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• Posted on Jul 10th, 2012 • By
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Carrie Underwood Scores 10th Platinum Single

Last month, Carrie Underwood’s new album, Blown Away, debuted on the charts at #1 and held there for two weeks in a row. Now, more good news heads her way, as her label Sony Nashville sent out a press release announcing that Carrie’s single “Good Girl” has been downloaded 1 million times and is now certified platinum. This is her 10th digital single to meet or exceed platinum status.

From the press release:

“Upon its release on May 1, Blown Away made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country albums sales chart making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47 year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away also debuts at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away became country’s best-selling digital album debut since 2010.”

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“I really haven’t looked at anything,” Carrie Underwood admits to ‘BBC Breakfast‘ of the backlash which resulted from her coming out in support of gay marriage. “I learned a long time ago that you cannot live your life for other people. You have to run your own race and do what you do and love what you do.”

She adds with a laugh, “Hopefully people love it, but if not, I wont know it because I wont read it.”

Earlier this month, the ‘Blown Away’ singer tole British publication the Independent, “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

“Above all, God wanted us to love others,” she reiterates. “It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other.”

Underwood has become a spokesperson for various commercial brands since winning ‘American Idol’ in 2005, but the singer understands the difference in becoming a public voice when religion and politics are involved.

“It’s scary,” the devout Christian admits of her superstar status. “It’s scary to have a platform and have people listening to you. At some point, you are going to say something that a lot of people consider to be not so right to them.”

Underwood reveals that she makes a very conscious effort to steer clear of sharing her political views, knowing that she’s a role model. “I’ve always managed to stay out of that pretty well,” says the Oklahoma native.”I stay as far away from politics as possible because I just love to sing more than anything.”

“I would never want anyone’s views skewed because of anything I said,” she continues. “I don’t want people to think like me. People have to figure everything out for themselves. That’s important to me.”

Despite the criticism, the ‘Good Girl’ singer holds firm to her beliefs. “I’m pro non-judgment. I’m pro loving people,” she confirms, backing up her pro-gay marriage stance. “It’s kinda what I’m all about.”

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She’s a musician, not a politician…

Carrie Underwood may be famous for country music but, after recently voicing her support for gay marriage, the musician has found herself caught up in a media storm…

In an interview with The Independent, the former American Idol contestant explained that she was a staunch supporter of gay marriage:

“I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people we want to love.”

She also explained that her church was gay-friendly and that it wasn’t her job to judge people. But, while we may love her for her equal rights approach, Underwood’s comments have since created a backlash online from those angry with her stance.

Joseph Farah, of World Net Daily, has slammed the star for committing the sin of blasphemy:

“The Ten Commandments are not suggestions. They represent the difference between life and death…[Carrie Underwood has committed] blasphemy – and there’s just too much of it coming from people claiming to be Christians.”

And, sadly, he’s not the only one to attack Carrie Underwood for her stance on gay marriage. A recent article on The Boot received a number of negative comments from those against the idea:

“The Bible says what is says, and you can either follow it or not. It is explicit in the Bible that men do not lie down with men and women the same … God will judge Carrie, not me.”

“Equal rights…yea sure!!! Carrie Underwood read the bible.. Honey!! The bible says.. Adam & Eve… Not Adam & Evan”

Underwood explained to The Associated Press that she is avoiding reading any online criticism from those who aren’t happy with her recent interview.

“I just really try hard to do what I do and try to be nice to people and make great music and if people think they can look up to that, that’s wonderful. If not, that’s OK too.”

She also explained that the subject was a difficult one but that she answered it in the only way she knew how:

“I was asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and I answered it the best way I knew how, and after that I do what I do and I love making music and I generally try to stay out of any kind of controversy.”

Stick to your guns, girl!

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Carrie Underwood, who plays London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, appeared on BBC’s Breakfast this morning, where she addressed her support of gay marriage, saying: “I’m pro non-judgment; I’m pro loving people. That’s kind of what I’m all about.” She also performed her new single, Blown Away, on the show.

In the cover story of the June issue of Glamour magazine, Carrie talks about her first kiss with husband Mike Fisher. “We were in front of people, and he’s not a big PDA guy,” says Carrie, who went on a New Year’s Eve date with the hockey player after three months of talking on the phone. “I figured, I’ll go in for it because he can’t leave me hanging, right? So I made him kiss me in public.” Check out Glamour‘s photo gallery of Carrie here.

• Scotty McCreery is at the American Idol auditions in Charlotte today. Last year’s American Idol winner tells CMT.com’s Alison Bonaguro that he tries to find a balance between life on the road and life at home — often by taking a red-eye flight after a Saturday concert so he can attend church on Sunday. “I’m in a Catch-22,” Scotty says. “Sometimes I miss my friends, but then when I’m with my friends I miss the performing. We are still trying to find that balance.” Also, Scotty will throw out the first pitch for the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game June 22.

• Lauren Alaina is one of the celebrity participants at the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, which takes place in Nashville this week. The camp is open to musically inclined people with developmental disabilities. Luke Bryan, Big & Rich and One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer are also participating at the camp. Lauren also had her father join her onstage during her weekend concert at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Don’t expect to catch Carrie Underwood making spelling or grammar errors anytime soon. And if you know anything about the country songstress’ background, that shouldn’t surprise you. The ‘American Idol’ winner graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University with a communications degree. Though she’s a singing celeb now, Underwood’s focus was once journalism, so she still has an eye for her first love — good grammar.

The ‘Blown Away’ singer recently dished about her big pet peeve in an interview with Elle Canada. Underwood graces the cover of the same issue, wearing a sassy printed skirt (complete with sequins!), a pink top and a trendy necklace.

The self-professed “English nerd” told her interviewer that she just can’t stand spelling and grammar mistakes, especially when it comes to her fellow stars.

“That drives me insane,” she said, according to celebrity-gossip.net. “I can’t handle it when celebrities can’t spell or don’t know the most basic grammar. That might be because I’m an English nerd.”

The fact that Underwood has pet peeves just like a normal person shows that she really does try to live a traditional lifestyle, even though her superstar status makes her far from typical.

“We live in such a weird world — it’s not reality. I’m doing photo shoots and music videos and singing onstage with a million people in front of me screaming,” she says. “It’s not real, but it’s fun. I’m singing to normal people, so I want to be normal. I don’t want to sing to the .005% of people who have my job.”

Obviously, an obsession with proper grammar and spelling habits isn’t every country star’s forte — Underwood’s penchant for accuracy isn’t exactly normal, per se. But just like the rest of us, she isn’t a ‘Good Girl’ all the time.

“I grew up listening to ’80s glam hair metal,” the songstress admitted to the Boot. “Then, when I got older in the ’90s, the whole grunge thing was huge and I was totally into it. I was all about Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and all of that stuff.”

It’s hard to believe that this country music princess was once into grunge and metal music, but those influences seem to have faded away. Her latest album, ‘Blown Away,’ is mostly country with a little pop mixed in, which her fans seem to like, as it debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and Country Albums charts.

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Carrie Underwood knows her relationship with husband Mike Fisher is ”not normal”.

The country singer – who wed ice hockey player Mike in July 2010 – admits they ”have their moments” as a couple because of her busy work schedule but they always manage to work things out eventually.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ”He’ll probably try for the rest of his life to really understand it. It’s still a life to be honest, it’s just the life that I lead. I know it’s not normal, so we both have our moments when we have to try and figure things out.”

Carrie considers herself a ”strong female” because of her upbringing but would not say she is a ”feminist”.

She added: ”I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am a feminist, that can come off as a negative connotation. But I am a strong female. My parents raised me to be pretty independent and I grew up – I have sisters but they’re a lot older than me – an only child. I feel like that contributes to how I handle myself and how I carry myself.”

The 29-year-old beauty – who is making a personal appearance at the HMV store in Oxford Street, London, on Tuesday night (19.06.12) – can even do traditionally more manly jobs around the house.

She added: ”I fixed a washing machine a couple of days ago – so when I need to be I can be Miss Fix It!”

Carrie is performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 21.

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• Posted on Jun 19th, 2012 • By
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I have added new HQ and MQ images of Carrie at the Celebrity Softball challenge which occurred recently and Carrie arriving to BBC Radio 2 Studios back in March. to the gallery.

Gallery Links:
- Public Appearances > 2012 > June 09: City Of Hope’s 2012 Celebrity Softball Challenge
- Public Appearances > 2012 > May 18: Arriving at BBC Radio 2 Studios

 





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Country Queen Carrie Underwood has made her support for the LGBT community and the current controversy surrounding gay marriage vocal, as she showed sympathy for the cause, “I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

Although Carrie will have only wanted to show her caring support of a cause that still seems to be in underdog mode, what remains is that she is considered “one of us” by country-loving American conservatives. Building her success from back-stories that she is a God-fearing farm girl from small-town Oklahoma, she became a music phenomenon in America on the back of wholesome hit records about her faith, family and the greatness of the United States. Her core fans consist of the conservative oppositionists who are rallying against what Underwood believes is a good and noble cause.

The singer said in an interview with The Independent; “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry.”

Underwood’s new album Blown Away knocked Adele off the top of the US charts. Underwood speaks frequently about her faith and has made religion the subject of several of her best-known songs, including the No 1 country hit “Jesus Take the Wheel”, however it looks as though she may suffer a backlash because of her comments.

Gay marriage will be at the core of several ballot measures in November’s Presidential election and is also at the centre of two high-profile legal cases. President Barrack Obama has voiced his support and backing of gay marriage, whilst his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, is opposed to extending gay rights.

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