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Scotty McCreery looks to keep momentum going after big 2018

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January 18, 2019
 
It will be hard for Scotty McCreery to top 2018. Watch out, 2019.
From News and Observer Article 
By: Isaac Weeks

"Scotty McCreery’s 2018 was pretty spectacular, both personally and professionally.

He married his longtime girlfriend, Gabi Dugal, in June. Wedding footage was used in the video for his hit song, “This is It,” which has helped the video rack up 28 million views as of this week.

And after a bit of uncertainty in 2017, when the Season 10 “American Idol” winner found himself without a label, his album “Seasons Change” topped Billboard’s Country Album chart and reached No. 2 on the Top Album chart. He made history by self-releasing the single, “Five More Minutes,” becoming the first artist to hit the top of the country singles charts without the backing of a record label.

“This last year, it didn’t just come because of what happened during that year, but from all of the work that we’ve been putting in for the last seven years,” McCreery said in a phone interview with The News & Observer.

Indeed, while the Garner native was a hometown hero since winning “Idol” in 2011, his stature in Nashville was on shaky ground. He certainly was successful. His first three albums all sold phenomenally — each debuting within the top two spots of the Billboard Country Album chart — hinting at a long relationship with Mercury Nashville, the only label he had ever known.

But then came 2017. Despite great album sales, the success failed to translate to the singles charts. Only 2013’s “See You Tonight” and 2014’s “Feelin’ It” managed to crack the Top 10 of any country chart. The 2015 single “Southern Belle” failed to crack the Top 40. McCreery soon found himself without a label’s backing for the first time since winning “Idol.”

That’s when his hustle really began. He took the music that was slated to go onto his next Mercury release and began releasing the music himself. Last year was an entirely different game."

To read the full article: https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/article224512995.html