If anyone had any doubt American Idol was making a resurgence –however brief or lasting – today’s Billboard charts are proving the show can still make a star. Talent in Season 10 of Idol was especially fierce, with Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Haley Reinhart belting out vocals that landed each of them a record contract. As past, already forgotten Idol winners have proven, a contract doesn’t mean much if you can’t sell records. Today, Season 10 winner McCreery is proving he’s truly in it to win it.

McCreery ‘s first album, Clear As Day, has shot up to number one on the Billboard Music charts. If that doesn’t mean much, it’s probably because you don’t realize the last Idol winner to pull such a feat was Reuben Studdard, all the way back in 2003. Poor Carrie Underwood’s first album debuted at number 2 on the regular charts, bless her soul. It’s a grueling road to number one.

McCreery’s initial success is not only a victory for American Idol, it is also a victory for young singers. According to Billboard, 18 year-old McCreery is also the youngest man to top the chart charts ever with a debut release.

Of course, one success of an album isn’t enough to make you a super star; however, if McCreery can make the transition from likeable young man into a handsome, mature adult, he’ll do fine. If you haven’t caught McCreery’s smooth vocals, you can check out his first single “I Love You This Big,” below.



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