Billboard has named the Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut record “Some Hearts” the Top Country Album of the Decade.
The announcement comes six weeks since the release of the Checotah native’s third album “Play On,” which has yielded the No. 1 hit, “Cowboy Casanova,” and new heart-wrenching single, “Temporary Home,” according to a news release.
Also included in Billboard’s year-end special double issue is the acknowledgement that the country superstar’s feisty smash, “Before He Cheats” (No. 8), is the only female showing in the Top 20 Hot Country Songs of the Decade.
A four-time Grammy Award winner and the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, Underwood reteamed with producer Mark Bright for ”Play On.” Bright produced her 2007 album “Carnival Ride” and seven tracks from “Some Hearts.”
To date, Underwood has amassed more than 11 million in U.S. album sales with “Some Hearts,” “Carnival Ride” and “Play On.” Along the way, she has consistently broken new ground and earlier this year became the first country artist in history and the only “American Idol” winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from her first two albums. When “Cowboy Casanova,” the debut single from “Play On,” recently reached No. 1, her string of uninterrupted No. 1s increased to 11.