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McCreery hits number one

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – Scotty McCreery debuts at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts with "Clear As Day," making him the youngest male in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. This is also the highest first-week album sales of any solo country artist in 2011.

With first-week sales totaling 196,739, he is the first new country artist this year to debut at the top. He has the second-highest debut week for a new artist in all genres in 2011, behind rapper J.Cole.

McCreery is the first American Idol winner in 8 years to land his debut album atop the Billboard 200 and the first country male singer from the show to do so. This is the first debut by a new country artist to top 100,000 in first-week sales since Carrie Underwood's in 2005.

"My hopes were just to go out there and have fun and let people know that the album was out there. Everybody hopes for the number one, but you never really expect it. To see it up there is pretty incredible," said McCreery, who turned 18 on Sunday. "It's a very good birthday present. I can't think of anything to top it."

He appeared on Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Ellen during release week, while the Oct. 3 premiere of GAC's Introducing: Scotty McCreery earned high ratings.

An estimated 15,000 people attended his Album Release Party Homecoming Concert and Birthday Celebration that was held at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. He was presented with a Gold record by Mercury Nashville and Interscope staffers during the event to celebrate achieving a gold certification in digital sales for I Love You This Big.

In May, the singer won Season Ten of American Idol, becoming the youngest male winner in the show's history. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for the finale. The final show garnered 29.3 million viewers and 38.6 million people tuned in to see the winner's name announced.

"What a fantastic few days this has been for Scotty," said Simon Fuller, creator and executive producer of American Idol and CEO/Founder of XIX Entertainment. "He turned 18 on Sunday and now he has the number one-selling album in America, an incredible achievement for someone so young. Scotty is a true talent; he will stand the test of time and I am honored to be helping guide his career."

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Christmas with Scotty McCreery CD review - Christmas with Scotty McCreery
Hearing Scotty McCreery go into a spontaneous, Elvis-y C.C. Rider, right after a guitar-rocking, piano-pounding Santa Claus Is Back In Town makes "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" worthwhile. It's such a treat to have the boy wonder let loose and rock just a bit, rockabilly style. McCreery also rocks a touch during his version of Jingle Bells, which leaves him sounding more like Dwight Yoakam than Josh Turner, which is usually the comparative case. Rockabilly must have been on »»»
Clear As Day CD review - Clear As Day
Considering American Idol's pop bent and country radio's current flair for the pop and rock-tinged mainstream, not many people would have banked on the viability of a traditional country-leaning winner whose audition song eschewed usual favorites such as I'll Stand By You for neo-traditional '90s mainstay Travis Tritt's Drive in My Country. Sure, there's been Carrie Underwood - perhaps Idol's biggest success story of any genre - Kellie Pickler, Josh Gracin and »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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