McCreery enjoys good news
Friday, February 10, 2012
– Scotty McCreery received good news this week - he was nominated for Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award.
McCreery learned the news soon after he had been alerted by fans via Twitter that his second single, The Trouble With Girls, had just topped 500,000 in sales, making it eligible for a gold certification.
"It's been a good couple of days," he said. "I am pumped. Looking at the final eight in the category, everybody in there was so good. I listen to all of their music. So to be a finalist is an honor."
McCreery was nominated along with Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes.
"It's been an incredible year," said McCreery, whose debut album was certified platinum in three months. "Being up for this award means a lot to me. I am ready to head to Vegas."
On Wednesday, the singer learned that the past week's sales of "The Trouble With Girls" pushed the song over the 500,000-sales mark, making it eligible to become his second consecutive single to reach the gold status. "I was so happy when I found out," he said. "My fans were tweeting, 'Congratulations on gold,' and I hadn't heard yet, so I checked it out. I found out, so I was pumped and made the calls and texts to my family. We are all ecstatic as a family."
McCreery's debut album, "Clear As Day," was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million units in 3 months. The
first single, I Love You This Big, has also been certified gold. He is currently touring the nation as part of Brad Paisley's "Virtual Reality Tour 2012"."
Voting for the New Artist of the Year will take place at www.VoteACM.com beginning March 19 and ending on Sunday, April 1 before the live show starts.
Awards will be given out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 1.
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