Entertainment blogging from The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell

After taking her latest single “good Girl” to No. 1, Checotah native Carrie Underwood is releasing “Blown away,” the title track of her fourth album that has held the top position for five consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, as her next single.

Impacting country radio on Monday, July 9, “Blown Away” has already amassed nearly 200,000 downloads prior to its official shipment as an airplay single, and, as reflected by media activity, is the “top fan choice for next single,” according to a news release.

Millions have already seen the Oklahoma native perform this dynamic song on two primetime television programs, “American Idol” on may 3 and the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on may 20. Naming it “The Blown away Tour,” the country superstar recently announced she will headline her third arena tour of North America, starting Sept.  14 in Manchester, N.H., and continuing through December.

“The Blown away Tour” will include an Oct. 25 stop at Chesapeake Energy Arena and a Nov. 21 show at Tulsa’s BOK Center. For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com or www.bokcenter.com.

This week, the Arista Nashville promotion team will approach country radio programmers with the details on how to win a Private World Premiere of Carrie’s “Blown Away” music video. the prize package for this nationwide contest includes a “red carpet” event for a group of listeners in the winning station’s market which will be attended by Underwood. Country radio contest contact information is listed at the end of this press release.

The music video of “Blown Away” was directed by Randee St. Nicholas and produced by Brandon Bonfiglio for Randee St. Nicholas Photography. see the trailer for the forthcoming video posted above.

“Blown away,” the second single release from Underwood’s 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville new album of the same title, was written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins. Kear and Tompkins co-wrote her smash hit, “Before he Cheats,” which held the country radio No. 1 slot for five consecutive weeks and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 3 million downloads. among the music critics’ raves of the title track “Blown Away” is this Billboard review: “Mark Bright’s brooding, atmospheric production and Underwood’s bold performance elevate this cinematic tune to an instant classic. when the girl shuts herself in the storm cellar, leaving her alcoholic father passed out on the couch in the path of a twister, you can almost feel the wind.”

Upon its release on may 1, the album “Blown Away” made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Underwood 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, according to a news release. “Blown Away” also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making the 2005 “American Idol” winner 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. “Good Girl,” her first single from Blown away, achieved the No. 1 slot on both Billboard and Country Aircheck’s country airplay charts last week.

On the heels of her “most wins” at the “2012 CMT Music Awards” for “Video of the Year” (“Good Girl”) and “Collaborative Video of the Year” (“Remind Me” duet with Brad Paisley), Underwood is also nominated for “Choice Female Country Artist” at the Teen choice Awards 2012, airing Sunday, July 22 on Fox. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite nominees at www.teenchoiceawards.com.

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Entertainment blogging from The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell


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