Phillip Phillips Reveals Details on His Upcoming Album (VIDEO)

In an interview with Clevver TV, American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips shared some details on his upcoming album The World From The Side of the Moon set to be released on November 19.

Phillip has not released a track list yet, but he reveals that the CD has 12-13 tracks, half written by himself, and the rest co-writes, save 2 songs (including “Home”)

His favorite is a song called “Tell Me a Story”, song he didn’t like until he re-wrote the chorus. He feels that lyrically, it’s on. “Take Me Away” will appear on the Deluxe version (watch him perform the song live).  The title derives from a lyric in the first cut on the album called “Man on the Moon.”  The title is Phillip watching himself this past year from a “different world.” Also, an unnamed song he co-wrote with the “Home” songwriters encapsulates his experience competing on Idol.

Phillip says that he tries to tell stories and make people think when he writes a song. But, he also loves complex guitar playing, which is also an important element of how he arranges his music. But by the same token, he’s trying to learn how to keep the music simple,

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  • Leandro

    Was Hannah backstage (I think she always is)? I’d like to see her face during this interview. lol

    ETA: he explained the title of the album like he has no idea WTF they chose that name. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “But, he also loves complex guitar playing, which is also an important element of how he arranges his music.”

    I’m a little confused by this part. In the video, P2 says the he’s the one who does the “complex guitar playing”, but in all of his live performances, it’s Errol Cooney who has been handling all of the guitar solos and any playing beyond the strumming that P2 does. What is P2 talking about? lol

  • Pippygirl

    Maybe he can’t sing and do the “complex guitar playing” at the same time? ;)

  • Incipit

     he explained the title of the album like he has no idea why the hell they chose that name. lol

    Well, yeah – but he did say “It’s from the first song on the album called “Man on the Moon”. He didn’t say who wrote it.

    “…watching myself from a whole different world.” Okay. It’s “Life on the Moon”, revisited. That’s fine.

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol But P2 doesn’t sing while Errol is playing, so that can’t be it. Plus, lots of stellar guitarists can both play and sing at the same time (e.g. Eric Clapton). Surely, P2 isn’t suggesting that Errol’s solos are “arranged” by him? I hope not.

  • Sassycatz

    “…watching myself from a whole different world.” Okay. It’s “Life on the Moon”, revisited. That’s fine.

    That *does* sound like the same idea. Now I want to hear it.

  • Miz

    I’m not sure he said he was doing the complex guitar playing. It seemed to me he misunderstood the question.

    I wanted to get him a tissue to wipe his nose. :)

  • getaway1

    Great interview.  Phil was very confident.  Love the meaning behind The World From The Side Of The Moon.  One of the co-writes is with Greg Holden and Drew Pearson, the writers of Home.

    10 songs in which he has writing credit. Good start for one of the youngest male winners.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Here’s what was said in the video at ~4:04 min:

    P2: …. There’s a lot of complex guitar playing, I guess,  on the album …

    Interviewer:  by you?

    P2: Yes.  … I wrote the music and lyrics …. etc.

    It doesn’t sound like he misunderstood the question to me.

    And yes, I wanted someone, anyone, to give him a tissue! lol

  • girlygirltoo

    I’ve yet to see Phillip do any complex guitar playing. He’s basically played rhythm guitar in every performance I’ve seen from him. Which is fine, as long as he doesn’t represent himself as doing more complex guitar work than he is actually doing.

  • Lori

    Great interview because it made me excited for the album. P2 has come a long way in a short time!

  • getaway1

    Cool that he wrote with Greg Holden and Drew Pearson. Wonder if that will be one of the songs that sound like “Home”

    Could be.  But I think for the follow-up single, they need to do something different – for obvious reasons.  Home will be a tough act to follow. 

    ETA:  Phil actually will be the youngest male Idol to have official writing credits on his CD:)

  • maymay

    PP`s fans would rather see his brother-in-law Ben than his gf. At least Ben has something to do with music, but PP`s gf doesn`t. Even weirdly she gave up her nursing profession. Unless PP become a superstar, no one is interested in his gf. Following her on twitter is just for PP`s information.

    She is a rapid twitter user since AI last season. Ironically, on twitter now surprisingly Ben`s followers are 34k more than her 9k. PP`s fans love Ben. I think Ben needs to learn how to promote himself if he wants to join PP`s music business.

  • OffLeash

    I’ll be shocked if it isn’t the second single (since now Home is officially the “first” single.) Or the third at the very least. And to be sure, Home will be a very tough act to follow. Both a blessing and a curse, although I’m sure most talent show alums would welcome such a curse lol.

  • kaylietoo

    FYI – Hannah is home studying and still taking classes.

  • angiedb

    I adore Phil’s laugh. I really enjoyed this interview and like his explanation of finding the album title and what it means. Not so deep. Not so confusing. It’s an album title. I love that he is so into lyrics and I can’t wait to hear/read them all. Watching Phil live and getting to see him play his guitar alongside Errol was awesome. Can hardly wait to hear more from Phil! 

  • Karen C

    Sounds good, I liked Take Me Away. 

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    well… at least the “non radio friendly” song take me away will be in the Deluxe CD. It´s good to hear that, i just hope that this album doesnt go so far from P2´s sound. Less complex is good but trying to change all your sound to make it Home-ish or radio friendly could be a huge risk. I hope the final product could be something that P2 could be proud of and totally represent himself. He put an album almost in 2 weeks, that´s just crazy.

  • rodolfochengcanepa

     i dont think he wanted to say that he is playing the complex part, but that is his sound and he wrote no only lyrics but music too.

    OFF: Misty is soo dam HOT.

  • Miz

    Yes I understood that. But saying you wrote the music isn’t the same as actually playing it on the album. THe question was a continuation of talking about writing the songs on the album.

    I don’t care one way or the other.

  • TheOther

    Phillip’s career trajectory has been the opposite of what most had expected, predicted.

    Interscope must have liked what they heard. 5 songs on the CD are written by himself, 5 others are co-writes.  2 are from outside sources. 

    And mega producer Steve Lillywhite wanted to be his producer.  But by then it was too late.  But Phillip seem really happy with everyone he worked with.

  • Anny_nanny

    Life does not end tomorrow. Phillip reads Steve Lillywhite’s twitter, and he was not in the habit of subscribing to all who just praised it – I hope they heard each other.
    I think it will depend on the album.

  • TheOther

    There definitely could be a collaboration in the future, depending on the situation. The timing was just off for this CD. By the time of Steve Lillywhite’s tweet, they already had all the players in place and were well into CD. Not only Phillip, but I’m sure Jimmy Iovine, Interscope, 19 were very well aware of Steve Lillywhite’s offer.

    Neverless, it was such a great honor coming from a veteran producer, especially for a new comer like Phillip.

  • maymay

    PP is so anti commerical and against success. But he is still successful for now because of some so-called lucky factors. His WGWG style fit AI demographics, then won. Home was used by Olymipc to become hit song.

    I can`t figure out whether his debut album will have any lucky factor. So it`s sales must rely on PP`s songwriting skills. But I don`t appreciate Hazel and Take Me Away. Maybe PP will surprise
    me for his other songs.

  • Incipit

    PP is so anti commerical and against success. 

    maymay, I don’t believe that for an instant. It doesn’t ‘get’ much more commercial than going on American Idol – or trying out for AGT.

    Those are facts. Yes, the whole thing is a crap shoot – and the Olympics rescued “Home’ when it was already down in the low 80s (at least) on iTunes, moving SLOWLY on HAC and had dropped off the Pop chart altogether. But you’re not saying any success he has will be luck, and having nothing to do with his own hard work, are you?

    It will be a combination of factors that matter, right song, right time, right circumstances – but most of all – hard work on his part to sell the single and the album, and make them a success.