Julie Reeves: Underwood’s new album makes some history

September 28, 2018

Vince Bucci/FOX Carrie Underwood performs on "Idol Gives Back" on April 21, 2010.

NUMBER ONE: Old Dominion claims this week’s No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts with “Hotel Key.” This achievement marks the band’s sixth No. 1 song, which includes all singles that have come off the band’s current sophomore album, “Happy Endings.”

BEST SELLING: Despite seven consecutive Number Ones on the Top Country Albums chart along with her history-making four country albums as the only woman to do so on the all-genre Billboad 200 chart with “Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood is hoping that fans are still learning about her through her new music. Carrie has said that “Cry Pretty” is her most personal project to date, and it marks her first time serving as co-producer. The album is the best-selling Country album debut of 2018, as well as the biggest Country album debut since Aug. 7, 2015, (Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights) and the biggest female Country album debut since Oct. 22, 2012 (Taylor Swift’s 2012 Red). “Cry Pretty” also marks the most first week streams by any female in Country music for its debut.

CONCERT: Chris Young played his first-ever headlining concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena over the weekend to a sold-out crowd. The concert marked the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native’s 33rd sold-out show of the Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour in an arena packed to the rafters with nearly 14,000 fans, friends and family. The Tennessean reports Chris kissed his palm and bent down and placed his hand on the stage in a “gesture of gratitude.” Of course, Chris called on a couple of surprise guests for his set in Music City. Brad Paisley joined him for a version of “I’m Still a Guy” and Cassadee Pope teamed up with Chris on their chart-topping duet, “Think of You.” Chris’ “Losing Sleep” tour resumes on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Charleston, South Carolina, with special guest Morgan Evans.

APPEARANCE CANCELLED: In light of his arrest last week for domestic violence against his wife, America’s Got Talent finalist Michael Ketterer will not be joining Garth Brooks when he plays at Notre Dame Stadium next month. Brooks extended the invitation last Wednesday, Sept. 19, the day before Ketterer was arrested. Brooks addressed the issue during his weekly Inside Studio G Facebook Live show Monday, saying, “Called him this weekend, we talked. We decided it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and not perform there. That family will figure it out and find it within themselves, and of course the good Lord. Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.” The Notre Dame Stadium concert is already sold out. It takes place on Saturday, Oct. 20, and will be the venue’s very first concert ever.

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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