Scotty McCreery on post-'Idol' success: 'I am humbled and shocked'
The "American Idol" Season 10 winner's coronation single "I Love You This Big" was the highest-charting debut for a new country artist in over two decades. The song hit No. 1 on iTunes, No. 3 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart (171,404 units sold), a compilation album reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top 200 and reached No. 3 on the country chart. Phew.
"I am humbled and shocked by this news. I can't tell you what it means to me to be on the same charts as my musical heroes," Scotty says in a press release. "I want to thank my fans and especially country radio for their support."
Scotty recently signed with Mercury Nashville and is set to travel to Nashville next week to begin recording his debut album. "I continue to be amazed by everything that has happened to me in such a short time.""This is such a special song to me, so I am thrilled that it is getting such a great reception at country radio," Scotty says of his debut single. "What I love about 'I Love You This Big' is that it can mean different things to different people. It could be about the relationship between a couple in love or a parent and child."
Scotty will be presenting at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 8, along with runner-up Lauren Alaina and will perform on "The Tonight Show with Jay Jeno" on June 15.
"I feel like the words 'thank you' aren't enough," the country crooner says. "I wish I could find more words to express my gratitude to everyone. I still can't believe how people are supporting me in so many ways."