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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle David View Post
    Razor, you know I'm not a fan of Country, but you reminded me of how much I loved watching Carrie perform with Rascal Flatts on the finale show. Much to my amazement, I've listened to that and Bo's song with Leonard Skynard several times since the last show aired.
    Interesting story. One of my local stations played Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts one day & after it was over she said " You know I really like that song, but it was so much better when Carrie Underwood joined in for the duet."

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    With all but the soundscan numbers in to make it official it looks like Carrie will have sales over 180,000 again this week. She will maintain the #1 position on the Country charts & fall to #5 overall. Eminem had a big week to open at #1. So she is still top 5 after all is said & done & is just 160,000 or so short of selling Platinum. She has alread shipped Platinum, but she could reach 1,000,000 sales before the end of the year.

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    "You know I really like that song, but it was so much better when Carrie Underwood joined in for the duet."

    I Agree!!!! I thought the same thing earlier today when I heard the song on the radio!

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    After all was said & done the Official Soundscan numbers came in 174,035 for the week & that is a total of 830,209 in just 4 weeks. Carrie still remained #1 on the country chart this week. Next week could still very well put her at the 1,000,000 sales level. She has now roared past Madonna for total sales (by more than 50,000) & remains in the Top 10 on the Top 200 charts. Pretty good stuff when you consider that the #1 album from last week dropped all the way to #18 this week. Jesus Take the Wheel is still the most added song for Country radio stations, is approaching 5,000 plays per week, is now #8 & set to move to #5 before the weekend.

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    I have talked to sever people wanting to buy the CD for family Christmas presents and have found the stores sold out here in Southern Oregon!!!!!!

    Come on Target...restock your shelves!!! Only 9 more shopping days left!

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    CMT 20 questions

    You've just won American Idol! What are you going to do next? If you're
    Carrie Underwood, you go to Nashville. A longtime country fan, the talented Oklahoma native is cruising the country airwaves with "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Answering these questions from her fans, Underwood talks about finding songs, handling criticism and making the easy choice between romance and animals.

    1. What gave you the courage to stick with your country roots? It had to take courage when competing on American Idol.

    I was a little worried in the beginning about maybe possibly singing country music to people who might not really understand it. I thought it may be a little detrimental to me, but I knew that that's the kind of record deal I wanted afterwards, whether I won or not. I figured it would be silly to stray because then I'd end up with possibly nothing.

    2. I know it is important for you to be in Nashville to further your career. Are you going to live there? I am an Oklahoman, and we are hoping you'll keep your ties here.

    My parents do still live in Oklahoma, so if I ever have a couple of days off, I'm definitely going to Oklahoma. It really makes sense for me to have a house here in Nashville just because everything and everybody I work with is here in Nashville. It just makes sense, instead of me living in a hotel, like I'm doing right now, to get a house. Hopefully that will happen very soon. But also Oklahoma is home -- home-home.

    3. How much input did you actually have in choosing songs for your new CD?

    There were so many wonderful songs from wonderful, wonderful songwriters here in Nashville -- and everywhere else -- that were sending us great songs. It was really just a matter of several of us sitting down and picking ones that would definitely work for me and definitely work for everything. I've never done this before, obviously, so I don't know what the best songs are. It's ultimately my decision about everything, so I definitely had people around helping me figure things out. I could have never done that alone. People would send me songs here and there, and we'd weed them out.

    4. What was the first thing that came to your mind when your name was called as the new American Idol?

    I honestly don't think I was thinking anything. I think it was all just kind of a shocked, emotional time. I mean, I was just waiting for my name to be called --and it was -- so it was like exciting and shocking and happy all at the same time.

    5. You and Bo Bice seemed very close on the show. Have you spoken to him outside the American Idol tour? Is there any thought to doing a duet together?

    I have seen him since the tour was over, and he is doing very well. He's definitely got his own stuff going on right now, so if we did do something, it would definitely be later on in the future. We're both kind of trying to work on getting ourselves established first and then possibly branching out into duets and whatnot. I wish him the best, and I know he wishes me the best.

    6. Was there ever a time on American Idol where you just didn't want to be in the competition anymore?

    There were times when I was really scared, but that was about the only reason. I thought, "I gotta quit" or just thoughts running through my head like, "What if I can't? What if I fail?" But I knew I had to keep going, or I'd regret it forever.

    7. Are you considering cutting a full-length version of Heart's "Alone" for an album? Lots of us thought it was your best performance on the show and really propelled you to victory. We also liked your version of Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" and Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All."

    Heart and Pat Benatar, they are definitely such amazing people. I was just trying not to screw the songs up. I really like Air Supply. I think it would be really fun to have a female do some of their songs. I love them to death, and I think that would work. But me trying to do Heart or Pat Benatar as my own, I don't think it would work out so well. It was fun, like kind of pretend or try my best to try to do them, but that's not really so much my style. They are awesome. They're amazing.

    8. What are your plans for promoting your new album? When can we expect to see you on a solo tour?

    There are a lot of talk shows and things like that. A lot of press that I'm going to be doing. ... As far as the tour goes, you know, we're shooting for next spring, so it depends on who's going to be on tour then and who I can go sing with. So, whoever it is, I'm excited. I would rather tour with somebody because I think I need to work up to [headlining shows]. I don't think I'm there yet, to be able to do my own, personally. I think I would feel much more comfortable if I were a special guest with somebody.

    9. Do you have special requests when you go on tour? What are the requirements for your dressing room?

    Whenever we were on tour, I didn't even turn in my riders sheet, just because all I pretty much need is water, and I'm good. Maybe if they have fruit or a vegetable tray or whatever, I'm good with that, too. But as far as any requirements, I don't have any.

    10. Is there anyone else in your family who's musical? Who taught you guitar?

    Nobody else in my family is really musical. My oldest sister has a nice voice, but she is definitely not an entertainer. She does not like to be in front of people, and she gets really nervous. As far as me learning the guitar, I actually learned the piano first, and I think that really helped me out. I could kind of teach myself some stuff on the guitar, and I took lessons my junior year of high school.

    11. Do you carry any particular CDs from your music collection around with you when you're traveling away from home? If so, which ones?

    I keep my iPod with me -- which has every CD I have, ranging from everything from country to oldies to hard rock to R&B to whatever you can think of. I think I'd go crazy if I didn't have that with me. I love Randy Travis. He's a good calm-me-down guy. Pretty much anything. I just keep it on shuffle. You never know. It's fun that way. It's fun guessing what's gonna be next.

    12. Can you read sheet music or do you play by ear or by listening to a song?

    I can read sheet music. It takes me a bit longer if I don't hear the song first. It's a kind of a mixture of both. If I hear it, I definitely know when something sounds wrong, but I think it helps me to do both.

    13. With all these "pinch me" moments, even before your debut album, are you able to take a break? And what do you do to relax?

    I've got to go home a couple of times since May. Breaks are pretty much about doing nothing, and I think that's the most important thing I can do. When I don't have to do anything, I get to do absolutely nothing ... if that makes any sense at all. I like to stay in my pajamas. I don't want to put makeup on. I just want to watch TV. That's all I want to do.

    14. What has been the toughest piece of criticism to take from someone who may be interviewing you or from someone you run across in public?

    I'd say the worst criticism doesn't happen in interviews because usually people are very nice in the interviews. The worst criticism is things people say on the Internet or on different kind of picky shows, like critiquing what's she wearing or how she looks or how she sounds. Those things are really hard to take because ... I don't feel like I've worked my way up to that yet. A lot of people have more time to get used to that. One day we're normal people, who nobody talks about. And the next day, I'm the American Idol who everybody thinks is short or too blonde or not as good as everybody thinks. That's really hard to take, just people talking. I don't get on fan sites anymore. I used to, especially when we were on the show. We all did. I saw so many people get broken because of it. They'd go out there with a "this is me, this is who I am" attitude. Then they'd start reading what people thought about that -- what people who don't matter thought about that -- and it would break them. Eventually, I kind of trained myself not to look at them anymore. It's just better that way.

    15. How can you be associated with PETA since you grew up in rural Oklahoma? They do not like livestock shows, rodeos, hunting and fishing. These are the activities that define us as Oklahomans.

    That's a good question. I don't think those things define us as Oklahomans. I think that the way that we are in our personality and in the morals that we have, I think that defines us Oklahomans. Livestock is definitely a big deal in Oklahoma. A lot of my friends were in FFA and stuff like that growing up. ... I just choose not to eat animals. That's it. I'm not really associated with PETA. If they're doing a spay-or-neuter campaign, I'm all for it. I'm not really for so many radical things. I think there's just an easier way. I don't preach to others about it. This is just the way I am. If you were sitting there next to me, eating a steak right now, I wouldn't say anything about it because that's your choice, just like it's my choice not to eat it.

    16. When did you become a vegetarian?

    I quit eating beef when I was somewhere between 10 and 13 because we do have cows and I did bottle feed them and stuff like that. They were like my pets. I had an incident one day that made me refuse to eat beef ever, ever again. Later on, my neighbor had pigs, and I thought they were cute, and it just kind of went on and on from there. I phased it out over a period of time. My parents were actually banding calves. I don't know if you know what that means. I'm not going to explain it to you. ... Basically, it was to make them grow bigger so people could eat them, and they were so cute, and it just made me sad.

    17. You seem so quiet and reserved. Is there a wild side to Carrie Underwood?

    I think everybody has got a little wild streak no matter how quiet they are. It's always the quiet ones you gotta worry about, right? I've never, ever, ever done anything remotely, like, bad at all. I've never so much as been pulled over, knock on wood. But everybody's got a little wild streak in them, even if it's small. It's pretty rare for wild Carrie to come out, but if it does, I'm usually with my friends, so you know, I would just get a little rowdy.

    18. In fashion, how would you describe your style? Where do you shop?

    What style? If I'm forced to look nice, I think I do OK with it. I think I do a pretty decent job, but usually you'll see me walking around in what looks like PJs, like flannel pants and T-shirts. That's what I feel comfortable in. If I am having to dress up, I like to go to places like Bebe. I think their clothes are cute. I love to shop, but usually ... I don't really go for expensive things. I still shop like I did before, so I love Abercrombie and American Eagle and places like that. Just normal people places.

    19. You have expressed numerous times your everlasting love for animals. You've also mentioned that you haven't found Mr. Right. If you had to choose between animals and men, what would you choose?

    I would choose animals all the way. I know that's the one thing in life I cannot live without. I would be so amazingly unhappy if I didn't have my puppies and my kitties. I haven't found a good man, yet. I've found lots of good animals, so I'd go with animals.

    20. What do you think are the most important qualities in any person?

    I think honesty is very important in people. Just basically having a good heart -- and you can take that however you want to. I'm not talking like sainthood or anything. I'm just saying being a good person, having good morals and growing up, similar to the way I did -- good family, good values and stuff like that. Good wholesome stuff.
    love her answers. hey, i beat razorbacker into posting carrie related news. lol.
    Last edited by bell; 12-17-2005 at 10:02 PM.

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    She is so adorable! Her mommy and daddy must be so proud!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabernetCally View Post
    She is so adorable! Her mommy and daddy must be so proud!

    Thanks for sharing!
    If you get a chance & have CMT, they have a 1 hr. special on called In The Moment. It shows behind the scenes stuff starting with the AI win & going through her performance at the CMA'S. It includes a look inside the studio while she is recording the album, & has interviews with both producers, musicians, & RCA execs.. It's really a good show & everyone interviewed is just in awe of her vocal capabilities & her ability to stay so calm & focused during what the RCA exec calls the tightest schedule in his 35yrs. in the industry.

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    Thanks I will try to catch that!

    I think it helps that she studied music as a child and that she is nearly a college graduate ( AI messed up her spring term). So she has education behind her amazing talent to help her succeed in the entertainment industry.

    And also has not been raised as a teen prima donna by her manager parents!

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    This is another really nice review. I have seen a bunch of new ones in the past couple of days & they have all been very positive. I hope you haven’t seen it yet. By the way sales should exceed 1 million after this week.


    American Idol's Carrie Underwood Caps Whirlwind Year With Her Debut CD Release, Some Hearts

    No doubt, the whirlwind surrounding the launch of 2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood’s career is exactly what the show’s producers had in mind when they created their global phenomenon. It’s a modern day, media age Cinderella story starring a down-to-earth, small town girl with loads of vocal talent who is transformed (in less than a year, anyway) into stardom beyond her wildest dreams.

    “I never thought that any of this would happen to me,” she says. “These kinds of things only happen to imaginary characters on television or in the movies, not real people.”

    Seemingly a lifetime away from singing "Jesus Loves Me" in church back in Checotah, OK, Underwood must feel sometimes like the protagonist in her debut single “Jesus Take The Wheel,” overwhelmed but cautiously optimistic about the plans God has for her, and willing to trust. Testament not only to the impact of Idol but also perhaps the high quality of her debut album, the singer’s CD sales have been impressive. Her 19 Recordings/Arista Records album Some Hearts moved more than 314,000 units in its first week of release, making her the highest-debuting new country artist (in the Soundscan era).

    Helped along by the country hit success of “Jesus Takes The Wheel,” Some Hearts is currently #1 on the Billboard country chart and #2 on the pop album charts. Her label is also pushing the Diane Warren-penned, Kelly Clarkson-flavored title track to pop stations. The sales of Some Hearts has also been boosted by Underwood’s ubiquitous promotional presence on TV this past fall. She sang on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Today Show and The View, in addition to spreading holiday cheer on Dr. Phil, plus Christmas specials on NBC and TNT.

    Hype and intense media exposure is all part of the machinery that drives the calculated post-Idol promotion of Underwood, but somewhere between her late May victory and the mid-November release of Some Hearts - a stretch that included a summer tour with other Idol finalists - Underwood and her team (including Mark Bright and Dann Huff, who split the production duties) put together a compelling, thoughtful collection.

    Responding to its vibrant mix of hard driving, clever country storytelling (“Wasted,” “The Night Before (Life Goes On),” “Before He Cheats”) and spirited lite-rock cuts written by Diane Warren (including “Lessons Learned” and “Whenever Your Remember”) and Steve Robson/Wayne Hector (“I Just Can’t Live A Lie”), online tastemaker All Music Guide declares that Some Hearts is “ideal for either country or adult contemporary radio…better than either album Faith Hill has released since Breathe in 1999.”

    “In looking for songs for the album, Simon Fuller, head of 19, suggested I have a meeting with some of the top songwriters in Nashville,” Underwood says. “The idea of a meeting quickly turned into a weekend at Karian Studios as a writer’s retreat. I got the chance to meet with and, in some cases, help out the writers who would be working on my album. The weekend turned out to be most helpful. The writers got to know me, and a few songs that are on the album came out of that weekend.”

    “The first single, ‘Jesus, Take The Wheel’ was probably the first song I heard that really struck a chord with me,” she adds. “The song tells such a great story. And fortunately, everyone around me felt the same way about the song that I did, so recording it and making it my first single was really a no-brainer. The next one I felt a connection with was ‘Don’t Forget To Remember Me.’ The first time that I heard it, I cried because I was feeling homesick. I got the lyrics and managed to lose them in a stack of papers I was sending home. My mother got the package and read through the lyrics. She called me and said that the song made her cry. She said that it was ‘our song.’ In that moment, I knew that no matter how hard it would be to get through, I had to record it.”

    Fans patient enough to go deeper in the tracking will be rewarded with “I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore,” a more traditional country tune co-written by Underwood that rolls its autobiographical lyrics by in a fascinating swirl of gratitude/excitement for her new life and homesickness/regret for the one her Idol win forced her to leave behind. No previous Idol winner has gone this deep and confessional this quickly, with such a fascinating glimpse into the emotional price of sudden fame.

    “Writing songs is always something that I have been interested in, but I really didn’t feel like my writing chops were good enough yet to write the songs for my first album,” Underwood says. “I did, however, try my best to help, and I wanted to help write a song that was strictly for my friends and family back home. It’s basically an account of the things that have been happening to me over the past few months.”

    Underwood was in her senior year at Northeastern State University - where she was majoring in broadcast journalism and also performed in a country music show - when she saw on the news a story about how many people were in Cleveland, sleeping outside in hope of auditioning for the 2005 American Idol season. “People were always telling me I should try out for the show,” she recalls, “but I never thought I’d be able to handle it. I decided to see where else the auditions would be held, and found out that the closest place to my home was in St. Louis, hours away. After visiting with a family friend, my mother offered to drive me if I wanted to try out.”

    Underwood, her mom and a friend and her mother drove all night, arriving in St. Louis at 6 a.m., where she had to wait eight hours before singing Martina McBride’s “Phones Are Ringing All Over Town” for Idol Supervising Producer James Breen. At first she didn’t think she sang it well enough, but she was invited back the next day to sing “Independence Day” (which she later recorded on the Idol 2005 compilation CD) for Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. In the next round, Underwood tried Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for the show’s judges, who sent her to Hollywood on her first-ever airline flight.

    Now, living in a world where, to quote “Checotah,” “my hotel in Manhattan holds more people than our town/And what I just paid for dinner would be a down payment on a house,” Underwood is flying high, literally and figuratively, every time she turns around. She may “miss the big blue skies, the Oklahoma kind,” but millions of fans, Idol faithful and new ones hearing her for the first time on country radio, are excited to share those new horizons with her.

    “I grew up listening to country music, and still hold it dear to my heart,” she says. “I have known all of my life that being a country music singer would be the most wonderful thing that I could ever do. I am so grateful to have this opportunity, and I want more than anything for my family, friends and fans to be proud of me and the music that I make. So I guess, looking back, things like this do happen to normal people. I don’t know how or why I am this lucky, but I hope I continue to be for many years to come…and, most importantly, I hope I never forget where I came from!”

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