Keith Urban nails down a release date for new album

May 28, 2013 at 9:43 p.m. ET

Keith Urban's upcoming album finally has a release date. Nearly three years after 2010's Get Closer, its long-awaited follow-up is almost here.

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According to USA Today, Urban's next studio album, Fuse, is due out this fall. The country singer's switching things up by working with several producers. First, there's Nathan Chapman, who produced his new single "Little Bit of Everything."

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Next, Urban's cut tracks with Butch Walker, who's known for his punk-pop sound. Some of Walker's previous clients include Avril Lavigne, Pink and Fall Out Boy. There's also Dann Huff, Jay Joyce and Mike Elizondo, who's worked with everyone from Carrie Underwood to 50 Cent. Thus far, Urban has 16 new songs under his belt.

"I don't need any more songs," Urban says. "Of course, if someone sends something that just hits the mark, then I'm going to figure out how to get in and record it."

Fans will hear a little bit of the album on his Light the Fuse world tour, which kicks off July 18 in Cincinnati. Because Fuse won't be in stores yet, Urban will keep his latest material at arm's length. He doesn't want to isolate the audience by overwhelming them with new tunes.

"I'll probably space it out, slipping a new one in every three or four songs. I don't know — I'll probably know that once we started getting further into the record and start putting the set list together. I should imagine three or four, maybe five new songs, and see how we go."

Fuse hits shelves Sept. 10.

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