Nic backs Keith’s Weinstein-inspired song
KEITH Urban has released a song partly inspired by the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse and harassment scandal, with wife Nicole Kidman is leading his fan parade.
The Australian country music superstar debuted Female, written by three Nashville hitmakers just a few weeks ago, at the Country Music Association Awards today.
Kidman was not with her man on the red carpet but posted a Facebook message congratulating him on the song.
"Love Keith Urban's new song. #female", she posted ahead of his performance.
Kidman and Urban share two daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret and the singer said they were also behind his decision to record the tender female empowerment ballad.
It addresses gender roles, consent and even quotes Beyonce's Run The World (Girls).
The second verse pulls no punches in calling out sexual harassment and abuse.
"When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it
"Just cause she was wearing a skirt
"Now is that how it works?
"When somebody talks about how it was Adam first
"Does that make you second best?
"Or did he save the best for last?"
The song was written by hitmakers Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman within a week of the New York Times expose on Weinstein and recorded by Urban on Halloween.
It rocketed up the Australian iTunes charts to No. 12 within hours of its release on Thursday.
"As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways," Urban told Billboard about how the song's message hit him. "And as a son - my mother is alive.
"It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it's incredible how now I'm surrounded by girls.
"But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons."
There has been some speculation Kidman has contributed to the song's backing vocals but Urban would not confirm that.
The Hollywood heavyweight who worked with Weinstein on numerous projects including Cold Mountain, The Others, Nine and, most recently, Lion, spoke out against the misuse of power in the week after the allegations against the movie mogul surfaced.
"As I've stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power - be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce," Kidman said via a statement released through her publicist. "We need to eradicate this behaviour."
As well as debuting his new single, Urban picked up the coveted Single of the Year award for his hit Blue Ain't Your Colour.