The writing on is on the wall. Keith Urban’s next album will be called Graffiti U and will be accompanied by the Graffiti U Worldwide Tour 2018, a 59-date schedule that starts June 15 in St. Louis.

Urban made the news official Wednesday night (Jan. 17) with a surprise pop-up show at Nashville’s fabled Exit/In. He expected to play for two hours at the venue, live streaming the first half-hour and unveiling the full set of dates with the participation of fans who were only partially in on the plot.

Fans were asked in advance to send in pictures of themselves holding white cardboard squares. Urban’s team Photoshopped details of the individual shows onto the placards, aligning each tour date announcement with someone who lives in or near the city their card represents.

The audience involvement was essential to Urban in getting the word out. Fan voting propelled him to four wins at the CMT Music Awards last June and to three more victories at the American Music Awards in November.

Kelsea Ballerini, who released her sophomore album, Unapologetically, on Nov. 3, will open most of the dates, giving ticket buyers a one-two punch from artists who freely blend influences from other genres into their expansive brands of country. “I think our music’s gonna have a broad compatibility,” Urban predicts.

Source : Billboard