Phillip Phillips “Home” Makes American Idol History, Bows at #2 on Digital Chart

Phillip Phillip’s coronation single, “Home” bows at #2 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart this week with 278,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It’s also the second-best digital sales week ever for any Idol contestant. Only original Idol, Kelly Clarkson’s 2009 song “My Life Would Suck Without You” had a higher sales when it debuted with 280,000 downloads!

Country superstar, Carrie Underwood’s best sales week for a song came in 2009, when her “I Told You So” (featuring Randy Travis) debuted with 125,000.

And Phillip beats that other Idol record breaker, David Cook,  whose ” The Time of My Life” debuted in 2008 with 236,000 sales.   “Home” marks the biggest sales week for any “Idol” winner’s coronation single since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003.

Two CD singles (before downloads became the prominent way to sell singles)  two Season 2 finalists had larger sales weeks than Phil with their coronation singles

Clay Aiken’s “This Is The Night” CD single debuted with 393,000 and runner-up, Ruben Studdard’s “Flying Without Wings” debuted with 286,000.

Phillips’ debut is also the fourth-largest debut of the year, behind Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” (521,000), Maroon 5′s “Payphone”  (493,000) and Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” (411,000).

Phillip’s American Idol compilation, Journey to the Final debuted at #11 on the Billboard chart with 24,000 sold.

Via Billboard.com

1. Clay Aiken, This Is the Night (393,000 first-week sales)
2. Ruben Studdard, Flying Without Wings (286,000)
3. Phillip Phillips, Home (278,000)
4. David Cook, Time of My Life (236,000)
5. Kelly Clarkson, A Moment Like This (236,000)
6. Taylor Hicks, Do I Make You Proud (228,000)
7. Scotty McCreery, I Love You This Big (171,000)
8. Carrie Underwood, Inside Your Heaven (171,000)
9. Fantasia, I Believe (142,000)
10. Kris Allen, No Boundaries (134,000)
11. Lauren Alaina, Like My Mother Does (122,000)

Since then, Idol coronation songs (with the exceptions of the Cook and Phillips records) have stopped short of the top 10. Jordin Sparks’ “This Is My Now” peaked at #15, Kris Allen’s “No Boundaries reached #11, Lee DeWyze’s cover of U2′s “Beautiful Day” hit #24 and McCreery’s “I Love You This Big” hit #11.

Phillips placed a total of nine songs on this week’s 200-deep Hot Digital Songs chart, more than any Idol winner since Allen had 11 three years ago. Cook put 17 songs on Hot Digital Songs four years go, which is the record for an Idol winner.

(Yahoo.com)

  • Anonymous

    congratulations to phil, and to american idol for finally getting a good coronation song that suited the contestant. Maybe they should put their money into purchasing good songs, and start to build up a catelogue or maybe they already do that.

  • http://twitter.com/eric_ascher Eric Ascher

    It’s not all about the song. If Jimmy gave Jessica a better song, I think it would have done ok. While I don’t love Phil, he fits in with the current market of music. So the song+the genre+the artist=a new record.

  • Anonymous

    congrats to Philip!!!
    Do we know the single number for Jessica?

  • Anonymous

    I love the song. Jimmy Iovine picked a great song for a coronation song.  Great news for Phil, congratz

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised that Carrie’s biggest sales week was I Told You So. I figured it would have been Before He Cheats or something newer like Cowboy Casanova.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    And that’s because he publicly said he didn’t like the song. As more P2 seems to doesn’t give a damn more the things work out well for him. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Congrats to Phillip!

  • Anonymous

    Even though I’m not a huge fan of Phillip, “Home” is probably my favorite Idol coronation single and I think the song itself definitely boosted his sales. I also find the numbers pretty impressive considering it’s the 11th season.

  • Anonymous

    A big congratulations to Phillip on a really well written and interpreted song. No wonder Jimmy was jumping at the chance to have Phillip sing this song. Hopefully, Phillip will go down this route musically, and strike a balance with what he wants to do musically, and what will sell so he can have a hit record.

  • Anonymous

    Lee Dewho?

  • windmills

    What’s great about this is that for all the lack of enthusiasm P2′s gotten through the 5th WGWG winner meme and all the diminishing returns talk (despite Scotty’s success), these sales will at least temporarily stop the negative buzz. I definitely didn’t enjoy P2 as an AI contestant and I’m completely unsold on his ability to sing & interpret well. But, good for him and I hope he can continue to beat the odds by delivering some strong original material of his own writing and selling well with it. 

  • Anonymous

    I am also not a fan of Phillip during this season, but I will say I love the song and bought it.

    Too bad he doesn’t and wants to make songs OPPOSITE of Home and do his “own thang”.

     

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Philip! This is the first coronation song that hasn’t made me cringe, so hopefully the powers that be will realize people would rather hear a good song that fits into the current music scene and is radio friendly rather than the magic rainbows/no boundaries crap.

    As I said in another thread, this gives the label a lot of ammunition to use to try and convince Philip this is the type of music he needs to put on his album. He seems pretty adamant about not doing that, though, so this could be a struggle.

    But that’s in the future. This is great news, and hopefully Interscope will now push the song to radio

  • windmills

    TheGreatXL: I’m surprised that Carrie’s biggest sales week was I Told You So. I figured it would have been Before He Cheats or something newer like Cowboy Casanova.

    Carrie would’ve had a bigger week with Good Girl but it was released late at night (like after 11 PM Eastern) on a Thursday. It still sold 109k in 3 days. And, I actually think Billboard may be wrong about Carrie’s biggest single sales week anyway because I’m pretty sure her cover of I’ll Stand By You for Idol Gives Back sold 126k. Not a big difference though.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Well…congrats to Phillip!

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised she never sold more than 125K in a week. Considering all her big hit singles, that’s crazy. I guess the songs just have good longevity sticking in say the Top 200 of iTunes.

  • OffLeash

    I’m so happy for Phil. Not only did he sell amazingly well after the lowest rated season of Idol, but he also managed to break records. Yes, there is something special about Phil, and it isn’t just the song. I think he will continue to surprise people. 

  • Hazehel

    They have to push this single to radio. If Phillip doesn’t like it, tie him down and force him to sing. It would be such a waste a decent song when us fans of other idols have to suffer through appalling songs like This is My Time of No Boundaries.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    This post really belongs in both sales threads so I’m just going to post the part that pertains to Phillip:

    From Idol Chatter:

    Phillip Phillips puts up big ‘Home’ numbers

    Some people have called Phillip Phillips’ Home the best American Idol coronation song ever, and the numbers the track put up last week bear it out.Home sold 278,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That’s more than 100,000 more downloads than Scotty McCreery’s I Love You This Big sold last year and nearly three times what Lee DeWyze sold of Beautiful Day in 2010. In fact, its the second-best first-week numbers for an Idol winner’s coronation single and the overall third-best first week coming off the show.

    Here’s how Home stacks up:

    1. Clay Aiken, This Is the Night (393,000 first-week sales)
    2. Ruben Studdard, Flying Without Wings (286,000)
    3. Phillip Phillips, Home (278,000)
    4. David Cook, Time of My Life (236,000)
    5. Kelly Clarkson, A Moment Like This (236,000)
    6. Taylor Hicks, Do I Make You Proud (228,000)
    7. Scotty McCreery, I Love You This Big (171,000)
    8. Carrie Underwood, Inside Your Heaven (171,000)
    9. Fantasia, I Believe (142,000)
    10. Kris Allen, No Boundaries (134,000)
    11. Lauren Alaina, Like My Mother Does (122,000)

    Keep in mind that some of the early Idol sales represent physical sales while the more recent ones are digital sales. However you slice it, though, Phillip had a mighty impressive week.

    Home, by the way, was the week’s second-best-selling single, behind Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe.

    But wait, there’s more: According to Keith Caulfield at Billboard, “It’s the second-best digital sales week ever for any Idol contestant. Only Kelly Clarkson’s 2009 song My Life Would Suck Without You had a bigger frame, when it debuted with 280,000 downloads.”

  • Anonymous

    Where is Jordin Sparks and Lee DeWyze on that coronation list?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Beats me.  That’s all the coronation single info that he gave out. 

  • OffLeash

    Yes, I’m all for tying down Phil and forcing him to sing the song lol. Jimmy, make it happen. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Congrats P2!

    But the ironic thing is, P2 doesn’t want anything to do with the song.  LOL!  You know Jimmy will want to push him in that direction, and P2 is just gonna push back.

  • Anonymous

     i agree about the wgwg (i shouldnt really mention it because i hate the title), because 3 out of the five could actually end up being successul

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    Congrats P2!

  • Anonymous

    There are a lot of styles of music that are currently popular, so it’s about the song.  It is current, good, and seems like a normal song, which can’t be said about any other coronation single.  The arrangement of the song is also very current. 

    girlgirl said: Congrats to Philip! This is the first coronation song that hasn’t made me cringe, so hopefully the powers that be will realize people would rather hear a good song that fits into the current music scene and is radio friendly rather than the magic rainbows/no boundaries crap.

    You forgot that they need to pick songs that fit the contestants/artists.

  • Karen C

    I don’t think he meant that he didn’t like the song, I think he just meant that his original music wouldn’t sound like Home.

  • Chris

    To quote Alanis Morrisette, Isn’t it Ironic? He doesn’t even want the song and it sells like hotcakes.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Interesting, what leads me to wonder, is the song selling itself because it’s just a good song, or is P2 riding a winners high selling it?

    I’m inclined to think he just lucked out with a damn good song.

  • Karen C

    Wow, both these sales, and the sales of his other Idol songs, really shows he is a very popular winner.  It’s really good for him an for the show that he’s doing so well.

  • Eriko

    Congrats to PP. I may be misunderstanding what many are saying in regards weather he should go the “Home” route and if he doesn´t, recording “Volcano” type of songs would be equally good. It is not like those kind of songs are just shaken down from a tree, nor has PP yet demonstrated he´s capable of writing songs like them. And as far as I know, Damien Rice hasn´t offered to write for him. 

  • Anonymous

    it will be interesting to see how his cd sales go. scottys single wasnt that great, although some people did really like it, but his cd sales were greater then his single sales. I can see phil being the opposite, having great single sales, im not sure about the cd, but home being a great song, will definetly make people interested and check out the album

  • Anonymous

    Quick google:

    Beautiful Day sold 95K its first week.
    This Is My Now sold 74K.

    I’m pretty sure some other runners-up outsold them, so there’s no point in highlighting it.

    Anyway, P2 is having a really good sales week.  Very curious to see how the promotion will go.

  • Karen C

    I think the single itself is doing well because it is also a good song, but I do think there is a lot of interest because his compilation album is doing very well also, as are a lot of his other Idol singles.   I just think he’s a very popular winner, and probably the most popular since David Cook.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Phil! I’ve loved “Home” since hearing those first notes and I really hope it gets some airplay somewhere soon! Perhaps Idol will learn to buy great songs for the finalists. I won’t really hold my breath, though. ha Excited for Phil and I hope this is just the tip of the iceberg for him. I am eager to follow what he does from now on. 

  • Anonymous

    I did not like P2 during the whole season. I didn’t vote for him once. But I bought this song cause I loved it. It’s just a great song!

  • Anonymous

    Ah, thanks for that info… I always like to have a complete list ;)

  • too-cool-for-school

    He has stated that he likes it and thinks it’s a good song. I don’t think it’s a matter of not ‘even wanting it’ so much as it was just him saying his future material will not be exactly like it, but I digress.

    & congrats to Phillip!

  • Chris

    The song is selling itself, he isn’t even on promo this week.

  • Anonymous

    That shows how important radio is.  She immediately sells to her hardcore fanbase over the course of one week or less, and then radio introduces her music to everybody else. The result, a whole lot of singles that have sold more than a million copies.

  • Incipit

    “Where is Jordin Sparks and Lee DeWyze on that coronation list?”

    Good question, curly_yenta Whoever put that list together must have dropped them off the end inadvertently….and forgot to take Lauren Alaina and Clay off while they were editing out the 2nd place people – since it’s supposed to be a winner’s list.

    Considering the numbers for both Jordin and Lee – I don’t think it would make any difference to the top end of the list for opening numbers…it’s just a little glitch – perhaps someone else has the complete numbers?

    I do have one other quibble – Kelly Clarkson didn’t ‘have’ downloads. Her song was pre digital – those were hard copies she sold…and not just Kelly. I’m not a big enough Idol fan to have details, but I do know that even Jordin in Season 6 was selling a mix of hard copies and digital. Season 7 went completely digital, as people first caught on to buying their post show souvenir that way.

  • Anonymous

    Yea… those 2nd place finishers shouldn’t be on the list….
    Did Carrie and Scotty really sell the same?

    1.Ruben Studdard, Flying Without Wings (286,000)
    2.Phillip Phillips, Home (278,000)
    3.David Cook, Time of My Life (236,000)
    4.Kelly Clarkson, A Moment Like This (236,000)
    5.Taylor Hicks, Do I Make You Proud (228,000)
    6.Scotty McCreery, I Love You This Big (171,000)
    7.Carrie Underwood, Inside Your Heaven (171,000)
    8.Fantasia, I Believe (142,000)
    9.Kris Allen, No Boundaries (134,000)
    10 Lee DeWyze, Beautiful Day (95K)
    11 Jordin Sparks, This Is My Now (74K).

  • Anonymous

    After all the angst and gnashing of teeth that went on this season about another WGWG winning, I am just lmao at PP selling so many of his single. So I guess he really was a “deserving winner” and AI still has its “credibility”.
    Good for you Phillip!

  • clearone

    Awesome stuff!!!  It’s wonderful to see such great news for Phillip……..and this wasn’t even for a whole week was it?  Hopefully this makes him feel a bit better right now.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, both these sales, and the sales of his other Idol songs, really shows he is a very popular winner.  It’s really good for him an for the show that he’s doing so well.

    It’s both.  He’s a very popular AI contestant, just like Scotty, Cook, and some others, but he also has a good song, that has gotten the attention of those who aren’t fans of his or the show.

    And not to take anything away from Phillip, the song is good, but so is his interpretation of it. Even though he doesn’t think so, the song really fits him.

    pat345 said: it will be interesting to see how his cd sales go. scottys single wasnt that great, although some people did really like it, but his cd sales were greater then his single sales. I can see phil being the opposite, having great single sales, im not sure about the cd, but home being a great song, will definetly make people interested and check out the album

    Both I Love You This Big and Scotty’s cd went Platinum. Some idol fans may not have liked the song, but it, and the way Scotty sang it, struck a chord with people.

  • Chris

    His interview comments were very clear and I am sure still posted on MJs blog but cleaning up history is an art form. Sometimes you’re good, sometimes you’re lucky. P2 is lucky most buyers don’t read blogs.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go P2. Congrats to him. “Home” is a very good song.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I completely understand the complaints about Brian putting in some of the 2nd place finisher’s in the coronation song list.  There were some seasons where the top 2 had the same song and only the winner’s song was released to radio and other seasons where the top two were each given a different single and both were sent to radio with the winning single getting the bigger promotional push.

  • Anonymous

    But, would it matter if only one was released, since he’s just focusing on first week sales numbers?

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’ve said it before around here, but I would imagine that most winners feel that way about their coronation song/first single. But regardless, it’s still their first single and there isn’t much they can do about it other than to insure that future singles will be different.

    So I don’t make too big a deal about his comments, but I’m sure he will be happy/grateful that the sales for it are good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/galaga6846 Leah Hoffman

    I listened to this song and I love it. He’s not even promoting it and it’s selling for good reason, I have said a lot of negative things about P2 during the singing competition (he isn’t a great singer) but now that the singing contest is over, I have to say that this is by far the best Idol released single in 11 years of following Idol.

    I wonder if he’s changing his tune on the whole “this is not my first single, this is not my song” angle that he was claiming the day after his big win.

  • koshka

    Well Jimmy hasn’t weighed in on what he will be singing. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    After all the angst and gnashing of teeth that went on this season about another WGWG winning, I am just lmao at PP selling so many of his single. So I guess he really was a “deserving winner” and AI still has
    its “credibility”.

    LOL. I don’t think that Phillip’s popularity with Idol viewers was ever at issue. So I’m not sure this “proves” anything other than Phillip is a popular winner with a great coronation song.

    I’ll just be happy he’s getting a good launch. :)

  • Anonymous

     i think scotty was very popular its just he was country, and if you dont like country your not going to like his music. his and phillips sales for the compilation album were the same.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    After all the angst and gnashing of teeth that went on this season about
    another WGWG winning, I am just lmao at PP selling so many of his
    single. So I guess he really was a “deserving winner” and AI still has
    its “credibility”.
    Good for you Phillip!

    ______

    Hopefully, let’s see. It’s still to early to tell how things will go moving forward. He still has to put out an album. I’m not a fan of Phillip but I do think he can stop the WGWG negative buzz. The media doesn’t have an allergic reaction to his win. They actually like him. Rollingstone called him a “bored genius” which I think is a perfect description of him and nice way to brand him. Hopefully his original music doesn’t end up being boring without the genius part to go along with it. Congrats to P2.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I don’t think buyers care whether Phillip likes his own song. They’ll buy it if they like it. 

    The sales are great, but there’s no guarantee that radio will play the song even if Interscope decides to push it there. (Country radio pounced right on to ILYTB the second it was available to play and it quickly got an add date – that hasn’t happened so far for this song).  It should be interesting to watch over the next week or two to see if “Home” gets an add date or any traction. 

    Even without radio play, Phillip is likely to get a nice framed gold version of the single to hang on his wall or put under his bed or whereever, haha.  I love how people are tweeting him like crazy about his sales and he’s tweeting about chili cheese dogs like Captain Oblivious.

  • OffLeash

    I hope Jimmy’s already locked up Drew Pearson and Greg Holden in some Malibu mansion and told them he won’t let them out until they write a dozen songs lmao. 

  • Barth

     With sales of 393,000 in one week he deserves to be #1.

  • Anonymous

    I think those songs were much earlier in the itunes and download history, and the numbers overall were smaller, or they could have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/galaga6846 Leah Hoffman

    I completely agree.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I do have one other quibble – Kelly Clarkson didn’t ‘have’ downloads. Her song was pre digital – those were hard copies she sold…and not just Kelly. I’m not a big enough Idol fan to have details, but I do know that even Jordin in Season 6 was selling a mix of hard copies and digital.

    Clarkson was back in the day of physical singles, but Sparks’ coronation single didn’t have a physical CD release. It was sold digitally through iTunes and AmericanIdol.com only.

    ETA: Holy sh*t. 278,000. P2 should be thankful the song’s not the usual Idol glurge and is respectably alt-rock/AAA, as if it goes on to get substantial radio play, he’s going to be identified with it more-or-less forever.

  • Anonymous

    Im surprised jordan sparks didnt sell more, but i dont remember what her coronation song was, but anyways she went on to do well

  • Anonymous

    time will tell if he has longevity, but color me impressed for rn. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Get back to us this fall and see if you can still say the same.

  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    Congrats P2! Home is pretty awesome.
    Mann, it sure sucks to be Jessica though. Only selling 4000 units? That kinda sucks for her. But I’m sure if given the right material, she could really sell in the future

  • Guest

    Yes, and he said he wasn’t one to sing a lot of “ooo oooo oooo” or however you would put that in print,  in his songs, but that it was a good song and well written. He never implied or stated he hated the song.
    I do hope this single takes off on radio because it is a very good song

  • Anonymous

    Jordin had a horrible coronation song, and Jive tried to distance her from it as fast as they could.  But, I think most AI viewers would say that she wasn’t a popular idol winner, and her season wasn’t popular either.  On this board, it’s usually listed along with season 9 as one of the worst.  Her debut numbers for her album showed the waning popularity of the show, and her own popularity among idol viewers.  But, she’s also an example of how that doesn’t matter, since she went on to sell a million copies of her album based on having hit singles.  Unfortunately, those hits were so different from one another that it was impossible for her to build up a solid fanbase.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I’m really surprised at Jessica’s “Change Nothing” not at least climbing into the Top 200 songs. It wasn’t nearly as good as Phillip’s song, but it was still better than “This is My Time of No Boundaries”  Oh well, at least her low sales will give Jimmy a good idea of what types of songs to avoid like the plague.

  • Anonymous

    Phillips has said more than once that he wants to record his own songs, so Drew and Greg can write dozens of songs….doesn’t mean Phillips is going to record them! lol! 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Not surprising.  The song was trashed by the judges and she disowned it.

  • Anonymous

    IMO, Jordin got very lucky to hook up with Chris Brown, a VERY popular top 40 artist at the time and got a huge hit with No Air  as a duet. Without that single, the album would never has done as well as it did. 

    Her waning popularity since that debut album shows her wobbliness as a viable recording artist in Top 40 radio.  Her attempt with I Am Woman was a complete flop.  Is she even still signed to RCA?  It’s been well over 3 years since she’s put out an album.. anyone know what going on with her?

  • OffLeash

    I’m gonna bet Phil’s album is gonna be half and half. Half his own songs. Jimmy and Phil will have to compromise. Both of them lol. 

  • Anonymous

    Im surprised jordan sparks didnt sell more, but i dont remember what her coronation song was, but anyways she went on to do well

    “This is My Nooooooow!”

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Jordin scored BIG TIME with “No Air” and getting Chris Brown to duet with her (before his rep got tarnished).

  • Anonymous

    That’s more ‘n half way to gold right hay-uh!  Now somebody just needs to convince him to own the song.  Hmmm, might have it tough with that.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I love how people are tweeting him like crazy about his sales and he’s tweeting about chili cheese dogs like Captain Oblivious.”

    Ahaha, the food tweets always seem to start during pivotal times. I’m not so sure that it’s just by coincidence anymore. xD

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Her waning popularity since that debut album shows her wobbliness as a viable recording artist in Top 40 radio.  Her attempt with I Am Woman was a complete flop.  Is she even still signed to RCA?  It’s been well over 3 years since she’s put out an album.. anyone know what going on with her?

    Sparks is doing promo for the movie Sparkle, and her soundtrack single (a duet with Whitney Houston) drops next week: coverage of the song right here on MJ’s.

    ETA: P2′s gonna do, like, the Dives & Diners tour of the U.S., isn’t he? Chili cheese dogs and nachos from coast to coast…

  • Anonymous

    I’ll bet this is the “goodbye” song next year.  

  • Anonymous

    It’s a good song when Greg Holden sings it, too, but it has zero emotional impact.  It happens to be a perfect fit for Phillip.  He becomes a Clint Eastwood type character who is believable saying/singing lines like…”Hold on to me as you go….I’m gonna make this place your home.”  Some of his other songs are just as characterful and believable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    I am not curious about Philip’s numbers, but am curious why Jessicia got such a bad song and he got such a good one.   Seems more fairness should be shown.   Although the song sucked at least Adam and Kris has an equal opportunity. 

  • OffLeash

    That’s what I read too. It’s the “ooo oooo oooo” he said he wouldn’t put in his songs, but he liked Home.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I don’t know, I thought Tattoo and On Step At A Time were in a very similar vein, of that kind of candy coated airy light pop. No Air was different though, I’ll give you that.

    IMO, Jordin got very lucky to hook up with Chris Brown, a VERY popular
    top 40 artist at the time and got a huge hit with No Air  as a duet.

    Tattoo was a big hit on it’s own, probably similar in size to WWFM and LLWD is not bigger, but No Air was the smash. On Step At A Time was similar to Tattoo in size. Jordin deserves some credit for her own success IMO.

  • Anonymous

    I’m aware of that movie, but what about her own recording career with RCA?  Is there any word about a new album from her in the forseeable future?  Like I mentioned, it’s been well over 3 years since her last one.

  • Anonymous

     “Home” debuts just one spot higher on the BB Top 100 (10) than either ILYTB (11) or NoBo (11), despite outselling both songs by more than 100K. I’m guessing that the fact that Scotty’s and Kris’ songs got way more radio play than Home did in the first few days after its release is the main reason why their chart ranks are so similar.

  • OffLeash

    Yep. The lack of airplay is why Phil didn’t chart higher since airplay and streaming are now included with the sales to determine the ranking. 

  • judes

    I’m not surprised at the good sales for Home as its a really great song. 
    I was very up & down about P2 during the season ,depending on what he sang. I started to like him more in the last couple of weeks when he was less growly & you could hear his pure voice more. I wonder how many are like me who would buy his album if it has good songs like Home but not if P2 has songs where he is too growly? I think he will sell more singles than albums[the opposite to Scotty]  as I feel there may be songs for all tastes but not necessarily a whole album that the majority would buy. 
    Anyway for now ,he at least has a Coronation song that is singable & he should do this on the Tour as it is a popular song.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I saw that “Home” was #2 on the Canada digital songs list too. Do any of the lovely Canadians here know where to look for download numbers or have a ballpark guess?

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Eh, I’m not curious. I’m of the mind that Phillip would have won no matter what Jessica did anyway. It really doesn’t matter to me.

    I will say that I’m kind of glad it was bad in the sense that they won’t promote it to radio, so she has a chance of having a real first single that actually (shocker!) fits her, instead of a coronation ballad. If it wasn’t going to be Home level good why bother.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Right. He likes it and knows it’s a good song, there are just elements of it that are too pop and not what he plans on doing in the future.

    If it isn’t him, why would he pretend otherwise? And people who want him to do a complete 360 and go that route… I guess I don’t understand that. We have seen a lot of people from Idol, men especially, begrudgingly go the way the label wanted them to and their albums flopped. People always want something authentic and not the usual cheesy post-Idol stuff. ‘Home’ is great, but an entire album of songs similar to that? No guarantee that it would be good or an accurate reflection on P2 as an artist.

    Maybe he has the determination and a chance to do something unique. Yet the tune has changed, now many want him to listen to the label. I don’t get it. *head spins* :P

  • Anonymous

    IMO, Jordin got very lucky to hook up with Chris Brown, a VERY popular 
    top 40 artist at the time and got a huge hit with No Air  as a duet.

    No Air was a mega hit, but Tatoo was a huge hit.  Before No Air was released, Tattoo peaked at #5 on the pop charts, #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Hot AC, and went top 20 or 10 in a whole lot of other countries.  So, it paved the way for No Air.  

    The first single off of her second album was also a hit.  Battlefield went top ten on Pop, peaking at #6, and did well outside of the US, especially in the UK.  But, I think the problem is that people just didn’t know what to expect from her, and I have a feeling that Jordin didn’t know what she wanted to do either.

  • Anonymous

    More chart notes (via @IdolsNow)

    Philip’s compilation album debuts at #2 on Top Independent Albums chart
    Jessica’s compilation album debuts at #21 on Top Independent Albums chart

    (I guess technically there is no label associated with these)

    Kris’ sophomore album, Thank You Camellia, debuts at #8 on Top Internet Albums Chart

    Haley’s debut album, Listen Up!, debuts at #9 on Top Internet Albums Chart

    Philip’s compilation album debuts at #3 on Top Digital Albums chart

    Haley’s debut album debuts at #14 on Top Digital Albums chart

    Kris’s sophomore album debuts at #18 on Top Digital Albums chart

  • Chris

    I think including the runner ups was fair, Clay won fair and square. He isn’t every one’s favorite but he sold like wildfire.

  • Sparkles

    Makes you wonder how high the number could have been if he were able to
    promote the song more instead of prepping for his surgery.

  • Anonymous

     i agree, i think he will sell more singles then albums, because i didnt like phillip, but i like the song home, so i may pick and choice when the album comes out

  • OffLeash

    Makes you wonder how high the number could have been if he were able to promote the song more instead of prepping for his surgery.

    … and if the song had had a full week instead of 4 days!

  • http://idrag4mj.blogspot.com/ MENSAH

    Jordin deserves credit for her success .. Tattoo , One step at a time , Battlefield are all multiplatinum hits without the help of anyone

  • Anonymous

    ” Get back to us this fall and see if you can still say the same.”

    Well personally I don’t care much about Phillip one way or the other-for some reason he couldn’t put me under his WGWG spell like others have. I just think it’s hysterical that all season I’ve been reading about his 4 note range, how he’s just skating by on his looks, how he makes every song sound the same, etc, etc. Now he’s a “bored genius” who connects emotionally with the music. I just think it’s funny how the guy who was going to ruin AI is now one of its saviors.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    ” I just think it’s funny how the guy who was going to ruin AI is now one of its saviors.”

    Again, check back in the fall and we’ll see if that’s true.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not that I don’t love the song…I’ve already purchased both “Home” and Phillip’s Idol compilation…but let’s wait until we see how the song does in the long run before we start talking records.  I’m saying this because David Cook’s “Time Of My Life” went on to sell 1,375,000 copies. It was also used in several sporting arenas…including the 2008 Olympics. Bring it on Phillipl!!!  

  • shell29

    I’m inclined to think he just lucked out with a damn good song.

    Yep, I couldn’t agree with you more. Kudos and congratulations to Phil nonetheless.   If I were him, I wouldn’t rock the boat too much.  Like it or not, this is your REAL single-just ride the wave and enjoy it.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody thought Top 40 radio would ever play Adele, but she’s on constant rotation. I think anything is possible. A good song is a good song and Home is a good song.

  • Anonymous

    Yup, and for all the radio play and promotion Scotty got for ILYTB, it still isn’t close to going platinum (last I saw it had sold 700+K). So even with this fantastic start for “Home,” there’s no guarantee that it will end up being this huge hit. We just have to wait and see.

  • Anonymous

    This give American Idol bragging rights once again.  I’m sure they are thrilled.

  • OffLeash

    If the song doesn’t get airplay, it won’t get legs. I hope the buzz the song is getting today will make some PDs reconsider and add it to their playlist. Let’s hope Jimmy has enough clout to pull it off.

  • idolstruck

    I have always loved Phillip’s voice and his way of interpreting songs and this sales news just made me so damn proud of our brilliantly awkward/bored genius artist! Way to go Phillip!! I’m pretty sure his debut album will be amazing!

  • Anonymous

    Of course. I was just referring to how things are currently being perceived.

  • Anonymous

    someone posted the sales for scottys i love you this big recently and i beleive it is 820 thousand now, wikipedia isnt up to date

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    I wonder how much of the sales have to do with Phillip’s popularity and what part of it is the quality of “Home” that got people who aren’t necessarily Phillip fans to buy it, too. Either way it’s very cool to see an Idol coronation song cracking the Top 10 of the Hot 100 again.

    Phillip is popular, obviously, but none of his other songs from the season went over 100K this week. IIRC Cook and Kris managed to sell 100K of *another* song while also moving copies of their coronation songs. It’s not a predictor of much, because Scotty didn’t have another song aside from I Love You This Big that sold a huge amount, and his album went on to go platinum.

  • stargazed

    I’ve got to say I was wowed by Phil each and every week.  I love that he is his own man and sings what and how he wants to sing and wears all the grey that he can find.  “Home” was amazing on the finale, the perfect fit for a guy who didn’t seem to fit the Idol framework.

  • Anonymous

     Well, good for him and Home. Congratulations all around~

  • Anonymous

    Big congratulations to Phillip Phillips! Home is a great song, and he made a great arrangement of it. Even if it’s not exactly his style, I don’t think it’s a bad tune to be affiliated with!  

    Her waning popularity since that debut album shows her wobbliness as a viable recording artist in Top 40 radio.  Her attempt with I Am Woman was a complete flop.  Is she even still signed to RCA?  It’s been well over 3 years since she’s put out an album.. anyone know what going on with her?

    LOL. I’m going to pretend to be a Jordin Sparks uber fan for a few minutes because someone needs to sing her praises! So here’s what I know:

    1. She is starring in a major motion picture called “Sparkle”, opposite Whitney Houston scheduled to be released in cinemas this summer. There will be lots of singing in it.
    2. She was #5 on the Forbes list for highest paid idols of 2011.
    3. Her 2nd album may have had mediocre sales but its single Battlefield went Platinum, which is great for any sophomore Idol album. 
    4. She just released a duet with Whitney Houston.
    5. She has the 4th highest total single sales of any Idol alumn after Kelly, Carrie and Daughtry.
    6. Her recent single flopped, but on a positive note, she’s still recording!  

    And here’s what I also got from Wiki:
    7. She was on People Magazine’s “Most beautiful” lists this year, 2012, which suggests that she is still in the spotlight.
    8. She played the lead in the Broadway play “In the Heights”
    9. She has her own fragrance and clothing line, LOL.

    Anyway, I don’t think Jordin’s going anywhere for now and frankly, I think she continues to be a bigger household name (both nationally and internationally) than any winner after her.

  • lambkingal

    Great for you P2!

  • Trina

    Not for anything, but maybe predictions on whether or not this will go platinum or  how many albums he will sell is a little premature? And believe me I say this as someone who is not a P2 fan and predicted Lee level numbers..and based on some of the completely off predictions I saw yesterday I think his popularity has been extremely underestimated.  I dont know why the Scotty comparisons are still coming up. And I say this as a Scotty fan..but who’s to say P2 isnt more popular? As of now I’m thinking its not very far fetched. so yeah I’d hold off on predictions IMO because his EP and single numbers so far have floored me.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LSNNDVLS76CV6GV5IYPXSQP3CE Mitchell

    White guys with guitars.  Unstoppable force :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/galaga6846 Leah Hoffman

    I wasn’t a fan of his on the show, but I love the song. So, if I buy it, it’s because of the song, not because of his performance on Idol.

  • Anonymous

    Has Home been released to radio yet?  I seem to remember hearing other Idols’ coronation songs on the radio like a day or two after the finale.  Maybe I’m remembering incorrectly……

  • Hazehel

    5. As of last year, I think she had the highest total single sales of any Idol alumn….I’m not sure if this is still true….maybe someone else knows.

    That has never been true.  She is fourth after Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Daughtry. You might be thinking of the fact that she had the best selling single of all Idol alum (No Air), but that has been overtaken by Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats.

  • OffLeash

    I love how people are tweeting him like crazy about his sales and he’s tweeting about chili cheese dogs like Captain Oblivious.”

    Hmmm…. Maybe Phil is obsessed with food right now because he’s NPO d/t his surgery tomorrow. 

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Phillip! I really love the song, but I can’t wait to hear “his” songs, as well.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah…it was probably “No Air” I was thinking of. My mistake. I’ll fix it. 

  • Anonymous

    Adele didn’t get a ton of Top 40 play with her first album. And even with this album, Rolling with the Deep didn’t start on Top 40 — it started on Triple A and HAC and then crossed over

  • Anonymous

     “I wasn’t a fan of his on the show, but I love the song. So, if I buy it,
    it’s because of the song, not because of his performance on Idol.”

    I’d say that your comment and the others that I’ve seen like it kind of tell the tale, don’t you think?

    A lot of people really like the song, even if they weren’t Phillip fans for the rest of the show. And then a lot of people really really like Phillip himself (and mostly like the song, too, it seems). So he’s got buyers-because-he’s-Phillip plus buyers-who-aren’t-big-Phillip-fans-but-love-the-song — not one but *two* groups of enthusiastic buyers.

    Having a finale song that can sell on its own merits is definitely paying off. (I think we could have told them this years ago, of course …)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    From Billboard:

    Phillip Phillips Storms Hot 100′s Top 10, Gotye Has Year’s Longest-Running No. 1

    Phillips logs the first Hot 100 top 10 ‘American Idol’ coronation song
    since 2008, while Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ reigns for a
    seventh week.

    I’m just going to post the important parts of the article:

    Phillips’ “Home” sold 278,000 downloads following its May 23 release (for the sales tracking week ending Sunday, May 27), according to
    Nielsen SoundScan, and debuts at No. 2 on the Digital Songs chart. With its No. 10 bow on the Hot 100, “Home” is the first “Idol” victory single to reach the top 10 since David Cook’s “The Time of My Life” debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2008.

    The 2009 and 2011 “Idol” victors just missed the Hot 100′s top tier, each posting No. 11 debuts and peaks with their winner songs: Kris Allen’s “No Boundaries” and Scotty McCreery’s “I Love You This Big,” respectively. 2010 champ Lee DeWyze reached No. 24 with his cover of U2′s “Beautiful Day.”

    You can read the full article here.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it has officially been sent for adds. However, it got 89 spins (across several different formats) last week and it got 5 adds from radio stations this week

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    Having a finale song that can sell on its own merits is definitely paying off. (I think we could have told them this years ago, of course …)

    I know! Just look at how well this song sold and the finale was way down in the ratings. Imagine how great the sales could’ve been if they’d had quality coronation songs all those years when the finale could draw ~30 million viewers.

  • Anonymous

    both Philip’s and Jessica’s coronation songs are listed under “Cool New Music” on the HAC page of All-Access

    http://www.allaccess.com/hot-modern-ac/cool-new-music 

  • iFoundIt

    So much for the doom and gloom that Phillip will even sell worse than Lee Dewyze, lol.

    Congratulations.  Home is a great song. 

  • Anonymous

    The only reason Top 40 started to play Adele is because of the album’s phenomenal success, otherwise they would have nothing to do with it.

  • Anonymous

    that prediction was to do with album sales, not coronation song sales. 

  • Anonymous

    no they still would have played RITD — that song went to #1 on HAC and Triple A — it would have crossed over no matter what. It crossed over faster because the album blew up. Look at the success of the Goyte song, for example — his album isn’t selling any great amounts, but the song crossed over to CHR because it blew up on several other charts

  • windmills

    Hazehel: That has never been true.  She is fourth after Kelly Clarkson, Carrie
    Underwood and Daughtry. You might be thinking of the fact that she had
    the best selling single of all Idol alum (No Air), but that has been
    overtaken by Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats.

    And, in a matter of weeks, Kelly’s What Doesn’t Kill You :)

  • Anonymous

    That’s all interesting, but I’d like to know what the status is on her own solo recording career.  Does she have an album coming out in the near future?  It’s been well over 3 years since her last one…. I guess nobody knows?  I’m curious if she’s still on the RCA roster.

  • phil_atlanta2

    Interesting. So Kris sold more physical albums onlline (his fan edition must have  helped a lot) but Haley beat him in digital albums. Even though TYC deluxe was ahead of Haley’s delux on iTunes, she must have been way ahead of Kris in the regular edition.

  • Anonymous

    Top 40 is still a teen oriented/pop format and RITD is way too adult. If it had not caught on, Top 40 would have nothing to do with that song, that is my point.

    I don’t know about your Top 40 station, but my station plays ALL her songs that have charted, not just RITD.

  • phil_atlanta2

    “Home” is the first coronation single I bought willingly because of how much I like the song. I had bought a couple of other winner’s singles before but just to support them.

  • shell29

    Jordin is still on the RCA roster:

    http://www.rcarecords.com/artists/jordin-sparks

    I assume that for the next few months she’ll be focused on promoting Sparkle.  There hasn’t been any news that she has been dropped and I doubt that RCA would want to drop her anytime soon.

  • Anonymous

    Jordin was featured on one of the entertainment shows tonight and I’m pretty sure they said Jordin and Whitney Houston have a single coming out. That should be interesting.

  • Sparkles

    I agree that “Home” is a good song but Phillips performance of the song is part
    of it’s success too. Could any of the others in the Top 10 this year record a
    better version?

  • TheOther

    but let’s wait until we see how the song does in the long run before we start talking records.

    I think it could even sold a lot more if not for the fact that Phillip has been pretty much MIA getting ready for his surgery.  Can’t predict the future. This is his moment:)

  • Anonymous

    No way, Sparkles! 

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Phil. That’s pretty amazing. :)

  • Guest

    Good for Phillip! I’m not a huge fan(didn’t want him to win, thought he should have left earlier). But I am happy to see somebody from idol do great. I can’t help but laugh at those people who said he would “kill” idol. Obviously people like him. Maybe this can translate to album sales? If so, then it’s good news.

  • Anonymous

     i dont think they could of that song, but if they were given a good song, that really suited their voice and style, i think a few would have done really well.

  • Guest

    It’s funny now to laugh at the haters who wanted to see idol fail because of this.

  • Guest

    Well, people said he would be a bigger flop than Lee, and pull the credibility of idol down further.

  • Anonymous

     i think now it might be good, because 3 out of the 5 wgwg may be successful, scotty is still selling, and has some stuff coming up that will give him boasts in sales. and phil has a good start with this single

  • Anonymous

    Home is still in the top 10 on iTunes and the album is #3.  This could be another good week for P2. It’s cool that the guy predicted by many to destroy the franchise is doing so great!

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Glad to see he’s starting well! Was pretty worried when he won, since the track record hasn’t been great for his (vague, loosely-constructed) genre post-Idol but hopefully he continues to have success. Not a fan by ANY stretch of the imagination, but it’s always nice to see Idol alum enjoying successful careers.

  • shell29

    I’ll gladly eat my words if his album sells as well as this single has.  But for now, I still don’t think his album sales will be all that great. 

    I still don’t think having five White male winners in a row is good for Idol-the sales of Home don’t change that opinion for me. That’s not Phil’s fault-he can’t help it if he’s #5. But hey, maybe it’s OK for White guys to have a monopoly on the Idol crown as long as they sell like hotcakes. Women and minorities need not apply.

    ETA: Lee DeWyze tanking didn’t “kill” Idol. If Phil’s album tanks, that won’t “kill” Idol either. But the perception that only a particular type can win this show might do harm to viewership. Ratings have gone down this season and the finale was the lowest rated ever. If viewers feel that only a certain type of contestant can win this show, why bother to watch?

  • Anonymous

    David Cook still is listed as an artist of RCA on their site even though they parted ways.  They’re really slow at updating things, as usual.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Congrats to Phillip. That’s impressive. 

  • http://twitter.com/nancy2heart nancy

    This was posted in August of 2008:

    American Idol runner up David Archuleta’s new single, “Crush” debuted on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart at #2. “Crush” is the highest ever debut for an “Idol” song not performed on the series. It is also the highest new entry for 2008. Archuleta lost to David Cook on American Idol, but he beats the Idol winner on the charts. Cook’s single, “The Time of My Life” debuted at #3 on the Hot 100 back in May.

  • Anonymous

    Phil has won a battle (coronation song), the bigger battle will be his debut album.  Winning one, doesn’t mean he will automatically win the next one.

  • shell29

    He sure is…I missed Cook when I looked at that site the first time.  We haven’t heard any news of Jordin being dropped so I have to believe she’s still part of the roster (until we hear otherwise).

  • Anonymous

     I didn’t mean to imply she wasn’t still with RCA.  Your post motivated me to check for DC & I got a chuckle out of what I found.  RCA Ed has said that they’re understaffed & getting everything done was hit & miss at times.  I guess this was one of their “misses”. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Crush was a very successful single, but it was not a coronation single.  We were concerned with coronation singles like Home.  In S7, there weren’t two separate singles for the winner and runner-up, so Archuleta never had one.  

    As an FYI, I’d also like to point out that BB chart rankings are relative:  Crush outranked TOML in its debut week while selling far less (166K copies for Crush to 236K for TOML).  (It eventually sold more; I think it is close to double platinum, while TOML is ~1.4 million.)

    Obviously sales markets are vastly different from year to year, but ranking is so dependent on other singles in a given week that sales totals are the closest thing we have to apples-to-apples comparisons for these songs, IMO. And by any ranking, Home is doing extremely well.

  • shell29

    Oh I know…for a second I thought that RCA had gotten on the ball with updating the website but apparently not. :)

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    Phillip didn’t say “publicly he didn’t like the song.” He said it was a good song but he didn’t write it and it wasn’t his style. He said it wasn’t “his” single. He said he tried to get his original single cleared but they didn’t have enough time. He said it is more pop than he would have written. But he repeated it’s a good song after saying all those things. Watch the video interview. It’s in just about all the blogs.

  • Anonymous

    You’re absolutely right. And I hope all of these young artists hold on tight to their money, because the future is never certain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sim-Ai-Khaw/100002537599337 Sim Ai Khaw

    All because of the song Home written by Greg Holden and Drew Pearson.P2 got a very good song. and Greg Holden album “I dont believe you” are all written by Greg Holden the album is so fantastic  every song is so fantastic .Greg Holden is a great song writer/singer. Most of P2 song is not to this line P2 like to perform song like he perform Thriller he like this type of style.  You can see  “Home”  and Thriller is different style.

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    “anyone know what going on with her?”

    Um, yeah, Jordin is set to star in a movie with Whitney Houston this summer. from IMDB:

    Sparkle(2012)
    Drama | Musical – 17 August 2012 (USA)
    Not yet released(voting begins after release)

    Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

    Director: Salim Akil
    Writers: Mara Brock Akil, Howard Rosenman (story)
    Stars:Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Whitney Houston 

  • Guest

    Why watch? There’s more to watching the show than winning. Some might watch for the entertaiment.

  • TheOther

    It’s interesting out of the group of 5 guys, Phil and Scotty are with UMG. Cookie, Kris, Lee were first signed with Sony.   I think it helped Phil and Scotty to have that direct mentoring relationship with Jimmy Ivoine.

  • Anonymous

    Outstanding!  Congrats, Phillip!

  • Anonymous

    Very nice of you to say.  p2′s success does’t take away from any other winner.  I wish him all the best.

  • djafan

    Nevermind :)

  • Anonymous

    Wow 278 :o !!! , that is a great number :) , so Congratulations to Phillip , i bought the song too, and is too my favorite coronation song ever. I wish to PP the same success with an album, i really curious about the kind of sound and style they gonna put it there.

  • Anonymous

    It’s going to be a very interesting next 6-12 months watching how Interscope markets Philip.

    There are some things they can try to do similarly to what they did with Scotty: push his coronation song to radio, get his album out in October to avoid the Black Friday crush, doing a ton of radio/tv promo, etc. 

    But because Philip isn’t a country artist, there’s a lot they did with Scotty that they can’t really do with Philip, mainly, get him invited to play at the Opry and all those appearances/performances at the various country music festivals and award shows.

    There are not many televised events for alt rock/Triple A type music. And as far as I know, the major music festivals where you would see a lot of those type of artists (SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo) are in the spring or summer, not in the fall. So even if the label got him a spot at SXSW, for example, the timing wouldn’t really work for his album rollout. Also, I can’t think of a ton of artists in Philip’s genre that actually do arena tours. The ones that do tend to be the legacy type bands, not the ones that are big in the current music scene. If Philip does hook onto a tour as an opening act, it is likely that he would be playing much smaller venues than Scotty has been opening for Brad Paisley.

    I think Interscope is going to really thin outside of the box to market Philip well, because he isn’t really a mainstream artist. It just seems easier to market someone who fits neatly into a genre, than someone who doesn’t quite seem to fit. That doesn’t mean that they can’t come up with a successful plan to market him, just that they are probably going to come up with some fresh ideas, rather than just follow the standard pattern of promo Idols have received in the past.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, Interscope needs to think out of the box. Their shot is now. They need to treat Home like a lead single, do the full promo, make a music video, ect. Starting from a dead stop 5-6 months from now won’t work. I think they got the clue with Scotty and how they pushed and supported ILYTB but I understand Country is a different animal. But the buzz on Home is now and nothing they do this fall will be as great as it is now. If they can get Home to be a hit then selling the album, even if it sounds different, will be easier. Phillip isn’t going to be Alt/AAA, most of his spins are HAC now, not even AC like the natural home of most coronation songs. If the song is going to break it will be on mainstream radio, which is very difficult and something Idols haven’t had success with in years. But none of the other Idols had a 278k sales week. So, go for it Interscope and good luck!

  • Anonymous

    Home is probably selling in the pop and country markets. It would be great for Philip if Interscope is able to similarly market his album–like Taylor Swift is just as popular on pop stations as country.

  • Anonymous

    I like P2 and am a fan of his style of music but to be fair Home was a song that fit him  and his style not any of the other top 10′s style at all so  I wouldn’t expect them to record a better version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sim-Ai-Khaw/100002537599337 Sim Ai Khaw

    is the song Home written by Greg Holden make the success of the sales of P2. Greg Holden a great song writer/singer look up his album “I dont believe you” all song are fantastic, greg is genius but not know by people so pity

  • Anonymous

    The song has a Country sound also, plus his twang. So I think many Country music fans can relate to the song. 

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    Still don’t get what it is about P2 that prompts such dislike.  I always enjoyed his style….but then I like ‘different’.  How he’s marketed may end up being AI’s saving grace (in the long run).  He’s not ‘pop’, but he’s good.  Market him out of the box.  Rely on quirky video’s.  Put him in front of small audiences.  Definitely let him select his own backing musicians (as did Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert).  No slick packaging, no polished image – just the man and his music.  If it works – if he sells (and it looks like he will) – AI can survive wherever the winds blow when it comes to the industry.  If they try and force him into some kind of mold (as they’ve done in the past when the winner wasn’t ‘usual’) – his failure could push Idol into irrelevancy.  Just my opinion.  As for P2 – I like him; I like ‘Home’.  Doesn’t surprise me it’s selling well.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Can we really compare anything today to what happened after Kelly’s season?  Music delivery has changed so much, I can’t help but wonder what will happen 5 years from now.

    I agree, give Jessica a good song and her sales would be higher.

    “Home” is a good song.  Glad it is finding success.  Will Idol use it next season as the “Goodbye” song?

  • Anonymous

    “Home” is a good song.  Glad it is finding success.  Will Idol use it next season as the “Goodbye” song?

    It would sort of be strange to sing “I’m gonna make this place your home” to someone right as they’re getting voted off…

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it has a country vibel. It is very Mumford & Sons-ish in my opinion — that is folk/alt rock. Not country. And country radio isn’t playing it — or at least they weren’t last week. I think it got one spin from a country station.

  • Anonymous

    Adam didn’t really pick his backing musicians. They had to audition for a bunch of label and other music industry people. Adam had a say in it, but if they hadn’t been approved by the label and management, they wouldn’t have gotten the gig. I know this because my A&R prof at UCLA was one of the people involved in this process.

    I would bet that Philip’s potential band members will have to go through auditions, as well.

  • Anonymous

    Ah well. I just listened to the iTunes snippet again in order to try one more time to understand why this song is so popular and it *still* escapes me. To my ear it is half-drone, half-plod and all around annoying. Does it have a bridge? Does the bridge help? Maybe that’s what I’m missing.

    It doesn’t help that I am apparently the only person on the planet who routinely listens to AAA-type music and doesn’t like the current (and dear god, hopefully on a downward spiral) Americana trend — I absolutely loathe Mumford & Sons, for example, and I have to stand with P2 here — this song isn’t my thing, either.

    That being said, I seriously doubt the fine distinction between this song and the type of music he says he wants to make is going to complicate things for him him the way the Rainbow song did for Cook, so good first step out of the gate for P2.

  • Karen C

    i think scotty was very popular its just he was country, and if you dont like country your not going to like his music. his and phillips sales for the compilation album were the same.

    Phillips winner’s single sales were higher, though, and he had more charting singles.  I believe David Cook still holds the record for the most songs in the BB100 the week after the finale. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002166668687 Ali Goria

    I think Adam had the final say, regardless of the other screeners. He wouldn’t have been forced to take anyone he didn’t want so the call was ultimately his. Certainly MP there was no “audition” literally, even if he had to show up and go through the motions. It’s not like they would have EVER rejected him anyway lol. 

    Tommy was an audition for guitar so Adam stated he wanted him especially for his look and personality and could he do bass. The organ player was an audition, true. LP –  drums came from a friend of a friend from what I remember, I just forget who. The same with dancers. Terrance and Brooke and the other guy Taylor were his old friends and I think only Sasha was a true audition. Even if the others had to go through the process again. 

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that MP ended up being musical director and Brooke his choreographer. Two of his oldest professional colleagues. Taylor wasn’t the best dancer of the bunch but Adam was very specific that he’d ONLY tour with a crew that expressed the type of energy he could live with and preferably like his existing circle of friends. NO label people would have been capable identifying that element in his absence. 

  • Incipit

    “I would bet that Philip’s potential band members will have to go through auditions, as well.”

    I agree, girlygirltoo. If Phillip had a band he was working with, as I understand he did – he can certainly have them audition, but they will have to be approved by the Label and Management.

    There are advantages to working with people you know ‘get’ your music, and people you are comfortable on a tour bus with right from the start…but the Label is more interested in their perceived level of quality as musicians…and they will make the final decision.

    DC had two of his long time friends from MWK in his band, Neal Tiemann and Andy Skib – but he definitely told us they had to audition…and when a bass player was needed in the midst of the tour, another friend, Monty Anderson, stepped up to jump in and learn all the songs in just a few days, because he was an experienced professional. He was meant to be temporary – but he’s still there. Heh.

    One of the advantages to being a little older – the people DC suggested had been doing this for a long time, they were all excellent musicians, used to the demands of touring – and could get that approval.

    ETA: The contract terms we have seen in regards to Creative Control break down into two categories:

    >For some things, the label has to *meaningfully consult* with the artist.
    This means the label has to hear the artist out, but they don’t have to do what he says or try to get his consent – the label makes the final decision.

    > For other things, there has to be *mutual agreement*.
    This doesn’t mean what you think it means. All they have to do is try (reasonably and in good faith) to agree with artists. If the artist and the label can’t agree, the label makes the decision.

    Of course a mutually acceptable decision is best – but the Label holds the power, and the money…and the artist has signed on the dotted line. That’s the reality of the Music Business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sim-Ai-Khaw/100002537599337 Sim Ai Khaw

     scotty sales is because of scotty ILYTB is ok but not the om and P2 sales is because of the song “Home” P2 is very very lucky to have a very very good song. that is the different “Home” sales is more is it have that om . scotty need a om song. like Adele she got a om song like “Fire in the rain” “someone like you” plus the voice

  • getaway1

    “Home” is a good song. Glad it is finding success. Will Idol use it next season as the “Goodbye” song?

    That would certainly be a twist – have this year’s winning song be next year’s boot song.  But it is a song that Jimmy Iovine was involved with, so I can see it happening.  Anyway, so happy for Phillip.  This is certainly a huge perk to have as he gets well from his surgery.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RV3ITG2WGZY36FIGZXFGYBYH4A Cara

     Country is not a big singles genre though.  Even Carrie as popular as she is does not sell an incredible number of singles.

  • http://twitter.com/Scottyasia Scottyasia

    Scotty dad gave us the exactly number sold of ILYTB to date: 818,571. Scotty goes on 2nd tour leg with Brad in next couple weeks, so likely he will sell more, hope it reaches Platinum with time…

    Congrats PP,  I’m not his fan and I even thought he would not sell well like Scotty, but I eat my words now… Seriously the song itself is so good, I do like the song, so I don’t surprise much with his debut number. I think HOME will hit GOLD just in next week… So impressive. I just don’t know how strong   his debut CD is going to sell… Time will tell…

    But no matter how great PP’s coronation song is doing, it won’t take away any unexpected success from ILYTB of Scotty. He sold the cheesy song ( as people used to call ILYTB) so well and unpredictable…

    PP got the better material, and he sang so well… So the sale obviously is as expected…

  • Anonymous

     i agree, when you look at the itunes chart, you rarely see a country artists in there, they are usually pop or rap

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     Windmills, I’ve said it before.   you better believe the producers & Jimmy are watching to see who sells the most Itunes.  If it had been Joshua or Jessica, they would be the winners.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     Lala — he’ll change his mind or find himself in the same company as Bo Bice and Clay Aiken.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    My biggest fear for Philip is that they force the same tired stable of writers on him.  They did with Kris and Lee and the sound and lyrics these stable writers come up with are old and tired and no longer relevant.

    My fingers are crossed that Philip is a good song writer and that Jimmy likes the songs and allows them.  Philip has an interesting vibe and it is not pop rock slock.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Could any of the others in the Top 10 record a better version of Home?  Great question and in my opinion NO!

    Jessica would have turned it into a Diva ballad.
    Joshua would have screamed it to church
    Skylar would have screamed it country
    etc

    As Idolstruck so aptly stated only Philip could put that brilliantly awkward genius arty twist on it that made the home so jawing and moving.

    IMO if that song was sung in any other style it wouldn’t have sold nearly as well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RV3ITG2WGZY36FIGZXFGYBYH4A Cara

     True, no one else could have sung the song as well as Philip.  The key was  the song was very good and was perfect for Philip.  If the others had good songs that fit their styles they might have seen similar results.

  • http://twitter.com/tippingcow Em

    I haven’t been following Phillip’s post-Idol interviews and stuff. Sorry if this has been mentioned before… but do we know whether he had any input to the production/instruments etc used in “Home”?

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Scotty has said repeatedly that he wanted the album out in October, not that Interscope pushed him. He wanted to get it out as fast as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    From what I saw at his homecoming, Phillip not only has a band but a very good band. And his brother-in-law was allowed to play on the show and got the Ford car from Phillip as his mentor; and Phillip has said he wants him in his band. So I think there’s a very good chance, Phillip will get at least some of his band if not all. Of course that’s assuming the band members want to make that move.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    “They” were the old label. Interscope has only been involved since last season, and Scotty had different writers who suited him, so I believe Phillip will too. Assuming he actually needs other writers – we still don’t know what his own music looks like, but I’m sure Jimmy does.

  • Anonymous

     i dont get why this is such brillance on phillips part, he got a good song, that suited his voice, and his style. I dont think it is genius because he can sing a song well.

  • windmills

    Cara: Country is not a big singles genre though.  Even Carrie as popular as she is does not sell an incredible number of singles.

    One year ago, Carrie’s US track sales stood at 18,482,000 according to Billboard via THR. That was before Remind Me was released (1.54 million sold though that’s a duet with Brad), and that was before Blown Away the album was released. Blown Away’s lead single Good Girl has sold 932k copies sold since being released this February and is 2 weeks away from 1 million tracks sold. 

    Before He Cheats has sold 3.479 million tracks, Jesus Take The Wheel has sold over 2 million tracks, and Cowboy Casanova stands at 1.845 million sold. Not to mention All American Girl which has sold over 1.5 million tracks. Undo It and Last Name have both sold well over 1 million tracks apiece and Just A Dream and So Small have also sold a million tracks. So Carrie’s about to score her 10th platinum selling song (including Remind Me). 

    Carrie hasn’t had huge single weeks of sales but her singles have tended to have legs. 

    And, country’s picked up in a major way as a singles genre. You’ve got people like Jake Owen and Eli Young Band scoring platinum singles without selling a lot of albums and they don’t get crossover play. Blake Shelton is much more of a single seller than an album seller. Look at Eric Church and Luke Bryan who are not getting pop play but are sitting in the t20 of the Itunes all genre songs chart and have been for weeks with their current singles.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RV3ITG2WGZY36FIGZXFGYBYH4A Cara

     I stand corrected.  I love Carrie by the way.  I think what I was trying to say was you don’t tend to see big single week sales in country as much as you do in pop.  I can see the single trend is changing for country but I don’t think they have caught up to pop yet. 

  • Anonymous

    What’s keeping folks from downloading any of the Jessica covers on iTunes or her album? Or any of the other Idols if people really enjoy their vocals. Obviously P2 is resonating with the folks that buy music. It’s not just the coronation single (which is very good), it’s P2. His album is still #3 on iTunes so folks aren’t just buying Home.

    I’m actually wondering what’s keeping Home on the top 10 of iTunes. He’s done no promo and it’s been a week since the finale? Any ideas? I know radio isn’t playing it but it’s actually increasing its sales on iTunes.

  • Coup D Etat

    Thing is, Phillip chose his coronation song, as did Jessica. So, props to him for choosing a great song that best demonstrated his sound and style. The numbers speak for themselves. Jessica, on the other hand, well, the numbers speak for themselves. Jessica chose her coronation song.

  • Coup D Etat

    Studio musicians are usually chosen by whoever produces the record or individual song. The more likely scenario is that Phillip’s band will tour with him but will not be in the studio.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t help that I am apparently the only person on the planet who routinely listens to AAA-type music and doesn’t like the current (and dear god, hopefully on a downward spiral) Americana trend — I absolutely loathe Mumford & Sons, for example, and I have to stand with P2 here — this song isn’t my thing, either.

    Okay, given that the UK had a pretty vivid folk-rock scene of its own to draw upon (Fairport Convention [and Richard Thompson's solo career], Nick Drake, the Pentagle, etc., and now the new kids like Laura Marling), I have to giggle at describing M&S as Americana.  I definitely hear a difference between them and the Avett Bros, for example.

    As for why the song is popular, I don’t love it, but I get it.  What it does share with M&S is that four-on-the-floor beat (it’s not just dance pop!) with some softer instrumentation.  Recorded, that might seem droning, but live (which is how most people heard it), it suggests something driving and communal.

    The current economy is only creakily getting better and a lot of people are feeling left behind and forlorn.  The idea behind a song that says “we’re going to walk this together and you can be safe with me, and oh, by the way, there’s a big chorus having a party at the end!” is actually pretty comforting to a lot of people, I’d guess.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he’s receiving indirect promo via Jessica and Joshua. Or the fact it’s in t10 in iTunes.

    I’m still surprised at how much he sold – didn’t Nigel (if his word is trustworthy) say there was not a dominant winner every week?

    Maybe it’s just a good song performed well thar resonates with people – like that song in Dancing with the Stars (cannot recall the details).

    I hope Interscope can capitalize on it.

  • tucker davis

    Can someone explain to me how Jimmy, Nigel, & Simon F. are related to AI? I am new to AI and don’t understand the role of each of these men.

  • Anonymous

    A “choice” between 3-6 submitted songs, when most of the submitted songs in the past have been absolute crap, is not much of a choice at all.

    P2 lucked out with having a submission that was not a crap song.  He sold it very well, and people are responding to that, so props to him.

    But the idea that Sanchez had the perfect R&B midtempo anthem waiting for her as a coronation song and went with Change Nothing instead, so she deserves what she gets?  Past history does not bear that out.

  • dishwalla

    Hold on, to me as we go
    As we roll down this unfamiliar road
    And although this wave is stringing us along
    Just know you’re not alone
    Cause I’m going to make this place your home

    Settle down, it’ll all be clear
    Don’t pay no mind to the demons
    They fill you with fear
    The trouble it might drag you down
    If you get lost, you can always be found

    Just know you’re not alone
    Cause I’m going to make this place your home

    Settle down, it’ll all be clear
    Don’t pay no mind to the demons
    They fill you with fear
    The trouble it might drag you down
    If you get lost, you can always be found

    Just know you’re not alone
    Cause I’m going to make this place your home

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    Jessica isn’t the first runner-up to abandon her single. I don’t think Katharine McPhee ever performed her craptastic “My Destiny” after the final 2 performance show in season 5.

    Jessica would probably be better off singing “Change Nothing” than being known as a Whitney impersonator. The song wasn’t as bad as some that previous winners have had to sing. Jimmy seemed to like the song in an interview that he gave right before final 2 night. I guess he changed his mind when no one bought it.

  • Anonymous

    Tucker, like most TV shows, the production and talent deals are complicated.

    Simon Fuller is the original creator and executive producer of American Idol. He’s been through several business deals that have somewhat changed his relationship with the corporations involved in running the show, but he’s still an executive producer and manages some of the contestants after the show through his own firm, XIX. He is known for giving financial filings readers fits.

    Nigel Lythgoe previously left but came back to the show in S10. He’s the executive producer who is most involved with the day-to-day running of the show. He consults with the directors and shoots his mouth off on Twitter.

    Jimmy Iovine is an Interscope record label executive. When AI switched the label signing deals from Sony to UMG, Iovine came in as a consultant and mentor. He meets the kids for brief mentoring sessions during the season and sometimes oversees the post-AI recordings. He also apparently reads the internet commentary so that his reaction speeches on results night sound profound.

    (Some of the preceding may have been a tad tongue in cheek.)

  • http://twitter.com/therocprince Cory ??

    That’s what happens when you have a sob story to go along with a single release. 

  • Anonymous

    Home has just moved up to #6 on iTunes off of zero promo and no radio play.
    This song could be huge because by now all the Idol watchers have bought it.
    Anyone know where Magic Rainbow was a week after the show?

    Maybe Jessica on the Today show helped Home!

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I didn’t think “Home” would move up again (it was as low as 9 or 10 yesterday) – he might hold on to the Top 10 for a couple of days yet.  

    I think the blog and news site attention that started yesterday is either reminding people that they liked the song or maybe getting some new ears to check it out. 

  • Kirsten

     

    Home has just moved up to #6 on iTunes off of zero promo and no radio play.

    Being performed on Idol is promo.

    This song could be huge because by now all the Idol watchers have bought it.

    Nope. Idol watchers have not all rushed out and bought it yet. Some take a while. Other coronation songs continued to sell for weeks after getting no airplay. Back in the days of yore, even the promo tours would be long gone by the coronation songs were released for sale (typically 2-4 weeks after the finale).

    The degrade patterns will likely be usual. It just started higher, so it will take longer for it to disappear.

    The problem is that this song’s home format is AAA and that format is not a friend of Idol. They will take an even dimmer view of the song since it was written by somebody else and he has publicly disavowed it as a song he would not otherwise sing had he not been forced to. That’s not what AAA is all about.  Some HAC stations are playing it, so maybe they will adopt it if it continues to sell.

  • Kirsten

    Jessica isn’t the first runner-up to abandon her single. I don’t think
    Katharine McPhee ever performed her craptastic “My Destiny” after the
    final 2 performance show in season 5.

    Totally. McPhee mostly sang SoTR for her promo tour. I don’t think we ever heard the coronation songs from Blake or Adam after final 2 performance night either (they were the lucky ones). Archie never got a coronation single (Magic Rainbows was heard the first time when the confetti fell on Cook’s head). I don’t honestly remember what Crystal did, but she got a cover for a coronation song. The only thing I can find from Bo’s promo tour is “Drift Away” on Regis (coronation song was “Inside Your Heaven” – same as Carrie’s).

    Lauren is really the only runner-up who has performed her “original” coronation song (it was really a cover too, but nobody had heard the original, so that wasn’t so bad) for a long while. Maybe Clay sang his? But his BoTW was much more popular, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he sang that.

  • Anonymous

    standtotheright: I have to giggle at describing M&S as Americana.  I definitely hear a difference between them and the Avett Bros, for example.

    You’ll giggle even more when you hear how shocked I was to discover that M&S were from the UK — in the admittedly *very* short snippets of their music I’ve heard (I tend to turn off stuff I have a strong, negative reaction to before it goes too far). M&S and all the other bands of its type sound like one big old Scots-Irish-influenced roots-fest to me. Not my favorite, I admit. (I know traditional English music is different — not to mention traditional music from the north, south and west of England are different from each other! But there are still enough similarities there for me to gather them into a big ball of *mostly* DNW ;-). I also think some of it has to do with the vocal tone of the lead singer’s voice — like P2′s voice, it just doesn’t appeal to me. 

    I adore Nick Drake, and it never occurred to me to place him in that same tradition, but now that you’ve pointed out, of course I can hear it — the traditional influence, anyway. It’s all folk, I guess, in the end? There’s an absence of… twanginess, for lack of a better word, in Drake’s music that makes the difference for me. Another difference is I love his voice (and gorgeous melodies) and could (and have!) listen to his music all day. Hmm.

    And you’re right, I didn’t hear P2′s song live, in the moment, which I absolutely get could influence how people feel about the song.

  • Anonymous

     The winner usually gets major promo the week after the show which helps tremendously.I’m just very surprised to see the song not sink under the weight of no ongoing promo and no radio. It means the fickle Idol audience hasn’t completely forgotten P2 after a week or he’s getting new fans (somehow).

  • Anonymous

    jpfan, I did a quick look-back for TOML’s iTunes standings a week later, but didn’t see it, but I did see the following stats for radio spins posted on June 2.

    David Cook:

    “Always Be My Baby”: 415 AC (167), 459 Pop (163)

    “Billie Jean”: 482 HAC (159), 778 Pop (276)

    “Time of My Life”: ^19 AC (26), ^32 HAC (56). ^52 Pop (58), 568 AAA (300), 926 Act (165), 1712 Alt (633)

    ETA: It was taken from page 876 (mediabase) here on MJ’s: http://www.mjsbigblog.com/page/876/

    It’s interesting looking back at some of the older stats for that season.

  • Kirsten

     

    jpfan, I did a quick look-back for TOML’s iTunes standings a week later, but didn’t see it,

    I don’t have the iTunes stats for a week later, but here are the number for the second week of sales. It was fourth for the week.

    4 David Cook “Time of My Life” 163,287 (-31%; lw 236,024) Total: 399,311 (1)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the numbers.  Home could sell 100K+ this week but without radio it can’t do much in week 3, 4 etc.

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  • Anonymous

    This may be like asking to switch drinking vinegar for gasoline (I am such a phrasing-based listener that I don’t have other people’s sensitivity to tone), but TSwift (yes, really) did a very fine, restrained, on-pitch (yes, really) version of White Blank Page, which is one of the two or three tracks on SNM that I still play regularly. 

    The arrangement is actually far more Americana than the M&S version, but the mournful-moonlight-guitar-picking kind, not the barn-raising, toe-tapping kind.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7RQ6tvikf8

    It may or may not change your views on the writing, if not the singing.

    As for Home, there’s a Youtube of the original writer performing it, but I doubt you’d find his tone much different from P2s, so I don’t know if that would help.

  • Anonymous

    Again, any members of Philip’s current band will likely have to audition if he wants them to play with him — either on his album or on tour. For example, all the members of Adam’s band had to audition. So did all the members of Kris’ band — including Cale, who Kris had been performing with back in Arkansas for several years. If Cale hadn’t passed the audition, he wouldn’t be in Kris’ band.

  • Joyed

    jpfan, I did a quick look-back for TOML’s iTunes standings a week later, but didn’t see it

    I found iTunes rankings from the following week after Cook’s win on Pulse.  They keep a great record there. :)

    From June 2, 2008 (finale was May 22)

    iTunes Update
    2. I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
    3. The Time of My Life – David Cook
    6. Got Money (feat. T-Pain) – Lil Wayne
    14. When I Grow Up – The Pussycat Dolls
    37. Bye Bye – Mariah Carey
    41. Summertime – New Kids on the Block
    42. Moving Mountains – Usher
    60. Got Money (feat. T-Pain) – Lil Wayne
    80. Homecoming – Kanye West
    101. I Luv Your Girl – The-Dream
    102. Swing (feat. Soulja Boy Tell`em) – Savage & Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em
    105. Love Remains the Same – Gavin Rossdale
    119. Coconut Juice (feat. Travis McCoy) – Tyga

    June 4, 2008
    5. The Time of My Life – David Cook

    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gmn&action=display&thread=53653&page=79

    I kind of love seeing the musical flashback from that point in time.  I think Viva La Vida by Coldplay was #1.

  • tucker davis

    Thanks for explaining who these men are. I couldn’t figure out who the ‘head honcho’ was. Speaking of P2 & ‘Home’, I figured it would be pretty big  when my 25 year old daughter said she & her friends (post-college) loved P2′s sound. Since I knew they didn’t watch AI, I asked how they heard the song…she said someone emailed it to her. Then they checked out some of his other stuff and loved “Volcano”, “Beggin”, “Moving Out”, etc. I think he made some smart choices with some of his covers. They also heard him doing rap (Lil Wayne, Eminem) This age group (which buy, buy, buy digital) are just not going to buy many big ballads…to them, that’s “old people’s music.” lol

  • Anonymous

    Jimmy is the head of Interscope Records, which is one of the labels under the Universal Music Group. UMG has a contract with Idol that gives them the option to sign (or pass on) any Idol finalist. Jimmy also serves as a mentor to the contestants once the finalists are chosen.

    Nigel is one of the executive producers of Idol. He is basically in charge of running the show.

    Simon Fuller used to be the head of 19 Entertainment. He also is one of the people who came up with the idea for Pop Idol (the UK forerunner to American Idol) and pitched it to Fox. 19 Entertainment owns the rights to the show and the company’s management arm (19M), has the right to sign any of the contestants, while 19R (R for recording) is involved in the record production side, along with whatever label signs the contestants. Simon F was heavily involved with the management side of the company, personally overseeing many of the bigger names, like Carrie and Adam. But he left 19 about a year ago to form a new company. When he left, he took several of 19′s clients with him, including Carrie and David Cook. He also signed Scotty and Lauren.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what would happen if Philip decided he didn’t want to perform Home on the Idol tour? I don’t think he will do this, of course, but I could see a major s*itstorm in the media if he did. I remember how the media jumped on how NoBo got pulled from Kris’ tour set after the opening night of the tour — and pretty much everybody hated that song. 

    As for Jessica, I have a feeling she will not have to perform her coronation song on tour, since she’s not even doing it for her promo tour.

  • Anonymous

     Adam is with Fuller?  I thought he broke away for different management?

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I think Phillip will definitely be performing “Home’ – probably as his last song with maybe some assistance from the other Idols with the dreaded “oohs” 

    My daughter (14) is a drummer and she said she will volunteer to march across the stage with a snare during “Home” if we end up going to the show in DC, haha.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sim-Ai-Khaw/100002537599337 Sim Ai Khaw

    scotty sales is because of scotty. P2 sales is because of the song “Home”. P2  have a very good song. “Home” written and sang live by Greg Holden on April  2012. Greg Holden a great song writer/singer his album “I dont believe you” all song are fantastic and all compose by Greg himself. greg work so hard in this music industry even sing at the subway to promote, greg need to be recognise he is genius his music, so pity he is still unrecognise.

  • Anonymous

    sorry, you’re right. Adam went to an entirely different company. I edited my post, thanks :)

  • Anonymous

    This may be like asking to switch drinking vinegar for gasoline

    *L* I actually have a pretty high tolerance for TSwift. And admit to owning a couple songs even — I love the hilarious vindictiveness in some of her lyrics and do enjoy some catchy-pretty pop on occasion.

    This is a beautiful song — thanks for linking to it. I get the strength in the writing, for sure, though it’s still the sort of music I can only take in a bit of a time before it starts to make me twitchy. 

    Oddly, I like the jazzy, funky rock of Dave Matthews, as well as Damien Rice’s sound (which I guess falls under the big, broad folk umbrella — I find it hard to characterize), so much better than the roots-influenced stuff that I may end up liking P2′s originals more than his winner’s song. I didn’t think the one original song of his I heard was very interesting (or original, for that matter) but I suppose it will be interesting to see how Interscope deals with someone who wants to do that type of music. According to P2 himself, they whiffed when choosing this song, no matter how popular it’s turned out to be, so I guess we’ll see how the artist-label tango plays out this time.

    At some point, I do want to check out the original writer of “Home.” At least for this week, he must feel like he’s won the songwriter’s lottery.

  • Anonymous

    This age group (which buy, buy, buy digital) are just not going to buy many big ballads…to them, that’s “old people’s music.”

    Yup. And therein lies AI’s problem in so many different directions, I think, from the songs it clears, to the audience it attracts, to the expectations for the singers when they come off the show. The kind of big, strong vocals you need to sing those songs don’t always fit well into current music styles. You can shoehorn them in and sometimes it works (Kelly Clarkson’s current uptempo songs) and sometimes it really, really doesn’t (Cook’s TLG).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    Love the Avett Bros.  They are entertainers.  Love their video of the Laundry Room.  You have to be dead to not at least tap your toe when you watch that.  Growing up I looked down my nose at country/bluegrass when my parents listened to it till Johnny Cash came along.  I remember Jane Pauley on the Today program saying about him “I wonder who gave him a guitar and told him he could sing?”.  She later apologized.   Johnny wasn’t a fabulous singer, but there was just something about him that drew you in.  I had no idea he was so famous overseas until after his death.  My rambling point is, its not always about perfect pitch but about charisma and emoting.  Thats why I love Josh, the emoting and he has charisma on stage and can sing.  I never got Phil but did love his Seager and Home.  So his fans are apparently drawn in by other then singing also.  I think Jessica’s fans are those that are drawn to perfect pitch, etc. 

  • taran33

    Congrats, Phillip! Happy to see him break a record! Can’t wait to hear more from him!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helyn-Caturan/100002092108929 Helyn Caturan

    I like what you said. Very sensible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helyn-Caturan/100002092108929 Helyn Caturan

    You’re right. Now it got me thinking they crucified Jessica for singing song she didn’t really like and here is Phillip also singing a great song but never also like it but then being praised for always being himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helyn-Caturan/100002092108929 Helyn Caturan

    I was thinking the same thing. But I’m clueless as to how he was ever been a labeled a genuis at all when a song was way better when he nver really modified it and just emote? I’m curious what kind of album he going to create in the future. Since basically some of the modification(tunewise for other songs) he made became melody-less.

  • Anonymous

    Phillip has an ability to make his songs believable. He’s def got some kind of X factor because his album is outselling the other S11 releases by a huge factor. So people are interested in more than the single (which is selling like gangbusters on its own).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helyn-Caturan/100002092108929 Helyn Caturan

    Scotty is probably the most popular idol of all, that fact that he can sell a cheesy song.

  • Anonymous

    Well Jessica is the only other S11 contestant who has an album out there. Who knows whether he would be outselling Joshua, for example, by the same margin.

    And in general, winners outsell the other Idol contestants when they come off the show. This isn’t anything unusual. Sometimes the runners-up sell a lot right away as wel,l sometimes they don’t. But even the winner is seen as controversial or the “wrong” choice, they still sell well in the first couple weeks after the Idol finale.

    Philip’s single is doing really really well. Better than the past coronation songs. But it’s also a way way WAY better song than any of the other winners were given. The sales are a combination of that fact and the fact that Philip is popular. Which one of those is the bigger factor? Too early to know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helyn-Caturan/100002092108929 Helyn Caturan

    Most of his other singles dropped except volcano and we’ve got tonight. Those 2 songs are good as well. I think people are downloading Jessica’s album instead of singles.

  • Anonymous

    Jessica’s album is #84 on iTunes. P2′s album is holding strong at #3. He’s selling more than the single. His non-Home singles also did better than any of the other S11 folk. I’m not picking on them but I think people are seriously underestimating P2′s appeal. ;0

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helyn-Caturan/100002092108929 Helyn Caturan

    It has nice melody but crappy lyrics, but really overshadowed by HOME.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helyn-Caturan/100002092108929 Helyn Caturan

    Some of people that were not really his fans since they actually like “HOME” would probably check his other singles too to see if its good too. His album has “Home” is in the compilation too so it boost his album sales also. Most people really just forget other S11 contestants because they never really won anyway. The winner always has boost sales effect. When he finally launch his true album then we can really determine his true appeal.

  • Listening

    I think everyone is shocked by the difference between ranking places for Phillip and Jessica. Maybe not by the fact she’s coming up second to him but by the shear amount of distance. I know I am.

    Jessica was a front runner but from the sales you have the good argument that Phillip was simply more overwhelming popular. It looks like the voting went Phillip and then the rest of season 11 cast are a distant thought.
    You look at the difference on itunes and say maybe Phillip just had a better song then tilt your head and say all of his songs were better than Jessica’s that just don’t ring true. The buying public is just digging him more now.

    I’d love to have seen the break down of the votes for the entire show like they do for Britain’s X-Factor. Then we could see if Phillip was always an overwhelming favorite w/ Idol viewers as he is w/ music buyers

    Now an album w/ there respective genre material might be a game changer or at least get Jessica closer to Phillip in sales. Jessica’s Beyonce stlye  is hot and Phillip’s style well he’s constantly compared to Dave Mathews whose music I don’t know doesn’t feel as popular. I could never really put my finger on Phillips style is it like folksy/rock I don’t know. Or maybe it wont help Jessica if the public didn’tconnect strongly w/ her a nice or even great voice doesn’t cut it with votes translating to sales. We’ll just have to wait and see. I wish them both well they seem like nice people.

  • tucker davis

    Actually ‘Home’ is not included on the album. The album also doesn’t include ‘U Got it Bad’  or ‘Beggin’ which were fan favorites.