Carrie Underwood got us all hyped up when she announced yesterday that she'd have a "big announcement" on the Today Show this morning but it really wasn't that big a deal. The country star revealed that she'd be releasing a greatest hits album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, just in time for the Christmas season on December 9. The good news, we suppose, is that there will be at least one new track on the record. "Something In The Water" will be released on September 29 (Rolling Stone).
We're ones to complain about performers dropping greatest hits albums earlier and earlier into their careers but Underwood probably has enough stock to make it work. She's released 19 singles over the course of four albums and 11 of them have gone to no. 1 on the US Country charts.
Realistically it hasn't even been a decade since Underwood dropped her first single ("Inside Your Heaven" came to listeners midway through 2005) but Underwood set the starting line as her 2004 tryout for American Idol's fourth season.
"I can't believe it's been a decade since I auditioned for American Idol," she said via a press statement. "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!"
We last got a full new studio album from Underwood during 2012 with Blown Away. It's understandable that she'll be taking some time off, expected to deliver her first child during Spring of next year. So it could be a while before we see a full LP release. Underwood is at the status level where she can release a new album once every four years or so but for the fan, the waiting is the hardest part.