Carrie Underwood Earns 27th No.1 Single with ‘Southbound’

No stranger to the top of the charts, Carrie Underwood returns to the No.1 spot on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 9, 2019


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No stranger to the top of the charts, Carrie Underwood returns to the No.1 spot on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart this week with “Southbound.”

The upbeat track is the latest single from Underwood’s sixth studio album, Cry Pretty.

The superstar co-wrote the song alongside David Garcia and Josh Miller. Underwood says it was written a bit “late in the game” when a lot of the Cry Pretty album was already finished.

“At the end of making an album you start thinking what are we lacking? What do we need? So, we get in a room and I had the title. I was like this sounds like fun, I think. We can do something fun with this,” Underwood explains. ”It surprisingly took us a while to write it but by the end of it, it was like, ‘Well, this is a lot of fun.’ I feel like everybody kind of gravitated towards that one when we were all done with it.”

Underwood is currently in the midst of her massive Cry Pretty Tour 360, which wraps October 31. She’ll then head back to Nashville to prepare for her 12th year hosting the CMA Awards. This time around, the current CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee will share hosting duties with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.