Stunning picture! I just don't see the connection to a carnival ride. Oh well, I have razorbacker to explain it all!
I can't think when I have to think. ~~moi~~
wow, she is beautiful..I do think they could have toned down the yellow just a touch.
Clay Aiken "when everyones working on it change isnt impossible, its inevetible"
Ask & you shall receive: Carrie explains it all.Originally Posted by roses4me;2551018;
Carrie Underwood Invites Fans Along for a Carnival Ride
October 23 Album Release Is the Follow-Up to Her Six-Million-Selling Blockbuster, Some Hearts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2007
Nashville, TN – Two-time GRAMMY winner and reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist Carrie Underwood is preparing to release her new 19 Recordings/Arista Records/Arista Nashville album, Carnival Ride, on October 23.
With first single, “So Small,” already a country airplay Top 10 after only four weeks, the Checotah, Oklahoma native who went from college student to American Idol winner to six-million-selling, multi-format superstar in less than three years has clearly been on an adventure ride of her own.
In choosing the album title, Underwood found Carnival Ride (taken from a lyric line in the new disc) to be a great metaphor. She explains, “You step onto this ride called life, and it’s a crazy thing you don’t know anything about, but you get on it anyway. You do what you can to lean different directions to try and get it to go where you want it to go, but you can’t stop it – it just keeps moving. That’s why Carnival Ride works as my album title, because it describes the wonderful craziness that I’ve been through over the past couple years.”
Underwood’s debut disc, Some Hearts, was released on November 15, 2005 and spent a remarkable 27 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, holding that position across multiple weeks in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Currently 6x Platinum, and with SoundScan sales in excess of 1.2 million copies this year alone, Some Hearts remains the best-selling country album of 2007.
CMA Nominations were announced this morning. Carrie has been nominated for:
Video of the Year Before He Cheats
Single of the Year Before He Cheats
Song of the Year Before He Cheats
Female Vocalist of the year along with
Carrie is all over Billboard magazine & Billboard.com this week.
First she makes the cover of the new Billboard magazine. It should be on newstands soon. Go all the way to the bottom right of the page to see the photo…
Billboard Music Charts - Latest Music News - Music Videos
Then there is this article about the new album. It mentions 5 of the songs titles.
Underwood Tries For Encore With 'Carnival Ride'
Underwood Tries For Encore With 'Carnival Ride'
August 31, 2007, 11:10 AM ET
Deborah Evans Price, Nashville
Carrie Underwood is still generating hits from her six-million-selling debut, "Some Hearts," but she'll be front and center with a new effort this fall. Her sophomore album, "Carnival Ride," is due Oct. 23 via 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. First single "So Small" made Underwood the first female to debut in the Hot Country Songs top 20 in 43 years; it is No. 11 only four weeks after release.
"My favorite line on the whole album pretty much sums up everything that I've been through, and I think everybody could find something in this particular line: 'God put us here on this carnival ride/We close our eyes never knowing where it will take us next,'" Underwood tells Billboard of "Wheel of the World," which was penned by Hillary Lindsey, Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo. "It's beautiful and so true. We don't know what we're doing or where we're headed. We just kind of trust and hope that whatever ride we're on in life takes us where we need to go."
The pressure to follow up such as successful debut could creatively paralyze an artist, but Underwood has worked her way through it. "'Is there really anywhere to go but down?' There was that fear in my head,'" says Underwood, who was much more involved in the songwriting process this time around. "Then we started picking songs and I realized it was more [about] making an album for myself that I love and I know I have a huge hand in making. Whatever happens, it's icing on the cake."
Besides "So Small," new tracks include "Last Name," "Just a Dream" (about a soldier dying and the emotions his fiancé experiences as she comes to terms with the tragedy) and a remake of Randy Travis' "I Told You So."
Underwood probably won't undertake a full-blown tour until 2008. She's now a legitimate headliner, and plans for her next tour will find her either headlining or co-headlining with another artist.
"Given her track record, it's hard to believe Underwood would have any concerns about filling venues. But perhaps it's her Oklahoma naivete that prompts her to say, "I don't feel I'm ready to headline. What if nobody shows up? It would be absolutely horrifying if nobody showed up."
I can't think when I have to think. ~~moi~~
This is a long but a really great article about Carrie, the past two years, the new album, & what the future looks like. It is for Billboard Magazine subscribers only, so I will post the link (because it’s required of me to do so) but you can only go so far unless you are a subscriber. But, I’ll post the full article. The Carrie buzz is up & running big time.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD ENJOYS THE RIDE
September 08, 2007
DEBORAH EVANS PRICE
In a pale blue BCBG Max Azria designer dress and impressively high heels, Carrie Underwood is the picture-perfect hostess as she graciously chats with the throng of well-wishers gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame to celebrate the multiplatinum success of her debut album, "Some Hearts."
Unlike some artists who might remain cloistered in a velvet-roped side room during such events, Underwood seems happy to mingle with the crowd, thanking radio personnel, retailers, journalists and anyone else who has played a role in her fairytale rise to superstardom. As the 24-year-old pride of Checotah, Okla., poses for pictures and shakes hands, her mother, Carole -- a retired schoolteacher who still lives in Checotah with Underwood's retired paper mill-worker dad, Steve -- beams proudly.
Everyone loves the girl next door. And when you're noting factors that spurred Underwood's groundbreaking success, her fresh-faced enthusiasm and accessible demeanor -- visibly on display that night last year -- have proved as beneficial as her powerhouse vocals. Such qualities were a magnet to the "American Idol" crowd, and they've continued to serve Underwood well as her career has shifted into high gear.
Now, with the Oct. 23 release of her 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville album "Carnival Ride," the whirlwind that has become Underwood's life is about to accelerate even more. Since winning "American Idol" in 2005, Underwood has sold nearly 6 million copies of "Some Hearts." But her new album, she feels, is an even stronger reflection of who she is.
"My favorite line on the whole album pretty much sums up everything that I've been through, and I think everybody could find something in this particular line: 'God put us here on this carnival ride/We close our eyes never knowing where it will take us next,' " Underwood says of "Wheel of the World," which was penned by Hillary Lindsey, Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo. "It's beautiful and so true. We don't know what we're doing or where we're headed. We just kind of trust and hope that whatever ride we're on in life takes us where we need to go."On this particular late August day, Underwood knows where she's headed -- to Paris for a much-needed vacation. The previous night, she'd performed a private show for Target in Minneapolis; after chatting with Billboard about her new disc, she'll embark on her French adventure.
"I have never been anywhere in that direction before, so I just had a little bit of time and I figured I better take a vacation before things get really crazy. I consider myself a pretty uncultured person," she says. "If you want to get a taste of culture, I hear France is pretty nice."
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE . . .
In two short years, her sweet down-home charm has combined with a killer set of pipes to transform Underwood into a phenomenon -- and one with a lengthy list of accolades. She's the Country Music Assn.'s reigning female vocalist of the year. "Some Hearts" was named the Academy of Country Music's 2007 album of the year, and she netted Grammy Awards for best new artist and best female country vocal performance for "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which won best country song. It also won the Gospel Music Assn.'s country recorded song of the year, and was designated ASCAP and the Nashville Songwriters Assn. International's song of the year.
Meanwhile, she's become a core artist at country radio, and ascended to superstar status in the eyes of radio and fans, more quickly than perhaps anyone since fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks. "Jesus, Take the Wheel" spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Its successor, "Before He Cheats," topped the chart for five weeks, followed by "Don't Forget to Remember Me," which peaked at No. 2, and "Wasted," which hit No. 1 for three weeks. "So Small," the lead single from her new album, made Underwood the first female to debut in Hot Country Songs' top 20 in 43 years. The single is No. 11 only four weeks after release.
She's even had luck at AC radio, where four singles have scored, and "Before He Cheats" peaked at No. 7 (see chart, this page). Its video helped propel the success of the single and showed a more aggressive and heretofore unseen side of Underwood's persona, as she lashed out against an unfaithful boyfriend's personal property with a Louisville Slugger. But unlike some artists who more explicitly court airplay in another format by altering the music's sound, Underwood refused play that game.
"We started out thinking that ["Before He Cheats"] might be cool on other radio stations than country music, but we were told flat out that it was too country -- and I'm not willing to change it," she says. "Just because it has some fiddle on it, I don't understand why other people wouldn't like it. I didn't want to take that out to make it something else."
Such convictions did nothing to slow down sales. "Some Hearts" sold 315,000 units its first week, making Underwood the highest-debuting new artist in the country genre since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales. The album spent 27 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and has sold 5.9 million units, according to SoundScan. In one album, Underwood has reached the level of success it took other superstar acts several years and albums to achieve.
Underwood credits her impressive jump-start to that little singing competition on Fox. "Coming off 'American Idol,' people already knew who I was," she says. "Most people spend years trying to [get fans to] recognize who they are. I already had that massive recognition factor."
Country KMPS Seattle OM/PD Becky Brenner agrees that "Idol" was a major component in Underwood's launch. "I wasn't surprised by it," she says of Underwood's success. "She was America's sweetheart, so it was clear that she was going to be huge. When they announced that she was going to be country, I thought, 'This is awesome for us,' because she already had a huge built-in fan base. Those people are so active and so passionate, and the reason is they take ownership in her success. They feel like they made her."
Simon Fuller -- Underwood's manager, creator of "American Idol" and founder/chief executive of 19 Entertainment -- obviously acknowledges the power of the show, but doesn't view it as the lone reason for her current popularity. "I knew she was going to do well, but I think what she's achieved is quite remarkable. It's exceeded all expectations," he says, phoning in from his holiday in the south of France. "Kelly Clarkson's [debut] album sold -- if I remember right -- about 2.6 million and Ruben [Studdard's] sold about 1.8 million. So I would say between a million and two [in sales] is 'Idol.' Anything over two [million] is down to Carrie and her amazing voice."
In the wake of a debut album that sold nearly 6 million, what can she expect next? Any other artist would seem extremely fortunate to sell 2 or 3 million on a sophomore record, but would that look like a slip for Underwood? "It's always a problem when you set the bar high -- you've got to beat it," country WQYK Tampa Bay, Fla., OM Mike Culotta says. "I think she can. She's bringing people into our format and exposing them to it. They may not have believed that it's country. I'm very proud that when she goes out and does stuff, she makes it known she's country."
Executives in Underwood's camp are optimistic and realistic when it comes to repeating her sales figures. "Trying to match that in a marketplace that is declining is going to be difficult," Sony BMG Nashville chairman Joe Galante says. "None of us is under the illusion we're going to do 7 million.
"What we focus on is the growth from the musical standpoint, and that's really what it's about," he continues. "If we can do better in making this next album so that Carrie's fans buy into her on the second time around and people get to see her as somebody who's not a one-off on 'American Idol' but is going to have a good 20-year career, then we've accomplished our job."
Retailers, meanwhile, are understandably anxious to get the new Underwood disc. "While it will be a daunting task to even try to exceed the sales of the debut given the eroding physical sales patterns seen today, with the right songs and continued fabulous videos it is not impossible," says Brian Smith, VP of store operations for Marietta, Ga.-based Value Music Concepts. "Her career has been expertly managed, and her label has done a masterful job at selecting the right songs in the right sequence to showcase her diversity.
"Speaking as a retailer dependent on foot traffic, we appreciate that fact that her album was so deep with viable content," Smith continues. "So often the records today have one, maybe two commercially successful singles. Not since Shania [Twain] can I remember a country female artist having so many great songs that target so many demos, and it took Shania several years to get to that point."
I'M FLYING HIGH THEN I'M WONDERING WHY . . .
The pressure to follow up such as successful debut could creatively paralyze an artist, but Underwood has worked her way through it. " 'Is there really anywhere to go but down?' There was that fear in my head," Underwood says. "Then we started picking songs and I realized it was more [about] making an album for myself that I love and I know I have a huge hand in making. Whatever happens, it's icing on the cake."
On "Carnival Ride," Underwood was more involved in the songwriting process than on the debut. She set up a writers retreat at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium to collaborate with such Music Row tunesmiths as Hillary Lindsey, Craig Wiseman, Rivers Rutherford and Gordie Sampson. "On the first album, we started picking out songs and making it on May 25, and it came out Nov. 15, so that's really not much time," Underwood says. "On the new album, I took a lot of time writing with a lot of great people."
After co-writing "So Small," "the next day we wrote another one that is called 'Last Name,' which is pretty much a complete opposite," she says. " 'So Small' is very thoughtful and has a really great message. 'Last Name' is just fun and it's kind of gritty. It's more like a 'Before He Cheats' kind of song."
One of the most poignant tracks, "Just a Dream," is about a soldier dying and the emotions his fiancýý experiences as she comes to terms with the tragedy. "It's a pretty heavy lyric," Galante says, "and Carrie makes you feel every single emotion that this girl is going through."
Underwood says, "It's such a haunting song. Then what [producer] Mark Bright did with it, he used these different licks on it that really made it come to life.
"I don't think I've ever done a sad song," she continues. " 'Jesus, Take the Wheel' was serious, but ["Just a Dream"] shows a different side, and it was very vocally challenging."
Underwood includes only one cover on the set, a remake of the Randy Travis hit "I Told You So." The rest are new tunes, some by Hillary Lindsey, who she singles out as one of her favorite writers. "It's very hard for me to find writers that really get kind of young female [artists]. There are all these male writers and they are great at what they do," she says, "but I'm a 24-year-old girl, and I imagine it would be hard for these guys to think like a 24-year-old girl. So it's really awesome that I've been able to get together with her."
IT NEVER EVEN SLOWS DOWN . . .
When it comes to the Ferris wheel that is Underwood's life, creating music and seeing it succeed is the obvious high. But Underwood admits there are certain aspects of celebrity that have taken some getting used to, especially the tabloid rumors and constant scrutiny. "It's really awkward to think, 'Oh, gosh, somebody is going to snap a picture of me dancing and then they'll say I'm a party girl,' which I'm not," she says. "You have to think about everything you do, and if you decide to go ahead and do it anyway, realize that everybody is going to talk about it the next day. I'm 24 years old, and if I have a glass of wine in my hand and somebody takes a picture of it, somebody somewhere is going to get mad because I'm being 'a bad role model.' It's a fine line, and you have to realize that I'm a human too."
And according to Underwood, her alleged romance with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was just a media fantasy. "We're really good friends and support each other, but we're not together, nor have we ever been together," she says, wanting to set the record straight. "I understand because we went to the [Academy of Country Music Awards] together and I go watch him play football that people might get the wrong impression, but hardly any people ever ask me. They just kind of ran with the story anyway. I read stuff now that one of us is trying to get the other back and that I spend the night crying by myself. It's awful."
Galante is impressed with how Underwood has handled fame. "She grew up in a small town. She knows what it is to work hard. She realizes how blessed she is to be where she's at, and she continues to work very hard," he says. "She's respectful of the things she needs to be respectful of, and she's playful when she needs to be playful. As a person, she really is great. She's honest and open, and she has a great sense of humor. I think people will discover more and more about her as she goes through this."
IT'S THE WHEEL OF THE WORLD TURNING AROUND AND AROUND . . .
Arista Nashville VP of marketing and artist development Jon Elliot says the thrust of the label's marketing campaign for "Carnival Ride" is to "keep her visible, put her in the right places and try to get out of the way. It's pretty much 'Roll up your sleeves and let people know the album is out.' "Elliot says a strong Internet presence will be key to the project. "She appeals [more] to a younger demo than most country artists," he says. "Obviously, the Web is a big part of what we do in terms of marketing to a younger audience. Her MySpace page is very active. Her sales on iTunes have been fantastic. Our ability to use her Web site to help promote single releases and the album is a part of what we do. She's very Web-friendly across all platforms, including mobile."
Underwood has sold more than 4.5 million digital songs, according to Nielsen Soundscan -- including 1.7 million copies of "Before He Cheats" and 1 million of "Jesus, Take the Wheel." All five of her singles have been available as ringtones, and her mobile sales, according to Nielsen RingScan, are more than 1.3 million; "Before He Cheats" alone is at 851,000. (See chart, this page.) Her MySpace page lists more than 370,000 "friends" and has more than 12 million profile views."
This past year we've started a fan club and a blog to keep everybody informed on what's going on," Underwood says. "That's when I get to talk to the fans and have direct contact with people."Underwood toured extensively in 2006 on the first record. "
The first thing we did was open for Kenny Chesney early on in the record cycle," says Jeff Frasco, Underwood's responsible agent at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles and booker of the American Idols tours. Last year she played fair dates in the summer and also headlined small theaters in secondary and tertiary markets. "She sold all those out, and she did extremely well on all of the fair dates," Frasco says. "Then we came back and special-guested with Brad Paisley in the fall."
Underwood's touring development "went from level to level to level," Frasco says. By December, he says, she had played more than 100 dates, "and I don't think we repeated more than three markets."
Frasco and CAA hope to continue the process on the new album, though Underwood probably won't undertake a full-blown tour until 2008. She's now a legitimate headliner, and plans for her next tour will find her either headlining or co-headlining with another artist. "When the album comes out in October, she is going to do a bunch of promotion and probably start touring somewhere around February or March," Frasco says.
Given her track record, it's hard to believe Underwood would have any concerns about filling venues. But perhaps it's her Oklahoma naivetýý that prompts her to say, "I don't feel I'm ready to headline. What if nobody shows up? It would be absolutely horrifying if nobody showed up."
That seems unlikely. After all, Underwood has become America's sweetheart. She's the girl who showed everyone a country singer could take the "American Idol" prize, then proceeded to jump-start the format with her groundbreaking success. Yes, life has been a crazy carnival ride for Underwood, and she's about to take another upward twirl.
Additional reporting by Ray Waddell in Nashville.
Thanks for those photos BB. TMZ.com has a brief video of this shoot & there is about 3 seconds where you can hear Carrie singing & it's definitely not So Small. The SS video is already finished & was shot in Nashville, whereas this one is in LA. But that still doesn't answer the question of what this is.