Country music collaborators Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood took to Twitter today, Feb. 6, to announce the release of their duet “The Fighter” as Urban’s newest single from his Grammy-nominated album Ripcord (See the video below). The track marks Urban’s fifth single from the chart-topping record and the charismatic pair of pals couldn’t resist building the buzz for the upcoming official video for the song.
Urban says, “It’s Keith here, with Carrie Underwood. We are on the set of our video today. This is our brand new single. It’s called ‘The Fighter’ and I can’t wait for you guys to see the video. It’s going to be coming out very soon.”
Underwood smiles sweetly as he gestures around them and adds, “This is the set. It looks a bit like a boxing ring. Although Carrie and I get along pretty well.” She agrees saying, “We do.”
Urban quips, “Yeah. The day is young,” and Underwood laughs before he finishes his announcement with, “Can’t wait for you guys to see it. We’ve had a blast shooting this video and here it is, the new single, ‘The Fighter.’”
The song boasts a fun format in which Urban and Underwood reply back and forth to each other. And overall, the sentiment in the lyrics is so sweet, as Urban tells a jaded Underwood to she deserves better and ultimately builds a case for her to give him a chance to prove it to her.
An audio YouTube posting of the track on May 10, 2016 has amassed almost 2 million views to date. And, a fun lip sync rendition featuring Urban and his Oscar-winning actress wife Nicole Kidman which was posted two days later has garnered nearly the same amount of views.
Per a Feb. 6 report from The Boot, Urban and Underwood will perform “The Fighter” together live at the 2017 Grammy Awards which airs this Sunday on CBS. Urban explained the meaning of the song and pegged Carrie Underwood as his obvious choice in a duet partner for it in a press release saying, “It’s a song about helping to heal and protect someone you love. 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.”
Underwood and Urban are both Grammy winners and will compete against each other this year in the Best Country Solo Performance Category. Underwood is nominated for “Church Bells” from her chart-topping album Storyteller and Urban is nominated for “Blue Ain’t Your Color” from Ripcord. “Blue” is also nominated for Best Country Song and Ripcord is nominated for Best Country Album.
“The Late Late Show” host James Corden will host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards which will air on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/7C.