Keith Urban preps new single, Sweet Thing
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
– Keith Urban will release Sweet Thing,
the first single from his as of yet untitled fifth studio album, to country radio on Nov. 3. The single was co-written with Monty Powell and co-produced with longtime Urban producer Dann Huff. The song was recorded at The Castle Recording Studios in Franklin, Tenn.
In conjunction with the release, beginning today (Tuesday, Oct. 28), Urban will give fans the exclusive opportunity to phone into "Keith Urban's Mobile Club" (1-888-617-0623) to preview the new single.
Urban is also set to release a live concert DVD, "Love, Pain & the whole crazy World Tour," available exclusively in Wal-Mart stores Nov. 11.
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