Scotty McCreery triumphantly soars to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200 with his debut album "Clear as Day" by selling 197,000 copies in its first week. The country singer, who was crowned the winner on "American Idol" last May, becomes the first "Idol" champion to bow at the top spot of the chart with his first release since Kelly Clarkson did so with her 2003's "Thankful".
Additionally, Scotty is the first country act to debut at the penthouse of the U.S. album chart with his first studio album. The "Love You This Big" hitmaker, who turned 18 last Sunday, October 9, is also the youngest male artist to go straight to the No. 1 place at the first try. Prior to him, it was Omarion who scored the unprecedented feat at the age of 20 with his 2005's "O".
"My hopes were just to go out there and have fun," Scotty said in a statement regarding his newly-released effort. The teen singer, who has agreed to go on a tour with Brad Paisley next year, added, "Everybody hopes for the number one, but you never really expect it. To see it up there is pretty incredible."
Beside joining Kelly as "Idol" winner to top the chart with the first album, Scotty also follows the footsteps of his other predecessor Ruben Studdard. The 2003 winner of the singing competition entered the weekly rundown at the first position with his album "Soulful". While Kelly bowed with 297,000 copies, Ruben scored 417,000 units.
In the term of debut sales figure, Scotty pulls in the biggest number since David Cook's self-titled album landed at No. 3 with 279,000. He outdoes the opening numbers garnered by Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze. The former's eponymous effort opened at No. 11 with 80,000 copies and the latter's "Live It Up" started at No. 19 with only 38,000 units sold.
Overall, Scotty scores the seventh-biggest debut sales week in "Idol" history. The first place belongs to Ruben who is followed by Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks at No. 2 and 3 respectively. Kelly secures the fourth position, and David and Fantasia Barrino trail behind her at the fifth and sixth in a respective order.
On this week's Hot 200 chart, the second biggest new entry after Scotty is Feist. Her album lands at No. 7 with 38,000 copies sold. Rodney Atkins bows at No. 8 with "Take a Back Road" (35,000), and Jack's Mannequin enters at No. 9 with "People and Things" (31,000).
The rest of the chart is dominated by holdovers. Former champ J. Cole is pushed down to No. 5, and Blink-182 who were runner-up last week move down a couple steps as well by sitting at No. 10. Unlike the two, the likes of Adele, Tony Bennett, Lady Antebellum and Lil Wayne climb up the chart with their respective albums.
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