Two-time and reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist and three-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood tops the country airplay charts this week with her latest smash, “Just a Dream.” The fourth consecutive #1 from Carrie’s Carnival Ride album, “Just a Dream” marks her ninth single to top a key sales or airplay chart – a stunning achievement, particularly since Underwood has released only two albums.
“I am just so honored,” she says. “All of the support that I’ve had throughout all my singles is just incredible. And I’m just very appreciative.”
To date, the Carnival Ride album has also launched the smash singles “So Small,” “All-American Girl,” and “Last Name,” all co-written by Carrie.
“Just a Dream,” written by Steve McEwan, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson, is a song that Carrie says is “such a beautiful story, and I feel like those are the songs that are really meaningful,” where a lyric can help listeners to “see things in a different way, or it can make them feel better about a situation that they’re in, or they can empathize with it, or they can listen to it, and the song tells exactly what they went through. Those songs, when they get so close, when so many people like them and hear them, and it makes an impact on their life, those are the ones that are really important.”
The only American Idol winner ever to achieve nine #1 hits, Underwood’s collection of chart-toppers began with the instant success of her post-American Idol single, “Inside Your Heaven,” which debuted atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the summer of 2005. It was the first of five #1s to top the BDS or Mediabase charts from her 7x-Platinum debut, Some Hearts, with the others including the GRAMMY-winning “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats,” as well as “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and “Wasted.”
In addition to co-hosting The 42nd Annual CMA Awards on November 12, Carrie has been keeping an incredibly busy schedule on the road headlining her Carnival Ride Tour, with 137 shows in total by year end.