Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician b...
A Massachusetts man has been arrested after allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert over the weekend (26-27Jul14).
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker brought his Raise 'Em Up Tour to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, and during the show, 18-year-old Sean Murphy allegedly sexually assaulted an unnamed girl on the lawn area of the venue, while fellow concert-goers looked on and took videos with their cell phones, according to The Sun Chronicle.
An off-duty police officer noticed the crowd gathering around the couple, and Murphy was taken into custody shortly after.
According to police, both Murphy and the girl were consuming alcohol during the concert. Murphy has pleaded not guilty the the charge of rape and claims the sex was consensual.
Urban's gig was also marred when emergency medics from five mutual aid communities were called in to treat a high number of revellers who had become ill, including 46 who were treated for "alcohol-related" illnesses, 22 of whom were sent to local hospitals for further treatment.
In addition, 50 concert-goers were arrested and taken into custody for unspecified reasons.
Dozens of concert-goers were hospitalised during Keith Urban's concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Saturday night (26Jul14). The You'll Think of Me hitmaker brought his Raise 'Em Up Tour to the Xfinity Center but the gig was marred when emergency medics from five mutual aid communities were called in to treat a high number of revellers who had become ill.
Local police and fire chiefs tell news station NECN that 46 people were treated for "alcohol-related" illnesses, and 22 of them were sent to local hospitals for further treatment.
In addition, 50 concertgoers were arrested and taken into custody for unspecified reasons.
In a joint statement, the local Police and Fire Department officials say, "We would like to commend all those working the concert from ushers, to security, to the Police, EMS, and Fire personnel who worked and the local hospitals for their professionalism and resilient efforts during this busy show."
Last month (Jun14), Swedish DJ Avicii's nearby Boston gig also descended into chaos as audience members fell ill, with around 50 people treated by paramedics on site and another 36 taken to nearby hospitals, pointing to dehydration or excessive alcohol and drug use as a probable cause.
Latin pop star Ricky Martin has signed up to share his music savvy on the Mexican version of The Voice reality TV franchise. The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker wrapped up his second year as a coach on The Voice Australia earlier this week (begs21Jul14) and on Thursday (24Jul14), it was revealed he will be heading to Mexico to join local stars Yuri and Julion Alvarez and Italian singer Laura Pausini on the panel of talent mentors there.
A spokesperson for Mexico's Televisa network, which airs the show, says, "All his experience and musical abilities will be available for the next season of The Voice... Mexico."
The fourth season of the Mexican series will kick off on 7 September (14).
Martin replaced country star Keith Urban on The Voice Australia, but it is not yet known if he will return for season four next year (15).
Country star Reba Mcentire has taken a stand against global unrest by releasing a free song called Pray For Peace and starting a campaign on social media.
The singer has offered up the track for download on her website and encouraged fans to spread her message of peace through websites such as Instagram.com. McEntire has asked supporters to post a picture of themselves flashing a 'peace' sign along with the #PrayForPeace hashtag.
Post by Reba McEntire.
In a statement posted on her website, she writes, "I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It's an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love."
The singer admits she is thrilled by the response to the campaign, but had no idea it would coincide with the headline-grabbing conflict in Israel and the tensions in eastern Europe after pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet last week (ends18Jul14).
She tells People.com, "In a way, I'm totally amazed at the response. And in another way, I'm not because I knew this was a message that people would receive and share... It's very timely. We had no way of knowing what would be happening in the world when we decided to release the video this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families of the Malaysian Airlines flight as we continue to pray for peace."
Post by Keith Urban.
Keith Urban performed at a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia on Thursday (10Jul14) in hologram form. The country star has been recreated in digital format with the same technology used for a hologram of Michael Jackson on stage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May (14), five years after the King of Pop's death.
Urban's hologram appeared at Sydney's Pitt Street Mall as part of a promotion with a local bank, and fans were able to pick up instruments and play along to their hero's song Somewhere In My Car.
Country superstar Keith Urban gave his wife Nicole Kidman the ultimate wedding anniversary present at a gig on Wednesday (25Jun14) when he dedicated a song he wrote about their relationship to the actress.
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker was onstage in Melbourne, Australia when he turned his attention to his wife of eight years, who was in the audience. After a fan shouted out "Happy anniversary!", Urban responded, "It is tonight. My wife and I are celebrating eight years of marriage tonight. And she's here tonight."
He then recalled a moment before their wedding, which inspired a track titled Once in a Lifetime. Urban said, "This is a true story... Nic and I had just gotten engaged in September of 2005. And we were planning our wedding, which was going to take place here in Australia, in June. "A couple months or so before our wedding, we were in our hotel and we were talking about the future and I could tell that Nic was getting very nervous about the thought of marrying me. It's a big thing you know. It's a big thing to get married. It takes an enormous amount of trust and a leap of faith."
The singer continued to reassure Kidman, who was previously married to Tom Cruise, that he was going to be "her man, forever", hoping there was a way to show her that he would never leave her side.
The day after their conversation, Urban hit the music studio and wrote Once in a Lifetime, which he dusted off for fans - and Kidman - on Wednesday.
He said, "This is called Once in a Lifetime. Eight years, baby girl, this is for you tonight my love; I love you so much."
Singers Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. are all set to return for the upcoming 14th season of American Idol. The trio of judges, along with host Ryan Seacrest, will reprise their roles for the next series, according to 21st Century Fox Senior Executive Vice President David Hill, who announced the news on Monday (23Jun14).
During a network event in Las Vegas, he said "Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I'm thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season.
"Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream."
The upcoming season, which will premiere early next year (15), will mark Lopez's fourth time on the panel with the nationwide talent search, while it marks Urban's third and Connick, Jr.'s second.
Nicole Kidman and her country star husband Keith Urban gave an impromptu performance while visiting a children's hospital in their native Australia on Friday (13Jun14). The couple was greeting patients and staff at the Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne when the Grammy winner broke out his guitar and began to sing classic hymn Amazing Grace.
In a video posted on YouTube, Urban and Kidman stood in the middle of a group of patients, their families and staff members while he strummed on the guitar and Kidman sang along with the lyrics.
The last time the superstar couple performed in public together was at the 2010 G'Day USA gala in Los Angeles, where they sang they Australian rock band Men At Work's 1981 hit Down Under.
Following the surprise performance, Kidman jetted to China, where she was honoured with an outstanding contribution award at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Saturday (14Jun14).
Bon Jovi star Richie Sambora added some rock 'n' roll to the 2014 CMA Music Fest by performing with the Zac Brown Band on Sunday night (08Jun14). The group headlined the final night of the country music event at the LP Field stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, following performances from the genre's biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, across the four-day festival.
Zac Brown's group gave the audience a night to remember by bringing out special guest Sambora during the set to perform Bon Jovi's huge hit Wanted Dead Or Alive.
The guitarist said after the show, "What a blast playing with my brother Zac Brown. Nashville has always welcomed me with open arms, and it was incredible to jump on stage and feel the energy of that amazing crowd."
Singer Keith Urban discovered he had just won Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 Country Music Association Awards while he was in rehab battling addictions to drugs and alcohol. The country star checked in for treatment after his wife Nicole Kidman and some close friends staged an intervention - and while in rehab he tasted the highs and lows of life on the same evening.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I had gone to bed and I remember a guy coming in and saying, 'You just won something. Male vocalist? CMAs or something?' And I was like, 'Really?'
"He said, 'Yeah, off to bed', and shut the door. I just lay there in the dark, going, 'How weird is this?'"
Performed in Philadelphia in July 2005 for the U.S. leg of the Live 8 concerts in support of African debt relief.
Began playing a ukulele at age 3, guitar at 6 and was winning country-music talent shows by 8.
Posed naked with his guitar in the April 2001 issue of Playgirl magazine.
Moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992 and formed the three-man band the Ranch before developing his solo career.
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician began winning talent shows Down Under at age 8. As a teen, he continued to hone his skills, adding a rock-and-roll edge to his music. During the '90s he was an Oz chart-topper but in 1997 he relocated to Tennessee, founded a trio called The Ranch and caught the attention of the country community. Although an addiction to cocaine in the '90s threatened to derail his career, Urban went straight, and all that was left of his bad-boy days were his motorcycle, scruffy facial hair and rebel attitude. In 1999 he went solo, playing for the likes of The Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks before releasing his eponymous hit album. Over the years he stayed in the spotlight due to his prolific output, good looks (his naked photos in Playgirl firmly established him as a sex symbol) and a high-profile romance with Hollywood A-lister and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman. The two made it official in June 2006.
Attended Caboolture State High School, Caboolture, Queensland, Australia