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Keith Urban Teases New Album With First Single ‘Straight Line’

“Every song on this album – even the ballads – carries an energy and a life force that became a very strong through line,” country star says of first LP since 2020’s The Speed of Now Part 1

It’s been four years since Keith Urban last released an album, but the country star is revving back up with his just-released track “Straight Line,” the first single of his upcoming new LP.

“‘Straight Line’ is the perfect first track off my album because it’s a song born of wanting to break out of routine and feeling like somewhere along the line, life lost some color and excitement – ‘You and me used to be like a year-round summer…,’” Urban said of the single in a statement. 

“This song is about getting it back again – a message of taking back your life and driving out from under the dark cloud. If you’ve seen us in concert, I hope this track gives you that same liberated feeling.”

Urban hasn’t released a full-length album since 2020’s The Speed of Now Part 1, which — four years later — hasn’t been followed by a Part 2. However, he’s been hinting at a new studio album for nearly three years, putting out a string of one-off singles like “Wild Hearts,” “Nightfalls,” Brown Eyes Baby,” and “Street Called Main” since The Speed of Now’s arrival.

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The singer added, “While ‘Straight Line’s’ lyrics are about being stuck and trying to break out of the monotony, the melody and energy are a boulevard of nothing but green lights. Every song on this album – even the ballads – carries an energy and a life force that became a very strong through line. I hope you feel it. I’m so excited for everyone to hear the whole thing.”

Prior to releasing his next album, Urban has promised to issue another new single in March.

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