Carrie Underwood is planning to release a new album next year, she told reporters backstage at the CMA Awards on Monday night (Nov. 6) in Nashville. Asked about her plans for 2007, Underwood replied, “I guess I’d say making a new album and getting back out there. Hopefully, it will do half as well as this one has, and people will respond to it and be equally as happy to go out and see a concert. … It’s kind of a blank slate right now. There are definitely a lot of things in the works, and one of them is definitely a new album.” Underwood won the Horizon Award and female vocalist honors at the ceremony.