Carrie Underwood was surprised at her Oct. 23 Grand Ole Opry performance with plaques commemorating two new career milestones: the 9x RIAA Platinum certification of her 2005 debut album, Some Hearts, and the 7x Platinum certification of her smash hit single, “Before He Cheats.”
The superstar was awarded the honors by Jackie Jones, RIAA Vice President, Artist & Industry Relations during her Opry appearance.
Some Hearts, which was released by Arista Nashville in 2005 and produced by Mark Bright and Dann Huff, is the sixth and most recent country album to achieve 9x Platinum. Underwood now joins Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift as the only three country artists to reach that pinnacle in the past 16 years.
“Before He Cheats,” written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, is the 11th and most recent country song to achieve 7x Platinum.
Five singles from Underwood’s Cry Pretty album have gone Platinum and Gold, including the Platinum-certified singles, “The Champion” featuring Ludacris and “Southbound,” and the Gold-certified “Cry Pretty,” “Love Wins,” and “Drinking Alone.”
All nine of her consecutive album releases have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making her the only artist to accomplish that feat. Her latest single “If I Didn’t Love You,” a duet with Jason Aldean, is currently No. 1 at country radio.
Underwood has sold more than 66 million records worldwide, recorded 28 No. 1s (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. In just over 15 years, she has achieved Gold and Platinum history with over 70 million certifications.
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