Scotty McCreery had a really good year in 2011. He started it off by making it as a finalist on "American Idol," then spent nearly half the year staying at the top of the competition. He topped it all off by become the Season 10 winner of the popular Fox Television show in late May. Then, after a successful tour with his finalist colleagues, he dropped his first album, Clear As Day. That album, spurred by the Christmas shopping season, has passed 800,000 in sales. But after the expected post-Christmas drop-off, will it make it to the platinum plateau?
According to Brian Mansfield at "Idol Chatter," Nielsen SoundScan reported that McCreery's debut album sold 83,000 copies the sales week that ended on Christmas Day, pushing his total sales to 833,000 copies. It is a fairly remarkable achievement for the teen who was also recently recognized as the Best New Artist by the American Country Awards, where the award recipients are chosen by the voting public.
Clear As Day debuted on Oct. 4. It's twelve-week run has placed it to within striking distance of becoming a million-seller -- a platinum album. That hasn't been achieved by an "American Idol" finalist for the past two seasons (although established "Idol" stars have achieved platinum sales, like Daughtry and Carrie Underwood). The last finalist to score a platinum album was Season 7 winner David Cook's 2008 major label debut, which sold over 1.3 million copies.
Of course, Scotty McCreery has not done it yet, either. Album sales tend to drop off precipitously after Christmas. And then there is also the increased competition of even more new music for audiences to choose from. Some of that will be from fellow "American Idol" alumni.
Ex Idols that are dropping new albums in 2012 include Kellie Pickler, whose 100 Proof is set for a January release. Adam Lambert released the first single from his forthcoming Trespassing album, due sometime in the Spring, this past week. Carrie Underwood's latest is due in early 2012 as well. Then there are albums reportedly coming from Season 10's Pia Toscano and Haley Reinhart, Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, and Season 9 finalist Casey James.
Still, McCreery was enjoying steady sales prior to his Christmas bump. It might take him a little while to cross that million mark, but he's still on his second hit single, "The Trouble With Girls." If the teen heartthrob manages a third hit from the album, Clear As Day should have little problem going platinum.
If he does so, he will be the ninth "Idol" to have achieved a platinum album (ten if Taylor Hicks' first album is considered, an album where sales never met the shipped copies) with 1 million copies sold.
Who knows? It just might happen before Season 11 of "American Idol" begins. The show is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
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