Six-time Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood logs her 18th No. 1 single as "See You Again," a gold-selling inspirational uptempo, climbs to the summit this week on the Mediabase radio airplay chart. This achievement follows on the heels of "Good Girl," "Blown Away" and "Two Black Cadillacs" (all from her fourth studio album) also racing to the top spot, continuing Underwood's legacy as a legitimate hit-maker. This astonishing sum of hits also includes her "American Idol" coronation anthem "Inside Your Heaven" which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 tally from a combination of airplay and sales.
With 15 million albums sold to-date, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter reaches a career milestone as a songwriter. With "See You Again," a song co-penned with tunesmiths Hillary Lindsey and David Hodges, Underwood has had a total of 11 co-writes soar to the top of the charts, including "So Small," "Last Name" and "Cowboy Casanova" (among others).
In support of her latest album, Underwood launched The Blown Away Tour last fall, taking her music to three continents and six countries. At the close of 2012, Pollstar announced her as the top solo female country touring act of the year. She then went on to sell-out every single arena-sized concert in 2013, wrapping up the 112-show tour in May. Many of the tour's props and costumes are now featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Underwood's first-ever exhibit, which runs through November.
This fall, Underwood undertakes her first lead acting role as Maria Von Trapp in NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music." "True Blood" actor Stephen Moyer, as the network announced last week, is expected to play opposite the country singer as the tenacious Captain Von Trapp. More casting news is expected to unfold at a later date.
Additionally, the powerhouse becomes the new voice of Sunday Night Football in the new season, stepping into the bedazzled high heels of her predecessor, Faith Hill.