Trivia / Keith Urban

  • Breakthrough Hit: Although his first album went platinum and produced three big hits (the #1 "But for the Grace of God" and the Top 5 hits "Your Everything" and "Where the Blacktop Ends"), he didn't really break through until "Somebody Like You". A fairly long hiatus between "Blacktop" and "Somebody Like You" helped, as did the fact that the latter was named by Billboard as the biggest country hit of the 2000-2010 decade.
  • Chart Displacement: On the country charts, "Stupid Boy" and "Cop Car" remain among his most popular despite reaching only #3 and #8 respectively. On the Hot 100, his highest peak is "Kiss a Girl", a long-forgotten single whose high ranking was due entirely to a one-week sales spike after he performed it on a season finale of American Idol; it got no crossover whatsoever and would have only peaked in the 50s otherwise.
  • Creator Couple: With Nicole Kidman.
  • Creator Breakdown: Having just come out of rehab before Golden Road, Urban shows a great deal of optimism on that album. Be Here and Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing continue with the optimsm, but also show the demons creeping back in on tracks like "Tonight I Wanna Cry". After another trip to rehab and his marriage to Nicole Kidman, he has taken refuge mostly in uptempos about how happy he is to be in love.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For some reason, Greatest Hits: 19 Kids (the re-release of Greatest Hits: 18 Kids) isn't on iTunes, so this is the only way to get the single version of "You Look Good in My Shirt". Likewise, the re-recorded radio version of "Where the Blacktop Ends" was not commercially available until 18 Kids.
  • Throw It In: "Little Bit of Everything" is a double example. The "stuttering" ukulele part was thrown in by Nathan Chapman due to the demo track also using a ukulele, and it was chopped up at Urban's request to mix it up a little. Also, the bass line is played on a synth because the first two bassists that they contacted were unavailable, and even though Urban can also play bass, Chapman suggested using a synth instead. The latter doubles as a Serendipity Writes the Plot.
    • Bass parts are apparently becoming susceptible to this: he played his own bass line on "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" after seeing a bass guitar hanging on the studio wall, and initially chose to have the line replaced by a session bassist, but ultimately left his own bass playing in the final mix.