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McCreery achieves Platinum

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 – Scotty McCreery's debut album, "Clear As Day," was certified Platinum for sales of more than 1 million three months after its release.

"It means the world to me," he said Tuesday. "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."

The release debuted at number 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. "Clear As Day" was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. The first single, I Love You This Big, was also certified gold.

The album, which was released Oct. 4, was certified Gold for sales of 500,000 in November. The Platinum certification followed about seven weeks later.

"Never in a million years did I dream that the album would go platinum in three months," he said. "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."

On Thursday, he begins his first country music tour when he joins Brad Paisley's "Virtual Reality Tour 2012" The tour, which also features the Band Perry, kicks off in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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