Country rocker Keith Urban has broken his silence on his upcoming music collaboration with Taylor Swift.
The 53-year-old shared the backstory to the highly-anticipated collaboration after he was asked to be part of the band by Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner.
Replying to Taylor’s sweet tweet about him, Keith declared it felt like it was ‘magic’ how the ‘stars aligned’ for the special opportunity.
Country rocker Keith Urban, 53, (pictured) broke his silence on ‘fearless’ Taylor Swift collaboration after the superstar confirmed he will feature on her upcoming vault releases
The tweet read in full: ‘Jack and Aaron asked if I’d join their band and I said hell yes!! They said you’re gonna love our lead singer – she’s fearless. We got to sing together and were so happy, and I said that’s magic when stars align like that!!!!!’
Taylor confirmed the union in her own tweet just hours beforehand – boasting about the duet they will perform on the album.
‘I’m really honoured that Keith Urban is part of this project, duetting on That’s When and singing harmonies on We Were Happy. I was his opening act during the Fearless album era and his music has inspired me endlessly.’
Taylor released coded clues about her upcoming release on Friday.
Yep, it’s happening: Replying to Taylor’s tweet, Keith wrote: ‘Jack and Aaron asked if I’d join their band and I said hell yes!! They said you’re gonna love our lead singer – she’s fearless. We got to sing together and were so happy, and I said that’s magic when stars align like that!!!!!’
After years of uncovering clues and analysing the 11-time Grammy winner’s lyrics, her fans quickly unscrambled her coded video, which included messages about her upcoming ‘from the vault’ recordings.
‘The vault door is about to be as unhinged as you’ll think I am after you watch this video,’ Swift teased on Twitter alongside footage of jumbled words flying out of a vault door. ‘Level: Expert. Happy decoding!’
Within minutes, Swifties were collaborating with each other on social media to unlock words with mind-blowing speed and to figure out the six new song titles.
Partner in crime: She wrote: ‘I’m really honoured that Keith Urban is part of this project, duetting on That’s When and singing harmonies on We Were Happy. I was his opening act during the Fearless album era and his music has inspired me endlessly’. Pictured 2015
‘Consider your vault broken,’ one internet sleuth, named Katelyn, cheekily replied to the Exile singer’s tweet, alongside her best guesses for the never-been-heard tracks.
Her clue-loving followers reached a consensus that the six song titles are: ‘You All Over Me, We Were Happy, Bye Bye Baby, Mr. Perfectly Fine, That’s When and Don’t You.
Additionally, the letters ‘TEKHI’ and ‘RUNBA’ rearranged spell out the name of country singer Keith Urban, suggesting he may appear on one of the songs.
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Backing this theory, fans also unscrambled the name of Maren Morris, who sings backup vocals on the first track out of Swift’s vault, called You All Over Me.
Leaving no stone unturned, some Swifties reversed and slowed down the audio of the video, and unearthed the lyrics: ‘I ran into you somewhere / I didn’t mean to stare / I hope she’s never like me / I’m sure she’ll make you happy.’
Swift has a long history of leaving Easter eggs for her fans, who have a keen eye for spotting codes like capitalized letters, dates linked to her favorite number 13 and any potential album clues.
Impressive: Within minutes, Swifties were collaborating with each other on social media to unlock words with mind-blowing speed and uncover six new song titles
Taylor previously spoke about adding a few extra songs onto the re-recorded Fearless album, which were written during the era, that she ‘absolutely adored, but were held back for different reasons, like not wanting to include ‘too many breakup songs’ or not fitting on a physical CD.
‘Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really knows that body of work,’ she said in February. ‘For example, only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the Fearless album.’
Teaming up? The letters ‘TEKHI’ and ‘RUNBA’ rearranged spell out the name of Keith Urban, suggesting he will appear of one of the ones’ seen in 2015