Keith Urban Performs New Tune 'Female' in Wake of Weinstein Scandal

Maren Morris

Maren Morris

Keith Urban performs "Female" at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

"Female" serves as the first taste of Urban's upcoming album that he says he's been working on for the past year, but he sees it more as a powerful statement than a traditional lead single".

Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman co-wrote "Female;" Urban, Copperman and Dann Huff produced the track.

"The writers wrote this song on October 10 and I heard it the next day", Urban told Rolling Stone Country. As he sang aloud the courageous words and titles given to ladies everywhere, the validating lyrics highlighted behind him while giving the full fearless effect.

Plus, one of the biggest issues in country music over the last few years is the lack of representation for women, particularly on the radio - there are now just five female singers on the Top 50 country songs chart. "Is that such a bad thing?" For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it's incredible how now I'm surrounded by girls.

"I thought it was nice and very personal to blend these girls into the song because it just felt very, very right and that's what the song means to me", Urban told The Associated Press prior to the CMA Awards.

"But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team".

Despite being "inspired" by widespread predatory behavior, "Female" is more of a melancholy empowerment anthem than a commentary on rape culture-though it does contain the line "When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it/ Just 'cause she was wearing a skirt/ Oh, is that how that works?"

Not everyone has been impressed by Keith Urban's lyrics on his latest song Female. / When you hear a song that they play sayin' you run the world, do you believe it?

"We're in a room and we're like, 'What can we do about this?'" Copperman said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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