Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina make post-'American Idol’ chart debuts, ink deals with Mercury Nashville

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Scotty McCreery might have taken the “American Idol” crown over early frontrunner Lauren Alaina, but both of the country teens have gotten their post-“Idol” careers off to a very good start.

“I Love You This Big,” McCreery’s coronation song that serves as his debut single, entered this week’s Billboard Hot 100 at No. 11.

The ballad faired equally well on iTunes, as it has remained in the top 10 throughout the week and has logged more than 173,000 downloads, according to information distributed by McCreery’s new label, Mercury Nashville.

Alaina’s first single, “Like My Mother Does,” debuted at No. 20 on Billboard’s chart and has sold more than 124,000 downloads.


Both are still a far cry from ‘Idol’s’ heydays of chart domination. Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia and Carrie Underwood’s post-“Idol” debut singles all entered the charts at No. 1.

However, the two managed to trump Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze’s debut single, a cover of U2′s “Beautiful Day,” which entered the chart at No. 24.

It was also announced that both artists-to-be had inked deals with Mercury Nashville, which has released music from Shania Twain, Sugarland and Julianne Hough, for their upcoming debut albums.

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