Over the course of the past few weeks, Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away promotional tour has been a whirlwind — from hitting American Idol and the Late Show with David Letterman to performing an intimate concert at the iHeartRadio Theatre in New York City. The bombshell has done it all, and it does not look like she will be slowing down anytime soon. On Tuesday morning, May 1, she released the new record, as well as appeared on the widely popular TV morning show, Good Morning America. During her mini-concert in Times Square, she performed her current Top 10 hit “Good Girl,” as well as “Nobody Ever Told You” and a rowdy “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun.”
Despite inclement weather that morning, a 50+ crowd gathered to watch Underwood perform, including one onlooker, Andrew Byfield. A resident of the Bronx, Byfield made the trek to Times Square at midnight the night before to “guarantee a spot up close.” When asked why he came out, he noted that “Carrie is one of my all time favorite Idols. She has an amazing voice and she’s so humble.” He also mentioned that he’s always been a fan of Underwood, since her American Idol audition in 2004. He continued:
“I knew in that moment that she was going to be great. I have every single one of her albums, and her new one is her best one yet.”
The three-year gap between albums has so far not phased the “Before He Cheats” singer as she reveals, “I just didn’t want to do things the same way. It wasn’t so much that I thought [doing that again] would be a bad thing, but I’m the kind of person who needs to switch things up and try new things and shake it up.” When asked by host Robin Roberts about what fans could expect from the new collection, she merely laughed, saying “14 tracks of awesome,” according to Huliq. The Underwood platinum-selling storm is about to stir up even more chart-toppers and impressive sales. Her brand new album, Blown Away, is predicted to sell just shy of 300,000 units, according to Hits Daily Double. Her previous record, 2009’s Play On, moved roughly 318,000 units its first week when it was released on Nov. 3, 2009. As with previous studio releases, Underwood plans on hitting the road this fall on what is deemed “The Blown Away Tour.” Country newcomer Hunter Hayes will be the opening act, and tickets go on sale May 11. More information can be found on her website.
As reported by AceShowBiz, on the North American leg of the tour, she gushed, “I can’t wait to get back out on the road and perform new music from my new album for my fans. We have a lot of exciting things planned!”
Needless to say, Underwood’s new album boasts a wide range of tempos, sounds, and thematic material. There is the much-darker-than-expected title track, “Blown Away,” which tells the tale of a young girl seeking revenge on her abusive alcoholic father. Then, there is the deliciously evil “Two Black Cadillacs” which demonstrates Underwood’s knack for gripping storytelling. The track is about a wife and a mistress who join forces to take down the man who deceived them both. But Underwood also makes sure to include lighthearted songs like “One Way Ticket” — a song about enjoying life with a little party — and “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun” — a romping song about taking aim at the little winged love maker.
Underwood is expected to make several other public appearances, including on The Ellen Degeneres Show on May 9, Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 10, and perform on Dancing with the Stars on May 15. This is all before rockin’ out at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20.
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