Scotty McCreery might have the right stuff to break the recent “American Idol” chart jinx. After last season’s winner, Lee DeWyze , just barely cracked the top 20 with his debut last year (and was recently dropped by his label ), teenage country crooner McCreery’s debut, Clear As Day, will hit #1 on the Billboard albums chart next week on sales of 197,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Following on the heels of the disappointing DeWyze debut and the #11 bow by season eight winner Kris Allen, McCreery’s sales are the biggest for an “Idol” winner since David Cook moved 280,000 copies of his self-titled debut in 2008. And believe it or not, it was the first #1 debut by an “Idol” winner since season two’s Ruben Studdard.
Further down the line, Canadian songbird Feist debuts at #7 with the feathery Metals, country singer Rodney Atkins is just behind at #8 with Take a Back Road (35,000) and Jack’s Mannequin slips into the top 10 at #9 with People and Things (31,000).
Adele’s major run with 21 continues, as the British soul singer moves up a notch to #2 on sales of 112,000 and she zeroes in on the 4 million mark, while Tony Bennett’s Duets II moves up one to #3 (71,000) and Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night clicks up two to #4 (58,000). It’s a steep drop, though, for Jay-Z protégé J. Cole, whose Cole World: The Sideline Story falls four spots to #5 as sales trail off by 75 percent in week two to 54,000.
The rest of the top 10 includes Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (#6, 53,000) and Blink-182’s Neighborhoods (#10, 31,000). While Blink suffers an 80 percent drop for their comeback album in week two, the fall was a bit softer for Wilco, whose Whole Love drops six slots to #11 as sales trail off by 66 percent to 28,000.
McCreery made it a clean sweep, taking the top spot on the iTunes albums chart as well, pulling ahead of Adele, J. Cole, Feist, Mayday Parade’s self-titled album, Jack’s Mannequin, Blink, Foster the People’s Torches, Lady Antebellum and Lil Wayne. Adele continued to keep a lock on the iTunes singles chart with “Someone Like You,” beating out LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” Foster’s “Pumped up Kicks,” Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” Gym Class Heroes hit #6 with “Stereo Hearts,” followed by David Guetta’s “Without You,” B.o.B’s “Strange Clouds,” LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and Lady Gaga’s “You and I.”
The top should get a shuffle again next week with the release of Evanescence’s self-titled comeback , the major label debut from “Idol” season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, and new albums by Martina McBride and Joe Jonas.