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Country 01/12/2005

American Idol Carrie Underwood Follows Historic Chart Debut with Another Incredible Week

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Nashville, TN (Carrie Underwood Official Website) – 2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood continues to prove she is indeed America's darling as she follows last week's record-setting chart entry of her debut 19 Recordings/Arista Records/Arista Nashville collection, Some Hearts, with another sensational chart week. After only two weeks in stores, Some Hearts now tops the 500,000 unit sales mark according to SoundScan, with the album second only to superstar Kenny Chesney this week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Carrie's first-week album entry (which placed her at No 1 on the country chart and No 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart, with more than 314,000 units sold) made SoundScan history as the biggest-selling debut album ever by a new country artist.

More remarkable still, Carrie has joined extraordinary company with the release of Some Hearts, as no female country artist in SoundScan history, with the exception of superstars Faith Hill and Shania Twain, has ever achieved higher first-week numbers on any album.

Radio continues to embrace Carrie in a big way, as well, with the disc's powerful lead single, 'Jesus, Take the Wheel,' climbing the country airplay charts at an amazing clip, already soaring to No 11 Billboard and No 12 R&R after only six weeks.

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