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Keith Urban's 'Fuse' tops U.S. album chart

Keith Urban's 'Fuse' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Keith Urban's "Fuse" is the No. 1 album in the United States, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Musgraves, Swift lead with 6 CMA Award nods apiece

Musgraves, Swift lead with 6 CMA Award nods apiece

NASHVILLE, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift were each nominated for six Country Music Association Awards on "Good Morning America" in New York Tuesday.
Connick Jr., Lopez confirmed as 'American Idol' judges

Connick Jr., Lopez confirmed as 'American Idol' judges

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Fox officially confirmed Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez will serve on the judges panel of "American Idol" in Los Angeles next season.

Report: Harry Connick Jr. joining 'American Idol' judges panel

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Harry Connick Jr. will be the third judge for the next season of "American Idol," alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, The Hollywood Reporter says.
Harry Connick Jr. in talks to be 'Idol' judge

Harry Connick Jr. in talks to be 'Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Actor, singer and musician Harry Connick Jr. is in talks to join "American Idol" as a judge, E! News reported.
'American Idol' gets another judge

'American Idol' gets another judge

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Lukasz Gottwald, a songwriter-producer known as Dr. Luke, is joining the judges' panel of "American Idol" next season, E! News reported Monday.
Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend confirms she's going back to 'Idol'

Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend confirms she's going back to 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend Casper Smart told E! News the "Jenny From the Block" singer would return as host for the 13th season of "American Idol."

Jennifer Lopez close to signing 'American Idol' deal

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez is close to signing a deal to return to "American Idol" as a judge for the reality show's 13th season, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
Keith Urban to return as 'American Idol' judge

Keith Urban to return as 'American Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Country singer Keith Urban will be back as a judge on "American Idol" for a second season, Fox announced Thursday.
ABC to air CMA Music Festival special Aug. 12

ABC to air CMA Music Festival special Aug. 12

NASHVILLE, July 11 (UPI) -- ABC says it will air "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," a 3-hour special taped in Nashville in June, on Aug. 12.
Keith Urban wanted to hear Kree Harrison on Opry stage from beginning

Keith Urban wanted to hear Kree Harrison on Opry stage from beginning

NASHVILLE, June 9 (UPI) -- Country star Keith Urban said in Nashville this weekend he enjoys collaborating with other artists so he can see "what comes of those energies coming together."
Mariah Carey confirms 'American Idol' exit

Mariah Carey confirms 'American Idol' exit

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey's representatives announced via Twitter Thursday the pop star will not return for a second season as judge on "American Idol."
Keith Urban to release 'Fuse' album Sept. 10

Keith Urban to release 'Fuse' album Sept. 10

NASHVILLE, May 28 (UPI) -- New Zealand-born country music star Keith Urban said Tuesday he will release "Fuse," his first new album in nearly three years, this summer.
Jennifer Hudson signs on as 'American Idol' judge

Jennifer Hudson signs on as 'American Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- One-time "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson has signed on to serve as a judge on the U.S. singing competition series, E! News said Friday.
Candice Glover named winner of 'American Idol'

Candice Glover named winner of 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Candice Glover, a 23-year-old singer from South Carolina, was crowned the winner of Season 12 of "American Idol" in Los Angeles Thursday night.
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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand-born Australian, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia. Urban was born in New Zealand and began his career in Australia at an early age. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, Urban found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which recorded one studio album on Capitol Records and charted two singles on the Billboard country charts.

Still signed to Capitol, he made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban. Certified platinum in the U.S., it also produced his first American Number One in "But for the Grace of God". His breakthrough hit was the Number One "Somebody Like You", from his second Capitol album Golden Road (2002). This album also earned Urban his first Grammy Award win for "You'll Think of Me", its fourth single and the fourth Billboard Number One of his career. 2004's Be Here, his third American album, produced three more Number Ones, and became his highest-selling album, earning 4× Multi-Platinum certification. Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released in 2006, producing the record-setting No.17 country chart debut of "Once in a Lifetime", as well as Urban's second Grammy for the song "Stupid Boy", while a Greatest Hits package entitled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids followed in late 2007. This album was re-released a year later as Greatest Hits: 19 Kids with one track added: the number one "You Look Good in My Shirt", which he had previously recorded on Golden Road. Additional albums Defying Gravity and Get Closer were released on 31 March 2009 and 16 November 2010, respectively.

Urban has released a total of nine studio albums (one of which was released only in the United Kingdom), as well as one album in The Ranch. He has charted more than fifteen singles on the U.S. country charts, including ten Number Ones. Urban plays acoustic and electric guitar, as well as banjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bouzouki and drums.

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