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Scotty McCreery, winner of the 10th season of 'American Idol,' released his debut album, 'Clear As Day' on Oct. 4, 2011. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. At age 18, McCreery is the youngest male artist and the first country act to top the albums chart with his first studio release.
'Clear As Day' was certified platinum, meaning it sold 1 million copies in the United States, in January 2012. Two months later, the singer was seen receiving a plaque to celebrate the achievement on stage during an 'American Idol' taping. The episode aired on March 29, 2012.
The North Carolina singer also set a record for 'American Idol.' He is the first winner of the FOX singing competition series to top the Billboard 200 chart with a debut studio record since 2003, when season 2 champion Ruben Studdard's album 'Soulful' was No. 1.
(Pictured: Scotty McCreery appears on stage after being announced as the winner of 'American Idol's 10th season on May 25, 2011.)