Friday, April 8, 2011

A Fork in the Road

Now that award season is over, our favorite couple is now focusing on their careers.

It doesn't need to be pointed out, but Nicole Kidman was nominated for five awards and came away with nothing, while Keith Urban was up for one, and won his fourth Grammy.

Let’s revisit Oscar night for a moment. While all of Kidman's peers were partying with Sir Elton John, according to Entertainment Weekly, Kidman and Urban were with Rupert Murdoch and the head of Fox Searchlight pictures at the Governor’s Ball. Kidman was licking up the money trail forgoing all those parties where one is seen in order to make deals for the future. What was Keith doing? Looking really bored and spotted for the first time in public actually pulling away from her.

Now Kidman still wants all of you to believe that they are a happy, happy family. She even summoned young Faith away from the home fires to her set in San Francisco. She made sure Keith was photographed on set, as well.

So, Kidman is working. This is good news for the citizens of Nashville. Kidman won't be doing her seasonal visit to the "farm" any time soon. The television event is scheduled to shoot for many months all over the world. I am sure the little girls will be dragged all over because Kidman is a working mother and she wants everyone to know it.

Keith has begun his tour in Australia, so he won’t be able to join in for much of the big shoot. Was it planned that way? World tours take a lot of planning and the dates were announced very early, and then Kidman announced this television epic. Work can pull the happiest of couples in many directions.

This tour is important for Keith. Very important. Probably the most important tour in his career because this is really a make or break time for him. The CD is a failure. That can't be denied. The first single died on the charts. The second is moving very slowly and it’s not getting very much airplay. And the video, which was filmed during awards season, pushes the happy family facade to the max. He got into bed with Target and that really wasn't lucrative. The deluxe version of the CD that was an exclusive is now available to everyone and Keith is doing free shows and more and more corporate gigs. Has he reached his peak, and is now going through the motions? Is he enthusiastic enough for a turn around? If his recent performances are any indication he seems distracted, stale and predictable. Where is the joy he always seemed to have when he performed?

Is there something else pulling on him now? Worry about the future? His vanity label? Or is there something else in another part of his life distracting him? Kidman can put everything else aside to work on her art. Can Keith? The video exploiting his wedding photos and his daughter was not a very bright move. Why, after both Kidman and Keith tell the press that they have a private life with parts off limits, make a video that shows the most intimate private parts of that life? It is very interesting for those of us who feel the marriage is sham. The new single wasn't even written by him; he can't express anything stronger than a baby girl reference in a pithy, throwaway single. As he starts his tour of Oz Keith is talking more about being a father and about his parents than he has about the wife. Is that why the infamous third arm picture has shown up on HIS fan site?

All we can say is whore out your family, but don't bitch when it bites you in the ass because a chunk of people either don't believe it or don't care. Time will tell, but perhaps there is much more going on than we know about and just perhaps there is more in the future of this couple than just work.

58 comments:

maclen said...

"This tour is important for Keith. Very important. Probably the most important tour in his career because this is really a make or break time for him."

Yeah, I really agree with that Urban Myths. Because, ultimately it is the last piece to the puzzle. It's been about 3 years now since I've been pointing out orb's clear decline in his cd sales...with my self proclaimed, "Declination Theory"...and recently the clear demise of orb's success at recieving the big industry awards...with only the single "dilluted" Grammy...this tour will show if his live demand is still up to par. Orb may have begun his tour late...considering the release of his cd 6 months prior...orb will pretty much play about the same amount of his last full tour in 2009. His schedule calls for 60+ shows, but it seems to date, he HAS NO other current major country performers who will headline or appear alongside him this tour...as he HEAVILY had in his 2009 tour. So I of course question his drawing power now that HE...orb...will simply be the draw. Can he surpass, or even come close to grossing what he did in 2009? That will certainly be what I will be looking at when he finishes his tour.

maclen said...

Ha! So orb opened the oz leg of his "world" tour...

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/keith-touches-fans-at-concert/story-e6fredpu-1226036288733

Keith touches fans at concert

...so the most interesting bits...

"The Entertainment Centre was close to full, fans pressed as close as they could get and one boy called Nathan even made it on stage."

...so, clearly the show WAS NOT sold out...not too surprising!

"Five tracks from the Get Closer album have made the set list, as well as some favorites from previous albums and, last night, a rousing cover of Cold Chisel's Rising Sun.Those in the very back row had their own get-closer experience when at one point Urban popped up to play on a satellite stage in front of them.
"Who has got the good seats now?" he asked.

...ah...I see it the return of MR ORIGINALITY! The return of cletus "Who has the best seats now" orb! Only NOW, they are not the "best seats" they are only "good seats"... How many MORE times do you think orb is gonna use that GEM of a phrase?!

"He continued to play to and with the crowd all night but was not his usual limber self. Backstage before going on he revealed he had put his back out."

Oh yes, "put his back out"...is that what he's calling it now? Oh noes...I certainly hope there are no cancelations on his upcoming "WORLD" tour because of his back!? HA! So...onward to Melbourne!

hoosierlady said...

Urban Myths,

Looks like you are going to have to run a contest to come up with original lines for the orb.

Prize will be immediate direct answers from Maclen on any question, (you'll have to conference with him on topic).

It's clear he needs help.

maclen said...

hoosierlady said...
"Urban Myths,
Looks like you are going to have to run a contest to come up with original lines for the orb.
Prize will be immediate direct answers from Maclen on any question, (you'll have to conference with him on topic)."

Ha! Well hoosier...I DONT necessarily even need to have a contest to practically give my "immediate" reaction to any question out there! As much as I no doubt can get on the occasional fansie's nerve regarding orb...I never claim to know ALL the correct answers...all I really address...in as lucid a matter as I can regarding orb's career decline...I DO KNOW what has not worked! And it is a hilarious sport to spot them and call them as i see em when I can see exactly what orb is up to!

maclen said...

So, day two of the "WORLD TOUR"...in oz...

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/urban-delivers-at-home/story-e6frg8po-1226036884058

Urban delivers at home

...lets summarize...


In Melbourne:

"Later in the night Urban headed back into the crowd to perform Baby You Look Good In My Shirt; the song finished with a moment of palpable generosity as Urban presented his guitar to an astounded young boy in the crowd.

From Adelaide the night before...

"Carrying a guitar he wanted signed, Nathan, who was probably no more than 5, was lifted on to the stage.
He got his autograph and joined Urban on stage for a few bars of Days Go By."You are going to put me out of a job," Urban joked."


..so, is this the theme of the tour...little boys and guitars? That WOULD explain the new...VERY CLEAR video over at youtube of orb and the boy with the guitar in Adelaide!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T58c-yT4tg

Keith Urban Live in Australia 2011 with 5 Yr Old Nathan singing Days Go By!

NO WAY that it was just a PRE PLANNED little gimmick! ONe thing you can claim about orb...is that HE"S SO spontanious!


In Melbourne:

"After the tear-jerking Making Memories of Us, Urban walked through the crowd to a podium at the rear of the stadium to perform a four-song bracket of I'm In, Once In a Lifetime, You'll Think of Me and Days Go By."

In Adelaide the day before:

"Those in the very back row had their own get-closer experience when at one point Urban popped up to play on a satellite stage in front of them.
"Who has got the good seats now?" he asked."


So, I see the "cheap seats are the good seats" move is back. Mr. originality has such SMOOTH MOVES!

maclen said...

Ha! So, last month I was mentioning how the kidman and orb fansie sites had shut off their message boards to all prying...non fansies eyes...and surely, it seems that kidman's NKLosers fawnsite in now officially dead, as it now shows itself "offline"...I mentioned how the anti-skeptic whacko blogsites that sprung up in an attempt to "counter" the skeptic commentary has gone kaput and are no longer in "mutt and jeff" defending mode...I mentioned how the "Positive" thread over at the E! boards had been reduced to one single commenter...posting the usual photos, articles, etc. Well, now it seems interest of mutt and jeff by the "skeptics" is also most assurdly on the wane! Which of course, is NOT VERY surprising...I had that same feeling last november after orb's cd has come out...and his firt single tanked...and his cd sales were lackluster. But it seems the orb's new "WORLD TOUR" and his continued low cd sales...all those stats and numbers...has MY juices going again! But the lack of interest IS MY MAIN point in commenting...to show that these two mediocre celebs are on the wane! So Ill STILL be back with the orbs cd sales for the past week when they're released...and Ill have my take on them...

maclen said...

So, earlier this week I noticed during routine google search, that orb had been "announced" as a performer on the returning Billboard Music Awards...

http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1661791/lady-antebellum-keith-urban-join-billboard-music-awards-lineup.jhtml

Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban Join Billboard Music Awards Lineup

...and now this morning the nominees were announced for the Billboard awards...

http://www.centredaily.com/2011/04/13/2646450/billboard-announces-finalists.html

Billboard Announces Finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards

...and VERY indicative of orb's such weak cd sales and overall standing "on the charts"...orb is ABSENT from the award noms. Of course, swifty and Lady ant...recall lady is "opening for orb" in oz...just as swifty did a few years ago...lead all country act for noms.

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean --
"My Kinda Party"

Lady Antebellum -- "Need You Now"

Sugarland -- "The Incredible Machine"

Taylor Swift -- "Speak Now"

Zac Brown Band -- "The Foundation"

Top Country Song:
The Band Perry -- "If I Die Young"

Lady Antebellum -- "Need You Now"

Miranda Lambert -- "The House That Built Me"

Sugarland -- "Stuck Like Glue"

Taylor Swift -- "Mine"

And so, confirming orb's overall decline in noms and awards the past year...you'll notice that the "music chart" organization ALSO overlooks orb in any album or song category!

maclen said...

Well, apparently roughstock is too distracted with singles reviews to post their weekly country cd sales report. Kind of a bummer, though...as this weeks sales will reveal any ACM awards sales "bumps". The only sales report are from HITS Daily Double...AND, unfortunately since it only lists the top 50 sellers...orb's cd sales ARE NEVER POSTED at that site! But what is interesting in their numbers are the sales "bumps' most of the country artists at the ACMs got the past week. Here are some numbers...

Last week This week

j. aldrean- 19,324- 24,015 +24%

swifty- 14,877- 18391 +24%

lady ant- 14,168- 17,890 +26%

sugarland- 12,011- 14,406 +20%


...now notice that at least the actual sales jumps are in the thousands...aldren's 4,691 more cds sold...swifty's 3,514...lady ant's 3,722...sugarland's 2,395. Now recall orb's cd sales "bump" the last week after the Ellen show... a grand total of 580 more cds sold for a pitiful total of 4,788! Thats ONLY a hundred more of what aldren gained this past week! Now of course Billboards 200 album album chart is up...and the sales bumps for the highest gainers reflect in the new chart...

aldren- #12- up 11 spots from #23

swifty- #25- up 8 spots from #33

lady ant- #28- up 7 spots fron #35

sugarland-#40- up 1 spot from #41

...now as for the orb...HE DID jump up 14 spots....BUT, NOT SO FAST...you have to click through 4 more pages on the chart...TO #114... up those 14 spots...from LAST WEEKS #128...where HE WAS PREVIOUSLY! So, what exactly was orb's ACM's sales bump? Was it the about 2000 more cds sold of a month ago...OR...simply the 580 more cds sold of last week? The answer seems pretty obvious! At #128 on the charts...SOOOO low on the chart... a sales of only "hundreds" more COULD most certainly move him up those 14 spots! But then again, in comparison to those selected country artists above who do seem to have gotten some bump...and certainly of lady ant and swifty...WHO WERE big winners at the ACMs... orb's meager numbers are pretty pitiful!

maclen said...

...HA!...

I love these..."reviews"...that ain"t....there actually simply laughable "press releases!"

http://www.kidsolo.com/keith-urban-australian-tour-a-success/3536/

Keith Urban Australian tour a success

"Multi-platinum selling and four time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban is performing infront of near sellout crowds across Australia in his Get Closer 2011 World Tour."

...so, how NEAR were the shows sellouts? So, how would a TOTAL sellout tour be described?

"But the Get Closer tour is also about planting the seed of fandom with a new generation as Urban interacts with some very lucky young’uns getting to share a moment on stage.

...so, they got in the "orb interacts with the "young'uns" I pointed out he was obviously setting up in his first two oz shows...the "kid who JUST SPONTANIOUSLY walked up to the stage with a guitar and orb "SPONTANIOUSLY" brought him up to the stage to get it autographed" and then orb got the kid to "SPONTANIOUSLY play a little for the crowd" with the "VERY CLEAR" picture and sounding video very "SPONTANIOUSLY" ended up getting posted on youtube...or the teen in the second oz show...where orb very "SPONTANIOUSLY" just gave away the guitar he was just playing on the "satelitte stage" to? And speaking of the "satelite stage"...

"Keith doesn’t just limit himself to singing on the main stage. He has mini stages setup amongst the crowd where he performs a few of his songs, giving everyone in the audience a chance to see him up close."

...so..."Mr originality"...the cletus "who's got the best seats now?" orb... (only in 2009 it was called a "catwalk")... gets put into the press release...check!

"Supporting keith was Lady Antebellum, a band from Nashville. The trio is composed of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals). The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone”, before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing “Love Don’t Live Here”.

....hey...they failed to mention that lady ant is currently OUTSELLING the orb in the US...AND ...for that matter...ALSO in OZ! OH right....THIS IS a press release for the orb!

maclen said...

Now here...a few more articles on the OZ leg of the tour...Now...am i sensing a little change?

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/country-star-keith-urban-rocks-brisbane-crowd/story-e6freq7f-1226039981246

Country star Keith Urban rocks Brisbane crowd

"SAY what you like about Keith Urban - he's brave.

Maybe not with the slick sound of his records, but he has launched his Get Closer World Tour in Australia with the hottest group in country, Lady Antebellum, as his support act.

Country music has changed a great deal and this first of two shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last night showed just how much.

Lady Antebellum even played a hard-rocking version of the Stones' Start Me Up, complete with bass and drum solos. They followed that up with a version of their smash hit Need You Now that had the crowd in raptures.

I've been going to shows at this venue for 20 years and that's the first time I've seen a support act get a standing ovation.

..oh oh...

Lady Antebellum tours with Australia's Keith Urban

"It seems not so long ago that Keith Urban was finishing his world tour of his last album "Escape together" in Brisbane, but in the world of music, another album equals another tour, and this time Australia is first stop. The Queensland rasied Keith Urban will be in good company bringing fellow Grammy Award Winning band Lady Antebellum with him.

"Not in her wildest dreams did she think she'd stand on a stage in front of the best of the best on the world music scene to accept a Grammy award, let alone 5."

...well...am I alone in sensing that lady ant...only about halfway into this quick OZ tour jaunt of about 6 shows...ARE ALREADY beginning to eclipse the orb! Perhaps the "subsidizing" of the orb as the "aussie royalty" is getting a dose of reality? As I mentioned last night...lady ant IS outselling orb...MASSIVELY in the US and quite clearly in OZ. And lady ant getting a standing O at orbs show is a pretty good indictation! It wont be too long, as I recalled all the "openers" for orb in his tour in 2009 are now doing sooooo much better than orb these days, lady ant will be "out"rocking" the orb in his "native" oz!

hoosierlady said...

a grand total of 580 more cds sold for a pitiful total of 4,788!

Maclen,

I've missed something, surely,

you don't mean he has only sold a total of 4,788 Get!Closer!

I am reserving ROFL for your answer.

maclen said...

hoosierlady said...
"a grand total of 580 more cds sold for a pitiful total of 4,788!
Maclen,
I've missed something, surely,
you don't mean he has only sold a total of 4,788 Get!Closer!
I am reserving ROFL for your answer."

Hey hoosier, good to see ya again...No, that's NOT cds total...4,788 cds sold the prior WEEK. Which was a 580 more cds sales "bump" from his appearence on Ellen from the week before! Orb's GET! LOSER! has sold about 560k cds. And just to recap...at that rate of sales, the orb can hope to reach that "platinum" 1mil sales in about 2 years and 3 months! Now, of course the expectations is that once orb goes full on with his US tour in june...6 months after the cd was released...his sales will rise...but as I've been noting these past 4 months...orb's "bumps" after high profile appearences have been very miniscule.

maclen said...

...hey...

I almost neglected to mention. I had a "callback" moment from that article i just posted...about how lady ant seems to be outshining the orb on "his" oz tour!

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/country-star-keith-urban-rocks-brisbane-crowd/story-e6freq7f-1226039981246

Country star Keith Urban rocks Brisbane crowd

...now, outside of the hilarious first paragraph...

"SAY what you like about Keith Urban - he's brave.
Maybe not with the slick sound of his records, but he has launched his Get Closer World Tour in Australia with the hottest group in country, Lady Antebellum, as his support act.

...you know...because it is SO OBVIOUSLY clear that lady ant is WAYYYY more successful than orb...but the "callback" moment comes from this part...

"Lady Antebellum even played a hard-rocking version of the Stones' Start Me Up, complete with bass and drum solos. They followed that up with a version of their smash hit Need You Now that had the crowd in raptures."

...now recall last year...in may..when orb was on Jimmy fallons Rolling stones tribute show...and orb was on covering "Tumbling Dice." Now, orb was CLEARLY in his, "look everyone I'm a rocker now" attempt mode while he was recording his newest cd, GET! LOSER!...recall how with his Whole crazy cd...he was in his "hey look, I'm a popstar, like swifty" attempt mode...when someone on the thread made a comment that "keith" was a better guitarist than "keef" (richards) well I had made this comment...

"Now to "Keith vs "Keef"...I know what you mean...and orb's lead vocal on Fallon would not have been "drowned" out if that darn sound mixer has just done his job! When I first read that comment, I immediately thought of my fave Stone's song...'81s "Start Me UP"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed36UQX8kXQ

...and what I expecially love in this song is the "guitar play"...the strumming and jousting between "Keef" and ronny wood. The funky swirling and complexity of that musical jousting...that single "bent" note appearing at just the right moment... is miles beyond what I hear of orb's rather basic and mundane riffing! I mean, I'm sure today's teens would also say that Justin "leave it to" Bieber is a WAY better singer than say, that Elvis dude...whoever he was! It does get that ridiculous!"
May 13, 2010 2:27 PM

So, I clearly find it highly apt...that lady ant WOULD over shadow the orb in OZ...playing MY FAV Stones song...Start me Up!

maclen said...

HA! Well this CANNOT be very good karma for kidmans's film future, huh?

http://starcasm.net/archives/95247

MUG SHOT PHOTO Nicolas Cage arrested for domestic abuse in New Orleans

Considering she's got a film in the can with Mr. "Just into the films for the paycheck". NOT that you'll EVER hear anything from the SO CALLED honorary UN Ambassador and self proclaimed "defender of woman's GLOBAL rights"...IF this flop in the making EVER gets released, kidman WILL NO DOUBT be out there on the carpet smiling her plastic face off...and also no doubt be singing praise on public mess Cage!

maclen said...

So, tonight I just wanted to review the "overall" performance of orb's lastest cd in regards to sales. I recalled reading an article...you know...a "press release" hawking how GREAT orb is doing...and it mentioned that orb's current cd "was his fastest selling blockbuster!" It made hay out of how orb's cd has already sold "gold"...sales of 500k in only about 2 months...or about 7 weeks. His cd had come out on Nov 16, 2010 and was certified gold on Jan 6, 2011. BUT...since jan 6, 2011...the past 15 weeks...or 3 months, the orb's cd has only sold 63k cds! To which I say that pretty much PROVES my prediction...that orb's basic fanbase that has remained...that is left...IS ONLY ABOUT 500k! That fanbase "CEARLY" rushed out to buy orb's cd. And that even gives me more of a notion that orb's cd is actually selling POORER than is realized...BECAUSE... it would seem very plausable that those fansie's EVEN bought BOTH versions of orb's cd. The puny "standard" cd with only 8 tracks, presold first at Amazon.com...and then the "deluxe" version sold only at Target stores. I only makes sense that IF they had waited for the deluxe version, his cd would not have made gold so quickly. But now, they are all tapped out...and the cd is down to a puny sales of about 4k a week. And as I have noted before...at that rate, orb will have only sold about 600k by the end of THIS year...long after his US tour is done. I really dont see him selling THAT much!

maclen said...

So, it seems the orb is trying to get ALL chummy with country's "hottest group"...

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/keith-urban-takes-mates-lady-antebellum-and-his-band-to-aussie-farm/story-e6frewz0-1226040593177

Keith Urban takes mates Lady Antebellum and his band to Aussie farm

"KEITH Urban played Mr Hospitality to his band and tour mates Lady Antebellum last week, taking the tribe down to the Sutton Forest farm he bought with wife Nicole Kidman in 2008.

The party spent much of Wednesday out on motorcycles and dirt bikes with Urban pointing out the ridiculousness of Lady Antebellum's extremely tall singer Charles Kelley riding a very small machine when they shared the stage on Thursday night.
Urban is a keen motorcyclist who often travels between US gigs on a bike instead of the tour bus."

Yes...no doubt orb is trying VERY HARD to convince lady ant to appear with him on his VERY lonely US tour. With only Jake Owen and a "contest winner" as announced opening acts so far, after having Swifty, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Zack Brown Band, Jason Aldean...and even Lady Antebellum opening his 2009 tour... orb must also no doubt consider himself lucky to have gotten country's "hottest group" onto his Oz tour...being that it was their first appearence in Oz. Well, most likely, IF the "hottest group" in Country right now were to consider appearing with the orb FOR A GREATLY REDUCED rate of pay...I'd say it is VERY UNLIKELY lady ant will agree to open for orb in the US! But then again, perhaps lady ant COULD be persuaded by a visit to orb's "ranch" for a day of "motorbiking!"

mike said...

maclen,
Just want you to know that I really appreciate all the info you provide on Keith. And especially what you have to say about it!! Always look forward to your posts!

maclen said...

...so...to continue my "thesis"... my ever growing in depth and ever growing complex weaving of my "Declination Theory" tapestry...I want to take a closer look at orb's cd sales basically since his cd officially went "gold" with sales of 500k in early Jan 2011. So, beginning just a week ago on April 6 I want to list orb's cd sales week by week going back to Jan 12, 2011 IN COMPARISON to orb's OZ "opening act"...the lady ant! So here is the data...or is it "here are the data?...according to Roughstock.com...


orb

Jan 12- 8,948 cds sold.
Jan 19- 5,754
Jan 26- 5,851
Feb 2- 5,981
Feb 9- 5,177
Feb 16- 6,171
Feb 23- 8,087>(grammy bump?? Only 916 more cds sold?)
Feb 30- 7,480
Mar 9- 5,012
Mar 16- 4,145
Mar 23- 4,316
Mar 30- 4,280
Apr 6- 4,788

...for a grand total of 67,047 cds sold between Jan 12 and April 6 by the orb.

lady ant

Jan 12- 19,465 cds sold.
Jan 19- 14,632
Jan 26- 15,324
Feb 2- 19,292
Feb 9- 17,484
Feb 16- 27,921
Feb 23- 85,243>(Grammy bump! 57,322 MORE CDS SOLD!)
Feb 30- 49,138
Mar 9- 21,147
Mar 16- 18,534
Mar 23- 15,964
Mar 30- 15,110
Apr 6- 14,644

...for a grand total of 293,286 cds sold between Jan 12 and April 6. Now also recall that lady ant's cd has been out for 63 weeks...12 months...coming up on a year! Orbs cd has been out since last nov...thats only 21 weeks...about 5 months. And if you look at those REMARKABLE 'grammy bumps" of feb 23...orb only sold 916 cds after he "was given" a grammy....lady ant sold 57,322 MORE CDS after being given a grammy! That right there gives you a perfect indication of just how pathetic orb's cd is selling! And just for laughs, I'll ALSO include what other "elite" country performers sold in that same jan-april time frame...

swifty- 282,369 cds sold

aldrean- 302,223

flatts- 176,338

Chesney- 136,782

sugarland- 131,059

lambert- 117,522

zac brown- 192,618

lady ant- 293,286

orb- 67,047

OUCH! Any monkeys reading that CANNOT BE TOO HAPPY! And I'm sure that NOW simply record "distributor" CapNAsh...or on the hook EMI, who also no doubt see and KNOW these numbers...cannot be TOO HAPPY EITHER!

Lady ant's cd has sold a total of 3.4 mil cd...orb's 563k. So, do you think when they return to the states after this little Oz jaunt...lady ant will want to open for the orb?

maclen said...

mike said...
"maclen,
Just want you to know that I really appreciate all the info you provide on Keith. And especially what you have to say about it!! Always look forward to your posts!"

Hey mike, thanks for the word of appreciation! Although I constantly post comments to simply be read...and in NO WAY to get responses or compliments...it's always a welcome compliment! I ALWAYS figure that Urban Myths the blog gets way more "eyes" or readers than thread commentors or the lackthereof would indicate. I like to try and be the "tipping" factor in the battle between the "bunkeys"(my new tag for kidman's "bunnies" and orb's "monkeys") and the "skeptics", because I consider myself to be a "cynic" who simply adds my take on the whole issue.

maclen said...

...post apocalypse...

...just wanted to correct an error in my post last night...just noticed re-reading the post...the orb's "grammy bump" WAS NOT 916 more cds sold, but 1,916! STILL...considering lady ant's "grammy bump" sales of 57,322 more cds ...it's still NOT a great number!

mike said...

maclen, Lady A may have a few dates open to appear with "orb" but looks like their going on tour with Tim McGraw.
http://www.timmcgrawladyantebellum.com/

Tara said...

I wonder if the attempt to go after new audiences was coupled with an assumption that he would keep all the old fans (that's very typical in Country Music to have loyal fans) I think over the years the awful marketing of the perfect life with the perfect wife has backfired and he basically screwed himself. New people aren't flocking are they? They are even going back to the tired Keith is so Hawt PR. But he isn't hawt in that sense anymore. He is a middle aged guy married to a diva with two little kids. He might be happy at home but why should that make me buy a record?

maclen said...

So mike...if your still hanging about...what do you make of this?
This thing started here...

http://www.cmt.com/news/cmt-offstage/1661877/offstage-keith-urban-likes-church-songs.jhtmlApril April 13, 2011; Written by Alison Bonaguro

OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Likes Church Songs

"This ought to put a spring in Eric Church's step. Last week in Las Vegas, when he was in town for the ACM Awards, Keith Urban told CMT Radio he's been listening to lot of Eric Church's music lately. "I really like 'Homeboy' by Eric Church. I really like the last couple of singles he's had out."

...which then led to this...

http://www.cmt.com/news/cmt-offstage/1662057/offstage-eric-church-loves-keith-urbans-love-the-most.jhtml

April 15, 2011; Written by Alison Bonaguro

"OFFSTAGE: Eric Church Loves Keith Urban's Love the Most

"That's huge praise." That's what Eric Church told CMT on Wednesday (April 13) after hearing that Keith Urban is a big fan of his music. (I'd blogged earlier this week about how Urban told CMT Radio the music he was most into right now was Church's "Homeboy" and "Smoke a Little Smoke.") Church's response was to be flattered, obviously, mostly because of who Urban is."

...which then leads to this this morning...

http://www.theboot.com/2011/04/18/eric-church-keith-urban-songs/
Posted Apr 18th 2011 12:00PM by Donna Hughes

Eric Church, Keith Urban Form Mutual Admiration Society

"It's always fascinating to find out what kind of music and which singers your favorite artist is listening to at the moment. For instance, Eric Church has been on quite a few playlists as of late, including that of Keith Urban."


...so, would you believe this is ANOTHER case of orb simply trying to "wrangle" another possible "opening act" in his very lacking line up of Owen and "contest winner"for his upcoming US tour? Does the fact that eric church IS signed with Capitol Records make it a little more amenable to orb and his clearly "budgeted" tour...and a deal for church to open for orb would simply be picked up by Capitol? Or, is the orb simply "telegraphing" possible covers of church's songs for a future orb album...seeing as orb is NOT a very prolific songwriter even for himself...seeing as he has SO MANY co-writers on this current cd?

mike said...

maclen, looks like eric church is already touring this summer with jason aldean.

http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1652389/jason-aldean-announces-tour-with-eric-church.jhtml

hoosierlady said...

Church writes his own, I believe, so,

there you go, Maclen,

new material?

maclen said...

mike said...
"maclen, Lady A may have a few dates open to appear with "orb" but looks like their going on tour with Tim McGraw."...maclen, looks like eric church is already touring this summer with jason aldean."

Well mike, although I havent taken any indepth look at lady ant's or church's tours this year, I would MOST certainly presume that orb WOULD want to court lady ant for any possible future "co-appearences" on orb's US tour...amd it may just be that orb is eyeing church's songs for possible future covers.

Tara said...
"I wonder if the attempt to go after new audiences was coupled with an assumption that he would keep all the old fans (that's very typical in Country Music to have loyal fans) I think over the years the awful marketing of the perfect life with the perfect wife has backfired and he basically screwed himself. New people aren't flocking are they?"

Yes, tara, I do marvel at the orb's CONTINUED PR strategy, considering the trends on his career trajectory the past 5 years. I kind of liken it to they "rebuilt" the Titanic to it exact specs...and then launched it again, streaming it across the Atlantic at FULL speed in iceberg infested waters! Clearly, if flogging his marriage or his family life HAS NOT worked these past 5 years...why would he believe it will work in the coming years? It's like..."IF one PR baby isnt working...maybe 2 PR babies will!" Perhaps if he and kidman "renew' their wedding vows again...people WILL be interested in them!

maclen said...

hoosierlady said...
"Church writes his own, I believe, so,
there you go, Maclen,
new material?"

Yeah hoosier...and I notice that church...and not to mention lady ant for that matter...are relative newcomers to the country scene. Seems to me that orb is attempting to "mentor" the "younguns" while he still has the opportunity. Yes, swifty WAS perhaps very keen on opening for orb 2 years ago...but unlike the again relative newbies lady ants, who's phenomenal success has come only the past year with 3.4 mil in cd sales and awards bonanza's...clearly swifty is WAY out of orb's league today! So, it is SUSPICIOUSLY relevent with church...as STILL with lady ant...that church is still basically in tour "opening" mode...as in...in OTHERS tours. And so clearly orb is hoping they will sometime agree to open for him!

maclen said...

So, as there is an apparent lull in the PR and ops of mutt and jeff...just an observation thrown out to any lurking "bunkeys." So, seems orb just finished up the OZ leg of his upcoming tour. Orb just spent the better part of an entire week in oz...his last official gig being April 15. It is now April 19...and yet NO GRAND REUNION photo ops? I mean, what about that "3 day rule" BS? Now, surely...if this were late Jan or early Feb...in the HEAT of laland awards season...YOU SURELY would have seen inept team kidman's patented "reunion at SFO" photo ops over at JJ or GG! But there is nothing...hell...orb MAY still be in OZ the past 4 days for all anyone knows! Surely the monkeys have no idea...as there is NOTHING out there and they are simply posting youtube concert videos! Or perhaps orb has FINALLY wised up and considered the whole
'happy family" PR a bust? Well, honestly, I HAVE been wrong in the past about that...just over a year ago I thought I noticed orb trying to "distance" himself from kidman when he was doing PR for a few live shows...ONLY to then put kidman on the cover of his current cd, and dedicated EVERY song on the cd to kidman...whether he wrote the song of not! All I am sure of right now is that no matter what orb does now is going to be an epic fail! So...BTW...I see that orb's next live show will be appearing on April 30 along side the napalm!? Let the failing continue!!

Tara said...

Not just appearing with Mayer, who is gross, but in a benefit for Tiger Woods. Haven't between all of them most of the female population in the western hemisphere been serviced?

We will see a picture when its time
probably a happy family stroll in the park with the new baby. That way everyone knows everything is just super duper.

They should hurry however because it sounds like Kidman is going to shoot the Danish Girl this summer in Europe. How about that six months off for the baby?
Does the baby even exist?

maclen said...

So, today...a "news bulletin"...

http://www.theboot.com/2011/04/20/keith-urban-australian-flood-donation/

Keith Urban Donates to Australian Flood Relief Efforts

"Last summer, flash floods raged through Middle Tennessee, a place Keith Urban and his wife, Nicole Kidman, now call home, and they were some of the first to pitch in to assist flood relief efforts. In January, their home country -- Queensland, Australia -- was affected by La NiƱa, causing abnormal drenchings that set off record flooding. In Brisbane, more than 25,000 homes and 5,000 businesses were inundated when the two major river systems burst their banks, and caused billions of dollars of damage across the nation.

During the last show of his tour Down Under, Keith, wearing a sports jersey from his old high school Caboolture State High, pledged a "hefty sum" to Queensland's disaster relief. (The notoriously humble entertainer is keeping the exact amount mum.)

So, let me get this straight...orb's "home country -- Queensland, Australia" was beset by "massive record flooding"...causing billions in damage LAST JAN...YET...orb WAITED 3 WHOLE MONTHS...WAITED UNTIL he was in Oz on the OZ leg of his tour...orb WAITED UNTIL he was ON STAGE on his tour in OZ...to announce that he had "pledged a hefty sum" for disaster relief? Clearly for orb charity DOES NOT begin at home...it clearly begins as a PR stunt to shill his concert tour! Granted...I suppose the aussies hit by the record flooding SHOULD feel so grateful that orb's Oz tour began at the START of his "WORLD" tour...otherwise they would have had to wait until at least sept or oct for that "pledge" of a "hefty sum" the orb was MORE THAN willing to hold back long enough...or as long as it took...and in this case it HAD to wait 3 months...ALL SO HE COULD pledge it on stage to shill his shows! And since when has the orb been SO HUMBLE as to keep the amount mum?...

http://www.looktothestars.org/news/2057-nicole-kidman-and-keith-urban-donate-half-a-million-to-red-cross

"During a telethon held last week to raise money for communities devastated by the bushfires sweeping through Victoria, Australia, actress Nicole Kidman and her musician husband Keith Urban appeared by satellite from Tennessee to show their support and make a $500,000 donation to the Red Cross.

...yes I realize that kidman wears the pants in this PR marriage...but still...I'm sure if the amount was HUGE enough...the amount would be made known...orb IS THAT CYNICAL!

maclen said...

Tara said...
"Not just appearing with Mayer, who is gross, but in a benefit for Tiger Woods. Haven't between all of them most of the female population in the western hemisphere been serviced?"

Oh yes, Tara...I forgot that! You would think that "Mr Honorary UN ambassador" and "ceaseless defender of global woman's rights" would be just a little more consious of those associations! Obviously orb HAS NO QUALMS whatsoever being associated with notoriously sexist and disrespectful to woman louts such as Napalm and woods! Either IT IS really true that mutt and jeff's PR marriage is simply a "sham for show" with no real intimacy whatsoever...or mutt is just as oblivious to the PR debacle of orb smearing himself with the shame of their disrespect to woman. Also, with nic "will work for a place to sleep" cage's recent arrest for domestic battery in the news...I SURELY WONT expect any questions about it to "tireless defender of woman's rights" kidman...when, or if the film she just made with cage ever comes out... from any of the sycophantic likes at extra or hollywood tonight when they are out shilling that tripe!

hoosierlady said...

Wonder if April 18th, and what we paid that day had any bearing on their benevolence.

maclen said...

So, Roughstock.com posted last weeks sales numbers...

http://www.roughstock.com/blog/alison-krauss-union-station-fly-to-1-on-country-album-chart

...and it seems the orb has presumably hit an all time LOW in sales. Orb sold a total of 3,857 cds. As Roughstock didnt post the numbers last week...AND they made a mistake in orb's total cd sales...exactly now may cds orb sold the week prior is not calculable. But what is interesting is what the article has to say about orb's sales.

"Keith Urban’s Get Closer rounds out the interesting albums section this week thanks to “Without You” hitting the Top 10 on the Billboard singles chart this week."

So, WHAT is interesting about orb'single getting to #10 on the county singles charts? That despite the presumably great performance of the single on the charts...orb's ACTUAL cd sales keep falling further and further? Well, orb is LUCKY...unlike the HITS Daily double cd sales list...that only lists the top 50 of ALL cd sales...and orb HASNT appeared on the HITS list for most of the year...Roughstock WILL include ALL country acts cd sales! And of course, not unlike what he has acheived on MOST top lists...orb is dead last on this week's Roughstock list. So as aldrean sits on #15 on the Billboard 200 list...zak brown is at #27...swifty is at #30...flatts at #35...lady ant at #36...sugarland at #55...the orb falls ALL the way down to #136. So again, I ask, what does the fact that his single is now at #10 on the country song list have to do with his album sales? And as I've always maintained...IT MEANS NOTHING! EVEN if orb DID have a #1 hit single...which he DOES NOT have...it would have absolutely no impact on his low sales. And as the article mentions at the very end...

"Next week is a quiet chart week but we’ll undoubtedly keep you covered as we look at it in this very same place at the very same time."

...I cant wait to see just how LOW orb's cd sales CAN get!

maclen said...

hoosierlady said...
"Wonder if April 18th, and what we paid that day had any bearing on their benevolence."

Well hoosier, what I was most surely alluding to in my previous comment on how orb's last gig date in OZ was on April 15th...and as of the 18th I noticed there was as of yet NO usual or highly expected photo ops of a grand reunion at the airport. Or perhaps PR baby #2 is not yet ready for her eventual exploitative public "close up! Kidman no doubt is waiting for the best...AND most advantageous moment to spring the newest PR tool for her dead career...like another premiere or red carpet. But just to elaborate on their seemingly growing days of seperation...as I recall, orb flew off to oz on april 6th...

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/confidential/country-singer-keith-urban-jets-in-to-sa-for-aussie-tour/story-e6fredq3-1226034651130

Country singer Keith Urban jets in to SA for Aussie tour
April 06, 2011 11:53AM

"GRAMMY Award winning country singer Keith Urban touched down in Adelaide this morning for two days of intense rehearsals ahead of his upcoming Australian tour."

...and now as of April 20th, that would make it 15 days that they have seemingly, by any documented indication, NOT been together in their ever and overly believable lovin' presence! And again, for all anyone may be aware, orb may still be in Oz...cooling his jets...while his precious "girls" are seemingly still on the west coast...no doubt cooling their jets in the hotel room with the staff of nannies! NOw as I ponder it...it must be some realization to kidman...who most assurdedly is super frakin' fretting her pathetic career decline...and now having not just one kid...and now a newborn to contend with...if not physically, as I have no allusion she is AT ALL "hands on" with the kids...as I mentioned that is for the staff of nannies to contend with...but still, kidman MUST be in EVER MORE "unpleasant" and 'extra-abrasive" moods...that orb is simply taking the opporunity to take a very much needed break from the "most precious and unbelievably" greatest marriage in the world!

hoosierlady said...

Or, perhaps she is enjoying long conversations with James Franco.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/movies/nicole-kidmans-email-address-is--secret-20110420-1do34.html

Mental picture--ewwww

maclen said...

Yes, hoosier...more interesting in that rather mundane little blurb...that "tease" which I'm guessing WOULD only be of slight interest to kidman's also declining bunny brigade...is the line about how they are still "contemplating" starring together! It no doubt leaves an impression that none of it is as yet set for sure...which IS a very predictable "role" for kidman these days..."perhaps" is always an issue with kidman and any "starring role!" I also caught the part of how they were contemplating starring together...NEXT YEAR...as the initial reports were stating it MAY be in the "FALL of this year"...again, leaving the impression that it MAY just fall apart and kidman is without even less work in the upcoming and into next year! Would NOT be very surprising...

maclen said...

So, I just wanted to update the weekly sales list of orb's I posted earlier...

Jan 12- 8,948 cds sold.
Jan 19- 5,754
Jan 26- 5,851
Feb 2- 5,981
Feb 9- 5,177
Feb 16- 6,171
Feb 23- 8,087>(grammy bump?? Only 1,916 more cds sold?)
Feb 30- 7,480
Mar 9- 5,012
Mar 16- 4,145
Mar 23- 4,316
Mar 30- 4,280
Apr 6- 4,788
Apr 13- ?
Apr 20-3,857

...again, orb suffers his LOWEST cd sales in the past 3 months. And looking at the basic trends of his cd sales since jan 12...for an entire month, between jan 19 to feb 9...orb was selling at the 5k mark...then orb had his "grammy bumps" sales of 6k, 8k and then 7k. Then orb returns to his regular trend which then goes DOWN to 4k cds sold from march 16 thru april 6. Now yesterday's Roughstock report shows orb selling just over 3k! Now that "downturn" trend indicates that by the time orb starts his US tour in late june...6 full months AFTER his cd dropped last nov 16...orb's cd may very well be only selling 1k to 2k a week! Of course, when I first heard that orb would be basically starting is US tour to support his newest cd THAT LATE after it's release...THIS is exactly the issue I was speaking to. Orb COULD NOT be beginning his tour at ANY LOWER possible point! Now, lady ant DID prove with their sales numbers that they could have a huge "grammy bump" in sales...the orb DID NOT! His pre and post grammy "bump" numbers shows he only sold 2,910 more cds. His numbers show that he did not have ANY sales bump after his Superbowl appearence...his Tonight show and Ellen show appearences. The news of his new PR baby #2 hit the streets on jan17...THERE IS NO discernable jump in cd sales in mid jan or mid feb...he obviously had no sales bumps after his season of "valet and personal escort" to kidman on the lalaland awards circuit red carpets. All those pre arranged photo ops at starbucks or the market hasnt helped his cd sales...and he apparently is about to go out on his US tour with one lowly statured country act and a guitar store contest winner opening for him...after he had practically all of this years hottest acts in country opening for him in his last US tour a few years ago. And now apparently, part of orb's "PR strategy" was to begin his US tour in June...apparently to coincide with the obvious release of his "summer single"...which will no doubt be...wait for it...Long Hot summer"...(boy, what GENIOUS!) So let me guess now...this year, his tour is called the "Get Closer Tour"...but next year when orb will no doubt be on that summer's "county fair and country festival" circuit...he will redub it the "Long Hot Summer tour!" Now that would surely say ALOT to what I have been pointing out for a long time now...that orb is clearly placing alot of emphasis on starting his tour on the back of a simple "single"... than on the back of his latest album...seeing how his album sales are clearly the WEAKEST part of his career!

maclen said...

So, as I begin by restating that it has now been 17 full days since there was ANY VERIFIABLE AND DOCUMENTED indication that the orb has "reunited" with the "love of his life"...it being notable in that mutt and jeff CONSTANTLY put out the PR BS that they do not spend more than "3 days apart! And speaking of PR BS....here is theboot.com shoveling a little bit of in this summation of orb's oz tour...

http://www.theboot.com/2011/04/22/keith-urban-australia-concert-videos/

Keith Urban's Australian Video Tour Diary

"He hasn't lived there in almost two decades, but Keith Urban is still Australia's golden boy. Proof: there wasn't a single empty seat on the Aussie leg of the country superstar's Get Closer World tour, as shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Tamworth, Sydney and Brisbane all sold out."

...so, THEY WERE ALL SELLOUTS? Well, that's not what this reviewer of the show had to say on that regard...

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/keith-touches-fans-at-concert/story-e6fredpu-1226036288733

Keith touches fans at concert

"The Entertainment Centre was close to full, fans pressed as close as they could get and one boy called Nathan even made it on stage."

...ha! even this earlier PR BS article had this to say about it...

http://www.kidsolo.com/keith-urban-australian-tour-a-success/3536/

Keith Urban Australian tour a success

Multi-platinum selling and four time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban is performing infront of near sellout crowds across Australia in his Get Closer 2011 World Tour.

..so that begs the question...was it complete "sellout" crowds the entire tour the latest PR BS shill piece is stating...or the earlier PR BS shill piece that claims "close to full" crowds? Well, considering an actual reviewer of the first concert and WAS presumably there...who claims only a day later it was "close to full?" So, realistically, which is MOST LIKELY..."ALL SELLOUTS" or the two who admit they were "CLOSE OR NEAR SELLOUTS?" I think the answer is very obvious!

m_novox said...

You're kidding yourself about Keith not "rushing back". He came straight back to San Francisco the day after his last concert in Brisbane.

maclen said...

"You're kidding yourself about Keith not "rushing back". He came straight back to San Francisco the day after his last concert in Brisbane."

Well, as my comment included this IN BOLD AND CAPITALS...ANY VERIFIABLE AND DOCUMENTED indication... perhaps you can provide any "INDEPENDANT" confirmation of your claim? And no, I will not accept "twitter stalkers" postings as proof orb "flew back the day after his last concert in Brisbane." Mutt and jeff have been pretty consistantly on the gossip and tabloid radar most of this year...mainly due to awards shows...orb's slight PR for his cd and his couple of awards appearences. There have been a couple of "on set" photo ops...most of them simply mentioning that orb was there...with dubious photo "manipulation"...just check out the Negative orb thread at the E! board. So, unless YOU were actually there at their "reunion"...the day after his last gig in OZ... and unless you have photos of it...and have posted them somewhere online...you know...for ANY VERIFIABLE AND DOCUMENTED indication... YOU seem to know more than these monkeys...

http://countrycharttalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=209&start=525

Memaw66 said...
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:59 am
"I am jealous Urbangirl, but so glad you will be seeing him soon. Very exciting! Take pictures and be ready to share! Do you do video??
Yes he must have slipped in under the radar, would love to see a picture or two of him back with Nic and the girls, of course I am sure their reunion was all the sweeter for being completely private!!

JBarcia174
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:01 am

"Hello Ann and Bea and everyone! I'm sure that a picture will surface by today lol"

...and that was 4 days ago, have any pics surfaced YET that shows orb is even in the states? So if you have any info even these monkeys apparently DO NOT know...you clearly DIDNT produce it anywhere of note. And since the monkeyland forum is now "members eyes only"...I would expect that a member COULD produce ANY VERIFIABLE AND DOCUMENTED indication on a forum...like this...or at Country Chart Talk...that shows orb was back in the states a day after his last Oz gig? My point is, THERE IS NO VERIFIABLE AND DOCUMENTED indication of where EXACTLY the orb is currently! And what I'm saying is that for a "couple" who claim they DO NOT like to spend more that 3 days apart...it is very suspect right now that that MAY BE THE CASE. So, maybe you should go back to Monkeyland...or your "sources" and try and produce any shred of VERIFIABLE AND DOCUMENTED indications that orb was..or is even back with his "mortal beloved!"

123xyz said...

You might want to check out Brunopress.com. Search for Keith Urban, he was on a departing flight out of LAX on April 17th. So yes, he did fly right back to the US the morning after his last show in OZ. Did he fly from there to San Fran or Nashville? That no one knows for sure.

A440 said...

He made it into LAX Sunday morning, and was seen later that day in a coffee shop with Nic in SF.

The only other spotting was of him doing a workout last Thursday in SF.

maclen said...

"So yes, he did fly right back to the US the morning after his last show in OZ. Did he fly from there to San Fran or Nashville? That no one knows for sure."

So, my main point STILL STANDS...which is...no one can verify IF jeff has actually flown back to his mutt for that NO DOUBT, "rapturous" reunion! For, as you know, these two like to state categorically that they DO NOT like to spend more than...repeat after me..."3 days apart." Since the original comment I quoted stated,

"He came straight back to San Francisco the day after his last concert in Brisbane.

Now thanks to ANOTHER COMMENTER???... he flew into LAX...and where he is now...is anybodies guess! But of course...the point is rather moot at this point on that matter. So mutt and jeff are seen together...in a few days...or even later today...it has been 17 days since orb flew into OZ...and since my point of bringing it up is of course that "3 day rule"...AND orb's contention that he "scheduled" this tour SO HE COULD SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH HIS BELOVED FAMILY. Mutt and jeff use those two "selling points" to SELL their "NEAR PERFECT" marriage! "FAMILY COMES FIRST BEFORE MY TOUR"..."FAMILY COMES FIRST BEFORE MY FILM CAREER...but as I contend...a film and a tour "apparently" at least...DID keep them apart from april 6...when orb flew to oz, alone...to april 17...when he flew in to LAX, alone. So that's 12 days...actually verified...that orb and his family WERE APART...because of a tour and a film! But since the fansie's are never gonna address those points anyway...I will just keep repeating them. But really, the fansies... and the sychophantic lalaland pundits and magazine interviewers who print their PR BS...are gonna believe it. So the fansie's are gonna say, "So what!" Alot of celeb couples HAVE to spend alot of time away from each other or their families..it is the nature of their business! BUT that is NOT WHAT mutt and jeff say about THEIR marriage...she says family come first...and they TRY NOT to spend more than 3 days apart...orb said he "scheduled" his tour so he WOULDNT spend alot of time away from them. And at the VERY START of is "world" tour...he spends 12 days...or even longer away from them...right off the bat! And of course, this is NOT the first time this has happened...the reality not matching the PR BS.

maclen said...

So, just wanted to review this new info...orb flew into, presumably, LAX on the 16th...the "morning" after his last gig in OZ on the 15th...and then is photographed flying out from LAX the next day on the 17th? And again, as is agreed to by even the last commentor...no one knows for sure where orb flew to...as it has now been 7 days since...and orb has not yet surfaced anywhere. Which, of course, then begs the question...why didnt the orb simply get a flight straight into SFO...where again, presumably, his family IS? For it seems rather confusing as to why he would extend his being seperated from his family...which has already reached double digits in days... an EXTRA DAY...almost seemingly...AN UNNEEDED extra day apart from his family? OR....could it be that orb simply flew into LAX...instead of SFO and the actual location of his family...BECAUSE he needed to take care of some business regarding his upcoming tour? But, that would contradict his earlier comment that his family comes first!

http://tasteofcountry.com/keith-urban-family-time/

Keith Urban Structures Tour Around Family Time
By: Amy Sciarretto 3 weeks ago

Keith Urban has two daughters at home with wife Nicole Kidman — including newborn Faith Margaret, who was conceived via a gestational carrier — so the superstar purposely structures his tour so that he’s never away from his girls for more than a handful of days at a time."

...never away no more "than a handful of days...well, 12 "confirmed" days away CANNOT be counted on ONE handful!

"While chatting with WYCD during the station rounds of ACM Awards interviews sponsored by the Ram truck brand, Urban talked about kicking off his world tour in Australia, which will take him across several continents and through October.
That’s a lot of travel, but Urban said that his family will come out on the road a little bit

...well...again...right out the gates..."his family" DID NOT go out on the road with orb...NOT EVEN a little bit! And why was that? BECAUSE his wife was TOO BUSY making a tv movie. Orb also said the same thing about his Canadian tour in late 2009...but kidman made only a few "token" appearences...then hightailed it out of the great white north to NY...


"and he also revealed that “I structure the tour so I am only out for a few days. I come home for a couple days, then go back out. It’s back and forth and a lot of flying, but it’s also a lot of time with family, which is more important.”
Keith Urban certainly has his priorities straight, and Kidman, Faith and Sunday Rose – who is almost 3 — are lucky ladies to have such a committed and caring husband and father who can’t stand to be away from them for more than a few days.

...so...to reiterate...orb shills himself as this "ever dilligent" and a "committed and caring husband" who again... "can’t stand to be away from them for more than a few days." Well, fansies...REALIZE...IT IS SIMPLY PR BS...that is WHAT HE CLAIMS IN INTERVIEWS...but then flys off for AT LEAST 12 days... and it is not even known by you fansie's if it is not even LONGER....and as I submit...an EXTRA DAY added with orb chilling in LA while the fam is in SF!

...to be continued...

maclen said...

...concluded...

And be very aware, I will be noting HOW OFTEN kidman is "verified" at orb's shows this summer...and I will be noting those...'orb gives a shoutout to kidman "in the house"...but she was never seen" appearences that took place in that Canadian tour of 2009 where orb PRE promoted that his family would be "riding on the tour bus with him!"...when kidman simply flew in about 3 or 4 days after the canadian leg started and left after about 2 shows for NY! Kidman IS NEVER going to "go out on tour with orb"...she is not going to just kick back and "hang out on the tour bus"...and no, kidman is NOT going to ever write a screenplay while out "out on tour" with orb!...

http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/nicole-kidman/Content?oid=2283409


Nicole Kidman
The Actress

by Noel Murray
March 03, 2011

"The one thing I want to do before my life is over is write a screenplay. I'm thinking that's what I might do on one of Keith's next tours. We go out together because we try to keep the family together, but we don't work at the same time. So that's a very good place for me to write."

...so, kidman and orb "go out (touring) together to keep the family together?" They "dont work at the same time?" BUT..........she was filming a tv movie while orb was touring OZ for 12 "verified" days apart...the family DIDNT fly out or orb DIDNT fly in every "few" days to be with his family! AND this interview was only posted just over a month ago...WOW...how soon they do forget! HA!

123xyz said...

Keith was in Oz until the 17th. His last show was in Brisbane on the 16th (he played two nights there). When you fly from there to the US you get back the same day you left. Maybe the reason he flew to LAX first was just that the connection was better. Getting him to his final destination sooner then the direct flight? Keith said that if he didn't tour OZ at the time he did, he wouldn't have been able to tour there this year.
If she is truly going to be filming "The Danish Girl" this Summer (beginning in July) in Europe, the 12 days they were apart in April will seem like nothing compared to the months of July/August/September when Keith is on tour here in the states. He's playing just about every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With many Thursday's, Monday's and Tuesday's as well. The tour schedule doesn't leave a lot of time for him to fly back and forth. Unless he's going to fly all the way there and back once a week for a day. We all know she won't be the one doing any flying. Blame Kidman. She keeps taking on more projects, knowing Keith already has a tour scheduled.

maclen said...

It is the ridiculous level of their utter disingenuity that there can be a "few" give aways to their behavior ...but still be at such a level that I can clearly pick them apart. Clearly, the notion that orb toured OZ at this moment because he couldnt at any other time...simply bolster's my criticism. It would be "a choice" of touring in oz now or not tour oz...or it was the choice to spend almost two weeks away from his family...when he had just "promoted" himself as being so dedicated to his family...and in fact allowed a PR piece to gush that he "certainly has his priorities straight" and that " Kidman, Faith and Sunday Rose – who is almost 3 — are lucky ladies to have such a committed and caring husband and father who can’t stand to be away from them for more than a few days." All of which just leaves it open for me to state...WITHOUT a second thought...orb is evidently not committed or caring enough to NOT break that claim...and IS NOT worthy of those flattering descriptions! Of course, I'm not naive enough to realize to the "casual" reader of those type of articles I posted...that they may be impressed by them...they may react to how "sweet" orb is...no matter how busy he is...no matter where he is...or what he's doing...he ALWAYS flys home "every few days"... a "handful" of days...or "no more than 3 days"...to be with his family! But it has already been shown that that is not true. But orb and kidman are clearly expecting...and hoping... that those "casual" readers are simply unaware of the "reality"...and simply buy their "fantasy"...and more importantly, orb's cd or kidman's movie. For what other reason would they have to "embellish" their "relationship"...their family life to almost "fairy tale" proportions...and of course it WOULDNT be "real" to the masses...in orb's and kidman's minds most assuredly... if it didnt contain a little of that lalaland "strife and peril" before it all climaxes in that inevitable "And they all lived happily ever after!"

to be continued....

maclen said...

...continued...

Was orb truly unaware only 3 weeks ago when he gave that interview...that he would be flying off to OZ on the 6th and returning on the 17th...and that he would NOT be flying back to the US in "a few days" just to be with his family? Of course he was aware! But that didnt stop him from making that claim...because it sounds sooo precious...to the uninformed and casual reader. And the only reason he FINALLY told the truth to the press that his family WOULD NOT be joining him in oz for the 12 day leg of his tour ...and that he WOULD NOT be flying back in "a few days" to be with his family as the time drew near for him to jet off to OZ...was because he knew he would be constantly asked that question in Oz..."Will kidman and his kids be joining him in OZ? He wanted to get that "reality" put out there to try and cut down on his having to "explain it over and over" to the press...lest it get plastered on the innertubes too extensively! And in fact, Oz press had that in their articles...

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/confidential/country-singer-keith-urban-jets-in-to-sa-for-aussie-tour/story-e6fredq3-1226034651130

"Arriving under the cover of a baseball cap and sunglasses, the country rocker seemed relaxed signing autographs for fans and briefly speaking to media.

The former Queenslander who is married to actress Nicole Kidman with two children Sunday Rose, 2, and Faith, three months (who will not join the singer)"

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/country-singer-keith-urban-jets-in-to-sa-for-aussie-tour/story-e6frewz0-1226034721836

"Sharing a joke with his tour manager and bandmates, Urban looked relaxed as he arrived in Adelaide to begin rehearsals for the opening show on Friday.

Wife Nicole Kidman and their daughters Sunday Rose and Faith aren't expected to join him during his 11-day visit.

and these...

www.news.com.au/...keith-urban-jets-in-to.../story-e6fredq3-1226034651130?...

www.heraldsun.com.au/...keith-urban-jets-in-to.../story-e6frf96o-1226034766366

...but of course, orb is counting on those "unaware and casual" readers of the PR BS stateside will not notice the reality occuring in OZ!

maclen said...

So, to follow up on the subject of how orb's adoption of kidman's worst PR BS practices...the fashion in which she tries to represent herself publicly in a way that is so clearly and easily shown to be false. Now, does kidman pull the strings in her and orb's little puppet show? I certainly believe so...and it is in my opinion of the orb that he quite clearly has substituted his past addictive needs onto this marriage. Now, if it's working out for him personally...I've said it before...more power to him... while it lasts, as I also believe. On the other hand...when it comes to his career...now that's quite a different matter. It is NO DOUBT that orb's career is in decline...and it is NO DOUBT that the decline began when orb married kidman, and as I mentioned...adopted her worst PR BS. His cd sales show it...his declining award wins show it...and as I also believe...after orb's tour is finished this year, those numbers will also show it. In 2009, his "world" tour grossed $47mil...and I believe this year he WILL NOT gross that much. And the main reason is that in 2009 he had many of the hot up and coming acts supporting him for HALF of his tour...swifty, sugarland, bentley, zack brown, aldean, and lady ant. He did 67 dates in 2009, I think...and about half, 35 or so, were opened by those acts. This year he only has jake owen opening most, or all his US dates..plus the guitar store contest winner, whatever his name is. Adding to orb's woes this year was his non signing to CapNash...for his own recording label...so when I first read that orb's tour would begin 6 entire months after the release of his cd, I believed...and still believe...that the main reason was funding...caused by no longer having backup of the major record label. Now, since then, Ive come to realize that the choice of starting the tour in june was to also link it to his obvious release of his "summer' single. And it certainly makes sense in my mind as to why orb would structure it that way...in that he scheduled his world tour...NOT for the tour to support his cd sales...but to support his "tour"...with his summer single! As I've also maintained, orb's diminishing cd sales would no doubt cause his "profit margins' from the deal with CapNash to also diminish...if NOT even leaving orb with a "deficit" at capnash! As it has always been true, touring has always been the MOST profitable moneymakers for the performers...certainly more than what most can get from recording deals with the major labaels. And so it is...at this moment in orb's career...touring is FAR MORE important to orb than the sales of his album. So his recent dire...or dire-er?...circumstances has forced him to basically go it alone with his own recording label and giving his best on tour...with is basically all he has left at this point.

Tara said...

Most entertainers make their money off of touring.
I do contend that Keith was forced by Cap Nash to release this record 2-3 months before he wanted to. I believe the intended date was Feb of 11 not Nov of 10 but Cap Nash wanted something new from Keith for the holiday season. The record has always seemed incomplete to me.

Until there is a legitimate picture no one knows where Keith is.

maclen said...

Tara said...
Most entertainers make their money off of touring.
I do contend that Keith was forced by Cap Nash to release this record 2-3 months before he wanted to. I believe the intended date was Feb of 11 not Nov of 10 but Cap Nash wanted something new from Keith for the holiday season. The record has always seemed incomplete to me.

Yes, tara...there may something to that. There is alot of reasons to believe that CapNash wanted orb to get this cd out...AND FAST! As I've commented previously, orb...wrote, recorded and released this cd in only 11 months...when his habit of releasing his cd's just prior to this was almost 2 and half years! And it is true that his new cd sold quicker to 500k..."gold" from Nov to jan...than his previous cd, defying sales...which came out in march and did not reach 500k sales for another 7 months. So surely capnash would want it out in Nov...just in time for the holiday rush...and BEFORE the sales of his cd started to flutter out...which they have.

maclen said...

"Until there is a legitimate picture no one knows where Keith is."

Ha! Yes...perhaps this is part of the reason the orb is laying it so VERY low...

http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-sports/2011/04/25/tigers-tiger-jam-back-in-vegas-this-week/

Tiger’s ‘Tiger Jam’ back in Vegas this week

"The charity event dates back more than a decade, but wasn’t held last year. The official explanation was that there were problems coordinating schedules of performers, but we’re guessing the breakup of Woods’ marriage was also a factor.
Headliners for Saturday’s show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center are Keith Urban and John Mayer.

...oh yes, wasnt held LAST YEAR because of "coordinating conflicts!" So orb, along with his BFF Napalm...are going to welcome woods back!

So tonight's dissertation is the almost comical levels of "karma" that have recently begun to creep up on mutt and jeff for what I have no other reason to believe is almost a result of their utter and distainful disingenuousness! The orb became practically "joined at the hip" with mayer when he agreed to appear with him for a taping of CMT's Crossroads in Jan of 2010. It was shortly after that mayer gave his infamous "sexual" napalm" and "confederate D*&K" interview. Yet orb decided...whether it was simply a business decision or the orb seriously likes the napalm...that he continues to associate with the clearly racist and sexist napalm! SInce the orb CONTINUES to perform with the napalm on numerous occasions since...orb OBVIOUSLY HAS NO problems with napalm's racism or sexism! You will recall swifty WAS ACTAUALLY AT that Crossroads performance in Jan 2010...but after the napalm's comments...she most rightly and commendably severed ALL TIES to him. She had actually recorded a song with napalm for his album in mid 2009...and when napalm released the song as a single in mid 2010...swifty DID NOT bother to even be in the video. So now, best buds orb and napalm are going to perform at tiger wood's charity event. Orb alongside the racist sexist douche...for the cause of "ultra serial adulterer and aficinado of endless hookers, strippers and assembly line one nights stands woods? Hey, if I was orb, I"D BE HIDING OUT a week before that appearence too! Now, as to kidman...seems the self proclaimed defender of woman's rights and dignity throughout the world and "acclaimed" honorary UN Ambassador...is just as fine with orb's shady associations. Though I highly doubt kidman is going to be at the charity event...as much as she LOVES these types of public displays of generosity! SOmehow I'm guessing she will be TOO BUSY working on her tv movie to attend...that is my guess. It also seems that is NOT ALL of kidman's pretty laugable disengenuousness...a notable example being her testimony in DC...and her answer regarding the portrayal of woman in lalaland films as being degrading and disrespectful to woman. She claimed "Well others do that, but SHE DOESNT!" So if you think portraying a woman who is held against her will in a town by a few men...forced to wear a dog collar and led around like a dog...raped...and then actually think that because her character returns at the end of the film with a gun and blows away all her attackers...AS kidman has...then you are obviously a kidman fan. Now, again it seems that the "karma" PR stigma has struck kidman once again...as a film she has in the can and the actor who she stars opposite in it, nic "I make films simply for the money" cage was just busted for "domestic abuse and battery" So how do you think the defender of woman's rights and diginity...the acclaimed UN ambassador is going to handle if...or when this film is released? She will trot out onto the red carpets and premieres...with a huge smile and gushing and fawning over her "wife beating" co-star...and she'll do it proudly without batting an eyelash

mike said...

maclen, two nominations for Keith for the "fan voted" awards. What do you think?

http://idolbloglive.com/idolblog/2011-cmt-music-award-nominations-leaked

maclen said...

Well, this is pretty interesting. Initial cd sales for the previous week over at HITS Daily Double...with about 55% reporting are finally posted...

http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/salescht.cgi

14 8 JASON ALDEAN 21,980
MY KINDA PARTY

29 9 TAYLOR SWIFT 19,450
SPEAK NOW

34 15 LADY ANTEBELLUM 13,600
NEED YOU NOW

31 24 RASCAL FLATTS 11,621
NOTHING LIKE THIS

-- 39 SUGARLAND 7,754
INCREDIBLE MACHINE

-- 43 MIRANDA LAMBERT 6,383
REVOLUTION

-- orb? ???

...and yet again, orb is NOT on the top 50 list in sales. And in fact the last artist at #50...Rise Against, has sold 2,810 cds with 54.9% reporting! As I noted previously, orb had a all time low of about 3.8k cd sales the previous week...can his sales this week get even lower?

maclen said...

mike said...
"maclen, two nominations for Keith for the "fan voted" awards. What do you think?"

http://idolbloglive.com/idolblog/2011-cmt-music-award-nominations-leaked

Well, mike, right off if this leaked list is correct... I notice orb missed out on the "top' award...and Jason Aldean, Chesney Lady Ant Lambert, Flatts... SugarlandTaylor, Swift,Underwood, Zac Brown...pretty much the top tier WHO HAVE out done orb on all counts lately ARE in. And I notice the nom for that Crossroads telecast I mentioned in my comment last night...perfect...orb's "marriage" to the napalm is just what he needs right now! Now is it a surprise he got his couple "obligatory" noms for "male" and "performance?" I'm assuming his "male" video nom is for "Put you in a Song"...have you seen that video? The "production values" of it consists of an intern "taping orb recording and goofing off in the recording studio...and it looks to have been simply edited on same intern's macbook! Yeah, clearly it's a video made on the cheap! But it's CMT...highly doubt that the nomination criteria was very strenuous...it would be..."lets just pull the names out of a hat for each nom category!"

A440 said...

FWIW, two tweets have them in SF this afternoon, one of which has them (yawn) grabbing coffee. No kids, natch.

maclen said...

A440 said...
"FWIW, two tweets have them in SF this afternoon, one of which has them (yawn) grabbing coffee. No kids, natch."

So, A440... was it this same twitter-er who posted this coffee shop sighting back on april 17th...interesting the same day as orb being snapped at LAX?

http://twitter.com/r0b0tmartin

" wow, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban just sat down in the same coffee shop!
5:10 PM Apr 17th via web"

...oh wait, this was the last message, INTERESTINGLY posted on the 17th...by this twitter-er since! So, did this dude get "disappeared?" Just like the orb?! Ha!

A440 said...

Nope. Three different names.

Again, FWIW.