Keith Urban is preparing the follow-up to his 2013 project, Fuse. Urban has released six songs from his Fuse album, including the recently released single “Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church. The song reached Number 20 position on the US Country Airplay chart, and it charted at Number 26 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The country singer doesn’t plan on dropping anymore songs from the Fuse album, because he is in the beginning stages of the recording his new album. “Just starting work on the next record. I’m sort of doing the preliminary work of figuring out what’s the next record,” Urban told Billboard magazine. He continued, “It’s reaching out and talking with people about working with them in the studio, different writers. It’s just lots of ideas and tinkering right now.”
Although the beginning stages of preparing an album can be very frustrating, Urban told the magazine there’s a part of him that enjoys the process. “I sort of like the unknowingness of it. I get in the studio and don’t know what we’re gonna do, and that can be enlightening and sort of revelatory, or it can be incredibly frustrating,” Urban said. The country singer does not have a date for when the project needs to complete, but he knows he needs to set a reasonable time frame in order to follow with a tour. “I would say I would like to not have a timetable, but we do have to have an opening night for a tour to follow,” Urban said. The country singer decided not to go on a huge tour this year, so he could focus on recording his album. Urban will instead perform at a few music festivals every now and then, and he will be performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 24th.
Besides his hectic recording schedule, Urban is currently filming his second season as a judge on American Idol. The singer told Billboard magazine that this season has such a good energy, and he is having a lot of fun working alongside Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Ryan Seacrest. “It feels like there’s a clarity and center to everything that’s happening, so hopefully it’s coming off that way because it’s really fun to do,” Urban said. American Idol will film the next twenty-four episodes in Detroit, which will be the first time the show will go on the road to tape viewer voted performances. They will also film live from Detroit next month, and those shows will air from The Fillmore Detroit music venue.