Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban has given a thrilling performance of his new single ‘The Fighter’ on The Graham Norton Show – featuring Mel C, who sang Carrie Underwood’s part from the official single released earlier this week. The show will be broadcast tonight on BBC ONE at 10.35pm.
Keith Urban joined Graham Norton and a host of guests including Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, actor Alan Cumming and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow for a chat on the sofa, discussing his new album RIPCORD, which was recently certified platinum – his ninth consecutive No.1 album.
‘The Fighter’ is the first UK single released from Urban’s new album and is available now on Decca Records. Accompanied by a brand new music video, the upbeat and infectious track tells the classic tale of young love. Co-written by busbee and Urban, inspired by the singer’s wife Nicole Kidman, the song features Urban and Underwood’s distinctively explosive vocals and Urban’s heartfelt lyrics and contagiously catchy chorus.
“Writing ‘The Fighter’ came pretty quickly,” said Urban. “I could hear most of the song already in my head on the ride to the studio that day, where busbee and I were already working. I was thinking about how long it’d been since I heard a song with a guy and girl actually speaking back and forth to each other.”
The release of RIPCORD in 2016 marked the second time one of Urban’s albums simultaneously topped the all-genre charts in America, Canada and Australia. The album has produced four No.1 songs, including ‘Wasted Time’, ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’ and ‘Break On Me’.
Nearly one year following its release, RIPCORD was yet again No.1. It’s single releases have not only added to Urban’s total of No.1 songs (22) but has also added to an historic run of consecutive Top 10 songs – an incredible 37. He’s celebrated 3.4 billion worldwide streams, over 524 million on RIPCORD alone, and his previous single ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ spent 13 weeks as one of the most streamed songs of any genre.
In Australia, RIPCORD was 2016’s No.2 selling album on the all-genre chart behind Adele’s 25.