OFFSTAGE: Is Keith Urban Pop? Or Was Madonna Country?

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OFFSTAGE: Is Keith Urban Pop? Or Was Madonna Country?

Published on June 03, 2013 by CMT News

Keith Urban
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

This is a little bit like one of those chicken and egg scenarios. Madonna had a song in
2001 — “Don’t Tell Me” — that felt pretty country. She’s even dressed like a cowgirl in the video. And now Keith
has taken some inspiration from that song for his own hit “Little Bit of Everything.” So did she go country, or
has he gone a little Madonna? It doesn’t matter, obviously. “She had a staccato acoustic guitar part in there that I thought
was very cool,” Urban
told USA Today
. “On the demo that Kevin [Rudolf] did, it was more of a strummed part, just a straight-up ‘Hey Soul
Sister’ thing,” Urban says. He also talks about the ukulele parts and other cool things that happened in the studio. But I’d
love to find out more about Urban’s fondness for ’80s pop. Let’s not forget that he wrote his 2000 debut hit “But
for the Grace of God”
with Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s.

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