In September 2013 Urban released his seventh studio album FUSE. His fourth #1 album marked the first time that a male Country artist has debuted atop the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. The album’s first single, “Little Bit of Everything” took the top spot on the Country Singles Chart, as did “We Were Us”, featuring Miranda Lambert. It extends Urban’s streak of #1 songs to five (dating back to 2011’s “Without You”). The album’s third single, “Cop Car”, was released this past month (January 2014).
In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He is the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.
He’s the first Country artist to be named an American Idol judge, a role he is reprising this season and is a four-time GRAMMY® Award winner who has also won a People’s Choice, American Music Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards, is nominated for six more (in 2014), and has had 16 #1 songs and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums. In 2012 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
His reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded Urban the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Eric Church and countless others. He was asked to perform on both nights of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival and earlier this year on CBS’ “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles.”
In 2013, Urban introduced his new URBAN™ Guitar Collection via HSN, proceeds of which went to benefit the Grammy Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund. It resulted in the largest guitar debut ever for the entertainment/lifestyle retailer, selling out in a matter of hours. His annual “All 4 The Hall” benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© celebrated its fourth year (2013) by topping the $2 million mark in monies raised.