Phillip Phillips’ “Home” Surges Past A Million Downloads!

Congratulations to American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips! Although his Olympics fueled tune, “Home” dropped down to #2 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart (behind Flo Rida’s “Whistle”) it still had a fantastic week, selling 212,000 copies–down only 7% from the previous week’s total of 228,000.

But the really fantastic news is that, added to last week’s 844,000 total sales, “Home” has surpassed 1 million downloads! The single has gone Platinum. Hooray.

As an FYI, Flo Rida’s Whistle took the #1 position with 217,000 downloads and Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit, “Call Me Maybe” was 3rd with 156,000.

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  • Anonymous

    By my math about 400K more to sell and it’ll be the best selling Idol coronation single of all time.

  • annie speller

    Way to go Phillip!  So well deserved!  Hard work is paying off despite your recent illness.

  • Anonymous

    Wow !!! Congratulation Phillip Phillip , that was a crazy weeks :) ….and i don’t think is ended yet ….so go and continue with the ride. :D

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    I´m just wondering… when we will have the official announcement? if they are gonna wait to the IIRC platinum record, then its gonna pass about 2 weeks.

    Congrats to p2 anyway, i hope this new record brings some calm to his recent situation with his label.

  • Anonymous

    wow! congrats to PP!!! can’t wait for the Idol tour here in Manila!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I have a feeling that P2 is feeling a bit ambivalent about this. lol

  • Anonymous

    I feel like the songwriter is the one who should be given credit here.  That song is so good!  

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Someone in the numbers thread wondered if the battle was already raging behind the scenes before it went public and Interscope took a pass on giving Phillip extra promotion… The label knows the sales figures ahead of time and they could have trumpeted Home’s sales passing the one million mark already. Maybe they are just waiting for it to become the best-selling coronation single of all, which will happen in a few weeks but I think they could have done the gushing press release about the million in sales already if they had wanted to.

  • Ronnie D

    Wait until his album comes out then we will see how he does. :)

  • Anonymous

    P2 will probably get his platinum certification on Idol S12.  Okay is it agreed that P2 is not the second coming of Lee DeWyze? Even if his album does badly, he’ll always have one big hit single. ;0

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Good going, boy! 

  • Anonymous

    good for him to have attained that! :) 

  • OffLeash

    Congrats P2! Hopefully this news will drown the other stuff. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Yay Phillip!!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

     “Congrats to p2 anyway, i hope this new record brings some calm to his recent situation with his label.”

    I think that the more commercially successful “Home” becomes, the more the label will feel validated and confident in compelling (forcing?) P2 to record and release the songs that they want him to.

  • Anonymous

    Yay for Philip and yay for Idol, hopefully Idol will get all the promo that they can squeezed out of this. (also Idol can use this as a “proof” that the show / the voters weren’t wrong with their 5th lite rock guitar player.) 

    I’ll bet the powers that be will be working like mad to get the album published as early as possible. (own songs? What own songs?) Home’s success can be thanked by the Olympics coverage and the downloaders probably aren’t the type who will three months later remember to purchase an album.

  • Anonymous

    Phil didn’t write the song, he didn’t choose the song, he gets too much credit here. Everybody knows a real singer like Hollie or Jessica could have done much better with “Home” but Phil was the golden child. He even went so far as to say he didn’t like that crappop song just because it is crappop, can you believe it?

    He clearly does not appreciate the direction One Direction has marked so clearly for him. Selling music to idiots is the entire reason to lift your voice in song, dumbass boy, get it now? The very idea you should play what is in your heart is for naive children and we have had just about enough of that kind of talk here. Jazz indeed!

  • OffLeash

    nvm lol

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see the sales numbers. I had a feeling 200k was possible again. I wonder how much ms.Taylor will lift the market next week.

    I see a pretty nice tale has been woven otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Phillip and the songwriters! Whether P2 really likes the song or feels that it doesn’t represent him as an artist, he performs it well and deserves at least some of the credit for its success. A platinum single is a nice thing to have on your resume.

    It’s still #2 on iTunes this morning, so it will be interesting to see if it can stay in the Top 5 for the rest of the week now that it isn’t getting heard on the Olympics. Also looking forward to seeing whether it starts to take off on pop radio.

  • OffLeash

    I’m actually surprised Flo Rida ended up selling a little bit more. Weekend sales must be stronger, which is when P2 lost ground to Flo Rida until Sunday evening.

    As for Taylor, the way things are going, I won’t be surprised if she sells 500k or more this week. 

  • Anonymous

    I think alot of the stations playing Home on Top 40 radio were playing the Olympics mix so it may lose some of its mojo there. However it is getting excellent updates on HAC What will also help the song is the Clint Eastwood movie, it’s featured in. I think that opens sometime in September.

  • OffLeash

    The link to the BB article doesn’t work, and I can’t find it on BB. Anybody have a working link? Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Not giving credit to or diminishing the contribution of the singer to a song is ridiculous.  IMO

  • gian

    As an AI winner if P2 didn’t get a platinum single it would have been troubling. It’s pretty standard except for Lee who never had a chance from the beginning. Home is selling because it’s a good song and not because the public knows or care anything about the artist until his album and his own music comes out. This may turn out to be his one hit wonder but the true test and stocking up on the popcorn for this one will be when album comes out.

  • Anonymous

    The song would not be known if it weren’t for P2, so he’s the one that deserves the credit.

  • Anonymous

    Wrong – P2 did not say “he didn’t like that crappop song”.  He said it wasn’t his type of music that he writes.  Jessica can’t sell anything as it is, so how could she sell this?  Her sales are way down for a runner-up.

  • Anonymous

    As an AI winner if P2 didn’t get a platinum single it would have been troubling. It’s pretty standard except for Lee who never had a chance from the beginning

    Not exactly.

    A lot of coronation songs haven’t gone platinum.  Even if you count all album singles, Studdard, Barrino, Hicks, DeWyze (as you mentioned) and even McCreery don’t have any platinum single certifications I can find. People can compare genre selling patterns and physical/digital single markets, of course, but platinum singles still aren’t a given.

    I do agree that the song is selling because of the song: P2 does a fine job and that helped sell it to an American audience but I think Holden’s version would have found one too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, since P2 himself said this:

    “I just tried to let the song go about its business. I’m not trying to make people buy it if they don’t want to,” he said.

    and this:

    “I just want to give my all on the songs on the album,” he said. “I’d
    rather sell 10,000 copies of something I’m proud of than 20 million
    copies of something that’s not really me.”

    and he’s made it clear that “Home” does not represent “him” or the kind of music that he wants to produce, then P2 is still distancing himself from the song and its commercial success and showing his ambivalence.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, the song wouldn’t be known if it weren’t for Idol and the Olympics.  There is no song without the songwriter.  I’m not saying I don’t love Phil’s vocals on it, because I do.  And I think he’s done a great job with it.  All I was saying is that the songwriter deservers some props.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Home remains at #9 on the Hot 100:

    After blasting 84-9 last week thanks to its usage in NBC’s coverage of Olympics women’s gymnastics, reigning “American Idol” champ Phillip Phillips’ “Home” holds at No. 9 on the Hot 100 following the second and final week of the London Games. It drops 1-2 on Digital Songs (212,000, down 7%), although it passes 1 million in digital sales since its release (1,056,000), according to SoundScan. The folk-influenced track is bubbling under Radio Songs (13 million, up 90%) and On-Demand Songs (216,000, up 61%).

  • Anonymous

    I think all Phillip is saying in both comments is that he doesn’t care if he’s a big commercial success, and he’s not going to be the type to send iTunes links to his twitter followers and that sort of thing.  He’s not personally watching the charts or the sales numbers and is ‘letting the song go about its business” in that regard. 

    It almost seems like people have heard him unleash a public tirade talking about how much he hates it and it pains him to sing it, etc. but I don’t think that has happened or is ever going to happen.  He honestly stated that it’s not like the music he writes. That seems pretty straightforward. There was nothing in his arrangements on Idol to suggest that he was a folk-rocker with a love of Coldplay-esque “oohs.”  I think the sound suits him, but I can certainly see why it didn’t feel like an easy fit at first. 

  • sdmama

    Congratulations for everybody! Phillip, Greg, David, Jim, American Idol, Fox, Nigel, Olympic games, NBC, and Team USA! Everybody had some hand in it.
    We will have chance to settle the argument of singer vs song when Phillip releases his own song, and Greg Holden/David Pearson releases next song sang by somebody else. I thought one of them is working with Lee.  Popcorn, please!

  • Anonymous

    Where did you hear or read that Phillip said he doesn’t like Home because it is a crappop song??  From everything I’ve read, he has always said it is a great song, just not representative of his style of music.  

  • Loretta

     Myrrna, I respectfully disagree that Jessica or Hollie would have sang Home better than Phillip.  IMO Home and Phillips voice are a perfect union.  Sung another way with a big voice I believe the nunance and feeling would be lost.  Some songs are just not made for rifs and runs and belting.  I think Home is one of those songs.

    I like both Hollie and Jessica and think they have fabulous voices.  But also IMO they need songs with more range and bigger crescendos.  A song that enables them to showcase their big voices.

    I also think Home will be the top selling idol cornation song within a month.  It is taking off on radio now, so it will be reaching more and more potential buyers.

  • AlesheaDominique

    Yay for Phillip.

    My momma is an idol fan but is not like us in keeping up with the contestants after and going on the blogs. She only checks in on past idols casually. Anyways, I was watching the Olympics last week with her when Home came on and she goes, “such a damn shame he don’t even like the song” So you know if someone like my mom notices, there is a problem.

    I wish I could they could fly me out to him and I could wip some sense into that boy. Lately I look at him and wonder if anyone is there. I heard an original song of his on youtube and was not impressed. He needs to get it together and shut the heck up. This is an amazing song. He outta be saying thank you.

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    He already accepted to record 2 or 3 songs like “Home” in his album, i dont think he would be opened to accept more than that. He is co-writing wich means that he knows that probably many of his own songs wont be in the album, but the sole idea to release an entire album that sounds more pop or rock commercial it must hurt.

  • Anonymous

    I was sort of thinking the same thing. Its too bad that song doesn’t represent a direction he wants to go in or what his album will sound like.  I loved that song fromthe moment I heard him perform it on Top 2 night then felt sort of deflated when he said the song was ok but not what he planned on doing. 

  • getaway1

    Phillip Phillips is now a Platinum recording artist!!!  Him winning AI helped the franchise, not hurt it.  I want to see this song at the American Music Awards, The Grammy’s.

  • phil_atlanta2

    Does anyone know the Academy Awards rules for original song eligibility? Would “Home” be eligible for next years Oscars? It is an original song but the fact that it was released before the movie might make it ineligible.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Songs have to be written for the film to be nominated for Oscars. It wasn’t always that way but the rule changed a few years back. There’s no way Home is eligible for an Oscar nod.

  • Anonymous

    Phillip getting 1 million in sales for his debut single that was also the Idol Winner’s song is simply special and awesome and incredible. Great Olympics placement, awesome movie get, and just a damn good song.

    This is a huge win for the Idol franchise. After all, if you’re an aspiring singer, would you rather be on the shows with no track record of success post-show, or the one show that gives you a puncher’s chance to be commercially viable.

  • Eilonwy

    Does anyone know the Academy Awards rules for original song eligibility? Would “Home” be eligible for next years Oscars? It is an original song but the fact that it was released before the movie might make it ineligible.

    According to Rule 16 on the Oscars site, Home is not eligible. To be eligible, a song must be written specifically for the movie, by a writer who was engaged to work on the movie, and the song can’t have been released in any form prior to the movie.

    The Oscar also goes to the songwriter(s), not the performer, so even if Home were eligible, P2 could not win an award for it.

    Nonetheless, it’s great that the song’s in the movie — it’s a good fit thematically and should get a good audience.

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    someone can tell me when all the downloads data will be available?? this song has sales around the world.

  • stargazed

    IMO, Home was meant to be sung by a voice like Phillip’s.  I was captivated the moment he started to sing it on the finale.  Phil’s voice on the song is kind of mournful yet the song is hopeful and it’s a great combination. 

    The thought of Jessica or Hollie singing it is disturbing.  

  • Henrik Xander

    A big congratulations to Phil and the writers of Home. Remember, Phillips success will not be detrimental to AI in any way. I’m still upbeat and continues to pray for his future success.

  • Karen C

    He might be able to be nominated for some other movie award show, like the MTV movie awards,  I don’t believe they have the stipulation that the song was written just for the movie because they have had existing songs win. Also the Golden Globes, I wonder if they’re different.

  • Anonymous

    Last year, only 2 songs were nominated because the criteria for getting on the ballot is just crazy difficult for some reason.

  • TheOther

    Home has to be on the list of the one the quickest Idol songs ever to sell Platinum.  Phillip’s video of the song has been getting lots of hits on You Tube.  I’m sure he has gained new fans from the Olympics, outside the AI bubble.

  • Eilonwy

    Karen C: He might be able to be nominated for some other movie award show, like the MTV movie awards,  I don’t believe they have the stipulation that the song was written just for the movie because they have had existing songs win. Also the Golden Globes, I wonder if they’re different.

    While I can’t find an official rule sheet for the Golden Globes, clicking through the winners listed on the Wikipedia page, it looks like the song has to have its first release either in the movie or on the movie soundtrack (if that’s released before the movie). 

    The GG rules must be somehow less onerous than for the Oscars, since more songs are nominated (as CB40 rightly points out), but it’s probably one of the “songwriter must meet for tea with producer and director twice a week during creative process” rules that doesn’t apply to the GGs. (I am only slightly exaggerating.)

    The MTV Movie Awards do not seem to have this limitation, since LMFAO’s paean to party rocking won this year.

  • phil_atlanta2

    He might not have won the award but he would have performed it.

    Anyway Wikipedia has an interesting fact about “Fallin Slowly” being nominated and win despite the fact that it was included in two albums that had been released before the movie:

    “There was a debate as to whether or not Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who were awarded the Oscar in 2008 for “Falling Slowly”, were in fact eligible. “Falling Slowly” has been released on two other albums — The Swell Season, Hansard and Irglova’s duo project and The Cost, by Hansard’s band The Frames. The Swell Season was released in August 2006, and The Cost in February 2007, before the release of Once. However, the AMPAS
    music committee determined that, in the course of the film’s protracted
    production, the composers had “played the song in some venues that were
    deemed inconsequential enough to not change the song’s eligibility”.

  • Eilonwy

    True, but that story has something to do with why the rules are tighter and more specific now. Check out the link I provided below with the current rules — it is very, very specific that there can be NO prior release and that the song must not only be written for the movie, but must be written by a songwriter hired for that purpose, who consults creatively with the movie-makers.

    Even if the rules had not been changed, there’s no way that being performed on one of the highest-rated shows in U.S. television, selling platinum and getting heavy use on the 2012 Olympics would be “venues… deemed inconsequential.”

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Yeah, I think we have to let go of the dream of Home being Oscar nominated and performed at the Academy Awards.

  • phil_atlanta2

    Thanks Eilonwy. Those rules are indeed strict. I now remember when a song from Brokeback Mountain was not deemed eligible because it was not played long enough in the movie. It had won the Golden Globe though.
    I guess it was too much to ask for Olympics AND Oscars for P2.

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    i was looking at the billboard charts, and home is #24 in korea k-pop hot 100!! i wasnt surprised that home were on the canada hot 100 as well, but korea??? that surely was a big WOow 4 me. He is also doing good in the radio charts in germany and latinamerica.

  • windmills

    CB40: Last year, only 2 songs were nominated because the criteria for getting on the ballot is just crazy difficult for some reason.

    It’s not just because of the rule Eilonwy linked. It’s because the whole Oscar voting body is also supposed to rank the eligible songs on a scale of 6 to 10 and a song must average an 8.25 or higher in order to be nominated (source). According to this link other branches including the Best Animated Film category also use this system but use only a 7.5 average (source).

    The system is so rough Bruce Springsteen couldn’t get nominated for The Wrestler, which everybody thought was a shoo in for a nomination and win in 2009.

    I’m not 100% on this but I’m pretty sure the Golden Globes have a rule that the song must be written for a movie too.

  • AlesheaDominique

    Someone mentioned his video getting tons of hit. I did hear that it is being played on CMT Pure. All they play is music videos. I’m a tad baffled by that since he is not a country artist but I’m glad he’s getting such great opportunities. 

  • Anonymous

    Phillip’s video of the song has been getting lots of hits on You Tube.

    I’ve been monitoring the hits on this video (as I do with DC) because it interests me.  In the last 14 days, it has been viewed 1,039,192 times, which is a very nice number.  It shows a lot of interest.  The comments section has been flying.  A recurring theme in the comments is that people heard it on the Olympics and/or they thought it was by Mumford & Sons.

    I’ve watched David Cook’s last official video (FIM) numbers, too.  After 13 days it  had a little over 1,046,000 views, so viewing rates for those 2 are very similar.  (Of course, DC didn’t have the advantage of the Olympics.)

    The thing to watch for P2, is whether the interest in this video continues, or whether it slows over the course of the next several weeks.  It could be that the movie trailer will keep people coming back.