Urban and Underwood to play Charlottesville
Yesterday, Billboard reported that two of the best-selling artists in country music will team up for a Charlottesville show sometime "early next year" after January 31. Both Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will take the stage on the to-be-announced date, presumably at the John Paul Jones Arena, given that Urban alone has enough star power to pack fans into arenas from coast to coast.
Best known to tabloid readers as Mr. Nicole Kidman, Urban has won legions of fans over the last three years with singles like "Better Life," "Making Memories of Us," "Days Go By," and "You'll Think of Me," all topping the Billboard country charts, pushing both 2004's Be Here and last year's Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing well past platinum status with a combined 6 million copies sold. On the strength of those two albums, the Country Music Association has named Urban Male Vocalist of the Year three years in a row– from 2004-2006– a feat matched only by George Strait (who sold out the JPJ in January) and Vince Gill. Aside from Canada's Shania Twain, the native New Zealander is the only foreign-born singer to achieve this kind of fame in country music.
Underwood first entered the national consciousness as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2004. Since then, the 24-year-old Oklahoman has parlayed her TV fame into five #1 country singles like "Jesus Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats," selling six million copies of her 2005 debut album, Some Hearts, winning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year each of the last two years and the 2007 Grammy for Best New Artist. Her sophomore effort, Carnival Ride, hit record stores on October 23 and sold over half a million copies in its first week, landing at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Tickets for the as-yet-unannounced date will go on sale December 1.