Superstar Carrie Underwood adds more precious metal to her tally of RIAA certifications with news that her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 has been certified Platinum. The accomplishment makes Underwood the only country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to release an album to Platinum success since the release of Greatest Hits: Decade #1 in December of 2014.
The 25-song collection spotlight the success of Underwood’s first 10 years of music-making and introduced two new #1 songs: the GRAMMY®-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as “Little Toy Guns,” the song that earned Underwood her current GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Solo Performance.
“Little Toy Guns” has since been RIAA certified Gold, while “Something in the Water” – a seven-week #1 smash on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart – is now RIAA Platinum.
Upon release, Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with first-week sales of 94,000 according to Nielsen Music, becoming the best-selling debut for a hits collection by an artist in any genre of music in more than six years. The album would go on to become the best-selling hits collection of 2015, according to Billboard.
Not since November of 2005, when Underwood emerged on the scene with her now-7x-Platinum debut album, Some Hearts, had any female artist debuted with as high an opening-week sales tally for a hits package.
Underwood is currently in rehearsals for the January 30 launch of her new arena headline tour, The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.
Underwood is climbing the charts now with “Heartbeat,” the beautiful new single from her Gold-certified, chart-topping Storyteller album, which also includes her recent #1 smash, “Smoke Break.”
About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, and recorded 22 #1 singles, 12 of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her first four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. In 2013, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In late 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the 25 songs included two new hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the #1 smash “Little Toy Guns.” In 2015, she began her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and returned for an eighth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. Underwood is at radio now with “Heartbeat,” which follows the #1 success of “Smoke Break,” both from her chart-topping fifth studio album, Storyteller, released October 23, 2015.
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