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The Real Reason Carrie Underwood Released Her Christmas Album As Early as She Did

When country music superstar Carrie Underwood announced in the summer of 2020 that she planned on releasing her first-ever Christmas album, her fans went wild with excitement.

Considering that most Christmas albums release in late October, the Sept. 25 drop of Underwood’s My Gift was super early.

Here’s why the American Idol champ decided to gift her fans when she did.

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Underwood’s 1st holiday music album

Underwood announced in July 2020 of her plans to release her very first holiday music album, titled My Gift. While she’s performed holiday tunes in the past, My Gift marks her first complete album in the genre.

In the album’s trailer in July 2020 the mother of two revealed how she decided this was the year to release a holiday song collection.

“This year,” she said, “it was just kind of on my heart to do

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Larry David Marries Girlfriend Ashley Underwood in Intimate Wedding

Larry David is a married man. A source confirms to ET that The Curb Your Enthusiasm star tied the knot with girlfriend Ashley Underwood. The source says the wedding was an intimate affair on Wednesday evening.

“Larry and Ashley got married! He’s a very happy man right now,” ET’s source shares. People was first to report the news.

David and Underwood were introduced by Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher at Cohen’s birthday party in 2017, the 73-year-old comedian revealed in a New York Times interview. Underwood was a producer on Cohen’s Showtime series, Who Is America?

“We were seated next to each other, I think with that in mind,” he shared. “Much to her surprise I left before dessert. I was doing so well, banter-wise, I didn’t want to risk staying too long and blowing the good impression.”

The comedian and his lady love moved in together in 2019,

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Carrie Underwood on Chart-Topping ‘My Gift’: ‘It’s Been in My Heart to Do a Christmas Album For Years’

On the 56-year-old Top Country Albums chart, My Gift marks the 2005 American Idol winner’s record eighth consecutive career-opening No. 1. She passes Miranda Lambert, whose history on the survey encompasses seven leaders, most recently 2019’s Wildcard.

My Gift follows Underwood’s last LP, Cry Pretty, which arrived with 266,000 units in September 2018. Her run started with 2005’s Some Hearts, followed by Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009), Blown Away (2012), Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (2014) and Storyteller (2015).

My Gift was produced by Greg Wells and includes eight traditional and three original songs. John Legend duets on new composition “Hallelujah” and Underwood’s five-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher, is featured on “Little Drummer Boy.” Isaiah makes his own Billboard chart debut, as “Little Drummer Boy” enters Christian Digital Song Sales at No. 8 and the multi-metric Hot Christian Songs chart at No. 45.

The LP also arrives at

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Carrie Underwood announces HBO Christmas special ‘My Gift’

Carrie Underwood ushered in a much needed early holiday season, releasing her debut Christmas album My Gift, last Friday. The country superstar is pairing her merry release with seasonal TV special on HBO Max.



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“I’m thrilled to announce that we will be bringing my new album #MyGift to life with a Christmas special on @HBOMax this holiday season!,” Carrie Tweeted to fans, last week.

The exclusive holiday special features Underwood performing from The Gift, alongside a live orchestra and choir. HBO says the fans can expect “a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday.” No word yet on a release date for the special.

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