CORRECTING and REPLACING Arista Records Sign American Idol 4' Champion Carrie Underwood; 'Inside Your Heaven' The Debut Single from Underwood Will Hit Stores on June 14

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 1, 2005--Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions.

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After competing against more than 100,000 contestants, Carrie Underwood, the country girl from Oklahoma that won the hearts of America by winning this year's American Idol competition on May 25th, has made her recording deal official. Underwood has signed to Arista Records with legendary music man Clive Davis, Chairman of BMG U.S., in conjunction with Simon Fuller and 19 Recordings Limited.

Underwood joins the ranks of other Idols that have gone on to have outstanding music careers under the guidance of Davis such as Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken and Fantasia who are all platinum artists and have collectively sold over 12 million albums and climbing. Davis will also produce, in conjunction with Simon Fuller, Underwood's full-length debut album to be released this Fall.

The Idol original composition "Inside Your Heaven" which Underwood sang brilliantly at the finale was serviced to radio immediately following the taping. The single, backed with her version of Martina McBride's "Independence Day," will hit retail outlets on June 14th.

Underwood, 22 years old from Checotah, OK, was crowned the American Idol winner at the two-hour finale held at the Kodak Theater, in Los Angeles, on May 25th averaging over 30 million viewers. American Idol has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and is created and executive produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment. American Idol is the #1 show of the current television season

The RCA Music Group, which includes J Records, RCA Records and Arista Records, is a Sony BMG-owned label group. The J Records roster is home to platinum superstars Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox, Luther Vandross,Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Maroon5, Gavin DeGraw, Cassidy and Monica among others. RCA Records is home to superstar artists Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters,The Strokes, Velvet Revolver, Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Heather Headley and more. The Arista Records family includes all-time superstars Sarah McLachlan, Santana, Dido, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Babyface and Kenny G.

19 Entertainment is recognized as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful, music based entertainment, or "Entertainment Brands". 19 has attracted a unique collection of expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, music film, merchandising, music publishing, recording, artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. To date, 19 has been involved in the creation of 106 Number 1 singles and 83 Number 1 albums with an impressive tally of 281 Top 40 albums and 430 Top 40 singles.


Arista/J Records
Liz Morentin, 310-358-4614

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