Keith Urban Invites Pitbull Onto His Experimental ‘Ripcord’ Album
Keith Urban's ninth studio album will be very different. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the singer reveals a collaboration with Pitbull called "Sun" which includes a rap verse — a first for an Urban record.
"He brings a mischievous, sexy swagger to it, in a very different way," Urban tells the magazine.
Another track called "Gone Tomorrow, Here Today" producer Jeff Bhasker calls a "banjo fusion." According to Rolling Stone, it features a lick where Urban's banjo sounds like a sitar. That song also includes "a verse he spits so quickly it's almost like he's rapping."
"This is way more than I've ever cut before," Urban reveals. "It was a lot of searching, a lot of experimenting, and when you get to work with as many people as I did, you end up with a lot of stuff."
Urban also collaborated with Nile Rogers and busbee for a song called "Sun Don't Let Me Down." The song was in part inspired by Urban's wife, Nicole Kidman.
"In the end of the first verse, it actually references my wife," Urban shares. "She's in a movie called To Die For and in one scene she's dancing in front of the headlights. So the lyric goes: 'There in the headlights, dancing like she's in a movie scene. To die for, and she's killing me.'"
Other song titles revealed in the article include "Blue Ain't Your Color," which Rolling Stone likens to "a waltz-like ballad," as well as what they call "a U2-style anthem" titled "Boy Gets a Truck."
Urban's ninth studio album Ripcord is due out May 6.
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