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Some Hearts is the debut album of American Idol winner and country artist Carrie Underwood. Released November 15, 2005 by Arista, Arista Nashville, and 19, the album was the best-selling album of all genres in 2006. It was also the best-selling country album of 2006 and 2007. With over 7 million copies sold, Some Hearts is the best-selling debut album from a female country artist in history.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Wasted
  2. Don't Forget to Remember Me
  3. Lome Hearts
  4. Jesus, Take the Wheel
  5. The Night Before (Life Goes On)
  6. Lessons Learned
  7. Before He Cheats
  8. Starts With Goodbye
  9. I Just Can't Live A Lie
  10. We're Young and Beautiful
  11. That's Where it is
  12. Whenever You Remember
  13. I Ain't in Checotah Anymore

North American Bonus TrackEdit

  1. Inside Your Heaven

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Some Hearts" debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 (behind Madonna's album, "Confessions on a Dance Floor") and #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums selling 315,000 copies in its first week.

The large first week sales of the album made it the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1991.

It was also the fifth best first-week sales for any "American Idol" contestant (behind her own albums "Play On" & "Carnival Ride", Ruben Studdard's album "Soulful" and Clay Aiken's album, "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 58th week on the chart, the album rose back up to #4 on the Billboard 200 chart after selling close to 300,000 copies.

"Some Hearts" became the best-selling album of 2006 in all genres in the United States. It was also the best-selling country album in the United States of both 2006 and 2007, making Carrie Underwood the first female artist in Billboard history to earn back-to-back honors for Top Country Album.

Additionally, it was the best-selling female country album of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

On the U.S. Billboard 200, the album had a run of 137 consecutive weeks on the chart, the second-longest for any album released in 2005 (behind Nickelback's album, "All the Right Reasons") making it the sixth album with the most weeks spent on such a chart since 2000.

It spent 10 weeks within the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, a record among American Idol alumni.

On the week dated December 12, 2009 (under the changes of Billboard's rules) the album re-entered the Billboard 200, at #132.

"Some Hearts" appeared on the Billboard Year-End Chart for 2009, coming in at number 158 for album sales that year. On the week dated for August 7, 2010, it climbed back onto the Billboard 200, reaching No. 191.

On the week dated for December 5, 2010, the album once again landed onto the Billboard 200, reaching #192. On the week dated for December 8, 2012, it again landed onto the Billboard 200, reaching #69.

"Some Hearts" has since been certified eight times Platinum by the RIAA..

It is the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of the SoundScan era, the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, the best-selling Country album of the last 10 years, and the best-selling album by an "American Idol" alumni in the United States.

As of December 2015, it has sold over 7,450,000 copies in the United States. On October 24, 2016, the album was certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA.

By December 2007, Some Hearts had sold over 7 million copies worldwide (according to Forbes). It has now sold over 9 million copies worldwide.

In December of 2009, Billboard announced that "Some Hearts" was the biggest-selling country album of the 2000s decade, as well as the fourteenth biggest-selling album of any genre.

On August 6, 2016 issue of Billboard, the album reached #7 on their "All-time Country Albums" chart. On their "All-time Country Songs" chart, the album's fourth single, "Before He Cheats", reached #64.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Some Hearts" 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."

PromotionEdit

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

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