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Evanescence tops the Billboard 200 after five-year hiatus; Lauren Alaina debuts in fifth place


Despite a five-year break from the music scene and some major personnel changes, goth rockers Evanescence returned to the top of the Billboard 200 chart today with their self-titled third album, which sold 127,000 copies in its first week.

Though that number is far less than Evanescence’s last album, The Open Door, which debuted at No. 1 in 2006 with 447,000 copies sold, it is impressive that the Amy Lee-led band managed to move that many discs without a smash single like “My Immortal” or “Bring Me To Life.” Their current single, “What You Want” sits at number 13 on the Rock Songs chart.

Another rock band enjoyed a strong debut this week: L.A.’s Five Finger Death Punch started off at No. 3 (behind the indomitable Adele, whose 21 is STILL holding strong at No. 2) with 91,000 copies of their album, American Capitalist, sold. That’s a big jump from their 2009 record, War Is the Answer, which debuted at No. 7 with 44,000.

Last week’s chart champ, Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day, slipped down into fourth place after a 55 percent drop to 88,000, giving him a two-week total of 285,000. Meanwhile, his runner-up, Lauren Alaina, got off to a pretty good start herself with 69,000 copies of her disc Wildflower sold in its debut week.

Ryan Adams’ Ashes and Fire and Martina McBride’s Eleven debuted with 49,000 and 40,000, respectively. Joe Jonas wasn’t as lucky. Without his brothers beside him, the “Just In Love” singer started at No. 15 with only 18,000 copies. Check out the top ten below: READ FULL STORY

Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band lead American Country Awards nominations

Fox has announced the nominees for their 2nd annual American Country Awards—you know, that country music awards show that isn’t the CMAs, ACMs, or the CMT Music Awards—which will be hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth (can’t wait to see those two stand side-by-side!) on December 5.

Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, both of whom have had a pretty stellar 2011, lead the pack with eight nominations each, while newcomer Thompson Square nabbed a whopping seven nominations. The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each scored six.

Fresh off his strong debut week, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery received a nomination for Artist of the Year: New Artist (not to be confused with Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist), another signal that the country community has welcomed him warmly.

On the whole, the nominations are pretty much what you’d expect, but there are a few pleasant surprises. Pistol Annies scored a New Artist nomination, and Ashton Shepherd’s sassy “Look It Up” earned one for Music Video: Female. Both well-deserved.

The only real snub here seems like Blake Shelton’s smash single “Honey Bee,” which easily could have fit right into the Single of Year category.

Check out the nominations below, and let us know what you think: READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery sells 197,000 copies in first week: How does he stack up against other 'Idol' winners?


Apparently, you love him this big!

Scotty McCreery’s debut disc Clear As Day debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 this week, selling 197,000 copies in its first week.

That makes McCreery, 18, the first American Idol winner to top the chart since Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard’s Soulful opened at number one back in 2003. It also provides the Idol franchise a much-needed success story.

McCreery’s strong sales week improves greatly upon the 39,000 debut tally that Lee Dewyze’s Live It Up notched last year, as well as the 80,000 first week sales of Kris Allen’s self-titled 2009 offering.

Of course, McCreery didn’t sell as many albums as past winners Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, but considering the current state of the record industry, the fact that David Cook and Jordin Sparks’ sophomore albums both recently floundered, and the musical irrelevance of Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks these days, Idol was in dire need of a fresh star, and it looks like it’s got one with McCreery. READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery on life after 'American Idol' and the release of his debut album 'Clear As Day'

Reigning American Idol champ Scotty McCreery is having a pretty great week.

Not only was he invited to tour with country superstar Brad Paisley in 2012, he was asked to sing the National Anthem at the opening game of the World Series. On top of that, his debut album Clear As Day hit stores this morning. And if all that’s not enough of a reason to celebrate, McCreery also turns 18 on Sunday.

“I’m pretty pumped today,” the young star conceded over the phone this morning, just minutes after stepping off the Live! With Regis and Kelly stage. For McCreery, the release of his debut album is the culmination of months spent recording while he was out on the 49-stop American Idols LIVE! tour. “I’m anxious to see what people think of [the album],” he says. “We’re about to go walk down to the store and get it.”

Though Scotty says he enjoyed touring with his fellow Idol contestants this summer—”We miss it. I think all of us do.”—he’s looking forward to blazing his own trail. “I think everybody on the tour was kind of ready to get out and venture onto their own things now,” he explains. For this particularly talented group of Idol contestants, that makes sense. Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, Pia Toscano, and James Durbin have all scored record deals, and Stefano Langone was recently picked up by 19 Management.

Scotty’s next venture is to promote Clear As Day, an album that reflects the teenager’s old-soul sentiments, which are immediately apparent upon speaking with him. READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery will sing the national anthem at the World Series

Though you have probably been distracted by the excitement of the NFL season — in which the New York Jets simply refuse to make anything easy, or play well, or even hint at the fact that they might possibly be good — Major League Baseball launched its playoffs over the coming weekend, opening the doors on four Divisional Series match-ups.

It’s uncertain who will be left standing when it comes time to play the World Series (which, at the rate these games are being played, should happen some time in February), we do know who will be honoring America when it comes time to throw that first pitch.

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is slated to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the first game of the World Series on October 19. Being that he’s from North Carolina, it’s probably safe to assume that McCreery is a Braves fan, which means he has spent the last six weeks being sorely disappointed.

Since the National League won this year’s All-Star Game, the Series will open in the NL champ’s park, which means that McCreery will be crooning live from Milwaukee, Philadelphia, or St. Louis. (Sorry, Diamondbacks fans, but your squad isn’t going to make up that 2-0 deficit against the Brew Crew.)

While “The Star-Spangled Banner” is extremely easy to mess up (just ask Christina Aguilera), a great rendition can really add to the grandeur of a particular sporting event.

Just last night, before the Jets choked like dogs against the Baltimore Ravens in one of the more absurd contests of the young football season, Martina McBride took the microphone and totally knocked the anthem out of the park. Follow the jump to see the sort of performance McCreery has to follow. READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery set to tour with Brad Paisley in 2012

Talk about a vote of confidence!

Just a week before the release of Scotty McCreery’s debut album, Clear As Day, country superstar Brad Paisley has announced that the American Idol winner will be joining him on the road in 2012.

On Sunday, as part of an encore performance during the final show on his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour, Paisley surprised audiences by bringing McCreery out on stage with him. “Do you want to go on tour with me?” he asked. When the North Carolina-native nodded “Yes,” Paisley responded, “Great, I’m going to take you out next year!” and later tweeted the above photo of the pair.

Details on the tour will be released soon, but it’s safe to say that McCreery is already excited about it. “it’s really humbling that somebody like him would invite me to tour w/ him,” he tweeted. “I just hope i’m ready for any pranks he throws my way.”

While it remains to be seen whether Scotty will enjoy true career longevity, the deep-voiced country crooner has certainly gotten off to a good start. Since Idol wrapped, his exclusive Wal-Mart disc, American Idol Season 10: Scotty McCreery EP, has sold 185,000 copies, and his coronation single “I Love You This Big,” reached number 15 on Billboard‘s Country Songs chart.

On top of that, this summer’s American Idols Live Tour proved extremely successful, selling out — or almost selling out — nearly every arena it visited. (That’s a big step up from Season 9’s tour, which only played to about 60 percent capacity.)

Are you ready for McPaisley? Will you be buying tickets to the show? And what do you think Paisley’s decision to tour with the young star says about McCreery’s future in country music?

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Scotty McCreery releases new single 'The Trouble With Girls': Listen to it here!

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery may have just released a music video for his coronation song, “I Love You This Big,” but the deep-voiced country teen has already unveiled a second single.

McCreery debuted “The Trouble With Girls,” a lovesick ode to the entire female sex, from his debut album Clear As Day (out on October 4), this morning. You can stream the track below: READ FULL STORY

'CMA Music Festival' did actually rock, plus Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina remain adorable


ABC touted its three-hour CMA Music Festival concert as “Country’s Night to Rock,” and because this special had better sound than other televised music award shows do combined, it actually did. Most everyone was there, from Reba McEntire, who sang “Turn On the Radio”; to Taylor Swift, who worked a sparkly gold fringed dress for “Sparks Fly”; to Jason Aldean, who brought Kelly Clarkson onstage for their duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” My favorite crowd reaction shot of the night was the guy rapping along with Aldean during “Dirt Road Anthem.” My favorite artist interview was Lady Antebellum, who revealed they sign a lot of “stinky cowboy boots” and that Dave Haywood sleeps in black crew socks. (“This interview is really awful for my rep, by the way,” he joked.)

It was admittedly tough to watch Sugarland’s performance in light of their stage collapse in Indiana over the weekend. ABC made sure viewers knew the performances of “Find the Beat Again” and “Stuck Like Glue” were recorded on June 10, 2011, but being reminded of how much joy that duo and their fans are capable of made your heart ache because you know they’re feeling the complete opposite now. READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery releases 'I Love You This Big' video: Watch it here!

American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery has released a music video for his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” which currently sits at number 18 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.

The video—like most Idol videos that are shot while the kids are on tour—is pretty straightforward. It features the North Carolina teen singing his ballad on a park stage, while loving couples intertwine fingers and smile at each other in front of a firework-lit summer-night sky.

Although his crazy eyebrows have taken a break, Scotty performs “I Love You This Big” with all his other typical mannerisms (hand on his stomach, microphone cocked sideways, arms stretched wide), and those gestures look much more organic in this down-home picnic setting than they ever did on Idol‘s pageant-ish stage.

Check out the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery's second single 'Out of Summertime' leaks online

Well, that was fast.

American Idol champ Scotty McCreery’s first single, “I Love You This Big,” has only been out for about two weeks, but what’s likely to be his second single, “Out of Summertime,” has already leaked on the internet.

Based purely on a few cursory listens, there’s big potential in his latest effort. Compared to “This Big,” “Summertime” is more uptempo, with twangy runs that would tickle nearly anyone at a county fair. And that’s just about right: Scotty intones in the song, “What we felt on that ferris wheel, was just too right and just too real.”

Surprise: It’s a love song! Nods to the title comes early and often in the song, too: “She could have been mine, but we ran out of summertime.” But the seasonal references don’t stop there: “She was hot as July, sweet as sunshine.”

Armed with that fair-weather formula and McCreery’s currently hot status, “Summertime” certainly has the opportunity to burn up the country charts during the coming, hot months.

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Read more:
Scotty McCreery’s ‘I Love You This Big': The EW single review
Scotty McCreery backstage Q&A after the ‘American Idol’ finale: ‘I’m on top of the world right now.’
‘American Idol’: Scotty McCreery’s crowning performance — VIDEO

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