Release date: October 2007
Carnival Ride is the second studio album from American country artist Carrie Underwood. It was released in the United States on October 23, 2007.
Underwood has explained the meaning behind the album's title and theme, saying: "You step onto this ride called life, and it's a crazy thing you don't know anything about, but you get on it anyway. You do what you can to lean different directions to try and get it to go where you want it to go, but you can't stop it – it just keeps moving. That's why Carnival Ride works as my album title, because it describes the wonderful craziness that I've been through over the past couple years."
Carnival Ride became Underwood's first number-one album on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 527,000 copies in its first week of release. In its second week the album sold less than 190,000 copies. The album also debuted at number 1 on the Top Digital Albums, Top Country Albums, and Top Canadian Albums charts. Carnival Ride made history by becoming the first album by a female solo country artist to have 5 #1's, and only the 3rd country album overall. The album has sold 3,114,000 copies in the U.S. Carnival Ride has been certified 3x Platinum.
Carrie Underwood promoted the record through the Carnival Ride Tour which ran through 2008. It started late January and ended on December 14, 2008. She performed over 137 live shows since the start of the tour, performing to over a million people.
Since its release, Carnival Ride has received several award nominations. It won the award for "Favorite Country Album" at the 2008 American Music Awards. The album was also nominated for 'Best Country Album' at the 2008 CMA Awards of Country Music Association and at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards. Underwood's Carnival Ride Tour won her the coveted prize for 'Entertainer of The Year' at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards making her only the seventh woman in history to do so. She was also named 'Top Female Vocalist' at the 2008 and 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards and the 2008 CMA Awards, a title she has been honored with by both award giving bodies for three consecutive years.