Urban and UMG Nashville president Cindy Mabe are this week's particular friends.
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, the place every week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts division, talk about why what's on the charts … is on the charts, whereas additionally taking a look at present chart motion in a historic context for even higher insights.
This week's particular friends are Keith Urban and Universal Music Group Nashville president Cindy Mabe, as interviewed by Billboard's Nashville-based senior chart supervisor Jim Asker.
The newest in a seamless collection of interviews (following, amongst others, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris and Luke Bryan; get caught up right here) sheds extra mild into the dynamic between nation artists and labels, as Urban, Mabe and Asker recount Urban's lofty chart historical past, which incorporates 38 consecutive prime 10 singles and 16 No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
"I like that I nonetheless get to do what I like to do," Urban says. "Capitol [Records] and I've been collectively a protracted, very long time; I signed in 1997. So, to nonetheless be there 21 years later is extraordinary. It's a testomony to how supportive the label has been of me and my music and the place I'm all in favour of going with it."
Reflecting on his bevy of chart leaders, together with his newest album, Graffiti U, which launched as his sixth chief on Top Country Albums in May, "It's a tremendous feeling, completely," Urban says of hitting No. 1. "It's like listening to, 'I like you.' "
Urban (who – particular deal with alert – breaks into track throughout the podcast) additionally chats about how he is aware of when an album he's engaged on feels completed; who picks his singles, together with his newest, "Never Comin Down"; singing with Julia Michaels on his most up-to-date Country Airplay chart prime 10, "Coming Home"; and, if he ever will get downtime (with spouse Nicole Kidman).
Adds Mabe, about Michaels and different feminine artists who've collaborated with Urban, together with Carrie Underwood, "We're all the time higher as a format once we're large – plenty of range."
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