|Studio album by|
|Released||27 April 2018|
|Recorded||2017-18, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Keith Urban chronology|
|Singles from Graffiti U|
Graffiti U is the tenth studio album by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released on 27 April 2018 via Hit Red and Capitol Records Nashville. The album was heavily influenced by experiences from Urban's youth, and includes the singles "Female", "Parallel Line", "Coming Home" (featuring Julia Michaels), and "Never Comin' Down". The album has received mixed reviews from critics but received a nomination for CMA Award for Album of the Year.
Keith Urban said that his first influences were records made by such artists as Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, and Merle Haggard that his father collected. After quitting school at age 15, he performed in cover bands that played a variety of musical styles. Urban also explained that Graffiti U was a combination of those styles he performed during his youth and listened to in his father's record collection.
Graffiti U is neither a song title nor a lyric on the record, but rather a phrase that Urban had come up with. The word "graffiti" came to him while he was working the album, because the process was like graffiti for him. "I have always loved that word, loved the sound of the word, and have loved that it's art-driven," he said. Urban added that "graffiti is free and pure, and very personal" and said, "I thought that this record feels like that to me." He also mentioned that the "U" part was "[both] the audience [and] the listener".
The song "Female" was performed live during the 2017 CMA Awards. Urban also performed. On 23 April, he performed the song at a Spotify "Fans First" event in Nashville, Tennessee along with "Parallel Line", which he sang with wife Nicole Kidman, and "Wasted Time", from his previous album Ripcord. At the event, he took questions from fans and displayed murals created by five local artists inspired by songs from the album.
"Female" was released as the album's lead single on 8 November 2017. It was inspired by the Me Too movement. It reached number 12 on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart, his first single to miss the top 10 since his 1999 hit "It's a Love Thing". "Parallel Line" was released as the album's second single on 18 January 2018. A third single, "Coming Home" featuring American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels was released on 21 March 2018. The song reached number 3 on the Country Airplay chart.
Graffiti U has received negative reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album three out of five stars, criticising Urban's attempt to address complicated sexual politics. He pointed to the song "Gemini", questioning the narrator's solidarity due to the provocative lyrics.Rolling Stone gave a two-and-a-half-star review of the album, mentioning the same issue with the lyrical content.
In the United States, Graffiti U debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 145,000 album-equivalent units of which 137,000 were in pure album sales. The album benefited from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with Urban's latest tour, which began on 15 June 2018. It became Urban's seventh top 10 album in the country. It also debuted atop the Top Country Albums chart, becoming Urban's sixth number-one album on that chart. In its second week, the album fell to number 18 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top Country Albums chart, with 17,100 copies sold that week. As of April 2019, the album has sold 279,100 copies in the United States.
|1.||"Coming Home" (featuring Julia Michaels)||[a]||3:33|
|2.||"Never Comin' Down"||3:34|
|4.||"My Wave (Intro)"||0:28|
|5.||"My Wave" (featuring Shy Carter)||3:32|
|7.||"Drop Top" (featuring Kassi Ashton)||3:44|
|8.||"Way Too Long"||Holter||3:15|
|9.||"Horses" (featuring Lindsay Ell)||3:37|
|11.||"Texas Time (Intro)"||0:10|
|13.||"Love the Way It Hurts (So Good)"||3:21|
|15.||"Steal My Thunder"||7:16|
*sales figures based on certification alone