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Friday, May 4, 2007

Chart News: Carrie's New Hit and Kelly's Strong Debut

Kelly Clarkson’s new single, “Never Again,” had a strong debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, coming in at #8…

Kelly would have debuted higher if not for the debut of Carrie Underwood’s “I’ll Stand By You” at #6. It’s the first iTunes exclusive to debut in the top 10…

Other “Idol Gives Back” songs cracking the chart are Kelly’s “Up To the Mountain” at #56 and “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban and the African Children’s Choir at #78…

Daughtry’s “Home” now sits at #21…

By the way, the #1 song this week is Maroon 5’s “Makes Me Wonder,” which jumps from #64, the largest leap to the top in Billboard history, breaking the record held by Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” which jumped from #52 to #1 in 2002…

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Chart News: Carrie stays at #1...

Carrie Underwood's "Wasted" stays at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart this week. It's her third number one song from her debut album, "Some Hearts." She needs just one more #1 from the album to tie the record of most #1s from a debut album, set by Brooks & Dunn in 1991-92.

Just think, if not for the bad choice of "Don't Forget to Remember Me" as a follow-up to "Jesus, Take the Wheel," she might be going for #5. Let me again suggest releasing "That's Where It Is." I still say that's the money song of the entire CD.

By the way, "Wasted" is the 119th number one for "American Idol"...

Carrie's second country #1, "Before He Cheats," is actually making a move on the Hot 100 chart, as it sits at #15 this week. It's 33 weeks on the chart make it the slowest climber to the top 15 in chart history...

"Cheats" sits just below Daughtry's "It's Not Over" at #14. "Home" climbs to #31...

Bucky Covington's "A Different World" climbs one notch to #24 on the country chart...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Congrats to Carrie!

I don't think it comes as a great shock to anyone that Carrie Underwood was the big winner at last night's CMT Music Awards, which are voted on by the fans.

Carrie's "Before He Cheats" video won Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, and Video Director of the Year for Roman White.

In accepting her Video of the Year award, Carrie said, "It was at the CMT Awards last year that I gave my very first acceptance speech ever. Let me tell you, it’s great to be up here again. Thank you, fans. I’ve had such an amazing, blessed two years. I started out on a fan-based show, and you guys have continued to support me throughout everything."

Taylor Swift won Breakthrough Video of the Year, beating Kellie Pickler...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Tonight's CMT Awards

Carrie Underwood is performing tonight (Monday) on the 2007 CMT Music Awards Show.

Kellie Pickler will be a presenter. Kellie also served as host of the 2007 CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Special, which will re-air today at 3 p.m. on CMT…

Carrie is nominated for Video of the Year for “Before He Cheats.” The final four nominees for the award will be announced at the beginning of the show, but I can’t believe “Cheats” won’t be one of them. “Cheats” is also nominated for Female Video of the Year and Video Director of the Year.

Kellie Pickler’s “Red High Heels” is nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year.

The 2007 CMT Music Awards air tonight at 8 on CMT…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Carrie In "Cosmo"


Carrie Underwood graces the cover of "Cosmopolitan" magazine this month as she talks about her weight, dating, and other "Cosmo" topics.

I'm not posting a picture of the cover so as not to embarrass anyone with the cover headlines...

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Live From New York, It's the Return of the Fembot...

One of the few knocks against Carrie Underwood during her time on “American Idol” was that she was too stiff during her performances. Some critics even called her a “fembot.”

You’d think that almost two years of experience with the best in the business would have erased some of that, but if you caught Carrie’s performance on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend, you know that’s not the case.

I’ve said from the beginning that I have a hard time buying Carrie singing “Before He Cheats” and I almost get the impression she’s having a hard time buying it herself. I realize that she was probably extremely nervous, but when your backup singer shows more emotion than you do in a song that clearly calls for it, I consider that a problem. I’m not saying she should have swung a baseball bat around, but she could have done more than just clutch the microphone like a lifeline. Even just a smile at a member of her band (who was outstanding, by the way) could’ve helped.

And I know the men in the audience were hoping for a little more movement in that Daisy Duke-sized skirt she was wearing…

Obviously, her stiffness hasn’t hurt her career (and she did sound great), but I would really like to see her break out of it—especially since it sometimes comes across like she doesn’t want to be there…

Thoughts?...

And by the way, if anyone saw whatever "SNL" did with Sanjaya, let me know because apparently I didn't watch long enough...

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Carrie on "SNL"

Just a reminder that Carrie Underwood will be the musical guest this Saturday (the 24th) on "Saturday Night Live"...

Do I smell an "Idol" parody with Sanjaya?...

The host will be Peyton Manning. As if we don't see that guy on TV enough these days...

"Saturday Night Live" airs Saturday at 11:30 p.m. on NBC...

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Monday, March 5, 2007

More Kudos for Carrie...and Kellie

Another awards show, more kudos for Carrie Underwood…

Carrie received five nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards today. They were Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year (“Some Hearts”), Single Record of the Year (“Before He Cheats”), Song of the Year (“Before He Cheats”) and Video of the Year (“Before He Cheats”). Carrie won Single Record of the Year last year for “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

But Carrie wasn’t the only Idol to get attention from the ACM. Kellie Pickler received a nomination for Top New Female Vocalist, an award that Carrie won last year.

The Academy of Country Music Awards will air May 15th at 8 p.m. on CBS…

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Final CMT Nominations Set


The final nominations for the CMT Awards have been set, and no surprise, Carrie Underwood leads the pack.

"Before He Cheats" is nominated for Female Video of the Year, Director of the Year (Roman White) and Video of the Year. Eight nominees have been announced for the Video of the Year Award, with the final four being announced at the beginning of the awards show.

Carrie is also scheduled to perform.

Kellie Pickler received a nomination for Breakthrough Video of the Year for "Red High Heels."

These awards are decided by the fans, and you can vote for your favorites at http://www.cmt.com/shows/events/cmt_music_awards/2007/vote/.

The CMT Awards air April 16th at 8 p.m. on--where else?--CMT...

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Congrats to Carrie!



Congratulations to Carrie Underwood for taking home Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Jesus Take the Wheel" and Best New Artist at the Grammys.

And yes, in case you're wondering, she did mention "American Idol," thanking Simon Fuller and saying she "owed everything" to "Idol."


If you're worried that Carrie will fall under the Best New Artist jinx, don't. I think Simon's prediction about her could turn out to be true after all...

By the way, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" won Best Country Song for its songwriters...

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Carrie's Next Album and Grammy Chances

Carrie Underwood will start working on her next album after the Grammys. Carrie told “Billboard” that she’d like to try songwriting, but she doesn’t know if she’d be any good at it. She’s not looking to try other genres, though, so the album will be country.

In the meantime, Carrie’s new single, “Wasted,” is already up to #14 on the Hot Country chart. I’m disappointed that they didn’t go with “That’s Where It Is,” but maybe there’s still time for that one since Carrie plans to play a few dates over the summer.

Don’t forget that Carrie will perform a duet with Rascal Flatts (as she did on “Idol”) during the Grammys as a tribute to country-influenced rock. Carrie is up for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and Best New Artist. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” is up for Song of the Year and Best Country Song, which both go to the songwriters.

So, what are Carrie’s chances of winning? I think she has a great shot at Best Female Country Vocal Performance, but I’m not sure about Best New Artist. The Grammys like to reward less commercially successful artists, so I still think Corinne Bailey Rae has the inside track. And as much of a jinx as that award can be, Carrie may not want it anyway…

The Grammys air Sunday, February 11th at 8 p.m. on CBS…

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