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Keith Urban Announces ‘Ripcord’ Release Date

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Keith Urban has announced the release date for his upcoming studio album, Ripcord.

The Australian-born superstar will drop his eighth studio album on May 6, 2016, he revealed on Thursday (March 17). The album has already scored two chart-topping singles with “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ and “Break on Me,” which recently became Urban’s 20th No. 1 hit. He will release the album’s third single on Tuesday, March 29, but has not announced a title.

Ripcord is almost done — and it’s been an exhilarating journey,” Urban says in a press release. “Getting to work with so many new musicians and writers and co-producers has been a divine experience for me — and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

Urban was so busy juggling his work on the final season of American Idol and recording the album that he was forced to miss the Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

“I’ve been in the studio this weekend feverously trying to get my record done and we couldn’t be in two places at once, unfortunately,” he said, adding that he’s hopeful he and his wife, Nicole Kidman, will be able to attend the ACM Awards together on April 3, where he is set to perform.

“Yes, we’re still working on that,” he shares. “Hopefully. She’s got a couple of projects going on right now. One of them might clash. We’re working hard to have us both be able to go.”

Urban is also set to kick off his Ripcord World Tour 2016 on June 2, featuring Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris as his supports acts.

“I’m seriously chomping at the bit to kick off this tour,” Urban says. “We’ll be playing a lot of new music from Ripcord, all new production, new cities where we’ve never played … and Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris? It’s gonna be potent and unbridled!!!”

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