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Carrie Underwood closes 2012 as top female country touring artist according to Pollstar

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 7, 2013
Carrie Underwood performs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman Archives
Carrie Underwood performs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman Archives

Five-time Grammy winner and current Grammy nominee Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, wrapped her critically acclaimed “Blown Away Tour” on Dec. 22 after performing many sell-out shows in 62 cities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, according to a news release.

The Oklahoma native was the top female country touring artist for 2012 according to Pollstar’s Year-End chart. The first leg of her “Blown Away Tour” included home state stops at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena and Tulsa’s BOK Center.

Country acts to make the Pollstar’s Top 50 Worldwide Tour chart include Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s co-headlining “Brothers of the Sun Tour” at No. 7, Jason Aldean at No. 24, Brad Paisley at No. 28, trio Lady Antebellum at No. 32, Zac Brown Band at No. 42, Eric Church at No. 43, Underwood at No. 47 and trio Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, at No. 48. To see the full top 50 chart, click here.

Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” will re-launch with a second leg of arena stops on Feb. 13 in Colorado Springs, with Hunter Hayes continuing as special guest on the majority of the U.S. and Canada shows. The tour will travel throughout America, Canada and across the pond to the U.K. and Ireland. North American dates on “The Blown Away Tour” are presented by vitaminwater.

The donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” will continue in 2013 to support Red Cross disaster relief. Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States. The donation will help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need after a disaster. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. In 2012, Underwood also donated additional proceeds from her Atlantic City and Des Moines shows to local charities.

Throughout the 2012 leg of “The Blown Away Tour,” Underwood performed for more than a half a million fans, according to the release. Her two previous headline tours, 2008’s “Carnival Ride Tour” and 2010’s “Play On Tour,” performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance, and she also wrapped both years as the top-ranked female country touring artist.

Concert review critics praised the Checotah native throughout the tour’s 2012 run. To read my review of Underwood’s OKC show, click here.

Underwood’s 2012 “Blown Away” album made history last spring by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making her 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 her 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. In addition to reaching No. 1 on the country airplay charts, “Good Girl” and title-track, “Blown Away,” have both been certified platinum for selling more than 1 million digital downloads. The videos for both songs also reached No.1 on CMT’s Top 20 with “Good Girl” spending a record setting 14 weeks at No. 1.

In addition, Underwood received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for her chart-topping story song “Blown Away.” The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.

See the 2013 dates for Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” after the break.

2013 dates for “The Blown Away Tour”

2-13 Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs World Arena

2-14 Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center

2-17 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena

2-19 Billings, MT MetraPark

2-21 Spokane, WA Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

2-22 Yakima, WA Yakima Sundome

2-25 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

2-26 Stockton, CA Stockton Arena

3-2 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center

3-3 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena

3-5 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center

3-8 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center

3-14 Dublin, IE Olympia Theater

3-15 Belfast, IE Waterfront Hall

3-17 London, UK O2 Arena- Country 2 Country Festival

3-21 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum

3-23 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center

3-25 Hershey, PA Giant Center

3-26 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center

3-28 Hamilton, ON Canada Copps Coliseum

3-29 Windsor, ON Canada WFCU Centre

3-30 Kingston, ON Canada K-Rock Centre

4-2 St. John, NB Canada Harbour Station

4-9 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center

4-11 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre

4-13 Lansing, MI Breslin Student Events Center

4-14 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

4-16 Greenville, SC BiLo Center

4-17 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena

4-19 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena

4-20 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

4-23 Houston, TX Toyota Center

4-25 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum

4-27 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center

4-29 Lafayette, LA Cajundome

5-1 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

5-2 Bloomington, IL U.S. Cellular Coliseum

5-3 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center

5-5 Toledo, OH Huntington Center

5-6 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center

5-8 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center

5-10 Rockford, IL BMO Harris Bank Center

5-12 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center

5-13 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center

5-15 Winnipeg, MB Canada MTS Centre

5-17 Moose Jaw, SK Canada Mosaic Place

5-18 Edmonton, AB Canada Rexall Place

5-20 Dawson Creek, BC Canada EnCana Events Center

5-21 Prince George, BC Canada CN Centre

5-23 Abbotsford, BC Canada Abottsford Entertainment & Sports Centre


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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