Keith Urban Breaks Record With 19th No. 1, ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16′
It’s no secret that Keith Urban has been burning up the radio waves for years, churning out hit after hit. But if there was any doubt he’s one of the greats, he’s now got 19 No. 1 singles and the record-breaking radio presence to prove it.
Urban earned his 19th No. 1 hit this week with “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” according to Country Aircheck and Mediabase. The laid-back, nostalgic tune is the lead-off track from his upcoming new record, slated to release in 2016. The song also achieved a unique honor, as it was the top-played track in one week in Country Aircheck and Mediabase history.
The multi-talented artist is a high achiever already, having earned the most consecutive Top 10 hits on the Billboard Country Airplay charts at 35 songs total since 2000.
Urban has been getting ready for the last season of American Idol, on which he is one of the celebrity judges, but he has said he’s not entirely sure the show is over for good. In the meantime he’s knocking it out of the park with No. 1 hits, including his achievement of his 18th just weeks ago. “Raise ‘Em Up,” a duet with Eric Church, took the top spot, which Urban celebrated with one of the song's co-writers, Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three.
Though no concrete news about the new record has been released yet, Urban has been working on new music for about nine months now, and is still working hard to make the album the best it can be.
“The next record may be really, really different because I was in a different place. In some ways I feel making this record now that I’m working on is going to be easy because Fuse was such a process of finding new people,” he explains. "I got in and started making some music with [producer] Nathan [Chapman] back in January and I didn’t feel the way about it as I hoped I would. It was kind of in that moment I thought, ‘This is not going to be easy.’ Here we are, nine months later and Nathan and I are back in the studio still going at it. It’s a process.”
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