OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood’s “Most Random Mix of Music Ever”

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It’s hard to know if Carrie Underwood is just talking about her iPod or if she’s subconsciously referring to her upcoming Blown Away album. In a recent radio interview, she said her music is kind of all over the place. “If you look on my iPod, I have the most random stuff. It’s just the most random mix of music ever,” she said. But she says that’s what makes it possible for her to perform with Steven Tyler one day, then Tony Bennett the next. “Those are polar opposites, but I feel so comfortable in both places. My album’s a lot like that. It’s a big ol’ puzzle. And everything has its own place. And has its own piece,” Underwood revealed. “There’s ’Good Girl,’ then there’s more traditional country stuff than I’ve ever done before. Still, having the album make sense, if that makes sense.” (Rest assured, though, she says there is no rapping on this album.) Other hints she gives about the much-anticipated project: “The rest of the album is more stretching and growing and different influences — but in different directions” and “It’s a little more fierce, a little more serious.”

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