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NEW MUSIC: CARRIE UNDERWOOD | GHOST STORY

Carrie Underwood's next musical chapter has a name. The country music hitmaker has released a new song called "Ghost Story." Since last week, the country superstar has been giving fans hints that she has an upcoming release, and on Tuesday, she confirmed the new song. The title also leans in on themes Underwood has explored previously. Death and revenge — even revenge killing — can be found across her catalogue. The title track of the "Blown Away" album finds the protagonist locking herself in a cellar as a tornado rips through her house. Her abusive father lies asleep on the couch, with the lyrics making clear his death was as much a result of the storm as his daughter's unwillingness to wake him. On "Storyteller," released in 2015, a character named Jenny slips something in the whiskey of an abusive husband on a song called "Church Bells." Elsewhere, Cassie O'Grady gets her comeuppance on "Choctaw County Affair." This new song comes in what could be a delightful season for Underwood. Earlier this month, she won the ACM Single of the Year alongside Jason Aldean for their duet "If I Didn't Love You." Next month are the annual CMT Awards, this time on CBS. While nominations for the CMTs aren't released until March 16, the 39-year-old has typically fared well during the fan-voted show. It appears she’s been in the studio cooking up more than just one single, though, and it would make sense to think that CU7 is likely on the way this year. Her last proper studio album, "Cry Pretty," was released way back in 2018, in addition to a Christmas album, "My Gift," in 2020, and her aforementioned 2021 Gospel album, "My Savior."