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Carrie Underwood wins Grammys for best new artist, female country vocal performance

Carrie Underwood has followed her CMA award and her Billboard awards with two Grammy awards. She was named the year’s best new artist and was recognized for having the best female country vocal performance. In addition, her song “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” won for best country song, although the award goes to its writers, not …

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Carrie Underwood’s “album was the third-biggest seller in the calendar year of 2006”

Carrie Underwood continues her rise to actual idol, not just television show winner. Besides winning five Billboard awards and a CMA award for best female vocalist last year, her album did extremely well. Some Hearts “was the third-biggest seller in the calendar year of 2006, according to Nielsen SoundScan,” USA TODAY’s Idol Chatter reports. In …

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Record sales show that “enthusiasm for [American Idol] alumni seems to be waning”

American Idol may be increasing in popularity on television, but sales of records from the show’s past contestants are declining. USA TODAY looks at recent sales, and finds that “enthusiasm for alumni seems to be waning.” For example, second-season winner Ruben Studdard’s new album “sold 71,000 copies last week to enter Billboard at No. 8. …

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Constantine Maroulis says Idol’s focus is “fucked up,” smokes pot because “I’m a fucking artist”

With a Village Voice reporter watching, American Idol 4‘s Constantine Maroulis “checked his MySpace page for new e-mails on his laptop,” “sprayed a coat of Axe deodorant all over his torso” after “fluffing the hairs on his chest a bit with the blow-dryer,” “complained that unauthorized shots of him taken by a Broadway photographer were …

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