Idol Winner Scotty McCreery has his “Day” on the Charts

Apparently America picked a real winner this time on American Idol as this year’s victor also proves his muscle on the music charts debuting at # 1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. 18-year-old Scotty McCreery was Idol’s first male country winner and he becomes the first Idol to debut at # 1 on the Album chart since Ruben Studdard in 2003. (Kelly Clarkson was the first winner to achieve that feat with Thankful in 2002). Scotty’s Clear as Day starts off strong with 197,000 copies sold far outdistancing the last two winners Kris Allen who limped in with 80,000 copies (a far cry from that year’s runner-up Adam Lambert’s debut of 280,000 units) and Lee Dewyze who tanked with just 39,000 sold (and has since been dropped from his label). Scotty also set the record for the youngest man to debut at # 1 on the album chart and the first country act to debut at # 1 with their first studio recording. Congrats Scotty. Sure I still would’ve preferred Lauren Alaina (whose debut record, Wildflower, hits the charts next week), Pia Toscano or Haley Reinhart to win the season, but clearly Scotty is proving a worthy champion. For more on Scotty’s debut, head to Billboard here and check out the new top ten below.

Billboard 200 Albums Top Ten:
1. Clear as Day- Scotty McCreery (debut)
2. 21- Adele (last week~ 3)
3. Duets II- Tony Bennett (lw~ 4)
4. Own the Night- Lady Antebellum (lw~ 6)
5. Cole World: the Sideline Story- J. Cole (lw~ 1)
6. Tha Carter IV- Lil Wayne (lw~ 7)
7. Metals- Feist (debut)
8. Take a Back Road- Rodney Atkins (debut)
9. People and Things- Jack Manequin (debut)
10. Neighborhoods- Blink 182 (lw~ 2)

Over on the singles chart, Adele continues to rule the roost with “Someone Like You” for a non-consecutive third week and now tops 2 million downloads sold. She’s likely to extend that run for a few more unless LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” surges big in the next few weeks. Take a look at the new top ten on the Hot 100 below.

Hot 100 Top Ten:
1. “Someone Like You”- Adele (last week~ 1)
2. “Moves Like Jagger”- Maroon 5 w/ Christina Aguilera (lw~ 2)
3. “Pumped Up Kicks”- Foster the People (lw~ 3)
4. “Sexy and I Know It”- LMFAO (lw~ 6)
5. “Stereo Hearts”- Gym Class Heroes w/Adam Levine (lw~ 4)
6. “Party Rock Anthem”- LMFAO w/Goonrock & Lauren Bennett (lw~ 5)
7. “We Found Love”- Rihanna w/Calvin Harris (lw~ 9)
8. “Without You”- David Guetta w/Usher (lw~8)
9. “You Make Me Feel”- Cobra Starship w/Sabi (lw~ 10)
10. “You and I”- Lady Gaga (lw~ 12)

And here’s your Idol chart topper performing his new single “The Trouble with Girls” live at the Grand Ole Opry


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