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.
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