Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood give it their all in their quirky and fun new music video for "The Fighter," a dance-inspired track from Urban's Grammy-nominated Ripcord album. Following a sequence of hit singles, including "Blue Ain't Your Color," the collaboration serves as the fifth single from the set and features heavy pop/disco influences. In the just-released music video, the two performers take to a warehouse space which " looks a bit like a boxing ring." As they croon together over the throbbing club beats--with Urban and his trusty guitar stealing the spotlight--footage of a street dancer busting a few moves underneath a highway overpass (and other industrial locations) is spliced together, giving the visual a spirited and classic '90s pop feel.
The video is directed by John Urbano, known for his work with Justin Timberlake, One Direction and US Royalty. Urbano has also helmed previous Urban clips such as "Wasted Time," "Cop Car" and "Somewhere in My Car."
On how the song came together, Urban says, “I was writing with busbee, and we had written a song called ‘Your Body,’ which is on the album, and the next day I was coming back to finish up the song with him. And just out of the blue that morning I thought I really would love to write a duet that isn’t the traditional guy and girl singing together, but the girl maybe asking a question and the guy answering her. The early part of relationships sometimes have that need for reassurance, and that’s certainly been my experience.”
He continues, “So, we wrote the song and busbee sort of sang the girl part in his girly voice, and then we set about thinking about who would be the right voice for this and Carrie – I love, love her voice and always have. And so I sent her the song and fortunately she loved it, and it’s on the record.”
Urban and Underwood are expected to perform "The Fighter" on tonight's (Feb. 12) 59th Grammy Awards, which go live at 8/7c on CBS. Both singers are up for a handful of golden gramophones. The two battle it out for Best Country Solo Performance for "Blue Ain't Your Color" and "Church Bells," respectively. Urban's Ripcord competes for Best Country Album, alongside Maren Morris' Hero, Loretta Lynn's Full Circle, Brandy Clark's A Big Day in a Small Town and Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth. "Blue Ain't Your Color" is also nominated for Best Country Song; it was written by Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey and Steven Lee Olsen.
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Watch "The Fighter" below: