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“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ by Keith Urban

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It’s tellingly appropriate that Keith Urban namechecks Don MacLean at the beginning of “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″: MacLean originated (or perhaps popularized) the song structure Urban is appropriating here. It’s a sonic vehicle built of scattershot references in the hope that they’ll coalesce into something resembling a whole. It’s a blurry snapshot of a time and “generation”, whether the post-60s malaise of “American Pie,” the apocalypse-predicting malaise of “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” or the recap culture of “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

These are propulsive songs, somewhere...

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Carrie Underwood's Comeback?What It Means For Salad Gate, New Females

Carrie Underwood’s Comeback—What It Means For Salad Gate & New Females


Posted on 06/11/2015 at 3:40 PM

Stay tuned for Carrie Underwood updates. Be sure to follow @Popdust and @JasonTheScott on Twitter!

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There’s a vague poetry to Jason Derulo’s latest album title, Everything is 4, and it’s one he tried, even more vaguely, to summarize in a recent TIME interview: “The number four is a sense of completion, almost.” It’s easy to see what the 25-year-old singer might be getting at—the number suggests balance, structure, and rhythm, with plenty of musical and metaphysical significance—but Derulo seems more attracted to the general idea than the specifics. Clichés persist for a reason, after all: they can be incredibly effective. “We want to go see a great movie because we want to be moved,” he...

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Keith Urban invited Kayla Sarro to the stage to sing “We Were Us” with him at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival, and she may not have wanted to leave. Judging from the crowd’s reaction, they may have been just fine with the New Yorker sticking around, too. Watch as she makes the most of her moment on one of the biggest stages in the northeast.

The Saratoga Springs native was chosen to sing Miranda Lambert’s part of the duet from Urban’s Fuse album. After some chit-chat, Sarro locks in to begin the song. Remember, it’s the...

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The CMA has invited Keith Urban to be the first artist ambassador for their initiative Music Education Matters, as was announced at a press conference during the CMA Music Fest Thursday morning (June 11).

Music Education Matters will support the effort to keep music education in schools, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern told the audience. She also commented that students who participated in music education programs were proven to stay in school longer.

Trahern began the announcement by bringing J.F. Kennedy Middle School choir from Antioch, Tenn. on stage to welcome Urban with...

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Answer this question without thinking too much: Why does country music have a fascination with pick-up trucks and girls in cut-offs and summer nights when it really isn’t a problem if you’ve somehow misplaced both your shoes and your shirt, so long as you’ve got a cold one in your hand?

Because performing the authenticity of a certain lifestyle matters more to country music than it does even to hip hop, the genre that’s on the other side of Nashville’s current bromance. Like the folk songs it was born from, country is “the music of the people” — or so we’re...

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Throughout the glorious late-career renaissance of Nile Rodgers – with Chic becoming a surefire festival hit, and Get Lucky conquering the world – it has seemed there has only been one thing missing: an EDM collaboration with an Australian country singer. If that’s what you’ve been wishing for, your wishes are to come true.

The disco legend is now working with Keith Urban on tracks described by the Ram Country website as “EDM-country”.

“I really pushed him to sing at the top of his range,” Rodgers said. “Keith was nervous about it; he wanted to do another take. But I...

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Move over Jay-Z and make way for the newest festival mogul Nile Rogers! The Grammy-award winning CHIC legend will produce and perform at his new Freak Out Let's Dance (FOLD) Festival on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of August 2015 at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island, New York.

Working alongside Michael Ostin and Peter Herman of Nile Rodgers Productions, Rodgers and his band CHIC will share the stage with some of the world's greatest artists. With an epic line-up including Duran Duran, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Chaka Khan, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Keith Urban, Paloma Faith and more, this mid-week festival is...

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Still enjoying a career renaissance courtesy of his contribution to Daft Punk’s 2013 smash “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers has announced the launch of FOLD Festival (Freak Out Let’s Dance). The star-studded, two-day event will take place at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island on August 4 and August 5, 2015.

Rodgers is co-producing FOLD with music industry veteran Michael Ostin. The lineup features an array of top-tier rappers, DJs and singers including: Beck, Duran Duran, Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monàe, Q-Tip, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold Keith Urban and Pharrell Williams. More talent is expected to...

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