If there was any doubt that American Idol finally has picked a commercially viable winner, young country baritone Scotty McCreery removes the doubt as his digital hits compilation of studio performances of his Idol songs bows just outside the Billboard Top 10 at No. 12 on sales of 23,000 downloads.
That figure is more than 10 times the amount Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze moved (2,000) and more than twice that of Season 8 winner Kris Allen (10,000). Season 8 runnerup Adam Lambert did better than Allen when the glam popster sold 16,000 but he still didn't approach what Scotty, 17, managed.
Even runnerup Lauren Alaina outdid Kris and Lee with her digital set as it debuted at #42 on sales of 11,000.
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