American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is starting 2012 off with a bang. His debut country album “Clear As Day” has just been certified platinum by the RIAA for selling over a million copies. Billboard’s Top New Artist of 2011 must be feeling good: the album has only been out for three months!
Scotty says the platinum certification is a big milestone in his young 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” had a number one debut on the Billboard Top 200 charts and the Top Country Album charts, making Scotty the youngest man in country music history to open at the top of the all-genre album chart with a debut release. It was also the best-selling album of any country artist in 2011, holding the spot at the top of Billboard for six weeks.
Scotty’s single “The Trouble With Girls” was also certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 back in November. The platinum certification followed seven weeks later.
“Never in a million years did I dream that the album would go platinum in three months,” he says. “Never in a million years did I dream that the album would go platinum. It’s wild! It’s going to take me a few months or years to really wrap my head around it.”
Scotty is blown away by his success already, and he’s thankful for being included in the December 17th issue of Billboard magazine. He was named the number one Top Country Artist of 2011 in the year-end issue, and ranked number nine on the list of Top Country Album Artists.
“That is a huge honor,” he says. “I’m honored to be included in that list of great artists.”
Scotty heads off on his first country music tour Thursday with Brad Paisley. The tour name was recently changed to the “Virtual Reality Tour 2012″ and he’ll join The Band Perry on what should be one of the top tours of the year.
See what Scotty has to say about Brad’s reputation as a prankster on tour:
“I’m looking forward to having a great time,” he says. “It’s going to be a fun, jam-packed set. We are including a lot of the fun songs on the album, and both of the singles are in there. It will be a good chance to see the fans and just enjoy a good show with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry.”
Is Scotty worried about getting pranked by country music’s funnyman?
“The band and I were talking about pranks yesterday in rehearsals. It has to be good pranks, but know-your-place pranks, so we are figuring out what we’ll have in store for Brad. But he has to get us first. We’ll wait!”
His current single, “The Trouble With Girls,” is quickly rising up the country music charts. It’s about to break into the top 20, and even with all the success he’s found already, Scotty is still thankful for every little thing:
“Still hearing it on the radio is something else, when you hear your voice coming across the other side of the stereo. It’s a pretty incredible feeling. I want to say a huge thanks to country radio for their support and for believing in me. I am looking forward to seeing them while on tour.”