It's 'Clear As Day' Scotty McCreery Set For Gold Album

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With a Country Music Awards appearance, the "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery saw a boost in album sales, leaving little doubt that he will be awarded a gold album soon.

It was just a few short weeks ago that young Scotty McCreery saw his first album, Clear As Day, debut in the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart. And with sales remaining strong enough to keep it in the Top 20, according to Billboard and Brian Mansfield at "Idol Chatter," the 18-year-old North Carolinian just might see an early Christmas present from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) -- all done up in gold.

Clear As Day has sold -- after six weeks in release -- over 450,000 copies (467,000 to be exact), according to Nielsen SoundScan. With a slight increase in sales this week, the album pushed 42,000 copies, which means a like sales total in the current period would put him over the half million mark, the delineation whereby the RIAA certifies recordings as "gold." With Christmas coming on, there is little doubt that the album will be in quite a few stockings (CDs being popular stocking suffers). But even if it takes more than a week, the debut album of the "American Idol" winner is sure to go gold before Christmas.

Not a bad Christmas gift for a boy who, just a year ago, was simply trying to make the last cuts to get a chance at becoming the next "American Idol."

But he did, he won, and he's been setting records ever since. McCreery's first single, "I Love You This Big," his coronation song for the hit Fox Television show, was the highest charting first country single by a debut artist in Nielsen SoundScan history (since 1991), coming in at No. 32 on the Hot Country Songs chart. When Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 just days after he turned 18 years old (his birthday falls on Oct. 9), he became the youngest artist to do so in the same Era.

McCreery performed Keith Urban's "Walkin' The Country" (from his 1997 album with his band The Ranch, although McCreery altered the title somewhat to "Walk In The Country" for the sixth track on his album) live on the 2011 Country Music Awards broadcast on Nov. 9. Although he wasn't nominated for any awards at the CMAs this year (although fellow "Idol" winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood were), there is little doubt that if things continue to turn gold around the "Idol" winner, he will undoubtedly be up for at least the New Artist award next year.

And Scotty McCreery will have a head start on that award. He will be touring in 2012 with Brad Paisley, the 2010 CMA Entertainer of the Year. The 2011 Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, also toured with Paisley a few years ago.

(photo credit: Jayron32, Creative Commons)


Submitted by jessie (not verified) on
You've got it wrong. It was not The Trouble With Girls that he sang during the CMA awards night. He sang Walk in the Country, which was penned by Keith Urban. It was just two stanza and the chorus, though, not the whole song as he was tasked to thank the radio stations for their support and presented the four radio stations who won - with him doing the voice over. It was the same spot that The Band Perry had done the previous year.

Just checking to see who was paying attention. Truthfully, I let my memory slip for a second (and screwed up). It happens -- ask Rick Perry. Appreciate the correction and I've altered the article to reflect reality a bit more accurately...

Submitted by jessie (not verified) on
Since last week, his CAD album is "unofficially" GOLD as UMG has to still ask RIAA to audit and certify it. And this week, he's beaten Taylor Swift in album sales. According to Hits Daily Double, he sold 89,522 (+181%) as against 77K of Taylor's new album. So, he's not only got a GOLD album out of CAD, he still holds #1 in country album in 8 weeks since it's release. Apparently, his lip-sync flub in Macy's parade did not affect the sales of his album. So, kudos to Scotty and his team, I should say.

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