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Keith Urban Announces New Tour and Album, ‘Graffiti U’

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  • January 18, 2018
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Keith Urban announced a new album along with a tour that will feature Kelsea Ballerini!


Keith Urban has announced the next chapter of his career: Graffiti U. At a free pop-up concert at Exit/In in Nashville, Urban revealed the title of his new album and corresponding tour via Facebook Live. Graffiti U, the album, doesn't have a set release date yet. The Graffiti U World Tour, however, will bring along Kelsea Ballerini and kick off on June 15 in St. Louis, Missouri.


Last night was Urban's third Nashville pop-up show in under a year, each time playing intimate smaller venues: the same ones where Urban started his career. Urban brought out Ballerini to help reveal the tour, performing “Legends" together, as well as an incredible cover of Camila Cabello's “Never Be The Same."

Ballerini expressed her excitement for the tour with an adorable Instagram photo of her meeting Urban as a fan ten years ago, “I wish I could go back and tell my 14 year old self that 10 years later I would spend my summer touring with the person who's songs led me to Nashville. YALL."

Urban discussed the origins of the album title with Rolling Stone Country. For the letter U, he explains, “I was toying with the letter 'U.' Obviously it's the first letter of my last name, but I liked that when you say it, it's also the word 'You.' For me, that's the listener, that's the audience.“ When talking about “Graffiti," the main portion of the title, it was sonically important to him, "the sound of words is a big thing to me – Ripcord was like that, Fuse was like that. Fuse and Ripcord denoted a certain kind of energy in the word to me. 'Graffiti' to me felt very uninhibited, artistic, liberated expression. 'Graffiti' to me is a blank canvas and pure artistic expression upon that."

It's undetermined whether his powerful single, “Female," will have a place on the album. Upon hearing the song, penned by Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman, Urban felt the need to record it and release it out into the world. He knew it was important. Now, he tells Rolling Stone that he has made a clean state into creating the album: "It's why I don't have any [of my] awards in my studio. I don't have any of that stuff anywhere because I like it to be as blank a canvas as it was the very first time I made a record.“

Be sure to head to http://keithurban.net for all updates on the tour and album!

Graffiti U World Tour dates:

6/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortage Music Center
6/22 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
6/27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
6/30 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
7/5 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
7/6 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
7/8 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
7/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
7/14 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
7/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/20 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/21 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
7/22 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
7/27 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/28 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
7/29 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
8/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
8/4 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/5 – Bangor, ME @ Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
8/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
8/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/15 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
8/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
8/18 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
8/24 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
8/25 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater
8/26 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9/7 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
9/8 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
9/14 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
9/15 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
9/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
9/21 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
9/22 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
9/23 – Calgary, AB @ ScotiaBank Saddledome
9/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
9/27 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
9/28 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
9/29 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
10/4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/5 – Laughlin, NV @ Laughlin Event Center
10/12 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
10/14 – Grand Forks, ND @ Ralph Engelstad Arena
10/18 – Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center
10/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
10/20 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
10/24 – Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre
10/25 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
10/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/28 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
11/1 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
11/2 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
11/3 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

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