It's fun to watch new artists make their way through the twists and turns of the country music business. Let's face it... some of them get there (wherever 'there' is) and some of them don't. I will say this, it seems like the "American Idol" alumni have a little bit of a head start on everyone else.

Scotty McCreery is headed straight for country music superstardom! The singer, whose debut album Clear As Day was certified Platinum in only three months, just got word that his current single “The Trouble With Girls” has been certified Gold for selling over 500,000 copies, according to CMT Daily Roundup. Not only is he selling singles and records like crazy, he’s also opening on one of country’s hottest tours -  Brad Paisley’s 2012 Virtual Reality Tour. Scotty says he’s still blown away by the show’s amazing production. (Cut #7) “They’ve got a lot of cool stuff at their show. I am the guy on the side stage watching with a big grin on his face. You know I can’t get over how fast Brad Paisley moves his fingers on that guitar." As if being tour mates and buddies with Brad weren’t enough, Scotty just received another great bit of news. He’s up for the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year award, along with Hunter Hayes and Brantley Gilbert.
You can hear Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, and Brantley Gilbert every day on KIXS 108.