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Underwood wants to change Britain's country music scene

IANS  London, June 21, 2012
First Published: 14:28 IST(21/6/2012) | Last Updated: 16:28 IST(21/6/2012)

American singer Carrie Underwood wants to transform the way Britain's music lovers look at country music.

The 29-year-old, who has scaled tremendous success since her 2005 victory on American Idol, says she has set her sights on the British market now, reports thesun.co.uk.

"I don't really know why country music isn't popular in Britain, but I'm hoping to change that," said the singer, who has sold 15 million albums and won five Grammy awards so far.

"Country music is all about people, it's about how you live, it's not about pimped out limos and bling bling. It's about life and people that you know and stories you can relate to. That's what I love about it," she added.

As her debut album "Blown Away" released this week, she is set to make her live debut at the Royal Albert Hall here Thursday.

"I'm so excited to come over here and perform for the first time. It is a great time to get involved as there is every kind of country music out there at the moment.

"There is more traditional artists and people like me who mix a little bit of everything into it. There will be something you like," said Underwood.

Though she has never released any music in Britain, she was nervous about the response to her gig. But to her surprise, it got sold out in 90 minutes.

"I'm always a bit nervous when we go to a new area. When I heard the good news and people where going to show up I was really relieved.

"When you go somewhere new, you just want people to come and have fun and enjoy it," she added.

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