“Blown Away” Chosen As Carrie Underwood’s Next Single Due To Popular Demand

National Country Radio Contest To Determine Private World Premiere Of “Blown Away” Music Video

Nashville, TN – “Blown Away,” the title track of Carrie Underwood’s fourth album which has held the #1 position for five consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, has been selected 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.” Millions have already seen Carrie 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 September 14 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and continuing through December.

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. To view a trailer for this stunning clip, follow this link: http://smarturl.it/blownawaytrailer.

“Blown Away,” the second single release from Carrie’s 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville new album of the same title, was written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins. Kear and Tompkins co-penned her smash hit, “Before He Cheats,” which held the country radio No. 1 for five consecutive weeks and was certified Triple Platinum by the R.I.A.A. 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 Carrie 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. Blown Away also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart making Carrie 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 #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), Carrie Underwood is also nominated for “Choice Female Country Artist” at “Teen Choice 2012” which airs Sunday, July 22 at 8pm ET on FOX. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite nominees at www.teenchoiceawards.com .

Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Carrie has sold more than 14 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On making her the best selling American Idol in the U.S. She’s accumulated 15 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums. She is a five-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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