McCreery to Release Autobiography in May 2016

Scotty McCreery is ready to open up about his life…

The 22-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion is writing his autobiography, which will be released on May 3.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery’s book — entitled Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream — will be published by Zondervan, a Christian book and media company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“God gave me a voice and America gave me a chance,” he said in a release. “This book is about those two things, and about the amazing journey that began the moment I decided to say two words about this show I knew and love. ‘Why not?'”

The book will focus on McCreery’s career, telling the story of his North Carolina childhood leading to his victory on Idol at the age of 17. It will be available for pre-order on November 15, according to his website.

McCreery’s fourth album is scheduled for release next year. His 2011 debut, Clear as Day, reached No. 1 on five separate Billboard charts: the Billboard 200, Top Current Albums, Digital Albums, Internet Albums, and Top Country Albums.

McCreery, the season 10 winner of American Idol, is currently promoting his single “Southern Belle.”

McCreery Named to Forbes’ Top-Earning American Idols List

Scotty McCreery is the Three Million Dollar Man

The 20-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion has earned a spot on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the Top-Earning American Idols.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery comes in at No. 6 on the list, raking in $3 million dollars.

“Still not old enough to drink legally and not quite three years removed from his Idol win, McCreery is already making a name for himself as a solo act,” states the magazine’s description of McCreery. “His debut album, Clear As Day, sold over 1 million copies; on the road, he opened for Brad Paisley before launching a solo tour in 2013.”

Forbes determined this year’s Top-Earning list by calculating pretax earnings from June 2012 through June 2013 “with the help of data from Pollstar Pro, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan as wells industry veterans, the musicians’ handlers and some of the artists themselves.”

Carrie Underwood, who raked in approximately $31 million, comes in No. 1 on the list. Over the past five years, Forbes estimates that she has earned $83 million.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Carrie Underwood, $31 million
2. Kelly Clarkson, $7 million
3. Phillip Phillips, $5 million
3. Adam Lambert, $5 million
5. Chris Daughtry, $4 million
6. Scotty McCreery $3 million
7. Taylor Hicks, $2.5 million
8. Fantasia Barrino, $1.5 million
8. Kellie Pickler, $1.5 million
10. Katharine McPhee, $1 million
10. Jennifer Hudson, $1 million

McCreery’s “See You Tonight” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart

It’s an impressive double for Scotty McCreery

The 20-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion’s latest studio album has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—his second chart-topper on that list.

Scotty McCreery

In addition, See You Tonight debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart with 52,000.

His first album, Clear As Day, arrived at No. 1 on the chart back in 2011, selling 197,000 in its first week. It was certified platinum early last year after registering sales of more than one million copies just three months after its release.

McCreery then followed it with a holiday effort, Christmas With Scotty McCreery, which hit No. 2 on the country chart in 2012 and No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

McCreery Leads the Latweeno Pack of’s “21 Under 21” Honorees

He may only be a minor… But Scotty McCreery is a major player in the music industry…

The 19-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer and former American Idol champion has been named to’s 2013 list of 21 Under 21, a ranking of music’s most powerful minors. 2013 21 Under 21

Now that Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez have turned 21, McCreery now ranks as the top Latweeno on the list, coming in at No. 8.

McCreery, who ranked at No. 4 last year, will be celebrating his 20th birthday early next month somewhat differently than most people his age. Onlysix days after he exits his teens, McCreery will release See You Tonight, his sophomore follow-up to his platinum 2011 debut album Clear As Day.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery continues his hot streak in 2013. The first single and title track from the new disc continues moving up the singles chart, and he also headlined his first tour this year. That, along with an endorsement deal with fried chicken chain Bojangles, makes him a shoe-in for this year’s list.

But McCreery isn’t the only Latino on the list…


Puerto Rican singer Miguelito comes in at No. 14 on the 21 Under 21 list. At 14 years old, he already boasts a Latin Grammy and a multi-million dollar branding business that includes “Miguelito” vitamins, clothing line, videogame, summer camp, party goods and a themed cruise.

According to his manager dad Wascar Valenzuela, Miguelito-branded products have sold more than $70 million to date.

With a newly minted representation deal with CAA and a new record deal with BlastMusic, Miguelito is poised to crossover early next year with new album, Here To Stay.

“People tell me I’m a 21 or 30-year-old mind inside a 14-year-old body,” says the reggaetón star.


Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony, with 20-year-old Allyson Brooke Hernandez, 17-year-old Lauren Jauregui and 16-year-old Camila Cabello come in at No. 21 on the list.

Formed by Simon Cowell on last year’s edition of The X Factor, Fifth Harmony’s brief career so far is on the fast track for success.

Their triumphant debut single “Miss Movin’ On,” produced by the Suspex (the duo behind Lovato’s “Heart Attack“), became the first track from an American The X Factor alumni to break Billboard’s Hot 100, peaking at No. 76.

The song samples a debut EP expected on October 22 via Epic Records/Syco Music.

In the meantime, the quintet is on tour with Cher Lloyd and was recently featured in Disney‘s “Next Big Thing” series.

McCreery to Perform on “American Idol”

Scotty McCreery is headed back to his roots…

The 19-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner and former American Idol winner is headed back to Fox’s reality singing competition on Thursday, April 11.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery will perform on the Idol results show, as will season one winner Kelly Clarkson.

Clarkson will perform her new single, “People Like Us,” while the season ten winner’s song has yet to be announced.

McCreery’s debut album Clear as Day was released in October 2011 and was certified platinum in the United States.

McCreery: A Top-Earning “American Idol”

He’s only been part of American Idol history for less than two years, but Scotty McCreery is already one of the Fox reality singing competition’s top-earners.

The 19-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner, the season 10 winner, claimed the No. 3 spot on Forbes’ list of Top-Earning American Idols for 2012 with $4 million.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery, who ranks behind Kelly Clarkson with $8 million and Carrie Underwood with $5 million during the scoring period (May 2011 through May 2012), has been on a roll since receiving a $250,000 record deal as part of his Idol victory in May 2011.

The CMT Award-winner and Academy of Country Music Awards’ New Artist of the Year surpassed expectations with his debut album, Clear As Day, which sold more than 1 million copies. And the North Carolina native took advantage by hitting the road last year, opening for Brad Paisley.

So what’s next for McCreery? A solo tour and a new album later this year, all while continuing his college education.

“It’s meant everything,” says McCreery of the show. “I didn’t have a career before, so it was the starting point for my career and it got me going. … They reach like 16 million fans on a bad night.”

McCreery’s Holiday Album Debuts at No. 1

It’s a bright Christmas in October for Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery

The 19-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner and former American Idol champ’s first holiday album, Christmas With Scotty McCreery, has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums and Top Internet Albums charts.

The album also debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Christmas With Scotty McCreery

Christmas With Scotty McCreery is the singer’s second album to debut in the top spot on the Billboard Charts.

Last October, McCreery’s first album, Clear as Day, debuted at No. 1 on five charts: The Billboard 200, Top Country Albums, Top Internet Albums, Top Digital Albums and Top Current Albums.

But that’s not all… The first single from the album, “Christmas in Heaven,” has landed at No. 1 on the Holiday Digital Songs tally.

In addition to “Christmas In Heaven,” McCreery, one of’s 21 Under 21, has six other songs from his holiday-themed debut, including “Mary Did You Know?” (No. 18), “Let It Snow” (No. 31), “First Noel” (No. 38), “Christmas Comin’ Round Again” (No. 39), “O Holy Night” (No. 43) and “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” (No. 49). In all, seven of the 11 tracks on the album are charting on Holiday Digital Songs.

The album includes nine holiday classics and two new holiday songs.

Lovato: The Top-Ranking Latweeno on’s 21 Under 21 is back with its list of this year’s hottest minors in music, with five Latweeno artists/groups making the cut… And Demi Lovato isn’t only the highest ranking Hispanic artist, she’s also the top-ranking female…

The 20-year-old part Mexican singer/actress, who ranked at No. 7 last year, moved up four spots on’s latest 21 Under 21 installment, which ranks the most powerful minors in music.

Here’s a look at the Latweenos making the grade this year:

No. 3: Demi Lovato
Following the personal problems that threatened to derail her career two years ago, Lovato has come back Unbroken, which happens to be name of the album she released last year. It’s an album that’s still garnering attention. The album’s first track Skyscraper” recently picked up an MTV Video Music Award, while follow up single “Give Your Heart a Break” has resulted in Lovato’s first-ever No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

But that’s not all… Lovato scored a high-profile primetime television gig by joining Fox’s The X Factor, where she’s currently judging other aspiring artists alongside Simon Cowell and Britney Spears.

Throw in a popular summer tour with Hot Chelle Rae and hosting gigs at the Teen Choice Awards and MTV’s live New Year’s Eve Special, and 2012 is proving to be the year the former Disney Channel star is reaching new heights in her already impressive career.

Scotty McCreery

No. 4: Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery is holding steady on the 21 Under 21 list, coming in at No. 4 once again. That’s probably because the 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer’s career has been going full steam ahead since he won American Idol in 2011. McCreery, who graduated from high school this year, saw his debut album Clear as Day reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Even though he hasn’t placed a single in the top 10 on the country charts, McCreery has developed a very loyal fan base at a young age. Clear as Day helped him claim prizes from the American Country Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards.

McCreery even toured with Brad Paisley and performed on the CW’s Hart of Dixie.

McCreery is following up his debut album, which was certified platinum, with a holiday set, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, will hit stores on October 16.

No. 6: Selena Gomez
She may have dropped three spots on the 21 Under 21 list, to No. 6, but Selena Gomez has not fallen off the radar. In the last year, she’s released another hugely popular album (When the Sun Goes Down), which spawned the hit singles “Who Says” and “Love You Like a Love Song,” which earned Gomez her first-ever MTV Video Music Award nod. And the 20-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress performed the album’s third single, Hit The Lights, on Dancing with the Stars.

And Gomez has broadened her appeal while taking a break from recording music. This spring, she launched a brand new fragrance and focused on her film career. Her voice will be heard in the animated film Hotel Transylvania, and she’s set to appear in two films that could help shatter her Disney image: Spring Breakers with James Franco and the crime drama Getaway.

And she’s currently dating the No. 1 on the 21 Under 21 list, Justin Bieber, which has resulted in countless tabloid placements. Selena Gomez and the Scene will hopefully be back soon, but in the meantime, she continues to leave her indelible imprint on pop culture.


No. 17: 3BallMTY
3BallMTY may not be huge in the United States, but they could be very soon. The Mexican DJ collective, comprised of 19-year-old Erick Rincón, 19-year-old Alberto Presenda (DJ Otto) and 20-year-old Sergio Zavala (DJ Sheeqo Beat), have managed to turn their hobby into a huge business that’s reached a global audience thanks to their signature “tribal guarachero” sound. They’ve achieved success via radio airplay and synch deals with brands like Pepsi. And they recently dominated the list of finalists for the upcoming Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Despite their newfound fame, 3BallMTY has kept a cool and down-to-earth attitude about the group’s ascent in the music business. This past summer they opened up for Justin Bieber in a special concert at the famous Zócalo, the main square in the heart of historic Mexico City in front of about 200,000 music fans. “It was a bit nerve-wrecking,” says Rincón, “but once we were out on stage it was an amazing experience that we will never forget.”

Victoria Justice

No. 21: Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice has taken a tumble on the 21 Under 21 list, dropping from No. 10 to No. 21. But that has nothing to do with the 19-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/actress’ talent. The star of had a relatively quiet recording year. She’s the breakout star of the Nickelodeon hit show, even while co-stars like Ariana Grande are seeing their stock rise. The release of the show’s latest soundtrack, Victorious 2.0, coincided with the release of Justice’s recent solo single, “Make It In America,” and in August Justice embarked on her first solo tour in support of the pop tune.

With Victorious ending it’s run on cable, Justice will be setting her sights elsewhere. She has a new film Fun Size coming out this October; and she plans to release a solo album shortly after that.

Click here to see this year’s complete list of music’s hottest minors.

McCreery Wins First CMT Music Award

Scotty McCreery has claimed another first… his first CMT silver buckle.

Scotty McCreery at the CMT Music Awards

The 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner and former American Idol champion claimed the Breakthrough Video of the Year award at last night’s CMT Music Awards in Nashville for his “The Trouble With Girls” music video.

“This award is so special to me ’cause I got to film this at my home high school, Garner Magnet High School [in North Carolina,” said McCreery. “I thank everybody who came out to support that.”

It’s the latest industry award for the rising star, whose debut album Clear As Day was certified platinum only three months after its release.

Last December, McCreery received the Artist of the Year: New Artist award at the American Country Awards. And, he picked up the New Artist of the Year prize at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. And, he’s currently nominated for two Teen Choice Awards.

Click here for the complete list of winners at last night’s CMT Music Awards.

McCreery’s Debut Album Certified Platinum

Scotty McCreery is starting the New Year on a high note…

The 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer’s debut album Clear As Day has been officially certified platinum, with sales of more than one million copies just three months after its release. McCreery’s CD now ranks as one of the highest selling debuts from an American Idol contestant.

Scotty McCreery

In addition, Billboard magazine named the American Idol champion the Top New Country Artist for 2011, in addition to winning New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards in December.

“It means the world to me,” said McCreery, who was recently named New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards, in a press release. “It’s one of the highest honors you can get with your album and it’s a huge testament to the loyalty of country music fans and how great they have been to me this year. 2011 was absolutely an incredible, life-changing year for me. I want to say a huge thanks to the fans for this.”

Grabbing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts makes McCreery the youngest male in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. Clear As Day also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held steady in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks.

“Never in a million years did I dream that the album would go platinum,” the singer added. “It’s wild! It’s going to take me a few months or years to really wrap my head around it.”

Meanwhile, McCreery is preparing for his first country music tour, “Virtual Reality Tour 2012,” in Grand Rapids, Mich. The newcomer will serve as one of the opening acts for superstar Brad Paisley, along with The Band Perry.

“I’m looking forward to having a great time,” said McCreery of the tour. “It’s going to be a fun, jam-packed set.”