Scotty McCreery breaks a few Billboard records, plus a breakdown of this week's charts

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Scotty McCreery's new album, Clear As Day, broke records this week by debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, proving that American Idol can still produce stars, even if it's been a while. Clear As Day is the first debut release from an American Idol winner to catapult to number one since Kelly Clarkson issued her first album, Thankful back in 2003. McCreery's record is also the first country release to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.

McCreery's lead single, "I Love You This Big," was released in late May and peaked at 11 thanks to a huge push from end-of-season American Idol marketing. Considering that the song is nowhere on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this month, the a number-one charting album from the Idol winner is a bit surprising.

It's not that McCreery doesn't have some chops, because he does -- his voice sounds creepily older than his baby face looks -- it's just that he seems like more of an album artist. With the exception of Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Idol's biggest hits, album artists don't tend to do that well on the charts.

Regardless, if McCreery's chart run is to continue -- it's questionable whether he has the personality or gusto to sustain himself in the long run -- he'll have to separate himself from the Idol machine altogether and show some good ol' country charm. Otherwise he runs the risk of joining past Idol alums like Taylor Hicks, whose self-titled debut peaked at number two in December 2006. Wait... Taylor Who? Exactly.

Movers & Shakers: Adele holds steady behind McCreery at number two on the Billboard 200. Over on singles, Adele's "Someone Like You" holds at number one for a third week, posting more than two million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The video for "Someone Like You" surely couldn't hurt sales either, with an emotive, black-and-white Adele singing her heart out on the sidewalks of Paris.

You know who else is having a good year? LMFAO. "Sexy And I Know It" moves up two slots from six to four this week, inching closer and closer to the top, while "Party Rock Anthem" continues its descent, falling from five to six. Other notable shifts include Dev moving from fourteen to eleven with "In The Dark," and Rihanna and Calvin Harris going from nine to seven with "We Found Love." Nicki Minaj also moves back up from sixteen to fourteen with "Super Bass," thanks to an inspiring guest spot on Ellen with that hip-hop young'un Sophia Grace. The best part of the clip (below) is when Nicki tells the superstar-in-the-making to put school first and music second (at the 2:30 mark).

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McCreery's success on his first week does seem odd considering that his single doen't really have a pull aside from the American Idol hammering it down the public's throat.  Could it be that the Idol producers bought their own records to push Scotty's album to number 1 ? American Odol would certainly lose credibility if they produce another low selling winner.

It's also funny that the writer would use Taylor Hicks as the punch line for his article, when the Season 5 winner actually sold a LOT more than Scotty McCreery did on his first week-- almost 300,000 copies if I remember correctly.  You should have used another past winner to make your point.

This is one writer who doesn't do his home work. 

Cory Lamz who???


This even shows a lack of knowledge on what's going on with Scotty...his first single did very well for a first single on country radio...#15 on country charts.  Now, his second single is making his way up the chart at a reasonable, nice pace...why throw a negative light on a just beginning career?  Can't you just acknowledge his records?  And, yes, why bring up other Idols to get their fans mad?


Taylor Hicks sold 100K more albums in his first week than McCreery 298K vs 197K.  I'm a big fan of Taylor's and am getting sick of people like you throwing him into your blog for hits and dissing him for no reason.  He's doing fine and dandy if you care to find out.  If McCreery's career eventually flops, perhaps Taylor will hire him to sing in his restaurant that he owns. LOL


Exactly my thought! You don't use someone who sold 100K more than you (Hicks) as an example of a 'failure'.  And peaking at #2 is damn great, so I don't know what this blogger's point is.  Another example of a weak writer, I guess.


 In response to comment made, yes it is wrong to compare these artists; however, it is not Scotty doing this.Did Scotty write this article?  I have never read any comments from Scotty himself that compares what he has done to any other artist. I think he is being judged unfairly by comments made by others, because the interviewer or journalist makes these comments in their articles or interviews. Look at your source.

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