The Billboard music history books continue to be rewritten. Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s debut album, “Clear As Day,” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 200 Album chart.
The Billboard music history books continue to be rewritten.
Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s debut album, “Clear As Day,” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 200 Album chart.
Why is the album historical? Well, baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low (in my best baritone voice), because I’m about to tell you why.
McCreery is the first country music act to debut at No. 1 with their first studio album. And, at age 18, he’s the youngest male artist of any genre to achieve such a feat. It’s one of those who’d-a-thunk it things. I know I didn’t see it coming.
McCreery’s win on “AI” surely spirited the sales of this record, as it moved 197,000 copies its first week. However, as impressive as his debut seems, Ruben Studdard’s (season 2 winner) first album, “Soulful,” sold 417,000 its first week and Kelly Clarkson (season 1 winner) sold 297,000 copies of her first album, “Thankful.”
“Clear As Day” is a nice first outing for the young country star, although the music seems a bit out of touch, maybe even dated at times.
The title track finds McCreery reliving high school memories and being “old and gray.” If I’m not mistaken, he hasn’t even graduated from high school.
“Write My Number On Your Hand” comes across cheesy, if not corny, when he sings of “We shared a Coca-Cola sittin’ on a log and I was wantin’ to kiss her like an old bullfrog.” As if the frog thing wasn’t weird enough, most 18-year-olds I know text each other rather than write on themselves.
“The Trouble With Girls,” though, is a fitting choice. The song best suits his vocal strong points, while also fitting in with other contemporary country artists and songs on the radio.
“I Love You This Big” was the song given to McCreery for winning season 10. It became his first single, and after just three weeks struck the top 20 on the country singles chart. It’s definitely the best of 12 tracks on “Clear As Day,” but it will be the touching moments of “That Old King James” that’ll turn the heads of old-fashioned country music lovers who never turned on their TV sets to see him on “Idol.”
Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina may give Scotty a run for his money next week. Alaina’s new album, “Wildflower,” is available now. Critics are already giving the Southern belle high marks for her new music. Hopefully, Scotty wrote her number on his hand.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.