Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Scotty McCreery Zoiks! Online Live Chat Tomorrow; Performs Tonight on CMAs.

Fans can start queuing up for their chance to chat live with Scotty on Thursday morning at 12/11c. Scotty will be answering questions about his performance on the CMAs, his new album, and much more. Visit his official site or the Video Chat tab on his Facebook page now to reserve a spot in line.

Tune in to ABC tonight at 8/7c to see Scotty McCreery perform on country music's biggest night - the 45th annual CMA Awards. Hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley (whom Scotty will tour with in 2012), the show will also feature performances by Faith Hill, The Band Perry, and Martina McBride among others.

Scotty's debut album Clear As Day has held steady in the Billboard 200 Top Ten since its release four weeks ago, when it debuted at No. 1 (iTunes / Amazon).

Scotty McCreery Gears up for the CMA awards

Scotty McCreery 45th Annual CMA Awards Show

Can that smile get any bigger? Scotty is sure having a good time, isn't he?! So proud of how much he has already accomplished this year.

Scotty McCreery's music helps this little girl feel better

This is just so sweet <3

Country Music getting stronger and stronger

This is a great read for, it mainly talks about Taylor Swift, but mentions Scotty. Great to see Country Music doing so well!

       Scotty McCreery American Idol Winner

The 2011 CMA Awards will return Wednesday night in what’s shaping up to be a better end-of-year party than the music business has seen in awhile — particularly in country music circles.

Album sales for all types of music are showing positive year-to-year growth for the first time since 2004.

Country music fans have been buying more albums, with 31.9 million country albums sold thus far this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s up 5.6 percent from the 30.2 million albums sold in the January-through- October period last year.

Album sales across all genres are up slightly this year as well — although not as high in most cases as country music. The 293.3 million albums sold so far in 2011 is a half-percent increase over the 291.2 million albums sold last year.

Both trends represent exceedingly welcome news to the music industry, which has seen its overall fortunes cut in half since the 1990s and waiting for a turning point.

Is this year it? Experts say they are cautiously optimistic.
“Given that the volume of sales is already up at this point in time, and with the next month historically the biggest selling season of the year, there is certainly good reason to be optimistic, though nothing is guaranteed,” said Jim Donio, president of music business association NARM.

“But certainly the growth of digital tracks and albums bodes well for the future, and the integration of music on Facebook is something that may have bigger impact through 2012,” Donio said.

Helping drive sales trends this year are digital album downloads. With two months left to go in 2011, digital sales constitute one-third of all album purchases. That’s up from28 percent last year.

Country fans — who have been typically the slowest to embrace digital song purchases — have begun to make the shift from CDs, too, with 20 percent of all country albums bought digitally this year so far, compared with 16 percent in the previous year.

Music industry experts say it is too soon to tell whether digital sales will eventually make up for the lost ground of physical sales, but after digital sales stalled last year there are renewed expectations they will begin to bring in more revenues.

For country music, one of the phenomena behind this year’s sales success is the extreme loyalty of fans to the genre, according to Rich Barnet, professor of music business at Middle Tennessee State University.

“A country fan will buy at least one other recording when they buy their favorite act’s recording,” Barnet said. “When a Taylor Swift fan buys a download or physical product, they are in the shopping mood and spend some more time in the online store or in the Target bins.”

Swift drives genre

In fact, Taylor Swift is more than a good anecdotal illustration of how fans are influenced by superstars.

Swift’s fans have proved a force to be reckoned with again this year, even though Swift released no new albums in 2011.

Swift’s latest album, Speak Now, was released a year ago but continues to drive 2011 country music sales growth, ranking No. 2 in overall country music album sales this year with 757,000 albums sold.

Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party album, also released last year, came in first, selling 1,271,000 to date this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Swift continues to not only drive the genre but also shift the needle on the entire industry.

Last week, for example, overall albums were actually down 3 percent from the same week last year, bucking this year’s upward trend. But that’s a Swift-induced anomaly — given that the first week of November 2010 was the week Taylor Swift released her Speak Now album, which sold 1 million copies almost instantly, raising the statistical musical fortunes of an entire industry.

Swift and other artists with crossover appeal, such as Lady Antebellum, also have helped bring new fans and new revenues to the country music genre.

Lady Antebellum’s new album, Own the Night, ranks highest among the 2011 album releases, selling 780,000 copies, according to SoundScan.
American Idol also seems to be ushering in other country music fans, playing a significant factor in broadening country’s appeal and raising its sales, according to Donio.

American Idol has brought so much to the genre, with Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood perhaps the most notable success stories; and this spring’s youthful Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery will introduce a whole new generation of fans into the fold,” he said. “At the same time, you still have classic, superstar artists like Dolly Parton, George Strait and Reba McEntire who are continuing to make great music for their fans.”

Meanwhile, even before the expected Christmas holiday sales bump for the country genre, comes what analysts say is the expected CMA Awards broadcast bump, which typically boosts the year-end sales figures of country music albums and artists who win hardware at the show.

After last year’s broadcast, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland all saw 100 percent-plus jumps in album sales, for instance.

Scotty McCreery Bill Board numbers

Clear As Day has been out for 5 weeks and is still doing great!

Bill Board confirms 41k in sales this week
#2 on Country Billboard
#12 on BB 200 all genre


Way to go Scotty! Here we come GOLD!!!

Scotty McCreery CMA Rehearsal

Tonight’s CMA Awards continue, Idols Scotty McCreery rehearses on stage, for tonight's show.