February 26, 2018
Since Scotty McCreery won “American Idol” seven years ago, the Garner native has had plenty of chart success, including Top 10 singles and No. 1 albums on Billboard’s country charts.
But he’s never had a song hit No. 1 on the Billboard country charts – until now.
“Five More Minutes,” the first single from McCreery’s upcoming album “Seasons Change,” turned the trick this week by hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song was originally released last year and was given a renewed push by McCreery’s label to lead “Seasons Change.”
“I’m excited,” McCreery said Monday after getting the news. “It was a big mountain to climb.
“Albums are cool, and a lot of that on the Billboard 200 was heat from the show,” he said, referring to “Clear as Day,” his debut album after winning Season 10 of the FOX singing reality competition in May 2011.
“But this gives more validity to what I’ve been doing,” he said. “Credibility as an artist has been the goal the last few years – to move away from the TV guy who was on ‘American Idol’ to be a country artist with songs and stories.”
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