Phillip Phillips: The Billboard Cover Story

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Billboard just posted this week’s cover story featuring American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips and Jimmy Iovine, Idol mentor and the man who runs Phillip’s label, Interscope.

Phillip’s debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon just went gold, having sold 533K copies in six weeks. It’s the fastest selling debut from an Idol winner since David Cook moved 811K copies in the same time period in 2008.

But the real Idol success story, says Billboard, is Phillip’s debut single “Home,” written by Drew Pearson and Greg Holden. Here are the astonishing stats:

  • It has hit #1 on a slew of Billboard charts, including Hot Digital Songs, Rock Digital Songs, Adult Top 40, and Triple A.
  • Reached Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (#7), Mainstream Top 40 (#8) and Adult Contemporary (#6).
  • So far it’s sold 3.3 million downloads, more than any other Idol coronation song.

When NBC used “Home” as the theme song for the Woman’s gymnastics team. the song went from selling 40K to 228K downloads and continued to sell more than 100K per week through Sept. 23. When Top 40 airplay began in mid-November, it once again began posting sales of over 100K per week. WOW.

In May when first handed “Home”, Phillip had reservations, even declaring that it was not his first single. He lamanted “I didn’t have time to let it grow and become my own before we recorded it.” But, once he hit the road with his fellow Idols on the summer tour, Phillip found himself growing more comfortable with the song. “After I had been playing it for quite some time I sat down and played it by myself, learning the ins and outs of the song and looked for a way to make it more of my own. I don’t like playing songs straightforward-I like switching them up.”

“Phillip is a true artist,” said Jimmy Iovine, “and the fact that people are embracing his album shows they accept him as an artist.”

“I honestly didn’t think people would like me — I didn’t care what happened on the show,” said Phillip of his Idol run. “It never seemed like a competition. I always made sure I was having fun and the band was having a good time. I didn’t give in to what some people give into — the fame. I went in, played the song and went back and got in bed. I hope it opens doors for other [non-pop singers] to do the show.”

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

    This is a great advertisement for American Idol.  It should remind people why the show has been #1 for so many years!  I can’t wait for its return!

  • girlygirltoo

    That’s a very nice article. With no negativity in it towards any of the previous Idols, yay

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

     “It never seemed like a competition. I always made sure I was having fun and the band was having a good time. I didn’t give in to what some people give into — the fame. I went in, played the song and went back and got in bed. I hope it opens doors for other [non-pop singers] to do the show.”
    That quote right there says it all IMO. Anyway, congrats to philip on all the continued success with the song and album. The song has even grown on me and I thought his interview with Ryan Saturday morning when his song was number one on the countdown was SUPER Cute. 

  • Mateja Praznik

    I hope it opens doors for other [non-pop singers] to do the show.

    Pop singers on American Idol? They don’t exist. That’s the problem.

  • blackberryharvest

    Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen, Stefano Langone, etc. all say hi.

  • Karen C

    Pop singers on American Idol? They don’t exist. That’s the problem.

    If there are some that have sold platinum or more, and now triple platinum as with Phillip, why is that a problem?  That shows there is an audience for music that isn’t traditionally pop.  I also think not only is Interscope better at marketing these type of artists correctly, but Phillip hit at a time when alternative music was coming back into the mainstream.

  • girlygirltoo

    oh they exist. they just haven’t won AI in recent seasons. Just off of last season, Jessica, if she stays away from the Celine/Mariah/Whitney thing, could be a pop or pop/r&b artist very easily. Joshua could also do the pop/r&b thing if he wanted to go in that direction, although he’d have to tone down the oversinging. Hollie could also potentially be a pop artist with the right songs and the right marketing.

    Two of the most successful Idols of all time — Kelly and Jordin — are pop artists. Adam Lambert would probably be best described as a pop/dance artist, and he’s had success, especially overseas (as well as one the dance charts here in the States), even if radio didn’t jump on his singles this era. 

    So they exist. Whether there will ever be another pop artist to come off Idol and end up having success along the lines of Kelly, or even Jordin? Who knows. Depends on the talent, the songs the are given, the marketing, and a couple of little things called timing and luck. 

  • MellyPer1692

    He sounds so pretentious here. Dude, you tried out for America’s Got Talent before Idol. You also competed in talent shows like Albany Stars per the article, but you’re above the competition? Give me a break.

  • blackberryharvest

    Even the X Factor and The Voice can’t claim their winners have been pop. At least idol can.

  • revolution

    Leona Lewis, One Direction…I guess you haven’t watched xfactor UK…

    Pop is crap to me anyway…mostly auto-tuned packaged crap.

  • Anny_nanny

    No one here is not interested in what is happening outside the United States. Calm down already.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I thought that P2 sounded rather disingenuous there, given his history of trying out for singing/talent competitions.

    ““I honestly didn’t think people would like me — I didn’t care what happened on the show,” said Phillip of his Idol run.”

    Sorry, but P2 had to care about what happened on the show because even if he was just trying to get exposure, if he didn’t advance in the competition, he wouldn’t be able to gain that exposure.

  • CB40

    Phillip chose the right song, Jessica didn’t, it’s that astute decision-making in that moment that catapulted him.

  • SullyD

    Jimmy handpicked home for Phillip. Jessica were given 3 awful songs to chose from.

  • Incipit

    Disingenuous and pretentious, and ‘Give me a break’. Heh. That covers it across the board, I think, fuzzywuzzy. Of course, that Sistine Chapel finger Pose on the magazine cover has cracked me up since I first saw it, but I need to stop reading anything Phillip says, it just causes low level annoyance. 

    As long as Iovine keeps shepherding Phillip’s single choices and who writes them he’ll probably be good till the fads change, though fickle fashions in music have a way of sneaking up on people…but it’s Americana for the moment…so Iovine’s timing is right for Right Now. Who could ask for more of their label?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Iovine picked the song. P2 had no “choice”. From the Billboard article:

    “The folks at Pulse Recordings brought me a great song and I knew it was perfect for Phillip,” Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine says.

    And, from MJ’s post above:

    In May when first handed “Home”, Phillip had reservations, even declaring that it was not his first single. 

  • stargazed

    I loved P2 on Idol and I love that he is so very successful.  Phil has a uniqueness that carried him through Idol, IMO.  He wasn’t and isn’t all flash and dash, he just came on stage, wearing his grey shirts, and did this thing with whatever song he chose.  Some people hated it, I loved it and was and am still charmed by him.

  • justmefornow

    “Phillip hit at a time when alternative music was coming back into the mainstream.”
    This is exactly right. 
    He had the right sound, at the right time, is a cute guy, and had enormous luck with the circumstances surrounding “Home” and how it took off.

    Everything aligned perfectly for him. Hopefully his next single will continue the luck and take off too. 
    Congrats P2.

  • Liteasy

    Nothing pretentious about Phillip at all – he’s a good ole southern boy, and you’d have to live there to understand.

  • Liteasy

    Jessica was given 3 songs, but we don’t know what the other 2 are, so maybe they weren’t awful – she just didn’t make a good choice.

  • MellyPer1692

    Eh, he did his thing yes. Unique? Naaah. David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery (only listing winners) all did their own thing too ( in flannel, not grey shirts lol). Phillip has even said he’s not a great singer, but the combo of the song and him hit at the right time and got great placement by Universal. Hopefully, Iovine can do the same for his next single.

  • mmb

    Commercial success in the music business takes 1 part talent, 1 part hard work, and 10 parts luck and good timing.  Most artists will never get even that one big hit single.  Good for P2 that the star aligned for him, as they have for other Idol graduates.  Regardless of whether this follow up single(s) or album(s) are as commercially successful, he has already achieved something that 95 plus percent of artists never do.  And Home will have a long life as a recurrent.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    I enjoyed the article.
    Few new bits of information was appreciated. For example I did not know that Gregg Wattenberg was one of the writers Interscope has set Phillip to work with first, and became his producer later per Phil’s request. I kind of always assumed that it was the other way around. It was nice to know that this collaboration happened organically and was forged in the atmosphere of mutual appreciation (and apparently goofiness).
    IMHO, it shows. One of record’s strong suits is that producer did a commendable job on bringing together two rather different sides of alt.rock music while staying faithful to material, and captured raw energy of Phil’s usual live-jam performances in stiff studio settings. 

    It also seems pretty funny to read accusations of insincerity towards a gay who could let such gem of a fraise as “The other ones made me want to scream” slip when discussing songs his label tried to merry him with. I literally laugh out loud.)))))
    If anything he is candid to a fault. IMHO

    I have to admit, I am thoroughly enjoying this album, and it would be a cherry on top to see it finding commercial success as well.
    *raising an invisible glass* Here to more good things to come!

    P.S. Oh, and I’m not the one to bask in ‘I told you so’-s, but for someone who was supposed to go and kill Idol franchise, to be credited by a main music industry publication as the one who actually revived it… Well, in the words of Alanis Morissete “Isn’t it ironic… don’t you think”.
    Cheers! ;)

  • Anny_nanny

    Thank you very much for the article!

    I have no problems with that said Phillip while he remains Phillip. And yet, I have no problems if he does not sell tons of singles – his genre (ANY genre) is not about singles and radio-hits, he must sell albums. A successful singles is cherry in a cocktail for the label and AI.
    Jimmy chose the song-beast (respect), Phillip properly introduced it, his team sells it properly. Period.
    Now in the lead will be tour, Phillip have to build a fanbase, and from what I read in the network he touches people not only single. I am glad that he got a tour of colleges – that’s his fanbase, he should play to their peers more time, not for tweens or old people like me.
    If it is successfully sell albums – he will be happy with this, I will be happy as his fan since the show. If it is up to the summer sell more albums than all S10, AI will still what he says and thinks.

    He is to AI the same past as a show for him – AI will be proud of him if he is successful, he will remember about the show as about the strange surprise from the past.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “P.S. Oh, and I’m not the one to bask in ‘I told you so’-s, but for someone who was supposed to go and kill Idol franchise, to be credited by a main music industry publication as the one who actually revived it… Well, in the words of Alanis Morissete “Isn’t it ironic… don’t you think”. ”

    I think that it depends on the POV. From a strictly commercial POV, then yes, it appears that P2 is off to a splashy start that may “revive” the Idol franchise at that superficial level. From the POV of regarding Idol as a singing competition however, P2 (along with Lee) have forever lowered the bar for the level of vocal ability required to advance on/win the show and as a result, Idol has changed forever. So, I definitely see the irony of having a winner of a singing competition who is a self-admitted weak vocalist with pitch problems having massive commercial success, something that has long been criticized as a major flaw of so many current, commercially successful artists. lol

  • IrisandLilies

    We don’t know whether the other two songs that Jessica was given were bad because she has never sung them.  She made the choice to sing a song that she admitted in an interview was not the type of song she would like to sing in the future because she thought it would appeal to the AI audience.  If you recall, the week she did sing something other than a ballad or diva-type song she was the lowest votegetter and nearly eliminated. 

  • http://twitter.com/annmgee Ann Gardner

    Pick one: An idol winner with an absolutely gorgeous voice who can’t sell records or one with a marginal voice and pitchiness who can sell millions. 

  • MellyPer1692

    Why does it have to be one or the other?? He’s sold millions of Home. His album is on its way to a great start, so have others. For some, a mediocre voice and pitchiness are okay with them. For some, it’s not. Luckily the franchise has had it’s share of great singers who’ve sold millions too.

  • jpfan2

    Nice, positive article. I’m surprised it didn’t talk more about Jimmy but I guess the huge success of Home really is the story here.  I did laugh at the quote saying P2′s album sales were more like Carrie Underwood than Taylor Hicks though. Season 5 lives forever!

    I’m pretty sure 19 and Jimmy are crying over the “lowering of standards” for Idol winners. But I think they’re too busy counting the money P2 is making for them.

  • Anny_nanny

    Oh my God! Leave the choice of Jessica alone! Who knew that “IWALY” will be a SUPER-hit before Whitney sang it? It was a powerful song, but only the personality and the genius of Whitney could make her mega-hit. I don’t see anything terrible in the song Jessica, I could even hear it on the radio, but Jessica is all about the poor choice of songs and not the ability to make a hit out of nothing.
    I hope she grows and learns – AJ gave her experience at the time when she was quite young so that the spectators could not link her errors with it most. But she must learn to them. Now she’s a child who can’t say “no” important people, as long as that someone had to protect her and think for her. I hopes she will have a strong team.

  • Axxxel

    Adam Lambert wanted to go into the pop/dance direction with his sophemore album but when I saw ” I think” the promo or maybe the press conference in Vietnam, they introduced him as a “pop rock” artist…   :-)

  • jpfan2

    Ironically P2 may not be a Pop artist but his genre of music is making a big splash on Pop right now. The few songs I’ve heard from Jessica seem dated and not really what is working on CHR. Maybe Idol does have the big Pop star they’ve been looking for in ….P2!

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    I really hated Dave Matthews Dave Matthews on the show but he really has done well. Congrats!

  • justmefornow

    I think it may be more about relevance than the actual voice.

     Someone who has a great voice, but no current relevancy, will not be as successful. Or will find it a harder path at very the least. I myself think James has a vastly superior voice to P2, but he’s in a genre that is a lot less popular and will never see the kind of sales of a mainstream act. That’s OK as long as one is happy producing the music they love and sells enough to make that continue to happen.

    But the show was never called “American Voice”. American Idol, as the name implies, is about what makes one an “Idol”.
    Sometimes it’s the combination of factors: voice, looks, relevant sound to the music industry at the time, and a great single to launch the whole thing. 
    P2 had all the pieces to puzzle at the right time.
    Some others weren’t so lucky.

  • MellyPer1692

    Adam did go in the pop/dance genre with Trespassing. FYE was pop/rock. He was described as both in the Asian promo. Not sure what that has to do with P2 but ok.

    Lol, disingenuousness occurs, even in the South. Geography makes no difference.

  • getaway1

    P2 (along with Lee) have forever lowered the bar for the level of vocal ability required to advance on/win the show and as a result, Idol has changed forever.

    That’s all based on nothing more than personal preferences and prejudices.  There is no such thing who is the best singer.  It is ultimately the people that attend his shows and buy his music that are the judge.  And he has no problem what so ever in those areas.

    For the record, the article talks about Phil suggesting Greg Wattenberg as his producer and they made it happen.  It also says that Phil had discarded songs (that would made him scream) from 19 and glad they made the switch to Gone, Gone, Gone. I have yet to find any link that says every song that he records has to be self written.

  • guinness 416

    He sounds so pretentious here.

    The winners write the history books, ain’t that always the way ;)

    Running away from the reality-show label as fast and far as possible is the best thing he can do for his career, probably.

  • irockhard

    Music sells not voices.

    “An absolutely gorgeous voice” is necessary for the Broadway, classical and opera worlds, not for the recording industry. Idol, XF & TV are looking for recording artists, not any of the former.

  • getaway1

    When Adam Lambert was on VH1, Jim Shearer called Adam the “last of the greats from American Idol”. He said that after him the talent level went down but made an exception for Phil when they introduced the Home video immediately after.

    To Adam’s credit, he jumped in, pointing up that Phillip Phillips is on Top, saying he is so talented – after he said (Home) was such a great song. Then he went on to applaud when Jim introduced the Home video.
     
    Adam has met Phil and seen him perform live.  That makes a difference, compare to just watching someone on TV for a few fleeting mins each week.

  • irockhard

    When Adam Lambert was on VH1, Jim Shearer called Adam the “last of the greats from American Idol”. He said that after him the talent level went down but made an exception for Phil when they introduced the Home video immediately after.

    According to Jim Shearer “talent” = commercial success.

    I’m gonna have to disagree with him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    How do you know? You said yourself we don’t know what the other songs were. So, how can you make the assumption she made a bad choice? The song she ended up doing was probably the least awful of the bunch. That’s not her fault.

  • Axxxel

    exception : Adele.

  • IrisandLilies

    What Phillip said was that AI “never seemed like a competition.”   He’s not being disingenuous by saying that.  Other AI contestants, such as Crystal Bowersox and Adam Lambert, for example, approached the AI experience not as a competition but as a stage for presenting themselves as an artist to the public.  Each week they chose songs that reflected who they were as an artist rather than songs that would garner the most praise from the judges and approval from the audience.  I remember specifically Simon criticizing Crystal for singing Shania Twain’s “No One Needs to Know” and Frank Sinatra’s “Summer Wind” because they weren’t “big” songs.  Simon also criticized Adam for  his “Ring of Fire” performance because it was a very divisive performance  and his ”Play that Funky Music” performance because it wasn’t serious enough.  However, in my opinion those four performances were very indicative of Crystal and Adam as artists.   Moreover, neither Crystal nor Adam seemed to care if they hit a home run every week, and they were genuinely pleased if one of the other contestants gave a great performance that upstaged their own performance.   Phillip followed the same playbook during AI.  

    I have always thought that Phillip really didn’t care about actually winning AI because of his less than enthusiastic response when Jimmy asked him if he wanted to win AI.  He also refused to take Jimmy’s bait when Jimmy tried to create a competition between Colton and Phillip.    

  • Miz

    Heh, I didn’t know that he auditioned or competed on other talent shows prior to Idol. Just shows how much I paid attention.

    Nice article though and I think the big thing that gets brushed aside in the overall success of this Idol (and Scotty) is the switch away from Sony and their various labels. Letting an artist be who they are goes a long way, as does actually marketing them.

  • MellyPer1692

    I don’t care that he wants to distance himself from Idol, but there’s a way to do it without making yourself sound like a liar or a douchebag who contradicts their action. I don’t think P2 is all the way there yet. He’s learning tho, his current answer regarding his initial disavowing of Home is a great PR soundbite.

  • Miz

    I thought Taylor sold bucket-loads of albums. Did I imagine that?

  • SaSa8

    What I find funny about P2 being on the cover is that I do not believe P2 will ever be an AI winner who will really ever “promote” AI.  I thought he said he did not ever watch it before he was on it and he doesn’t sound like he will watch it this year for S12.  And here he says he didn’t care what happened on the show.  Where Carrie and others always credit Idol for starting their career and don’t find any embarrassement for being on Idol.   

  • SullyD

     We don’t know if she “made a bad choice” or not.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    According to Jim Shearer “talent” = commercial success.
    I’m gonna have to disagree with him.

    Given all the knocks that Adam has taken for lack of “commercial success,” that comment strikes me as more than a bit ironic. 

    That being said, IMO Adam’s talent exceeds his level of commercial success, and I doubt that’s an opinion limited to his fanbase.  So far, also IMO, P2′s level of commercial success has outstripped his talent, at least as a vocalist – which is less a knock at P2 than a comment on his fantastic sales thus far.  It will be genuinely interesting to watch his career develop not only over this album cycle, but future eras as well.   

  • jpfan2

    Unlike Carrie, Taylor sold big the few weeks then fell off the charts. He didn’t break through to the non-Idol audience. That’s what I think they meant in the article.

    I’m pretty sure P2 will be on S12 thanking everyone when they give him his platinum/gold records.

  • Axxxel

    Just read the article …Only 3 weeks to make an album ? talking about pressure…
     I noticed in the article that there was no mention about P2′s health condition during the Idol run… How he missed filming for Ford Commercials and etc.  Hope P2′s health is fine now and wish him the best.

  • Axxxel

    In that Canadian interview,  I think P2 said that he will not be watching AI because he hopes he will be too busy to watch it…  So I think he meant it as a joke…

    Am sure that P2 is curious and will try to watch AI if his schedule permits. 

  • Trina

    Unlike Carrie, Taylor sold big the few weeks then fell off the charts. He didn’t break through to the non-Idol audience. That’s what I think they meant in the article.

     Back then during season 5 Taylor’s numbers werent really impressive. He was certified platinum but IIRC didnt even crack 800,000. Taylor got clobbered by Daughtry who went on to sell 5 million of his debut.  Like the article implies, when considering the huge decline of albums today Phillip’s numbers are more in line with those who sold huge back in the day and stayed in the Top 10 for a long time.

    Pick one: An idol winner with an absolutely gorgeous voice who can’t sell records or one with a marginal voice and pitchiness who can sell millions.  

    Does it matter? People can pick and choose who they like. But when looking at the amount of talent show contestants with beautiful voices who have flopped, then P2, who was predicted to destroy the Idol franchise because of his lack of talent — well looks like many people are picking the latter. Me? I choose to listen to music that appeals to me regardless of vocal talent and after listening to Phillip’s album I rather listen to his then some of the “big voice” singers that have released albums. The songs on his album I find myself loving.

  • getaway1

    One of the most often heard problems is that there is a stigma with Idols getting radio play.  Phil has said many times how blessed he has been for The Idol experience.  He has done his share of promoting Idol but he can’t rely on that forever.  It’s much more important for his long term career that he gets acceptance outside of Idol and in his music genre – AAA radio.  And it’s Jimmy Iovine and Interscope who will be more major players with that than AI.

  • IrisandLilies

    Phillip has given AI credit for where he is now.  Just watch his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman back in November, the week his album was released.  When David Letterman spoke dismissively of AI, Phillip declined to join in and in fact spoke favorably about AI.   

  • fantoo1

    Yep, for one, Scotty had sold more than Adam.

  • fantoo1

    Different country.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I know this has been discussed millions of times already but until Scotty could sell more than 2 million cds and more than 4 million singles, Adam has still sold more than him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7Y7GLRUZ3DEDNAV4O4VWVN62TA Donne

    Congrats to P2 and Jimmy. They have shown that you don’t really just need a golden voice to succeed in the music industry. It’s about fate, luck and chance. That’s is life, Isn’t it?

  • Klaine

    Home was a success motu only due to NBC but I’ve also seen it used in various commercials. Does anyone think the song would have done so well otherwise. I do find the numbers in music whether 500K or 2 million funny in a country of over 300 million…. Less than 1% always

  • irockhard

    Which doesn’t change my point, my point is it’s not necessary.

    BTW Adele’s music is amazing but she doesn’t have the most amazing voice I’ve ever heard, JMO of course.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HSH6MBPPCFUOFOLJ6QVEDA6EY4 Lion's DENN

    I liked Phillip on Idol, next to Jessica, despite the face contortions and the way he ‘mangled’ some of the songs he sang on the show which the judges (mostly JLo) praised for making them ‘his own.’ He came across as an aw-shucks type of guy that was both irreverent and endearing. However, there is something off-putting about his oft-declared ‘aversion’ to fame (and its rewards perhaps?) – saying that he got in there only for the purpose of letting people hear his music. (As an aside, the girlfriend doesn’t seem to mind it, judging from some photos showing her posing like a celebrity in Phillip’s arm at some red carpet event in the recent past.) But would anyone listen to your stuff if you are an unknown quantity? Unless you post videos of yourself on YouTube and/or join singing competitions/reality shows on TV, your talent will remain unnoticed, your music unheard even if some of the songs out there on the airwaves make you scream for whatever reason. Now that he has the platform to show off his songwriting skills, he should at least give a little credit where credit is due and not dismiss it in so many words as ‘I don’t care.’ That being said, he is still likeable and the amount of success he is enjoying now is well deserved. When the Idols were in Manila for the show last September, he appeared to be genuinely pleased with the fan reaction and media attention and was particularly animated during some of the TV interviews.
    As for Jessica, we don’t know yet what type of songs she will be dishing out or whether she can’t sell records as she is not yet officially on the market. Until her album or single is released, everything is just speculation. I would surmise that much of Phillip’s sales are mostly on US soil. Jessica’s fan base, on the other hand, is more diverse. Her perceived ‘international appeal’ should work to her advantage even if she doesn’t make it big in America. Asia could be her gold mine. And if it’s any indication, her twitter following is growing every day while her fellow Idols’ numbers have stagnated. Even Phillip lags far behind, which is rather strange to me.  

  • TheOther

    Following the traditional American Idol career trajectory is the quickest way to a “parting of ways” announcement. 

    Phillip should be very proud that on the reviews for The World From The Side Of The Moon, it was often noted that it wasn’t the typical Idol fare, which critics said gave him a hopeful chance of having a career after Idol. 

    Kudos for Phillip & Co in trying to do something different, instead of walking down the same tired path.

  • curly_yenta

    Taylor Hicks sold 298K in his first week, RIAA gold and platinum certified in 2 weeks and has sold 700K+ in the US and prolly over a million worldwide – of his post Idol CD.  I believe he was the #4 in winner opening week sales, so I don’t get the point of the comment in the article.

  • angiedb

    I adored Phil on the show and still adore him. Nothing in the article turned me off in the least. I am an eager fan of his voice/style and still listen to all his performances and studio versions from the show and listen to his album daily. I wish him continued success and happiness. Can hardly wait to see him with MB20 in February!

  • girlygirltoo

    Taylor’s debut album I believe was certified platinum, but actually ended up selling around 800K

  • girlygirltoo

    How is that unique, though? David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze  and Scotty McCreery all did pretty much the same exact thing — right down to the reluctance to wearing anything other than tee shirts/henleys and jeans (or khakis)

  • Axxxel

    and hard work and perseverance :-)

  • blackberryharvest
  • tucker davis

    About the fame thing…Phillip is just as happy jamming with the G&S Band in Albany as he is on the big stage, but he isn’t going to make a living doing that. Every musician wants to be able to support himself/family with his music. Realistically not many can do that without some sort of fame, and that is an extremely small number in his neck of the woods. He saw the AI experience as exposure that he would never get in Georgia. I think he really wanted to make Top 10, but never actually believed he’d win. He’s still learning how to cope with all this attention…not doing too badly for less than a year. 

  • YankeeFan08

    Wikipedia only includes US sales, not worldwide.  Including ALL sales (US and worldwide), Adam has sold more than Scotty. 

  • MellyPer1692

    Eh, it’s all happened before. The second album will be the test. Many idols have had great reviews.

  • Anny_nanny

    Scotty was certified “gold” for Christmas album in the fall and not sold until 400?. This is called the “mess”. Now we will never know Taylor received the “platinum” in fact or he will sell this album to the end of his days.

  • Anny_nanny

    And a million WW sales does not give the platinum certificate. Wiki shows someone all sales, someone USA only – order wasn’t no more.

  • blackberryharvest

    Well Scotty has sold about 1.5 million total albums in the US…And his albums have been released in other countries, so he could have very well outsold Adam worldwide also.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    ONCE AGAIN. This thread is about Phillip and his Billboard cover story. Not *insert your snowflake here*

    Stay on topic. PLEASE.

  • justmefornow

    I just noticed something rather humorous about that cover. 
    Right on Iovine’s picture at the bottom is the item about the rappers Mackelmore & Lewis breaking into radio with their new album.
    One track on it is actually titled “Jimmy Iovine”. The whole song is about how they blew off Iovine and Interscope to produce their album independently.
    I bet although he loves the cover, that blurb near him probably pissed him off. LOL

    Check it out…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1wMGq9kEZ0

  • TheOther

    19 should be very grateful to Phillip.  Because he’s made them a lot of money.  I’m sure they got their cut of Home and now the sales of his CD.  On top of that, he was chartered with selling the summer tour with all the endless radio tours he did where he was always by himself.

  • Myrrna

    “Dave Matthews Dave Matthews”

    How clever is that? I can’t believe no one thought of that before. It is just so fresh and all. It really is about time someone made fun of Phil’s name. 

  • TheOther

    Good behind the scenes on making of the CD.  Glad it was a collaborative effort.  I think the time frame worked in Phillip’s favor.  It wasn’t over analyzed and produced. As critics pointed out, having one producer also gave the album a sense of cohesiveness.

    http://www.billboard.com/features/phillip-phillips-the-billboard-cover-story-1008074152.story#/features/phillip-phillips-the-billboard-cover-story-1008074152.story

    They had three weeks to make the album, and
    while Phillips co-wrote 10 of the 14 tracks, the label put some songs in front
    of him he didn’t care for. After he discarded a few of 19′s selections, he was
    handed “Gone, Gone, Gone” from the pen of Wattenberg, Fuhrmann and
    Todd Clark; it is his second single. “I’m glad we switched,” he says.
    “The other ones made me want to scream.”

  • GeorgeR

    I just like him. His voice his delivery his personality. His girlfriend is great too. There is something very special about a woman who was with you when you were no one. I’m sure she put up with a lot of crap. If she is enjoying the spotlight now that he has made it, well good for her. I believe however the photo the person was referring to was their Prom picture from high school. She has maintained a pretty low profile during the last year. Congrats Phillip Phillips

  • maymay

    PP`s gf never  maintained a pretty low profile during the last year. She definitely was in everywhere, twitter, tour, tv, video, even abandoned  her nursing profession to follow PP.

  • GeorgeR

    Yes I know she was there but it was not over the top I saw the Video, and a handfull of pictures of her mostly on Phillips facebook I just meant she was low profile as opposed to other celeb relationships. “abandoned her nursing profesion”? I think she was a nanny going to nursing school Im sure there will still be nursing schools around when the whirlwind dies down. If she were my kid I would be thrilled that she has had a great experience both with a fine young man who clearly adores her and with all the travel and exposure to the entire USA and elswhere. The exposure to the business side of the music business/ fame etc is priceless like a coveted internship