Carrie Underwood, Chace Crawford split

"Gossip Girl" hottie Chace Crawford and country music cutie Carrie Underwood called it quits via text message."It was completely mutual," Underwood told the "Extra" tabloid TV show over the weekend. "We broke up over text so ... it's like 'peace out.'" "It just didn't work," said Underwood, 25. "We both knew it didn't work ... [There were] no hard feelings at all whatsoever." Not so, says Crawford's sister. "He was upset about the breakup," Candice Crawford told People magazine. "It's always hard when you lose a relationship." Since the breakup, Crawford, 22, has also had to fight off tabloid speculation about his friendship with former 'NSync-er JC Chasez, 31. Both have denied they're gay. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood, ‘Grand Ole Opry’ star

Carrie Underwood is the newest member of the "Grand Ole Opry." The chart-topping "American Idol" winner debuted on the 83-year-old country music radio show by singing a duet with Vince Gill Sunday."This really seems like a great family to be part of," Underwood said, fighting back tears as Garth Brooks inducted her into the cast. "I promise I'll do everything I possibly can to not make you regret it." The former "Idol" winner sold 7 million copies of her debut album, "Some Hearts," and shot to superstardom almost overnight with hits that included "Before He Cheats" and "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Her followup, "Carnival Ride," has produced two No. 1 hits: "So Small" and "All-American Girl." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood takes us on ‘Carnival Ride’

"American Idol" fans like their stars to sing big and busy. That encourages some of them to throw their voices around with such wacky abandon it's as if they were being paid by the note.Somehow that never happened to Carrie Underwood, the most country-savvy of the kids shot to stardom by the "Idol" juggernaut. She's a first-class power hitter to be sure - more so than ever on her just-released second CD, "Carnival Ride." But Underwood prefers to focus her belts, offering few embellishments or melismas along the way.That honed quality has made Underwood one of the more impressive of the show's alums, and apparently the second-most successful (after Kelly Clarkson).Her 2005 debut, "Some Hearts," sold nearly 6 million copies and bagged her a Grammy as Best New Artist. She has since complained about how quickly that album had to be thrown together, but it didn't show. "Hearts" had the bright tunemanship and clever/corny lyrics that can forgive even the slickest of Nashville products.The same goes for "Carnival Ride." No wonder one of its catchiest songs is the one that most cravenly milks Underwood's Cinderella shtick. "Crazy Dreams" offers a brisk ode to "hairbrush singers, dashboard drummers and air guitarists" everywhere.Underwood had a hand in writing that cut herself (or at least a finger in it, given the two other names that crowd the credit). Either way, at least Underwood tried to get more of her own perspective into this album, contributing to five of the songs, up from just one on her debut.She indulges few somber reflections along the way. There's "Just a Dream," about a newlywed whose husband gets killed in the war. But mainly Underwood prefers to play either a feisty character (sniping back at men who only make her prefer her dog) or a philosophical one (rehashing the slick faith that served her so commercially well in her guilty-pleasure breakthrough single "Jesus, Take the Wheel").Still, it's the muscularity of Underwood's voice, more than the material, Continue Reading

Two guys from Wisconsin are behind hits from the likes of Demi Lovato and Carrie Underwood

Lucas Keller describes his younger self as myopic. He wanted desperately to be in the music business and manage bands — not an easy dream for a guy from Greenfield. After four years at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Keller was a handful of credits away from a degree and was already managing a few bands. But he started another semester and realized his heart just wasn't in it.Keller needed to make a move — out of college, and out of Wisconsin."I just knew I wouldn't be able to stay," Keller said. He dropped out, moved to Chicago in 2006 and joined a talent management company. A few years later, in 2009, he headed to Los Angeles.Today, at age 33, Keller heads his own talent management agency, Milk & Honey, which is responsible for some of music's biggest hits, including a song topping the Billboard charts right now, "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato. And the No. 2 guy in his company is a fellow Wisconsinite.The journey to this point took a few unexpected turns.Keller always thought he would manage musicians. But after he sat in a courtroom with his childhood-favorite band, Stone Temple Pilots, negotiating the group's split in 2013, Keller wanted to take a break from bands.Frankly, they were a pain.He worked for a large management company, The Collective, that had clients in television, film, music and comedy. Keller had been representing mostly rock acts.He began to work more with songwriters and producers. "I saw rock waning," he said. "And pop was bigger than ever. I thought everything was going to become pop. I decided to leave and start Milk & Honey."Rebuilding processMilk & Honey started out as just Keller working from his house. The idea was to run a small, focused music company. He pulled away from rock music and began rebuilding his client list. Grammy Award-winning musician David Hodges was an early client — one of a handful that Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood to release ‘Greatest Hits,’ new single

It's been nearly 10 years since Carrie Underwood won American Idol, and the singer announced today she'll be celebrating a decade of country stardom with a greatest-hits compilation.Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will include new material, including single Something in the Water. The new track will be available for digital download starting Monday. Underwood wrote Something in the Water with Chris DeStefano and Brett James; Mark Bright produced the track.Underwood announced the album on NBC's Today and teased the new single with a video on YouTube."Something in the Water is so inspirational," Underwood said via a new release. "It's joyous! I can't help but smile when I hear it. I hope it has the same effect on everyone who listens to it."Underwood will participate in Saturday's Global Citizen Festival at New York's Central Park with JAY Z, No Doubt, fun., The Roots and Tiësto. NBC will produce a one-hour primetime special that will air Saturday (9 p.m. ET). Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood shares ‘lame’ post-baby bikini selfie

New mother Carrie Underwood is indulging in some much needed R&R. The country superstar rocked a bikini in a vacation selfie she shared with fans Tuesday on Instagram. “Vacation selfie #IKnowImLame,” she captioned the pic, which showed her from her shoulders up as she relaxed on a beach towel. Considering that Underwood and her hockey player husband Mike Fisher recently welcomed their first son, Isaiah, in February, it’s hardly “lame” for the star to take some time off in the lead-up to her first Mother’s Day. Besides getting in some rest and relaxation, Underwood had been rooting on her husband's team, the Nashville Predators, who were recently ousted from the NHL playoffs. Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood gives birth to baby boy, shares first photo

Carrie Underwood has entered motherhood. The 31-year-old country singer welcomed a baby boy, Isaiah Michael, to the world Friday with hockey player husband Mike Fisher. Underwood took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a sweet photo of the couple's first child, only showing his hand and part of his mouth. "Tiny hands and tiny feet ... God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael Fisher — born February 27," she wrote announcing the birth. Underwood hinted they were expecting a son while hosting the Country Music Awards with fellow country crooner Brad Paisley in November. Paisley spilled the secret during the live broadcast shortly after the pregnant "American Idol" alum whispered her baby’s gender in his ear onstage. "Hey, we could name him Garth," Paisley suggested while the duo were discussing Garth Brooks later on in the show. "What are you doing?" Underwood yelled. "What's wrong with you? You gotta be kidding me. You kept that secret for a whole two minutes, hashtag Brad blew it." Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood rocks the CMA Music Festival stage during sold-out show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Carrie Underwood remembers when she first performed to thousands of country fans at the coveted Country Music Association's Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. It was June 2005, which is exactly 10 years ago this month. Fresh off an "American Idol" win, Underwood said her first big Nashville stage show was a madhouse. "It was a chaotic, with cameras flashing and a gazillion fans," Underwood said. But her main worry was remembering the words to the song she was performing onstage. "I was singing with Phil Vassar, a song I did not know," Underwood said. "I was like, `Oh Lord, don't let me screw up the words.' We somehow pulled it off OK." Now a decade later, Underwood has seven Grammy Awards and a handful of No. 1 singles on the country charts under her belt. She's a wife, a new mom, and a bona fide super star. Underwood said her pregnancy allowed her to slow down and focus on new music instead of touring. "I spent a lot of time writing and listening to new songs," Underwood said. "I feel like now we're on the right track and in a really good place." Before her sold-out performance at the 2015 CMA Music Festival Saturday night, Underwood admitted she was a bit nervous. It was her first big stadium show since giving birth to her son, Isaiah, back in February. But when she hit the stage with her hit "Blown Away," there was no sign of nerves. Strutting in her bejeweled hot-pants and matching vest, Underwood brought her fans at LP Field to their feet, even asking them to get sassy before jumping into the song, "Undo It." Underwood slowed things down but still held the crowd's attention with the emotional "Something in the Water," off last year's "Greatest Hits: Decade (hash)1" release. She ended her seven-song set by bringing down the house with a resounding, "Before He Cheats." In the crowd, and on their Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood shows off amazing post-baby body at 2015 CMT Awards

She had a baby when? Carrie Underwood looked so incredible on the red carpet at the 2015 CMT Awards, that it's hard to believe she had a baby in February. The new mom showed off her toned body in a form fitting, white Thomas Wylde mini dress with sparkly embellishment clusters, making this her first post-baby body red carpet appearance. She paired the outfit with a small clutch and silver strappy heels. CARRIE UNDERWOOD LEADS 2015 CMT MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS It isn't much of a surprise that the "Blown Away" singer's body bounced back so quickly considering she focused on continuing her healthy eating habits even when she was pregnant. "I have been vegetarian for about 10 years now," she explained to Yahoo Beauty when she was pregnant. "With pregnancy, I am definitely going more on the vegetarian side, but as soon as I am not pregnant anymore I will go back to being vegan. I don't think I am craving anything too crazy. I try to keep it as healthy as possible and try to take care of myself." Underwood and her husband Mark Fisher are parents to an adorable 4-month-old baby boy, Isaiah Michael Fisher. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood leads 2015 CMT Music Awards nominations

Carrie Underwood is the top contender for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations. CMT announced Wednesday that Underwood scored two nominations for video of the year with the Grammy-winning “Something in the Water” and “Somethin’ Bad,” her duet with Miranda Lambert. Underwood also earned two nominations for female video of the year with “Something in the Water” and “Little Toy Guns.” Twelve videos are nominated for video of the year. Contenders include Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean. Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney, also video of the year nominees, have four nominations each. The CMT Music Awards will air live on June 10 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale Saturday and voting starts Wednesday. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading