Billboard got an early look at the latest press release from Sony Nashville, noting “Since the release of her 2005 debut disc ‘Some Hearts,’ Underwood has carved out one of the most successful careers in the history of country music.”
UPDATE: Here’s the official press release from Sony Nashville
CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON MAY 1, 2012
Promotional Plans to Launch in February
Nashville, TN- (February 2, 2012) – In anticipation of what is expected to be one of this year’s hottest album releases, it was announced today that Carrie Underwood’s new CD will be released on Tuesday, May 1. Produced by Mark Bright, the forthcoming album was featured in Entertainment Weekly’s recent “10 albums we can’t wait for.” This will be the fourth studio album on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville for the five-time Grammy winner. The debut single co-written by Underwood, “Good Girl,” will be released to country radio on February 23.
Underwood’s February schedule is already gearing up with numerous appearances, performances, and events. Among those are “CMT Crossroads” with Aerosmith rock legend Steven Tyler (with initial airings on CMT Sat. Feb.4, 11pm ET and Sun. Feb 5th, 2am ET and 10am ET), an appearance at the 54th Grammy Awards, Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, a performance at the Nordstrom Nashville Symphony Fashion Show, and the digital release of her new single, “Good Girl.”
Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On. She’s amassed 14 No. 1 singles, six 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. Underwood is a current Grammy Award nominee and a five-time Grammy Award 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.
Meanwhile, rehearsals for Saturday’s CMT Crossroads featuring Steven Tyler and Carrie have begun, according to songwriter/producer Marti Frederiksen (who’s worked extensively with Steven and also with Carrie). He tweeted last night
Crossroad rehersal today at Super Bowl city. Damn.
Carrie Underwoods band was pretty friggni Rockin today, and Cariei and Steven weren’t to bad themselves.
All tweets are reproduced faithfully.
Carrie will also apparently make an appearance on the “NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration” along with Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bono, Lionel Richie, and more. That show airs on FOX this Sunday at noon Eastern.