American Idol Scotty McCreery celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday--but, without a doubt, he's poised to celebrate all this week, due to the various records he's just set with his debut album.
The numbers for Clear As Day, released October 4, are in--and McCreery ended up topping the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart right out of the gate. That's probably not shocking news in and of itself for his fans, but let's take a look at the other things McCreery can boast of this week.
First things first: McCreery is the first country artist to enter at No. 1 on this chart with their first studio album. In addition to this, he's the youngest man ever to start at the top of the chart with a debut release. (The previous record-holder in this area was R&B star Omarion, who did it in 2005 at the age of 20.)
Secondly, he's the first Idol in years to enter the album chart at No. 1. This may seem surprising given the tremendous popularity of AI; however, it's true. According to Billboard, Ruben Studdard was the last one to do it, back in December of 2003.
As a cherry on the sundae, McCreery's Clear As Day has raked up the biggest sales debut of any Idol winner since 2008 (David Cook previously held that distinction, although his set bowed at No. 3).
So, in short, McCreery's not merely celebrating the fact that he's finally old enough to vote. He's got an awful lot of other great stuff to throw a party over!
Speaking of which--I wonder what the heck he wished for when he blew out his candles on Sunday? Whatever it was, I can't imagine him wanting anything more for at least another year!
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