American Idol Scotty Mccreery Goes Platinum

01/11/2012
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American Idol champ Scotty McCreery's debut album, Clear As Day, has gone platinum with certified sales of more than 1 million copies in just three months after its release.

In addition, he was named No. 1 on Billboard magazine's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. He also won New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards in December.

Scotty says the platinum certification marks a major milestone in his career. "It means the world to me," he says. "It's one of the highest honors you can get with your album and it's a huge testament to the loyalty of country music fans and how great they have been to me this year. 2011 was absolutely an incredible, life-changing year for me. I want to say a huge thanks to the fans for this."

Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year. It held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks.

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