Ripcord (album)

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Ripcord
Ripcord album cover.jpg
Studio album by Keith Urban
Released 6 May 2016 (2016-05-06)
Recorded
  • 2015–16
Studio Hollywood
Genre Country pop[1]
Length 45:42
Label
Producer
Keith Urban chronology
Fuse
(2013)Fuse2013
Ripcord
(2016)
Graffiti U
(2018)Graffiti U2018
Singles from Ripcord
  1. "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
    Released: 9 June 2015
  2. "Break on Me"
    Released: 23 October 2015
  3. "Wasted Time"
    Released: 4 April 2016
  4. "Blue Ain't Your Color"
    Released: 8 August 2016
  5. "The Fighter"
    Released: 6 February 2017

Ripcord is the ninth studio album by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released on 6 May 2016, through Hit Red and Capitol Nashville, for this album, Urban collaborated with musicians such as Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, and Nile Rodgers. The album was preceded by the singles "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" and "Break on Me", with "Wasted Time", "Blue Ain't Your Color", and "The Fighter" also being released from it. As with his previous album Fuse, Urban worked with multiple record producers, including longtime producer Dann Huff.

The album was nominated for Best Country Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

On April 7, 2017, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[2]

Background[edit]

This album has been called Urban's most experimental album to date. Urban told Rolling Stone, "It was a lot of searching, a lot of experimenting, and when you get to work with as many people as I did, you end up with a lot of stuff."

One of the tracks, "Sun Don't Let Me Down" features Pitbull, and Nile Rodgers on guitar, the first verse in that song makes reference to Urban's wife Nicole Kidman's 1995 film To Die For.[3]

Promotion[edit]

Urban promoted the album by performing "Wasted Time" on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on 6 May and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 12 May 2016.[4][5] Three days after the album was released Urban played a free lunchtime concert in front of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on 9 May 2016, he performed tracks from Ripcord such as "Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)" and "Blue Ain't Your Color".[6] Urban embarked on a world tour in support of the album on the RipCORD World Tour, beginning on 2 June 2016.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" was released on June 9, 2015. It reached number forty on the US Hot 100 and number two on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts,[7][8] the song was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards but lost to Chris Stapleton's "Traveler".

The second single "Break on Me" was released on 23 October 23, 2015, it reached number one on the Country Airplay chart and peaked at number six on Hot Country Songs, as well as number 54 on the Hot 100.

"Wasted Time" was released as the third single on April 4, 2016.[9] Like its predecessor, it also reached number one on Country Airplay chart; in addition, it peaked at number four on Hot Country Songs and at number 51 on the Hot 100.

"Blue Ain't Your Color" was released on July 30, 2016 as the album's fourth single by Urban via Snapchat. The song reached number one on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. Also, it reached number 24 on Hot 100.

"The Fighter", a duet with fellow country musician Carrie Underwood, was released as the album's fifth single on February 6, 2017.[10][11] Urban wrote the song with his producer busbee while the two were in London, its was inspired by conversations that Urban had with his wife Nicole Kidman early in their relationship.[12] It peaked at number two on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay chart, it also reached number 38 on the Hot 100 chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
ABC News 3/5 stars[14]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[15]
Entertainment Weekly B–[16]
The Sydney Morning Herald 3/5 stars[17]

Ripcord has received generally positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic — which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72 based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". ABC News' Allan Raible says that the album "is not really a country record," saying, "It is more of an electric-pop influenced record. The album reeks of formula but at the same time, there's something enjoyably adventurous about this record,[14] at The Sydney Morning Herald, the album received three stars and reports that "Urban threads a tight needle, updating the slick contemporary American country sound he, long ago, mastered with the warm washes and bright punctuation of pop music," adding that "It is, at first suggestion, an almost ludicrous concept, but it's testament to Urban's craftsmanship that the record is dexterous and pleasing."[17]

Sounds Like Nashville described Ripcord as "a remarkably diverse album that pushes boundaries and furthers Urban’s evolution as an artist."[18]

For the collaborations on the album, The News-Sentinel's Michael McCall describes "The Fighter", the duet with Carrie Underwood, as "a modern update of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell", and describes the collaboration with Pitbull and Nile Rodgers ("Sun Don't Let Me Down") as "more like an exercise than a celebration".[19]

Accolades[edit]

The album received a nomination for Album of the Year for the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards, 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards and Best Country Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Year Association Category Result
2016 CMA Awards[20] Album of the Year Nominated
2017 59th Annual Grammy Awards Best Country Album[citation needed] Nominated
ACM Awards Album of the Year Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Album Nominated

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one in Urban's home country of Australia,[21] and at number 21 in New Zealand,[22] it stayed at number one on the Australian albums chart for a second week, becoming his first album to spend more than one week at the top of that chart.[23] The album was certified Platinum in Australia for shipment of over 70,000 units.

It debuted at number 3 on the Canadian Albums chart[24] and has been certified Gold for shipment of over 40,000 units.[25]

In the US, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, his fifth No. 1 on the chart. It also debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200, earning 106,000 album-equivalent units in its first week (93,000 pure sales).[26] It stayed at number one on the Top Country Albums chart for a second week, on April 7, 2017, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[27] As of May 2018, it has sold 730,500 copies in the US.[28]

Track listing[edit]

Ripcord[29][30]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)"
  • Urban
  • Bhasker
  • Tyler Johnson
2:48
2. "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
3:42
3. "Wasted Time"
  • Urban
  • Wells
3:53
4. "Habit of You"
3:44
5. "Sun Don't Let Me Down" (featuring Nile Rodgers and Pitbull)
  • Urban
  • busbee
  • Rodgers
3:23
6. "Gettin' in the Way"
  • Urban
  • Huff
3:48
7. "Blue Ain't Your Color"
  • Urban
  • Huff
3:50
8. "The Fighter" (featuring Carrie Underwood)
  • Urban
  • busbee
  • Urban
  • busbee
3:04
9. "Break on Me"
3:29
10. "Boy Gets a Truck"
  • Urban
  • Huff
3:29
11. "Your Body"
  • Urban
  • busbee
  • Urban
  • busbee
2:45
12. "That Could Still Be Us"
  • Urban
  • Price
3:57
13. "Worry 'Bout Nothin'"
  • Urban
  • Huff
3:50
Total length: 45:42

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic[31] and Ripcord liner notes.[32]

"Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)"

"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"

"Wasted Time"

  • James Abrahart – background vocals
  • Greg Wells – piano, keyboards, programming
  • Keith Urban – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ganjo

"Habit of You"

  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Charlie Judge – keyboards
  • K-KOV – programming, background vocals
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Keith Urban – electric guitar, ganjo, Ebow

"Sun Don't Let Me Down"

  • Shanika Bereal – background vocals
  • busbee – bass guitar, programming, keyboards, background vocals
  • Eric Darkenpercussion
  • Russell Graham – programming, keyboards
  • Samantha Nelson – background vocals
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Tiffany Palmer – background vocals
  • Pitbull – rapping
  • Nile Rodgers – electric guitar, whistling
  • Aaron Sterling – drums
  • Keith Urban – electric guitar, ganjo, vocals

"Gettin' in the Way"

  • Nathan Barlowe – programming
  • Matt Chamberlain – programming
  • Dann Huff – electric guitar, keyboards
  • Charlie Judge – synthesizer
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Keith Urban – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals

"Blue Ain't Your Color"

  • Matt Chamberlain – drums, programming
  • Dann Huff – acoustic guitar
  • Charlie Judge – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Keith Urban – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, nylon-string guitar, vocals

"The Fighter"

  • busbee – bass guitar, keyboards, electric guitar, programming
  • Carrie Underwood – vocals
  • Keith Urban – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ganjo, vocals

"Break on Me"

  • Matt Chamberlain – programming
  • Nathan Chapman – programming, keyboards, background vocals
  • Charlie Judge – keyboards
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Keith Urban – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Tal Wilkenfeld – bass guitar

"Boy Gets a Truck"

  • Matt Chamberlain – drums, programming
  • Dann Huff – electric guitar, synthesizer
  • Charlie Judge – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Keith Urban – electric guitar, vocals

"Your Body"

  • busbee – keyboards, bass guitar, programming, electric guitar, background vocals
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Keith Urban – ganjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals

"That Could Still Be Us"

  • Jonny Price – programming, synthesizers, keyboards

"Worry 'Bout Nothin'"

  • Nathan Barlowe – programming, synthesizer
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums, programming
  • Dann Huff – electric guitar
  • Charlie Judge – keyboards, snythesizer
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Keith Urban – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, ganjo, Ebow

Production

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[45] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[46] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Platinum 730,500[28]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, formats, label, editions and references
Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s) Ref
Australia 6 May 2016 Universal Standard [47]
Canada [48]
Japan [49]
New Zealand [50]
United Kingdom Capitol Nashville [51]
United States
  • Hit Red
  • Capitol Nashville
[52]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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