Release Date Set for New Carrie Underwood Album

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There's a lot of American Idol album news going around these days, from Kelly Clarkson's latest effort, to Mandisa, to Constantine Maroulis.

Following that trend, here's news on the next Carrie Underwood CD...

Arista Records and 19 Recordings announced yesterday that the follow-up to the country crossover star's mega-hit debut Some Hearts has been slated for an October 23 release.

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As E! Online reports, the hit-filled album, which dropped November 15, 2005, has been certified six-times platinum in the U.S. and is the best-selling country disc/download of 2007 so far, with nearly 1.1 million copies sold just this year.

After the American Idol-assisted success of the Grammy-winning "Jesus Take the Wheel," it was unsure whether Underwood would have mass-market appeal, but with spunky tunes such as "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted," she's become a powerhouse on the pop charts, as well. Some Hearts was named the best-selling album of all genres at the Billboard Music Awards in December, Underwood's eighth sales-fueled trophy in two years.

Some Hearts spawned seven singles, three of which went platinum, and Underwood also had a hit with her cover of the Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You," which she performed on the Idol Gives Back charity special in April.

The 24-year-old Oklahoman's as-yet untitled sophomore effort is being produced by Some Hearts collaborator Mark Bright and will feature some more songwriting by Underwood, who co-penned the tune "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore" on Some Hearts.

Before she repeats, however, Underwood can be heard on Brad Paisley's latest album, 5th Gear, on the tune "Oh Love," and she's set to help kick off New York's Fall Fashion Week by performing Sept. 6 at the fourth annual Fashion Rocks! gala at Radio City Music Hall.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.