Tuesday, April 10, 2012
CHART DATE: 04/09/2012
LAST UPDATE: 04/10/2012 13:20:55
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LW TW artist / album label power index % change
19 26 SCOTTY MCCREERY MERC NASH/19/INTERSCOPE 19,108 +9%
Clear As Day
Azalea Festival headliner Scotty McCreery still the 'same guy'
Who: Scotty McCreery in concert
When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 13
Where: Trask Coliseum, UNCW campus
Tickets: There'll be a guy outside the arena wearing an overcoat and a beret. When you see him, don't look him in the eye. Say the word "flashlight" and hand him an envelope full of money. He'll give you two tickets. (Editor's note: The show is sold out.)
When Scotty McCreery returned to Garner Magnet High School after winning "American Idol," his friends weren't sure if their classmate had changed.
After all, millions of people had tuned in each week to hear McCreery – who's playing a sold-out concert for the Azalea Festival at Trask Coliseum on Friday – sing in his deep, country way. He was whisked across the country for interviews. He was on tour with country superstar Brad Paisley. He was this jeans-and-boots stereotype of a country music star that they didn't recognize. "Within the first week," McCreery said during a phone interview, his friends realized that he was still Scotty. "They wanted to see if I'd changed. When they saw me in a T-shirt and shorts, they knew I was the same kid."
Sure, he's the same kid. But he has enough money to eat steak every night and take a limousine to school. Instead, he still eats off the dollar menu, he said, and he has bonded with Loretta, his pet name for the Ford F-150 that was presented to him by "American Idol." "I'm trying to save as much as I can," McCreery said. "I'm trying to be smart about it." His first major purchase, he said, was a new computer, which he bought "right off the bat." Since then, he's also bought himself a pair of shoes.
In many ways, McCreery is just like many of his classmates. Like them, he's focused on the prom (April 21) and graduation (June 7). And, like some of them, he does have one important decision behind him – he chose N.C. State University over East Carolina, Belmont and Middle Tennessee State.
Scotty McCreery Won't Major in Music at College
Idol winner says he'll probably study marketing or communications instead
Instead, Scotty is thinking about major in communications or marketing. Scotty tells the website that college is important so that he can have balance in his life.
"I’m not ever gonna be that guy that’s out there working 365 days a year,” says Scotty. “I care about my family and my home life and this all happened to me so quick I think it’s important for me to get in slowly and work my way in. And so right now we have that balance. It’s working good in high school and college will be a whole other monster."
In some new posts on Twitter, Scotty personally thanked a number of country stations for adding his song, and even included their own account handles in on it for good measure. Note to all other aspiring artists — if you want to get in good with radio stations, this is the way to do it! While this certainly doesn’t guarantee that “Water Tower” will be a hit, Scotty’s showing quite a bit of intelligence here for a guy who is still a teenager.