Looks like things are getting off to a swimming start in the country music world for our new American Idol Scotty McCreery and finalist Lauren Alaina. A mere week after McCreery was declared winner of the show's 10th season, both he and Alaina have scored record deals--and are already burning up the charts with their respective debut singles.
McCreery and Alaina have both signed with Mercury Nashville, one of Music City's most prestigious labels--which will put them in the company of Shania Twain and Sugarland, among many other mega-hitmakers. It will also make McCreery kissing-cousins to his idol Josh Turner, who records for a label that is part of Mercury's overall music group.
It's no surprise that the pair of talented teens have already sealed their deals in such high places. McCreery's new single, "I Love You This Big," which debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, made country music history this week by marking the highest-charting debut for a new artist in more than two decades. Additionally, the song entered the all-format Hot 100 chart at No. 11.
McCreery noted that he's "humbled and shocked" by the news of his chart progress--but, I'll say, I'm not really that shocked myself.
Alaina, meanwhile, is making good tracks herself with "Like My Mother Does," which debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 20. Both songs are also moving briskly in the digital world.
So, in other words, it sounds like Nashville (in general) has netted a couple of pretty good catches overall. Expect to hear some good country music this year from Idol's Season 10.
Which is your favorite--McCreery or Alaina? Let's hear from a strictly country audience here--curious to get your thoughts!
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