Scotty McCreery - "The Trouble with Girls" Dec 5, 2011 21:30:39 GMT -5
Post by Arabella21 on Dec 5, 2011 21:30:39 GMT -5
Scotty's sales are very good, but David Cook's album in 2008 sold over 800K in six weeks. Taylor Hicks also sold half a million in two weeks (which was actually better than Daughtry believe it or not), it was just the weeks after that were the problem. [/Idol nerd]
I think it's a mix of Idol fans who might like country but haven't haven't bought an album in a while, and regular country album buyers who also watch Idol, picking up Clear As Day. The days of Idol fans automatically picking up the winner's album as a souvenir of the season have been gone for a good while IMO. They have to like the winner and still care about him/her months later, and *then* the label has to do a good job with singles to keep fans engaged, which is where Idol has fallen down in recent years. So I had no problem with "I Love You This Big" being pushed as a single when it was and think it did its job in keeping Scotty in people's minds last summer.
I shy away from the Carrie comparisons with Scotty for a number of reasons--he's more traditional country and that's going to limit his appeal compared to hers; as a teenage guy it will be very hard for him to become the dominant male voice in country music the way Carrie did on the female side (another thing that greatly helped her sales/visibility). Some Hearts was just *huge* right away and then it kept selling and selling and it had two songs that crossed over to very different audiences (Christian and Pop). Just because CAD is selling well doesn't mean it's going to clear that bar. I see Scotty having his defining album later on in his career.