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ENTERTAINMENT
14 Oct 2011
AMERICAN IDOL SCOTTY MCCREERY TOPS US ALBUM CHART

Eighteen-year-old country singer Scotty McCreery has become the first American Idol winner to top the US charts with a debut album since 2003.

McCreery, who beat Lauren Alaina in May's final, sold 197,000 copies of Clear As Day in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

He is also the youngest solo male artist to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 with their debut release.

And the first country act to debut at the top with their first studio album.

Ruben Studdard was the last American Idol winner to go to number one with a debut album, when Soulful sold 417,000 copies in its opening week - entering the chart on 27 December 2003.

Kelly Clarkson - the show's first winner in 2002 - also went to number one, on 3 May 2003, with Thankful, which sold 297,000.

Lee DeWyze, winner in 2010, only managed sales of 39,000 copies and an opening chart position of number 19.

The previous youngest male solo artist to open at number one with their first album was Omarion, then 20, with O, in 2005.

Prior to embarking on a solo career, the R&B singer was a member of US boyband B2K.

McCreery, known for his deep bass voice, released American Idol winner's single I Love You This Big - which reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 - on 25 May.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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