Carrie Underwood is Top Female Country Touring Artist 2012

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Carrie Underwood finished the first leg of her Blown Away tour as the Top Female Country Touring Artist of 2012, according to Pollstar with $29.2 million in ticket grosses and nearly 487,000 tickets sold over 60 shows in North America, the UK, and Australia. Read the press release from CarrieUnderwoodOfficial

2012 “BLOWN AWAY TOUR” ENDED DEC. 22
2013 “BLOWN AWAY TOUR” LAUNCHES FEB. 13
FANS BLOWN AWAY ACROSS NORTH AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, AND UK

Five-time Grammy winner and current Grammy-nominee Carrie Underwood wrapped her critically acclaimed “Blown Away Tour” on Dec 22 having performed many sell-out shows in 62 cities across the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Underwood was the top female country touring artist for 2012 according to Pollstar’s Year-End chart.

“The Blown Away Tour” will re-launch with a second leg of arenas on February 13, 2013 in Colorado Springs with Hunter Hayes continuing as special guest on the majority of the US and Canada shows. The tour will travel throughout America, Canada, and across the pond to the UK and Ireland. The North American dates on “The Blown Away Tour” are presented and hydrated by vitaminwater®.

The donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” will continue in 2013 to support Red Cross disaster relief. Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States. This donation will help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need after a disaster. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. In 2012, Underwood also donated additional proceeds from her Atlantic City and Des Moines shows to local charities.

Throughout the 2012 leg of The Blown Away Tour, Underwood performed for over a half a million fans. Her two previous headline tours, 2008’s “Carnival Ride Tour” and 2010’s “Play On Tour,” performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance, and she also wrapped both years as the top-ranked female country touring artist.

Concert review critics praised Carrie throughout the tour’s 2012 run, “Carrie Underwood very well may be the most powerful vocalist in all of country music- not just right now, when she’s considered the reigning queen of the genre, but of the last decade or two,” shared the Orange County Register. The Fort Worth Star Telegram said, “Underwood is, without question, one of her generation’s most formidable vocalists.” Performing for a near hometown crowd in Oklahoma the Tulsa World said, “Underwood showed why she is one of popular music’s most widely celebrated and adored performers with brow-raising notes few can hit, much less consistently sustain. Each note on her range, belted high or softly sung, showed why she was the best in the country and continues to grow.”

Blown Away made history this spring by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums 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 debuted 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. In addition to reaching No. 1 on the country airplay charts, “Good Girl” and title-track, “Blown Away,” have both been certified Platinum for selling more than 1 million digital downloads. The videos for both songs also reached No.1 on CMT’s Top 20 with “Good Girl” spending a record setting 14 weeks at No. 1.

Since releasing her debut, Some Hearts, in 2005, Carrie has sold more than 15 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, 2009’s Play On, and 2012’s Blown Away, making her the best-selling American Idol in the U.S. She’s accumulated 16 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums. She is a five-time GRAMMY winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Click here to view the remaining “Blown Away” tour dates!

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  • Stavros

    Good for her, and much deserved! Carrie puts on a SHOW: vocals, staging, fancy dresses, and all.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I am so happy Carrie has had such great success.  Since leaving Idol, she has become the total package!  One day, MJ will be adding, “and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    AHHHHH. I sure hope so :)

  • Klaine

    Interesting how the biggest idol stars have been all female

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    Not surprising, though. Females in general tend to do much better in the music industry these days.

  • Stavros

    That’s why I hope Interscope and Iovine will try to make strides with a female artist after this next cycle of Idol.  All the girls with potential–Jessica, Haley, Pia, Hollie–seem to either not be signed or be shafted to the side for someone else (Phillip, Scotty).  Interscope has been absolutely amazing to Phillip and Scotty, I just hope a girl will finally get a taste of that this time around and not be a side-side project that isn’t promoted, etc.

  • merkureye

    Carrie’s vocals are amazing.  Last summer, at a CMA Songwriters Series performance in Boston, Carrie, Bob DiPiero, Hillary Lindsey, Brett James, and Luke Laird performed songs they had written.  Bob DiPiero (wrote Southern Voice-Tim McGraw, From a Table Away-Sunny Sweeney, on and on) after listening to Carrie with only acoustic guitar accompaniment sing So Small, Undo It and then Temporary Home, DiPiero exclaimed that in all his years he has never, ever, heard anyone sing so well live.  This is high praise from someone who has written songs for and heard sing almost every major artist in country music.

    I too believe that Carrie has to be one of the greatest vocalists to come around in a long time.  She will not have any trouble reprising Julie Andrews role in the Sound of Music.

    By the way, you can YT the CMA Songwriters performance in Boston.  It is great entertainment listening to the banter between the songwriters and them singing their hits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    Thanks for this post. I agree. I mean, I grew up listening to Country music and the greats (Patsy Cline, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Reba, Martina, etc.), and Carrie is right up there with them. Not only does she have a great voice, but she’s a great interpreter of material.

    She’s well on her way to becoming a legend, imo, and I speak not from my love of her, but from my love of the genre as a whole.

  • sporkle

    No surprise here. Well done Carrie – and well deserved! 

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    I was fortunate enough to attend the last show of the Blown Away tour in Sunrise, Florida. I have all of Carrie’s CDs but this is the first time I saw her live and even though she was obviously still sick, she was nothing short of fantastic! I loved the show and would go see her again in a heartbeat. Even if you are just a casual fan, she puts on such a great show that I highly recommend catching the 2013 leg.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    You know Jason, all those artists are in the Country Music Hall of Fame!  It is a wonderful museum.  I checked on induction and here the criteria:

    An artist becomes eligible for induction in this category 20 years after they first achieve national prominence. They will remain eligible for that category for the next 25 years. [This replaced the former “Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Present” category].

    Now, would her appearance on “American Idol” be the time she received national prominence?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    I think so. So, in 2025, she’ll be eligible.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    She da BAWSE! Awesome, as usual, for Ms. Underwood.

  • elliegrll

    All of those successful women are talented and hard workers.  But, we really haven’t had a successful female contestant since Jordin, and even she fizzled out with the launch of her second album.  She did release one hit off of that one, and did well in the UK.

    I think the difference between the males and females is that for the most part both groups have released songs that are better suited for female singers/artists.  Maybe this has changed a little bit, but I think that it’s even true in Scotty’s case.  The powers that be want to appeal to AI’s female audience, but they have given the guys songs that are just not going to work in the current market.  These are just not the types of songs that male artists are singing.

  • Caro3278sweet

    they have given the guys songs that are just not going to work in the current market. 

    I’d say PP2′s success with Home breaks that conclusion to pieces. 

    Rah to Ms. Underwood. Not only can the girl sing, she puts on a show. Multi-talented doesn’t even begin to cover the ground this lady rules. 

  • elliegrll

    I’d say PP2′s success with Home breaks that conclusion to pieces

    Not really, since we aren’t talk about the success of just one person.

    I will say that Jimmy seems to be doing a better job of tailoring the songs to the alums.  That change should help the alums be more successful, but we won’t know if this is true until the Interscope alums release their second albums.

  • arkboy

    Carrie is so great in a Live arena type of setting, but to truly appreciate just how good this girl is, you need to see her at one of her Fan Club Parties when she just sits on a stool & sings to the accompaniment of acoustic instruments. A few years back we requested, & she sang, How Great Thou Art & she brought the audience to tears. I have had the opportunity to see lot’s of concerts & big names in my life & no one even approaches this girl as a live vocalist. She is truly a phenom!