Keith Urban’s ‘The Speed Of Now’ Debuts At No.1 in Three Countries

Keith Urban has done it again! His new album, The Speed Of Now Part 1, reached the No.1 spot on…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 29, 2020


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Keith Urban; Photo by Russ Harrington

Keith Urban has done it again!

His new album, The Speed Of Now Part 1, reached the No.1 spot on the charts in three countries: the United States, Canada and Australia. This marks Urban’s fourth album to simultaneously debut at the top of the charts in these three countries.

Additionally, “One Too Many,” his new duet with P!nk, exploded around the world, cracking sales and radio charts in U.K., Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Russia, Belgium and South Africa.

The Speed Of Now Part 1 is the Grammy-winner’s 10th studio album and 9th album to debut at No.1 in the U.S. The project features his 39th Top 5, “God Whispered Your Name,” as well as previously released tracks like “Polaroid,” “Superman,” and “One Too Many.”

Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, and daughters, Faith Marie and Sunday Rose, helped him celebrate the album’s release with an epic release party. They showered him with tasty treats, including a custom The Speed of Now cake, and decorated his workspace with balloons to mark the occasion.

“It’s beautiful,” the superstar shared in a social media post, adding, “I’m so, so thankful.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.