We­in­stein in­spires new ur­ban song

Simcoe Reformer - - WORLD NEWS -

Nashville — coun­try star Keith ur­ban has a new song in­spired by the al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment by har­vey We­in­stein.

bmi coun­try song­writer of the year ross cop­per­man said the widen­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment cri­sis that has de­vel­oped af­ter mul­ti­ple women ac­cused the top pro­ducer and film ex­ec­u­tive in­spired him to write a song and record it with ur­ban.

“We ac­tu­ally wrote a song three weeks ago called fe­male,” cop­per­man said dur­ing the red car­pet Tues­day for the an­nual bmi coun­try awards. “it’s from the We­in­stein an­nounce­ment. We’re in a room and we’re like, ‘What can we do about this?’ and that’s the one thing we can do is write songs.”

ur­ban, who was hon­oured by bmi for his phi­lan­thropy, said the song was so im­por­tant that he im­me­di­ately recorded it.

“i think it’s just time for a re­cal­i­brat­ing of the past, you know? Things have been a cer­tain way for a long, long time, and i think you’re see­ing a turn­ing of the tide for that,” ur­ban said. “This song just spoke to me. i just wanted to get in and record it right away.”

ur­ban, who is mar­ried to ac­tress Ni­cole Kid­man, said as a fa­ther and a hus­band, the topic has struck him.

“i am sur­rounded by fe­males in my life. i grew up in a house with boys, no sis­ters. Now i am in a house that’s all girls. so this song speaks to me on a lot of lev­els,” he said. The Associated Press

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