of the Year
"Days Go By" (Wayne Isham, director)
2004 - Male Vocalist of the Year
2001 - Horizon Award

Auction To Benefit St. Jude’s
Several artists have donated items for the Country Cares auction on eBay to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Guitars autographed by Keith Urban, Big & Rich, and Gretchen Wilson are among the items available, as well as Alan Jackson’s signed jeans and lunch for four with Van Zant.
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Keith Wins International Award
Keith Urban was surprised recently during a reception at the Australian Consulate General in New York City with the Association's International Artist Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who contributes to the awareness and development of Country Music outside North America.  Previous winners include Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, and Trisha Yearwood.
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American Music Awards
Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Rascal Flatts will perform at the American Music Awards on ABC, November 22. Brooks & Dunn and Lee Ann Womack have been added to the list of presenters.
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Keith and Nicole Update
Reports are that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated a very American Thanksgiving holiday at Urban's house in Nashville last week, with both his and her parents joining in the feast.   Also, apparently Urban has written a song inspired by Kidman and two other songs inspired by her children.
American Music Channel E-News, December 1, 2005
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A New Definition of "Urban Music" in Manhattan
He Plays Two Shows at New York City's Irving Plaza

By: Craig Shelburne (Ed Rode)
NEW YORK -- Here's the first difference you'll notice between a New York rock club and a Nashville rock club. In Nashville, nobody wants to stand too close to the stage, lest they be unveiled as (gasp!) a fan. But in Manhattan -- and probably 
any other city -- the prime location is up close, where the singer might just make eye contact with you, read your homemade sign out loud and then, best of all, sing your favorite song right to you!

About a thousand of Keith Urban's fans got a strong sense of the community that country music is famous for during his Sunday night (Nov. 13) concert at Irving Plaza. At various times throughout the night, he good-naturedly teased two college girls who had written something rather suggestive on a poster, he tied a huge, red Christmas ribbon around his waist and he even kissed another man's wife -- at the man's request.

It's crazy what can happen when country music comes to New York City.

Urban admitted early on that he would be winging his two shows (the second takes place Monday), but nonetheless, his uncanny charisma engaged even the people in the back -- scattered industry types, though most of the Nashvillians mingled in the VIP balcony. No doubt, some of them were wagering his odds at winning the CMA entertainer of the year -- if not at Tuesday's (Nov. 15) awards show, then sometime soon.

A few observations:

• The guys like Urban, too. If you're in the industry, then you're told to cater to a somewhat young female demographic. However, this particular crowd held just as many men as women, if not more. They didn't scream as loud, but they were totally into it.

• Even after selling millions of albums, Urban must have had some fears that his audience might be more curious than hardcore. Wrong again. His eyebrows skyrocketed when the crowd immediately flipped out at the opening bars of "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me." He didn't even have to sing the first verse because they sang it for him.

• Irving Plaza took a chance on country this week. Posters tacked to the bulletin board advertised shows for a slew of bands that I'd never heard of -- Ten Year Invasion, Funeral for a Friend and Piebald, to name a few. And what was with the table of free condoms? Not saying that it's right or wrong, but ... OK, it caught me off guard, that's all.

• You know you've had too much to drink if you're slow dancing/propping up your partner during the boisterous hit, "Somebody Like You." Or, on the flip side, gyrating like an extra in a Trace Adkins video during "Better Life." Or assuming that any appearance of a banjo means hosting your own little hoedown behind the soundboard, even if it sounds more like Stomp or Riverdance.

• It was also odd to see so many personal cameras in a club, with only a few pointed toward Urban. A lot of people traveled from out of state to get there, so it only stands to reason that people wanted a souvenir snapshot from this special concert.

Despite any distractions, though, Urban continues to radiate happiness. After seeing him play at least six or seven times, in a variety of venues, it is easy to believe that his good-guy grin and making-it-look-easy image is a major part of his success. That, and he's a killer vocalist, especially on downbeat ballads like "Nobody Drinks Alone" and "You'll Think of Me." Other than perhaps playing too many fast songs in a row, and later, too many slow songs, it's hard to find much fault with a guy this talented.

From the back of the room -- my habits are hard to break -- I still couldn't say whether Urban or his dedicated fans enjoyed themselves more. It somehow didn't sound like a rehearsed comment when he spoke these well-received words: "We've got to come back here more often!"
Grammy Nomination for keith!
Field 8 - Country
Category 37 -  Best Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance.  Singles or Tracks only.)
• You'll Think Of Me
     Keith Urban
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/
In the Women's Mags: It's 'official' - mags say pregnant Kidman to wed Kiwi

05.12.05

Nicole Kidman's apparent engagement to famous bad boy Kiwi rocker Keith Urban has the women's magazines in a frenzy this week.

You'll all know him, of course - Whangarei-born, Australian-reared, country singer with a bad boy reputation for something, although no one seems to be able to reveal exactly what.

Bad at writing lyrics, perhaps.

Anyway, both Woman's Weekly and Woman's Day reveal the happy couple flew to Nashville for a family summit involving both sets of parents.

Nic was wearing her new rock - estimated to be worth a cool $140,000 - and it is understood by the Day that a New Year's Eve wedding is planned, possibly in Fiji, because "Nicole's always wanted an island wedding, somewhere private and incredibly romantic".

Unlike her last wedding - to Tom Cruise in a cabin in the Colorado mountains. Those two must both have a real thing about getting married in the holiday season. Tom and Nic wed on Christmas Eve, now she's looking for a New Year bash, and Tom is said to be doing the deed this Christmas.

That is, of course, to ensure he is married before their child is born.

Oh, and speaking of children, Nicole is also said to be pregnant. Both the Day and the Weekly say a picture taken of her holding her stomach is a sign, not to mention other photos of country Keith "lovingly patting" her belly.
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Nicole Kidman reported engaged to singer born in Whangarei

02.12.05

New Zealand-born country music star Keith Urban is now officially engaged to Oscar-winning Australian actress Nicole Kidman, US showbiz programme Entertainment Tonight reports.

The show said sources close to the Australian stars had confirmed the engagement.

This latest development adds further weight to speculation that Kidman and Urban - who was born in Whangarei in 1967 - are expecting a baby.

Pregnancy rumours began last month when the US People magazine ran a picture of the couple appearing happy, in love and with Urban's hand protectively on Kidman's stomach.

A few weeks before that, People magazine ran a picture of Kidman wearing a diamond ring on her wedding finger while walking through a Boston street with Urban.

Kidman, who split with actor Tom Cruise in 2001 after a decade of marriage, and Urban, whose family moved to Queensland when he was aged six, have reportedly been "inseparable" while US-based Urban was on tour.

Urban, who won entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year at the recent Country Music Association awards in New York, entertained Kidman's parents to a Thanksgiving dinner with his parents at his home in Nashville at the weekend. The next day, Kidman and her father worked off the stuffing by going for a jog, while Urban and the two mothers went for a stroll and later visited the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

Kidman's closest friends are said to have expressed concern about the former New Zealander's past.

He has previously said he started doing drugs soon after moving to Nashville in 1992, and told one interviewer about crawling around on his hands and knees, looking for little rocks [of cocaine] at 5 in the morning, drenched in sweat.

But after pulling himself together, he began winning awards three years ago, including the best male vocalist and best entertainer at the US Country Music Association.

Once dubbed by Renee Zellweger as "The Australian Stud" Urban is reported to have charmed Kidman with songs he wrote for her and her children.

- NZPA

Urban Named Country Artist of Year at Radio Music Awards  
Keith Urban was named country artist of the year during  
Monday night's (Dec. 19) Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas.  
Country song of the year honors went to Rascal Flatts for  
their recording of "Bless the Broken Road," a song written  
by Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna. The awards  
show took place at the Aladdin Resort & Casino