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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. 

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  • avnvideo Jan 18, 2012

    great work Scotty,I live in the triangle area as do alot of great music technicians who all have a room full of gold and platinum albums with their name on them and never sang or wrote a song.Not one of us would ever work for the american idol machine.

  • snowl Jan 17, 2012

    Congrats Scotty! My copy of Rolling Stone Magazine did not have a favorable review of your album.... therefore....don't believe everything you read? Enjoy your success and don't listen to negative feedback.

  • joe-pa hanging with lucifer Jan 16, 2012

    "NC is really very proud of you Scotty.....just keep up the wonderful singing....we are standing behind you.....I love the CD....everyone should have a copy...."

    You speak for the entire state and everyone that lives in it? Actually there are those of us that are not standing behind, next to, or in front of him and could care less he won a trumped up gong show popularity contest. His success or failure has nothing to do with me, with you, or with most everyone else who lives in North Carolina, besides the people who shell out money for his music or performances.

  • Southern Girl Jan 13, 2012

    Good things happening to a great guy. Hope it continues and that he stays like he is! I think his parents are a big part of his success!! We're proud of you, Scotty!!

  • solarflare40 Jan 13, 2012

    RE: "I have nothing but good things to say about this young man!"

    I know someone at his school who knew him before the fame. They said he was a complete ---hole who was totally full of himself.

  • BuglessDuster Jan 12, 2012

    "I have nothing but good things to say about this young man! Keep up the good work and stay true to yourself. Congrats Scotty"

    My thoughts exactly.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jan 12, 2012

    I have nothing but good things to say about this young man! Keep up the good work and stay true to yourself. Congrats Scotty!

  • rightisright58 Jan 11, 2012

    TeachermanZ: I caught that too and thought it was very witty on the writer's part!

    Way to go Scotty! You are living proof that it does pay off to be a good person. It is so refreshing to finally have a true American Idol! Incredible talent...

  • TeachermanZ Jan 11, 2012

    "It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year."

    I like the pun, and congratulations to Scotty!

  • awood2 Jan 11, 2012

    keep it up and keep on the right path. Good things will happen for you!

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