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Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 hit stores today. In addition to her biggest hits, the 25-track compilation will include two new songs- the GRAMMY-nominated “Something in the Water” and “Little Toy Guns.” It’s insane to think it’s been ten years since the 31-year-old won Season 4 of American Idol.

“I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I auditioned for American Idol. Looking back at the songs I’ve released over the years lets me relive my amazing journey. Even better I get to include new music for the fans!” – Carrie Underwood

When the provocative title of “Little Toy Guys” was revealed, many thought the song was tackling gun violence. Instead it’s about a child hearing her parents fighting and wishing they would stop. Underwood co-wrote it with Chris DeStefano (“Good Girl”) and Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus, Take the Wheel”).

Carrie sings so passionately, it might be autobiographical. This could be her Kelly Clarkson “Because Of You“-type emotional offering. Check out the track below.

listen to the track after the jump

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Immediately after her performance at the CMAs, Carrie Underwood debuted her music video for “Something In The Water.” The single is lifted from Underwood’s upcoming Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album due in stores December 9.

“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,” the former American Idol winner previously said about her inspirational track.

Directed by Raj Kapoor, the clip features 16 choir members, 12 dancers and the 31-year-old country singer modeling three costume changes in a tank full of recycled water. Carrie sports off her growing baby bump while dancers execute stunning choreography around her. At first glance it reminds me of Shania Twain’s “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” visual which featured everyone Riverdancing their little hearts out in water.

Check out the music video below. It’s relatively simple but effective and beautiful.

watch the video after the jump

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Carrie Underwood isn’t going to let pregnancy slow her down. The 31-year-old country superstar is releasing her first greatest hits compilation later this Fall. After churning out the hits since winning American Idol Season 4 almost a decade ago, it’s about time. Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will drop on December 9.

The lead cut “Something In The Water” premieres in full on Monday September 29. Carrie, however, gave a sneak peak on The Today Show earlier this morning. Check out the snippet below.

watch full performance after the jump

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Holy hot bad mamma jammas. Being naughty certainly suit both Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. Both these ladies shed their good girl images and look smokin in their skin-tight leather outfits for their “Somethin’ Bad” music video. The track is off Lambert’s new album, Platinum.

Thelma and Louise have nothing on these country gals. Watch the blond duo rob a bank, play some poker, blow up a building and ride motorcycles below. You’ll never see them in the same way ever again.

watch the video after the jump

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Just in time for the Season 13 premiere of American Idol, Forbes released their annual roundup of the top-earning alums from the reality show. Despite it’s declining ratings, the show still produces viable platinum-selling artists. Just look at previous winners Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips who’ve reversed the downward trend that hit rock bottom when Lee DeWyze took the Season 9 crown. It’s too early to tell if reigning champ Candice Glover can maintain the momentum, but I have high hopes.

After losing the title last year, Carrie Underwood earns bragging rights among her fellow Idols. According to the publication, Underwood earned $31 million from June 2012 through June 2013. Just to punctuate how huge that is, her earnings exceeded the annual earnings of last year’s judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Carrie’s total comes from her platinum-selling Blown Away album, highly-successful tour and multiple endorsement deals.

Phillips makes his debut on the list by scoring the most successful coronation song in Idol history. “Home” sold more than four million copies. He ties for third place with Adam Lambert. The person you’ll be shocked that made the cut is Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. For the longest time, he was perceived as the worst Idol winner (that is before DeWyze came along). The Soul Patrol leader earns his spot by being the first and only Idol act to have a Vegas residency at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Check out the Top 10 list below. I’ve also added clips/music videos from each former Idol contestant to familiarize yourself with their recent work.

check out the entire list after the jump

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DoSomething.org just released their annual Top 20 list of “Celebs Gone Good” and once again Taylor Swift is apparently the most giving celebrity in Hollywood. She topped last year’s list with her record $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame Museum- the largest sum ever given to the country organization. This year, the nonprofit cites Swift’s recent Winter White Gala in London, a benefit for homeless youth, a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony which she gave on her 24th birthday as some of her do-gooding work. Not to discredit Taylor’s goodwill, but once again I’m surprised she’s the numero uno charitable celebrity out there. Right?

With their volunteer work in Ghana for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day and donation to cancer research, the boys of One Direction also made the list this year. Chime for Change and Goodwill activist Beyoncé, Reach Out Worldwide founder Paul Walker, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the Top 5.

The most surprising thing about this year’s list is the absence of some individuals who made the Top 5 last year but are nowhere to be found in the Top 20. Channing Tatum and Lady Gaga, according to DoSomething.org, aren’t as charitable this year. I’m really curious to know how the nonprofit tabulates their results. Check out the rest of the list below.

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Quelle surprise! On the heels of the staggering success of the ambitious The Sound of Music Live!, NBC hired Smash producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to executive produce another beloved musical for 2014. As expected, last week’s event heralded in a new holiday tradition. With 18.6 million viewers, the peacock network would’ve been stupid to not stage another production. No word on what musical just yet, but here’s what NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told The New York Times.

“All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”

Reportedly, the only requirement is that it must be a family-friendly Broadway classic with a slew of familiar songs. I guess that rules out Priscilla! Queen of the Desert, Rent or The Book of Mormon ;) With recent movie renditions of Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, that also rules them out. I’m betting they do another Julie Andrews classic. Mary Poppins anyone? Or something from the hey day of musicals.

Although the Sound of Music Live! production took over 18 months to orchestrate, all parties involved confidently believe it won’t take nearly as long, having gone through the experience already. The Carrie Underwood starrer cost reportedly $9 million to produce. With a 22-song soundtrack available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-Ray release next week, I’m sure the network will be raking in the profits for years to come. I also foresee jacked up commercial prices for the next musical.

In other Sound of Music-related news, a cast member from the beloved movie passed away Monday. For those who didn’t believe Underwood killed it with her performance, clearly they were wrong ;) Obviously, I’m joking, albeit in bad taste.

find out which original cast member passed away after the jump

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NBC’s big gamble (reportedly $9 million production) paid off. The live special of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer scored boffo ratings. It was NBC’s best Thursday performance (excluding sports) in the adult demo since the ER finale on April 2, 2009 and best overall viewing since the Frasier finale in 2004. The musical earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, peaking at 19.3 million viewers during the 9pm hour. The NBC offices were definitely alive with the sound of music today for sure.

No doubt, Carrie’s huge fan base tuned in to support Nashville’s favorite daughter. I’m sure a fair amount also checked it out to see how Underwood would handle the iconic role of Maria von Trapp which was immortalized on film by the legendary Julie Andrews. While no one can ever touch Andrews, especially in this role, I thought Carrie handled the musical numbers quite well. Her acting, however, left something to be desired. Not surprisingly, she was quite wooden. With exception to very few outlets, Underwood was raked over the coals. Check out some of the scathing reviews in between the musical numbers below.

On a more positive note, I thought the Von Trapp kids were fantastic. “Do Re Mi” and Liesl’s duet with Rolf on “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” were two of my favorites. Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess was simply divine. Her Broadway roots definitely shined through. Acting opposite her, must’ve been daunting for Underwood. Also props to NBC for pulling this off so masterfully. Given the scope and logistical nightmare, I’m shocked there were no major technical problems. I hope NBC plans to bring another beloved musical to television next year. This is one holiday tradition I can get behind.

watch all the performances and read the reviews after the jump

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