Scotty McCreery's Christmas CD lands in Billboard Top 5

togburn@newsobserver.comOctober 25, 2012 

Even though we haven't celebrated Halloween yet, enough Scotty McCreery fans are apparently in the Christmas spirit to push his holiday CD into the Billboard Top 5 in its first week of sales.

"Christmas with Scotty McCreery," released last week, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The CD, which features the Garner "American Idol" winner singing holiday classics and a couple of new songs, sold 41,000 copies in its first week.

The chart was topped by another country singer, Jason Aldean, whose "Night Train" debuted with 409,000 copies sold. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" ranked second, and Brandy's "Two Eleven" debuted in third.

On the country album chart, McCreery's CD was second, with Aldean again on top. "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" topped the Billboard holiday album chart. It dislodged Blake Shelton's holiday CD, "Cheers, It's Christmas."

McCreery, now a freshman at N.C. State University, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and country album charts last year with his first CD, "Clear As Day." It has since gone platinum, selling more than 1 million copies. His next nonholiday CD is due next year.

The "American Idol" finalist with the top all-time holiday CD also has a Triangle tie — "Merry Christmas with Love" from Clay Aiken, a 2004 album, has sold more than 1.4 million copies.

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