The new release comes just three days after Urban co-hosted the 56th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards alongside Mickey Guyton — the first Black woman to host the star-studded event

By Darlene Aderoju
April 21, 2021 06:20 PM
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Keith Urban, Breland and Nile Rodgers sure do make one fire trio!

On Wednesday, Urban, 53, Breland, 25, and Rodgers, 68, released the all-new music video for their hit single, "Out the Cage" — the visual was primarily recorded in Sydney and the powerful tune has an uplifting message.

"The freneticism of the rhythm makes me wanna take off and start running or ... just break something," the Australian hitmaker said in a statement.

And for Breland, the moment Urban reached out to him was unforgettable, "I said I'd be there tomorrow. I mean, working with Keith Urban? I was like, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Meanwhile, Chic co-founder Rodgers said in the statement, "I get a phone call from Keith and he's my bro, so of course I jumped on the call. He says, 'Hey Nile, I got this song that I'm working on, can I send it to you?' I listened for about five minutes."

"He called me 10 minutes later and said, 'Yo brother, this song is sick," Urban detailed.

 

Keith Urban, Breland and Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Breland
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He opens the track singing, "Don't know just how long but I've / Been trapped in here quite a while / Wonder if I'll make it out / I miss my friends / I miss the sky / Feel like I just live to die, But that can't be what life's about."

That's when multi-genre star Breland, né Daniel Gerard Breland, joins in, "I think they just lock me up to taunt me / I won't ever let nobody own me, own me / I don't let these thoughts of freedom haunt me / What you gon' do when they learn the truth?"

As Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rodgers continues strumming his guitar throughout, Urban delivers the chorus, "Every time I / Feel like I just can't take it no more / I get angry / That's when I start runnin' / In my mind's eye / Lies the key that'll open the door / You can't break me / There's a new day comin'."

The dynamic trio rock out throughout the visual, as Urban also plays his guitar alongside Rodgers and Breland.

Keith Urban, Breland and Nile Rodgers
Breland and Keith Urban
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Keith Urban, Breland and Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers and Keith Urban
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On Tuesday, one day ahead of the music video premiere, Urban shared a teaser clip on his Instagram. He captioned it, "OUT THE CAGE ft. @breland & @nilerodgers
TOMORROW 🎬," and Breland responded, "LETSSSS GOOOOO!!!! 🔥."

The "Out the Cage" premiere comes just three days after Urban co-hosted the 56th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards alongside Mickey Guyton on Sunday. On the special night, Guyton, 37, became the first Black woman to host the ACM Awards since its inception.

The music video debut also comes on the heels of Breland's viral hit single, "Cross Country" — released in February.

In March, the rising star opened up to PEOPLE.

"I've always been obsessed with the butterfly effect and seeing what one small decision can turn into," he said at the time. "My career is largely the result of small decisions that turned into big outcomes. It's definitely all a part of how I got here."

"It's always been important for me to be able to tell all of my story," he went on. "Storytelling is one of the things that drew me to country music in the first place. It gives people a platform to share what they have been through and how they got here."