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‘American Idol’ Winner Scotty McCreery Makes Chart History With No. 1 Debut

The season 10 victor’s first album, “Clear As Day,” tops the Billboard 200 this week, making the 18-year-old country singer the youngest male artist to do so.

Scotty McCreery gold record 2011
Ken Hall
Scotty McCreery is presented with a gold record for his single, "I Love You This Big."

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery made history today as the youngest male artist to top the Billboard 200 chart with a debut release. Clear As Day, which came out October 4, moved 196,739 in its first week, good for the No. 1 spot. He is the first new country artist so far in 2011 to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The last time a country singer achieved such a feat was in 2005, when Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts was released.

“Everybody hopes for the number one, but you never really expect it," says McCreery, who turned 18 on Sunday. “ To see it up there is pretty incredible. It’s a very good birthday present! I can’t think of anything to top it!”

Some 15,000 fans attended his album release party/homecoming concert/birthday celebration at Raleigh’s Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on October 8, where McCreery was presented with a gold record certifying digital sales of more than 500,000 for the single “I Love You This Big” (see photo).

“It couldn’t have happened to a nicer young man,” says Luke Lewis, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, which includes Mercury Nashville.

McCreery and Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, whose new album Wildflower is out this week, are both managed by Simon Fuller, CEO and founder of XIX Entertainment, who commented, “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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