News Roundup: Kings Of Leon, Guns N’ Roses, Keith Urban

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Keith Urban’s new single, “Put You In A Song,” which hits the radio on September 13, was inspired by Urban’s purchase of a bouzouki, the Greek stringed instrument that’s fairly uncommon to modern country music.The single is off his upcoming album, Get Closer, due November 16.

“On my way to write with Jedd (Hughes) and Sarah (Buxton), I stopped by this music shop and bought a bouzouki,” says Urban in a statement. “I got it out of the case, we got a great groove going on the drum machine, I started playing the opening riff and the song just took off.”

“I’ve always loved songs about ‘the guy in love with the unattainable girl’, he continues. “And the idea that the only chance that this poor guy is ever going to have to get close to the object of his affection is to put her in a song, just struck me. That way he’d be able to take her with him everywhere he goes…day and night.”

It used to be that if you pelted Guns N’ Roses with bottles, Axl Rose would threaten to “kick the crap out of every last one of you @%$%!” Nowadays, though, the GNR frontman is more apt to compose a thoughtful letter. The band’s European tour has been riddled with incidents: at their recent show at Dublin’s 02 arena, the band suffered an onslaught of plastic after cutting their 22-minute set short due to “technical difficulties.” They later came back to perform for a half-empty arena. The concert follows the band’s troubled appearances at the Leeds and Reading Festivals, after which Rose tweeted an apology to his fans.

Kings Of Leon have revealed the track list and album art for the fifth studio album, Come Around Sundown, due October 19 (in both standard and deluxe editions, the latter featuring bonus tracks). Lead single “Radioactive” will debut September 8 on the band’s website and Vevo. Pre-order the album online to receive a free download of “Radioactive.” We support any album whose first track is called “The End.”

Come Around Sundown track listing:

The End
The Face
The Immortals
Back Down South
Beach Side
No Money
Pony Up
Mi Amigo
Pickup Truck


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  1. Cannot wait for Keith Urban’s new single. Love everything he has ever done, own everything he has ever done! New single, new CD coming soon, wonderful music to look forward to!! AWESOME!!!

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