Keith Urban Announces New 'Fuse' Follow-Up Album, 'Ripcord'
It has been known for some time now that country legend Keith Urban was in the studio working on the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2013's Fuse. On Saturday (Oct. 24), soon after the release of his most recent single "Break On Me," the musician and American Idol judge announced the name of his upcoming record: Ripcord.
According to Rolling Stone, Urban has not yet revealed any further details regarding the release aside from its name. That means no tracklist or release date yet.
One fact that we've learned over the course of the past five months was that Nile Rodgers of Chic was involved with the project, although his role as an official producer has not been confirmed. Rodgers and the famed country star recently performed together at Rodgers' own FOLD Festival.
Rodgers recently claimed that the new album would be charting the "EDM-Country" waters. Whatever that means is yet to be seen, as his album singles have so far sounded nothing like dance music, except for maybe the first single he released, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," but even that's a stretch.
In a recent video interview with Taste of Country, Urban elaborated on the new album's sound.
"I just think of it in terms of authenticity, just capturing where I'm at," he said. "That's all my records have ever been about, just capturing where I am."
He went on to discuss his experience with Rodgers. "I sort of like the unknowingness of it," he said. "I get in the studio and don't know what we're gonna do, and that can be enlightening and sort of revelatory, or it can be incredibly frustrating."
Urban is scheduled to perform with John Mellencamp at next week's CMA Awards. Listen to his latest single "Break On Me" below.