Garner Idol's album goes platinum
Posted January 10, 2012
Garner high school student Scotty McCreery can officially claim that his debut album reached platinum status. McCreery was the winner last spring of the 10th season of American Idol. His album, "Clear As Day," has sold more than 1 million copies in three months.
“It’s one of the highest honors you can get with your album and it’s a huge testament to the loyalty of country music fans and how great they have been to me this year," McCreery said.
"Clear As Day" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year. It held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks.
The album’s first single, “I Love You This Big,” has also been certified gold. His current single, “The Trouble With Girls,” is approaching gold status as well.
The album, which was released Oct. 4, was certified gold for sales of 500,000 in November. The platinum certification followed about seven weeks later.
“Never in a million years did I dream that the album would go platinum in three months,” McCreery said.
The singer, who spent much of the fall attending classes at Garner High School, will hit the road again next week for a tour with Brad Paisley.