|Carrie Underwood (AFP photo)
It's good to be the good girl -- at least in the case of country-pop superstar Carrie Underwood.
Her latest single Good Girl has helped propel her fourth album, Blown Away, to the top of the U.S. album charts for a second week in a row.
"To get that victory is a good thing for sure," says the 29-year-old. "I think now more than ever it would make me feel accomplished and good because the music industry as a whole - I don't know what's happening to be honest."
In Canada, Adele's 2011 collection, 21, took top spot from Underwood's Blown Away now at No. 2 this week after it also debuted at No. 1 last week on this side of the border.
"That Adele just won't go away," Underwood jokes. "It's absolutely amazing if there's anybody who can claim No. 1 over me any day it's somebody that actually makes good music. It's not like, 'Let's see how much I can shock all of you. And let's see how little I can wear.' "
Blown Away is being described as Underwood's most adventurous album to date, with darker songs than her fans may be used to.
On the title track, a child abuse victim goes to the cellar while her drunk, passed out father lays on the couch in the middle of a twister destined for death, and Two Black Cadillacs features a married woman and a mistress teaming up to kill the man who betrayed them both.
"A little bit, a little bit (of murder), yeah, it's a movie in a song," she says. "It's not like an intentional thought, 'I'm going to have these darker songs I've never had before.' 'Cause we also lighten up in the middle and we kind of get a little redneck at the end (Wine After Whiskey, Cupid's Got A Shotgun, Thank God for Hometowns)."
The Blown Away Tour, which launches May 26 in the U.S., will include a half-dozen Canadian dates between August and October. Underwood can't wait to play them since marrying Peterborough, Ont.-born NHL player Mike Fisher - formerly of Ottawa Senators and now with the Nashville Predators - in 2010.
"Blown Away is the best album start I've ever had in Canada," she says. "I think If I needed any more proof I've been accepted - we spend a lot of time here, especially in the summer, Mike's parents still leave in Peterborough - it's a nice feeling for sure."
For now their home base is Nashville but starting a family is still a ways off.
"It's a good place to be and raise a family some day. I have to get through my tour stuff before we legitimately start talking about it. Right now with both of us being as busy as we are, neither one of us really want to compromise.
"We're both at the top of our game right now so I think somebody's career would severely suffer if we brought (kids) into the mix."