Some Hearts (Carrie Underwood album)

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Some Hearts
Studio album by Carrie Underwood
Released November 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)
Recorded 2005; Starstruck Studios (Nashville, TN), Plant Recording (Sausalito, CA), Electrokitty Recording (Seattle, WA)
Genre Country, country pop
Length 53:48
Label Arista, Arista Nashville, 19
Producer Dann Huff, Mark Bright
Carrie Underwood chronology
Some Hearts
(2005)
Carnival Ride
(2007)
Singles from Some Hearts
  1. "Jesus, Take the Wheel"
    Released: October 3, 2005
  2. "Some Hearts"
    Released: October 29, 2005
  3. "Don't Forget to Remember Me"
    Released: March 13, 2006
  4. "Before He Cheats"
    Released: August 19, 2006
  5. "Wasted"
    Released: February 6, 2007

Some Hearts is the debut album from country singer Carrie Underwood, released in the United States on November 15, 2005 by Arista Nashville. The album contains the number one singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel", "Don't Forget to Remember Me", "Wasted", and "Before He Cheats".

Bolstered by the success of its singles, Some Hearts became the best-selling album of 2006 in all genres in the United States.[1] The album was also the best-selling country album in the United States of both 2006 and 2007, making Underwood the first female artist in Billboard history to earn back-to-back honors for Top Country Album.[2] Additionally, it was the best-selling female country album of 2005, 2006 and 2007.[3] Some Hearts has since been certified seven times Platinum by the RIAA, and is the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of the SoundScan era,[4][5] the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history,[6] the best-selling Country album of the last 10 years,[7] and the best-selling album by an American Idol alumni in the U.S.[8]

With 7,322,000 copies sold in the United States,[9] Some Hearts was listed as one of the 100 Best Selling Albums of All Time by the RIAA in 2009.[10] In December 2007, Forbes reported that Some Hearts had sold over 8 million copies worldwide, at the time it had sold over six million copies in the United States alone.[11][12] Having now sold over seven million units in the U.S., Some Hearts has sold over 9 million copies worldwide. In December 2009, Billboard announced that the album was the biggest-selling country album of the decade, as well as the fourteenth biggest-selling album of any genre.[13][14]

The album and its songs were well received by the critics. Some Hearts won Album of the Year at the 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards, while "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats" both won Single of the Year at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards and 2007 Country Music Association Awards, respectively. At the 49th Grammy Awards, in 2007, Underwood won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for "Jesus, Take the Wheel", which also won Best Country Song for its songwriters, being nominated for Song of the Year as well. The following year, at the 50th Grammy Awards, Underwood won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Before He Cheats". The song won Best Country Song for the songwriters as well as being nominated for Song of the Year.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[15]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[16]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[17]
Entertainment Weekly C[18]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[19]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[20]
Stylus Magazine B[21]
USA Today 3/4 stars[22]

The album received positive reviews from music critics. Penny Rondinella of About.com gave a positive review to the album, awarding it with a four-and-a-half stars out of five and said: "American Idol Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood's debut album is just as expected, a country feel with some pop added to it. Lots of variety in her vocals, which tells me she has true talent." AllMusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars and classified the album as "anthemic country pop, ideal for either country or adult contemporary radio, with none of the delightful tackiness of Shania Twain—and her debut album, Some Hearts, not only hits this mark exactly, it's better than either album Hill has released since Breathe in 1999." It also praised Underwood's vocal performance and found that "she sounds equally convincing on such sentimental fare as 'Jesus, Take the Wheel' as on the soaring pop 'Some Hearts,' and even if she doesn't exactly sound tough on the strutting 'Before He Cheats,' she does growl with a fair amount of passion."

Singles[edit]

Carrie Underwood's American Idol winning single "Inside Your Heaven", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 five months before the release of Some Hearts, is included on the album as a bonus track. The song is Underwood's only number 1 on the Hot 100. The song has sold 880,000 copies.

The first single from the album, "Jesus, Take the Wheel", was number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for six consecutive weeks and reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. On August 2008, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" was reported to have been sold more than 1 million ringtones and was certified Platinum, making Underwood the first country artist ever to have two songs hit Platinum Mastertone status. The song as of May 2012 has sold 2,130,000 copies making it the 2nd biggest single of Underwood's career.

"Some Hearts", written by Diane Warren and originally covered by Marshall Crenshaw in 1989, was released to pop and adult contemporary radio only and eventually reached number 12 on the Adult Contemporary chart. As of June 2011 it has sold 207,000 copies.

"Don't Forget to Remember Me" was the third single from the album, and also proved successful, reaching number one on the Radio & Records Country Chart, number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and number 49 on the Hot 100. The song has sold 403,000 copies making it her lowest selling single to date.

"Before He Cheats" was released as the next single, and climbed the charts faster than any of Underwood's other singles, making it into the top twenty of the Hot Country Songs chart before the release of a music video. "Before He Cheats" subsequently peaked at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart for five consecutive weeks, and at number eight on the Hot 100; it proved to be a huge crossover hit, making appearances in the top 20 of every chart on which it appeared, and it is the biggest hit overall from the album. When it finally peaked at number 8 in May 2007, it had already logged 38 weeks on the chart, making it the longest trek to the top 10 ever. As pop airplay began dying down, the song got a third life on the adult contemporary format, which began playing the song in May. "Before He Cheats" spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100, before finally falling off in late November 2007. The song is the fifth-longest charting single on the Hot 100, following LeAnn Rimes's "How Do I Live", Jewel's "You Were Meant for Me"/"Foolish Games", Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours". It is the second longest running hit so far this decade. "Before He Cheats" was ranked sixth on the 2007 Hot 100 Year-End Chart and fifth on the 2007 Hot 100 Airplay Year-End Chart by Billboard magazine. It was also ranked tenth on the 2007 Adult Contemporary Year-End Chart. It was named the 2007 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association. It is Underwood's most successful single as of March 20, 2013, with sales of 3,731,000 digital downloads,[23] making it the third best-selling country song of all time behind Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", with 4.97 million and Taylor Swift's "Love Story", with 4.96 million. It is the second most sold single from an American Idol contestant (behind "No Air" by season 6 winner Jordin Sparks with 4 million), and the fourth longest-charting single in the history of the Hot 100. It also came in on CMT's 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade at number twenty-five, along with Underwood's other signature hit, "Jesus, Take the Wheel", which ranked number four.

"Wasted" also proved another successful hit for Underwood by peaking at number one for three consecutive weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, and going to number 37 on the Hot 100. The song has sold 705,000 copies as of June 2011.

Promotion[edit]

To promote Some Hearts, Underwood embarked on her very first solo tour, which was called Carrie Underwood: Live 2006. The tour started April 4, 2006 and ended November 30 of the same year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wasted"   Troy Verges, Marv Green, Hillary Lindsey 4:34
2. "Don't Forget to Remember Me"   Morgane Hayes, Kelley Lovelace, Ashley Gorley 4:00
3. "Some Hearts"   Diane Warren 3:48
4. "Jesus, Take the Wheel"   Brett James, Lindsey, Gordie Sampson 3:46
5. "The Night Before (Life Goes On)"   Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher, Jimmy Olander 3:54
6. "Lessons Learned"   Warren 4:09
7. "Before He Cheats"   Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear 3:19
8. "Starts with Goodbye"   Angelo Petraglia, Lindsey 4:06
9. "I Just Can't Live a Lie"   Steve Robson, Wayne Hector 3:59
10. "We're Young and Beautiful"   Rivers Rutherford, Steve McEwan 3:53
11. "That's Where It Is"   Melissa Peirce, Robson, Greg Becker 3:35
12. "Whenever You Remember"   Warren 3:47
13. "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore"   Carrie Underwood, Trey Bruce, Petraglia 3:21
Total length:
53:48

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[24]

String section on "Lessons Learned" and "Starts with Goodbye"
  • Roberto Cani, Susan Chatman, Mario deLeon, Joel Derouin, Endre Granat, Julian Hallmark, Michael Markman, Sid Page, Alyssa Park, Michele Richards, Teresa Stanisla, Josefina Vergara – violins
  • Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles, Matt Funes, Shanti Randall – violas
  • Larry Corbett, Suzie Katayama, Steve Richards, Daniel Smith – cellos

All strings on "Jesus, Take the Wheel" performed and arranged by Jonathan Yudkin.

Chart performance[edit]

Some Hearts debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 behind Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor, selling more than 315,000 copies; it was the fifth best first-week sales for any American Idol contestant (behind Ruben Studdard's Soulful, her own Play On and Carnival Ride, and Clay Aiken's Measure of a Man, which sold over 417,000 copies, 318,000 copies, 527,000 copies and 613,000 copies, respectively, in their first weeks). In the week of December 25, 2006, the album's fifty-eighth week on the chart, the album rose back up to number four on the Billboard 200 chart after selling close to 300,000 copies.

Some Hearts was the highest selling country album in the U.S. in both 2006 and 2007. Some Hearts was the first album to be certified seven times platinum in 2007.

As of July 3, 2008, the album is no longer present on the U.S. Billboard 200. It had a run of 136 weeks, the second-longest for any album released in 2005, behind Nickelback's All the Right Reasons. The following week, it dropped out of the Top Country Albums Chart, having had a 137 week run. The album spent 10 weeks within the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, a record among American Idol alumni.[25]

On the week dated December 12, 2009, under the changes of Billboard's rules, the album re-entered the Billboard 200, at number 132. The album appeared on the Billboard Year-End Chart for 2009, coming in at number 158 for album sales that year.[26]

On the week dated for August 7, 2010, the album climbed back onto the Billboard 200, hitting at number 191. On the week dated for December 5, 2010, the album once again landed onto the Billboard 200, reaching number 192. On the week dated for December 8, 2012, the album once again landed onto the Billboard 200, hitting at number 69.

As of May 2013, the album has sold 7,322,000 copies in the United States.[9]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
US Country US US Pop US AC CAN
2005 "Jesus, Take the Wheel" 1 20 36 23
  • US: 2× Platinum[30]
"Some Hearts" 12
2006 "Don't Forget to Remember Me" 2 49 77
"Before He Cheats"A 1 8 9 6 4
  • US: 4× Platinum[30]
  • CAN: Platinum[31]
2007 "Wasted" 1 37 54 35
  • A "Before He Cheats" charted for twenty weeks on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart before being confirmed as a single.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Result
41st Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year Won
2006 Billboard Music Awards Album of the Year Won
Country Album of the Year Won
Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year Won
2007 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album Won
2007 Billboard Music Awards Country Album of the Year Won
2010 Billboard Music Awards Country Album of the Decade Won

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom November 14, 2005
United States November 15, 2005
New Zealand
Canada
Australia
Ireland January 11, 2006
Germany
Norway
Denmark
Sweden
Austria
Switzerland
Mexico

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