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Carrie went to The Late Show and Z100 Elvis Duran today to promote Blown Away. Photos have now been added

• Posted on May 1st, 2012 • By
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It seems like only yesterday that Carrie Underwood was fresh off the American Idol stage, a picture of down-home sweetness and unexplored talent. With Tuesday’s (May 1) release of her fourth album, Blown Away, the “All-American Girl” has officially become a Music City mogul.

Blown Away is Underwood’s first album since 2009′s Play On, and it’s coming from a much more seasoned performer and businesswoman. Realizing she needed a break but not wanting to distance herself from her fans, Underwood managed to do both by hosting award shows, appearing on other stars’ projects and picking up high-profile endorsements. Now she’s back in full force, and if you thought she’d lose any of her commanding vocal presence, let the title of her new project be a warning.

Through 14 tracks, Blown Away runs an emotional gamut filled with sweetness and revenge, nostalgia and in-the-moment excitement. It takes a contented look at faded relationships and life lessons, gets sassy when Cupid feels more like an annoying mosquito than an angel and wraps everything in Underwood’s vibrant voice.

In the first portion of a two-part interview during a visit to CMT’s offices in Nashville, the serene star sat down to talk about why she took so long to put out another album, letting her attitude show in the music and where her musical tastes currently lie.

CMT: “Good Girl,” the first single, is a little brash. What were you thinking about when you worked on it?

Underwood: It’s such a fun, rocking song. I was lucky enough to be in the room and be a co-writer on the song. It was just all about having fun and showing some attitude. We, as ladies, have a lot of layers to us. We definitely have our good sides and our bad sides. (laughs) So it was fun to kind of play off of that.

Did it remind you of “Before He Cheats” at all?

A little bit. It’d be impossible not to. But because I have songs like “Before He Cheats,” “Undo It,” ”Flat on the Floor” — songs that are fun, attitude songs — I feel lucky enough to do a song like that and then turn around and do “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” I’m really blessed to be able to have a wide variety of songs to choose from.

Why did it take so long to come out with a new album?

I felt a little bit like I was on a hamster wheel. So many artists get caught up living their life between a tour bus and a recording studio. I had three albums come out in October or November every other year, and I just didn’t want to do things the same way. It wasn’t so much that I thought [doing that again] would be a bad thing, but I’m the kind of person who needs to switch things up and try new things and shake it up. Things end up better when they’re on the fly and a little unexpected. Everybody is on the edge of their seat, and they’re ready for anything. So I changed the way I wrote. I changed the way I recorded, and I took a little time to miss it and, hopefully, for people to miss me a little, as well.

Do you think that time paid off?

I think it paid off a lot. I was talking to some friends of mine who are also in the music business — I don’t want to name names or anything — but they were like, “What are you doing?!” They were worried for me. They were worried that radio wouldn’t accept me again and people will have forgotten about me. I was lucky I had projects going on in between. I got to sing with Steven Tyler, I got to sing with Tony Bennett. I did a duet with Randy Travis, I did a duet with Brad Paisley. I’m still hosting the CMAs. I was lucky to have these things that were outside of my career to keep me visible but not shoving me in people’s faces.

Since you worked with Tyler, Bennett and Paisley, who are all very different artists, what does that say about your musical taste?

I feel like I represent a lot of people’s music now. I mean, what’s on your iPod? It’s probably pretty random. You don’t probably listen to just one little pocket of music or one genre of music. I listen to everything, I grew up listening to everything, and I download the most random things. If you were to put shuffle on my iPod, Lord knows, I would probably be embarrassed by what could pop up. But being able to work with just those three very diverse artists, I feel lucky that I can do that, and I feel like they all fit.

What’s the strangest thing on your iPod?

Oh, my gosh. Well, I grew up listening to Wham! I’ve got some Avenged Sevenfold. It’s all just random. People like T.I. Obviously, people I grew up listening to, like George Strait, Alan Jackson, all of that stuff is all mixed together.

Can you give us a hint about what your next single will be?

We’ve been in little talks. I feel like we all try to put our efforts into what’s happening now instead of always looking ahead to the next thing. But I know we have a handful of songs that we’re thinking might be singles, the order I’m not sure about yet. But it will reveal itself in due time. I feel like “Good Girl” still has a ways to go before it peaks, so I look forward to that first.

• Posted on Apr 30th, 2012 • By
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Carrie chatted with Kiss Country in Miami this morning about her new album, her husband, and much more. Cute interview!

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Listen above to the newest interview Carrie has done about her career, Blown away and much more!

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Carrie visited the SiriusXM Studio yesterday and photos have now been added to the gallery

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Absolutely loved this video Carrie posted. She just shows us fans everyday how caring and beautiful she is!

• Posted on Apr 27th, 2012 • By
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I will post this on the sidebar so everyone can keep up to date with where she will appearing. Here are Carrie’s May Appearances

Monday April 30th – Good Morning America (Exclusive Interview)
Monday April 30th – Live On Letterman & The Late Show With David Letterman
Tuesday May 1st – Good Morning America (Performance)
Tuesday May 1st – iHeart Radio Live Performance (Webcast)
Thursday May 3rd – American Idol
Wednesday May 9th – The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Thursday May 10th – Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Tuesday May 15th – Dancing With The Stars
Sunday May 20th – Billboard Music Awards

Thanks to Carrie-Underwood.org for the list : )

• Posted on Apr 27th, 2012 • By
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On her first three albums, Carrie Underwood has sounded like an “American Idol” champion — big songs, big voice, a scope of superstar event even before she could justify the designation. It worked, of course; Underwood is unquestionably the most successful of the show’s 10 winners and has just as successfully transitioned into a performer whose “Idol” past is more footnote than front of mind at this point.

On her fourth album, however, Underwood flexes some new artistic muscles, exploring fresh musical nuances without sacrificing the mainstream-ready formula that’s allowed her to capably straddle the pop-country divide. Produced by Underwood’s career-long aide de camp Mark Bright, “Blown Away” puts together a solid mix of rock (“Good Girl”), polished pop (“Blown Away,” “See You Again,” the Mutt Lange-written “Who Are You”) and some Kenny Chesney-worthy island fare (“One Way Ticket”), with just enough twang to hold her post co-hosting the Country Music Association Awards. And CMA partner Brad Paisley shows up to do some fierce pickin’ on the rootsy “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun.”

Underwood’s performances this time, meanwhile, are marked by restraint; the serial belter — who co-wrote eight of the 14 tracks here — has embraced greater dynamic range, delivering the melodies rather than forcing them. A good case in point — “Leave Love Alone,” a rootsy, feel-good tune that sounds like Underwood is singing on the front porch and not trying to shout it out to the next state. It also helps that “Blown Away” features some clever and compelling stories, including a heart-rending reference to aging and dementia (“Forever Changed”) and a couple of sly and twisted revenge tales in “Two Black Cadillacs” and the title track. She’s already sold plenty of records, but this time the champ turns in a real winner.

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