Remember When Carrie Underwood Released ‘Play On’?

Carrie Underwood released her third studio album, Play On, on this day in 2009. The album debuted at the top…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 3, 2020


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Carrie Underwood released her third studio album, Play On, on this day in 2009.

The album debuted at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart with a whopping 318,000 copies sold, marking Underwood’s second album to debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 and third album to debut at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Play On produced several radio hits, including the chart-topping singles “Cowboy Casanova”, “Temporary Home” and “Undo It,” as well as the fan-favorite track, “Mama’s Song.”

The album was praised by fans and critics alike and received nominations for Album of the Year at the ACM and CMA Awards. The project took home the title of Favorite Country Album at the American Music Awards in 2010.

To date, Play On has sold over three million copies worldwide and has been certified 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

As of 2020, Carrie Underwood has released a total of six studio albums and one full-length Christmas album.

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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.