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2682carrie underwood's debut album "some hearts"

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  • Joseph Mooney
    Jun 26, 2012
       
      Some Hearts is the debut album from country pop singer Carrie Underwood, released in the United States on November 15, 2005 by Arista Nashville. It has been certified seven times platinum in the U.S. (RIAA) and three times platinum in Canada (CRIA). On December 4, 2006, Some Hearts was named the number-one selling album of the year in all genres at the Billboard Music Awards. It is also the best selling debut album by a solo female country music artist in history and the best selling album by an American Idol alumnus in the United States. The album contains the number one singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel", "Don't Forget to Remember Me", "Wasted", and "Before He Cheats", her biggest hit to date.
       
      With 7,193,000 copies sold in the United States, Some Hearts was listed as one of the 100 Best Selling Albums of All Time by the RIAA in 2009. In December 2009, Billboard announced that the album was the biggest-selling country album of the decade, as well as the fourteenth biggest-selling album of any genre.
       
      A song on the album, "That's Where It Is", was featured in the Renée Zellweger film New in Town.

       

      Critical reception

      The album received positive reviews from music critics. Penny Rondinella of About.com gave a positive review to the album, awarding it with a four-and-a-half-star out of five and said: American Idol Season 4 winner, Carrie Underwood's debut album is just as expected, a country feel with some pop added to it. Lots of variety in her vocals, which tells me she has true talent. Allmusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars and classified the album as anthemic country pop, ideal for either country or adult contemporary radio, with none of the delightful tackiness of Shania Twain -- and her debut album, Some Hearts, not only hits this mark exactly, it's better than either album Hill has released since Breathe in 1999." It also praised Underwood's vocal performance, found she sounds equally convincing on such sentimental fare as "Jesus, Take the Wheel" as on the soaring pop "Some Hearts," and even if she doesn't exactly sound tough on the strutting "Before He Cheats," she does growl with a fair amount of passion. Sputnik Music rated the album three-and-a-half-star, called it, most of the material here is generic pop, with some gems like "Jesus Take The Wheel", "Some Hearts" and "Before He Cheats". Carrie sounds convincing on all of them, but also praised songs like "Wasted", "That's Where It Is, "The Night Before and" "I Just Can Live a Lie", and concluded; despite its predictable and formulaic radio-designed material, Some Hearts merits a listen even if you're a pop or country fan, with the warm production and Carrie Underwood's sweet, friendly (and sometimes, soaring) voice.

      Singles

      Carrie Underwood's American Idol winning single "Inside Your Heaven", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 five months before the release of Some Hearts, is included on the album as a bonus track. The song is Underwood's only number 1 on the Hot 100. The song has sold 851,000 copies.
       
      The first single from the album, "Jesus, Take the Wheel", was number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for six consecutive weeks and reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. On August, 2008, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" was reported to have been sold more than 1 million ringtones and was certified Platinum, making Underwood the first country artist ever to have two songs hit Platinum Mastertone status. The song as of May 2012 has sold 2,000,000 copies making it the 2nd biggest single of Underwood's career.
       
      "Some Hearts", written by Diane Warren and originally covered by Marshall Crenshaw in 1989, was released to pop and adult contemporary radio only and eventually reached number 12 on the Adult Contemporary chart. As of June 2011 it has sold 207,000 copies.
       
      "Don't Forget to Remember Me" was the third single from the album, and also proved successful, reaching number one on the Radio & Records Country Chart, number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and number 49 on the Hot 100. The song has sold 403,000 copies making it her lowest selling single to date.
       
      "Before He Cheats" was released as the next single, and climbed the charts faster than any of Underwood's other singles, making it into the top twenty of the Hot Country Songs chart before the release of a music video. "Before He Cheats" subsequently peaked at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart for five consecutive weeks, and at number eight on the Hot 100; it proved to be a huge crossover hit, making appearances in the top 20 of every chart on which it appeared, and it is the biggest hit overall from the album. When it finally peaked at number 8 in May 2007, it had already logged 38 weeks on the chart, making it the longest trek to the top 10 ever. As pop airplay began dying down, the song got a third life on the adult contemporary format, which began playing the song in May. "Before He Cheats" spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100, before finally falling off in late November 2007. The song is the fifth-longest charting single on the Hot 100, following LeAnn Rimes's "How Do I Live", Jewel's "You Were Meant for Me"/"Foolish Games", Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours". It is the second longest running hit so far this decade. "Before He Cheats" was ranked sixth on the 2007 Hot 100 Year-End Chart and fifth on the 2007 Hot 100 Airplay Year-End Chart by Billboard Magazine. It was also ranked tenth on the 2007 Adult Contemporary Year-End Chart. It was named the 2007 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association. It is Underwood's most successful single as of June 1, 2011, with sales of 3,257,000 digital downloads, making it the fourth best-selling country song of all time behind Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", with 4.97 million, Taylor Swift's "Love Story", with 4.96 million and Swift's "You Belong with Me", with 3.6 million. It is the second most sold single from an American Idol contestant (behind "No Air" by season 6 winner Jordin Sparks with 4 million), and the fourth longest-charting single in the history of the Hot 100. It also came in on CMT's 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade at number twenty-five, along with Underwood's other signature hit, "Jesus, Take the Wheel", which ranked number four.
       
      "Wasted" also proved another successful hit for Underwood by peaking at number one for three consecutive weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, and going to number 37 on the Hot 100. The song has sold 705,000 copies as of June 2011.

      Chart performance

      Some Hearts debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 behind Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor, selling more than 315,000 copies; it was the fifth best first-week sales for any American Idol contestant (behind Ruben Studdard's Soulful, her own Play On and Carnival Ride, and Clay Aiken's Measure of a Man, which sold over 467,000 copies, 318,000 copies, 527,000 copies and 613,000 copies, respectively, in their first weeks). In the week of December 25, 2006, the album's fifty-eighth week on the chart, the album rose back up to number four on the Billboard 200 chart after selling close to 300,000 copies.
       
      Some Hearts was the highest selling country album in the U.S. in both 2006 and 2007. Some Hearts was the first album to be certified seven times platinum in 2007.
       
      As of July 3, 2008, the album is no longer present on the U.S. Billboard 200. It had a run of 136 weeks, the second-longest for any album released in 2005, behind Nickelback's All the Right Reasons. The following week, it dropped out of the Top Country Albums Chart, having had a 137 week run.
       
      On the week dated December 12, 2009, under the changes of Billboard's rules, the album re-entered the Billboard 200, at number 132. The album appeared on the Billboard Year-End Chart for 2009, coming in at number 158 for album sales that year.
       
      On the week dated for August 7, 2010, the album climbed back onto the Billboard 200, hitting at number 191.
       
      On the week dated for December 5, 2010, the album once again landed onto the Billboard 200, reaching number 192.
       
      The album has sold 7,193,000 copies in the United States.
       
      Joseph Mooney