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Keith Urban Pulls the ‘Ripcord’ With Nile Rodgers: The Ram Report

Country star talks to us about working on new music with fellow guitar hero

We finally know the title of Keith Urban’s next album: Ripcord. (And we’re still standing by for the release date.)

The follow-up to 2013’s Fuse, Ripcord got off to a chart-topping start with its first single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” Urban takes the tempo down and the emotion up with its second release, “Break on Me.” And he’s hinted that he’ll crank up the guitars on a few more tracks, as he’s been collaborating with lauded musician Nile Rodgers.

“We finally got together a few months ago and started writing in the studio,” Urban tells Rolling Stone Country. “I’ve always just liked his guitar playing and it felt like we would click musically.”

The feeling is mutual: “[Urban]’s scary; I didn’t know he played guitar like that!” Rodgers recently told Yahoo! Music.

Rodgers, who co-wrote Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams’ Grammy-winning “Get Lucky,” has worked with artists ranging from Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross to Madonna and David Bowie.


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