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'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery debut song sets chart records

UPI News Service, 06/03/2011 

"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery has made country music history with his first single, "I Love You This Big," his record label said Friday.

The song had the highest-charting debut for a new artist in more than two decades. It debuted at No. 32 on Billboard's Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems-based Country Songs chart and is the highest debut for a new artist's first single since the chart began using Nielsen BDS data the week of Jan. 20, 1990, Billboard said.

The song, which hit No. 1 on iTunes, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart with 171,404 units sold, while a compilation album featuring 14 of his performances from "American Idol," called "American Idol Season 10: Scotty McCreery," reached No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200 all-genre albums chart and No. 3 on the country albums chart with 23,196 units sold, Interscope Records said.

"I am humbled and shocked by this news," McCreery, 17, said in a statement. "I can't tell you what it means to me to be on the same charts as my musical heroes. I want to thank my fans and especially country radio for their support. I continue to be amazed by everything that has happened to me in such a short time."

McCreery won Season 10 of "American Idol" May 25.

More than 122.4 million votes were cast for McCreery and Lauren Alaina, the runner-up, and 38.6 million viewers tuned in to see the winner's name announced.

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