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'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery makes Billboard history

October 12, 2011 |  2:36 pm

"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery notched himself into the history books as his debut album, "Clear as Day," opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The gravel-voiced teenager logged 197,000 copies of the disc, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making him the first country act to bow at No. 1 with a debut album. At 18, McCreery is also the youngest male to have a debut open at No. 1. R&B singer Omarion previously held the title with his first release in 2005 when he was 20.

McCreery's success is surely welcoming for the aging franchise. Last year's winner, Lee DeWyze, was quietly dropped from longtime RCA Records after his post-"Idol" debut opened to poor sales. Before DeWyze, Kris Allen's eponymous 2009 debut also suffered from weak sales.

An "Idol" winner's debut hasn't bowed at No. 1 since Ruben Studdard's "Soulful" in 2003.


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Scotty McCreery. Credit: Mercury Nashville / 19 Recordings / Interscope Records