Carrie Underwood Debut Album Now in Elite Class With Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift

by Kati Kuuseoks
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Carrie Underwood has come a long way since August 8th, 2004. That date might not mean anything to a lot of folks, but for Underwood, it marked the American Idol audition that would change her life. At just 21 years old, she impressed the judges in St. Louis, Missouri with her rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” When the fourth season of the show wrapped up on May 25th, 2005, Underwood came out on top and only grew exponentially since.

As Underwood adds her name to the upcoming CMA Awards Lineup, she’s got one other thing to celebrate. Her “Some Hearts” debut album just went platinum for the ninth time. This means Carrie Underwood is officially in an elite class with country superstar Garth Brooks and pop-leaning Taylor Swift.

The Recording Industry Association of America Honors Carrie Underwood With a New Career Milestone

According to their website, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the primary authority when it comes to most of the recorded music in the US. In fact, they estimate that they oversee the creation, manufacturing, and/or distribution of almost 90% of all legally sold recorded music here. They also call the shots when it comes to record-breaking numbers.

The RIAA just certified Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” as 9x platinum. This means the album sold over 9 million units since its initial release back in 2005. Only 5 other country albums have claimed that fact, including works from Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks. Underwood recorded “Some Hearts” in Nashville after her big American Idol victory with the help of Mark Bright and Dan Huff (producers). It completely blew up, taking the title of the country’s best-selling album of 2006 across all genres. One of the songs from that album, “Before He Cheats,” also earned a 7x platinum status verified by the RIAA.

The RIAA VP of Artist and Industry Relations, Jackie Jones, surprised Underwood with this news during a recent performance. It came during her October 23rd performance at the Grand Ole Opry and involved Jackie Jones presenting Underwood with a set of plaques to commemorate the occasion. Apparently, Underwood remains the best-selling female country artist of all time when looking at digital singles.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Carrie Underwood’s official YouTube page has chronicled her journey from the days of TV auditions to upcoming Christmas albums. It contains a gold mine of performances from over a decade ago, including this bit from her AOL Sessions.

Released on March 23rd, 2011, this video takes fans on a trip down memory lane for one of Underwood’s earliest performances of “Some Hearts.” The comments range from a decade old to just one month old, proving that Underwood’s range and talent are ultimately timeless.

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