Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood hit #1 with “The Fighter” on CISN Country’s American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.
“The Fighter” is the fifth single off Keith’s 2016 album Ripcord and was inspired by the early days of his relationship with Nicole Kidman, when he promised her he’d be her fighter when times get tough.
“The song is about wanting to heal somebody, wanting to take care of somebody, wanting to protect somebody. It’s really like a vow in so many ways,” Urban explained to Billboard. “The Fighter” follows previous #1 songs off Keith’s album, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Break on Me,” “Wasted Time” and the multi-week No. 1 “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
“It comes from a very real place. It’s a song about helping to heal and protect someone you love,” Urban says in a press release. “It’s a song about reassurance that you’ll always be there to take the blows the world can throw. Carrie and I had sung together before and I thought our voices blended really well so she was unquestionably the right choice. It was such a relief that she wanted to do it.” ‘The Fighter” marks Urban’s 23rd No. 1 and Underwood’s 26th.
Underwood and Urban have joined forces to perform “The Fighter,” on the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards. Plus, they teamed up for the music video of the duet that debuted in February. Urban announced in July of 2017 that he is back in the studio working on a new album that will act as the follow-up to Ripcord.