Congrats to Scotty McCreery, whose album, Clear As Day, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200. Its debut makes him the youngest male to ever debut at the top of an all-genre chart. Pretty impressive for his first album! And as if that weren’t enough, this is also the highest first-week album sales of any solo country artist in 2011!
Read what the singer has to say about it all after the jump!
“My hopes were just to go out there and have fun and let people know that the album was out there. Everybody hopes for the number one, but you never really expect it. To see it up there is pretty incredible,” says Scotty, who turned 18 on Sunday. “It’s a very good birthday present! I can’t think of anything to top it!”
Scotty is also the first American Idol winner in eight years to land his debut album atop the Billboard 200 and the first country male singer from the show to do so. It’s also the second highest debut week for a new artist in all genres in 2011, with sales totaling 196,739! Dang!
An estimated 15,000 people attended his Album Release Party Homecoming Concert and Birthday Celebration that was held at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. He was presented with a gold record by Mercury Nashville and Interscope during the event to celebrate achieving a gold certification (500,000 copies) in digital sales for “I Love You This Big.”
Be sure to watch as he sings the national anthem at Game One of the World Series on Oct. 19. For additional news and updates, visit ScottyMcCreery-Official.com. And remember, Clear As Day is available now in stores and online!