Scotty McCreery - "The Trouble with Girls" Sept 12, 2011 18:11:56 GMT -5
Post by jhomes87 on Sept 12, 2011 18:11:56 GMT -5
Carrie's win was a long time ago. More recently Idol has had to deal with winners whose fanbases seemed to have vanished by the time their albums were released. Scotty was rumored to have run away with the votes, but I can't blame Interscope for not wanting to risk having Scotty slip out of the public consciousness for months in the hopes that his lead-off single would be of the caliber of "Jesus, Take the Wheel". If it had been, great, but what if we'd waited for months and the "real" single had still been boring? Then Scotty would be in much worse shape than he is now for having had ILYTB as a hit.
True...but it's not like Interscope/Mercury had to go with ILYTB as the single, even though Idol gave it to them. They could've released it digitally and gone with something else for country radio.
I can't agree with the belief that it would've taken too long to get a different song out. "Out Of Summertime" was clearly done months ago, as evidenced by its early leak. They wouldn't have needed the album to be done, but just a song or a couple. And they had that. Whether the lead single would have been OOS or another song, I think it could've done better. I'm not saying it ever had to be "Jesus, Take The Wheel" big, but I think something other than the coronation song would've been received better on country radio. But again, that's just speculation and we'll never know for sure.
And I know the times have changed and AI winners have struggled recently, but country has always been a much more supportive format and Scotty has already seen more support than the past few winners. I'll just stick to my theory in thinking that he could've seen even better results with a different lead single. My guess is that Interscope/Mercury might very well be somewhat disappointed with the airplay peak of ILYTB, and they can't be too ecstatic about the first 2 weeks of TTWG, either. So that's why I think the album will have to be strong--good sales and well received by fans--to give Scotty that radio breakthrough, because the first single didn't completely accomplish that, and this one, while likely to climb for a while, hasn't received the warmest reception.
He's got the potential, I think, but I really feel that Sony handled Carrie's career better than Mercury has handled Scotty's so far.