Keith Urban has another memorable achievement in his stellar career with the news that his current single ‘We Were’ has become his 40th top ten hit on Billboard’s Country Airplay countdown. The poignant and reflective song is also a triumph for Urban’s fellow country superstar Eric Church, who co-wrote it with Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde.
‘We Were’ climbs 11-10 in its 21st week on the airplay chart, becoming his first top ten single since ‘Coming Home,’ featuring Julia Michaels, which rose to No. 3 in August 2018. His first such success was exactly 18 years earlier, when ‘Your Everything’ made the top ten in August 2000 on its way to No. 3.
Billboard Country Update also reports that Urban thus becomes the seventh artist to notch 40 or more top ten songs, since the chart was introduced in January 1990. George Strait leads that list with 61 appearances, followed by Tim McGraw on 57, Kenny Chesney (55), Alan Jackson (51), Toby Keith (42) and Brooks & Dunn (41).
Following his headlining appearance in the UK and Ireland at this year’s Country to Country Festival in March, Urban recently announced a 2020 European tour. It will start on 2 May in Amsterdam before four shows in the UK (including a London date at the Eventim Apollo), then five in Germany and visits to Holland, Sweden and Norway.
Urban’s various commitments before that include concerts in Sydney, Australia just before Christmas, and a New Year’s Eve booking at the free Jack Daniels Music City Midnight show. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, the Struts, Amanda Shires, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and and DJ Dave Audé are also on the bill.
On 10 February next year, Urban will play his next All for the Hall benefit at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, raising funds for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Tanya Tucker and Brothers Osborne will also perform at the all-star event.