Phillip Phillips Today Show Weather Report and “Gone Gone Gone” Debut (VIDEO)

Phillip Phillips collected toys for the Today Show holiday toy drive and read the weather on the NBC morning show on Tuesday (Nov. 27).

After Phillip read the weather (he had a little trouble reading the written report) he threw to the local affiliates. The Boston guy’s reaction was pretty amusing, so I left it in the edit. Phil also stuck around for a little interview, to talk about his debut album, The World From The Side of the Moon.

The American Idol winner is set to perform in Today’s 4th hour. I’ll update his post with his performance.

ETA:  Phillip debuted “Gone Gone Gone” on the Kathie Lee and Hoda segment of Today,  It’s a very good sign that the song will be the second single from the album!

his morning, Phillip’s smash single “Home” still sits at #1 on iTunes.

Weather Report and Interview

Phillip debuts “Gone Gone Gone”

  • lila6089

    Great performance of Gone, Gone, Gone!  

  • girlygirltoo

    Doesn’t look like he can fall back on a career as a weatherman. He looks cold, too — didn’t dress for the weather.

    Great performance of Gone Gone Gone, though :)

  • IrisandLilies

    I’m in agreement with Matt Lauer — with his accent, Phillip can make anything sound good.  :)

    BTW, that sweater is the same one he wore for his radio interview with Elvis Duran.  My guess is that his stylists have not bothered to outfit him with a coat because he is shuttled from place to place.  The Today Show is one of the few shows that films outside, even in less than ideal weather. 

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I think Gone, Gone, Gone could be Big, Big, Big – Sure beats Home for me. But what do I know?

  • girlygirltoo

    Lollll, his accent turned “crutch” into “crotch”

  • IrisandLilies

    I wonder if Phillip might get to perform Gone Gone Gone at the Grammys.  Don’t they usually leave a few performance spots open for up and coming young artists?  If so, I would love for him to perform the song with PS22.  As much as I loved his performance of the song today, that is still my favorite performance so far. 

  • http://twitter.com/fourrats Sherry

    Really like that song.  Picked it as my fav from the little snippets that were released a few weeks back.  Nice!  What a charmer that kid is.  Hoda was all fangirly – ha!

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I agree. I thought the PS33 Stage-it show was great!

  • girlygirltoo

    I’d never say never, but it is unlikely. IF Home gets nominated for something, he might be invited to sing that, not GGG. Otherwise, he’s not likely to be a performer, because those are usually reserved for the nominees. Extra spots are usually given to big names.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    To me, that’s the song that will make or break his career. I really hope they pick that as the next single. Phil’s seemingly completed Step 1: Get off to good launch. Idol fans will give him a nice cushion of sales over the holiday season. Now he’s got to move on to Step 2: Build off the success of Home by continuing to release hits, so he can amass enough regular music fans to have a career. Gone, Gone, Gone is a hit to me with the ability to follow up strongly on every single format where Home charted. I have all fingers crossed that the label jumps on that song next. Please don’t screw this up Interscope!

  • IrisandLilies

    I don’t believe the Avett Brothers were nominees when they got to sing on the Grammys two years ago.  They, along with Mumford & Sons, were part of the Bob Dylan tribute.  However, you’re probably right that it is unlikely.  The producers try to have one representative from each genre of music perform.  If Mumford & Sons are slated to perform, there is no way that Phillip will get to perform.  Perhaps he’ll get to do another hosting gig.   

  • sporkle

    Did anyone ever figure out what “the world from the side of the moon” actually means?

  • girlygirltoo

    The Avett Brothers were part of a tribute, though. That’s different from performing one of their own songs.

    I could see P2 getting asked to be a presenter, which would be a cool gig. I’m sure at the very least he will attend (assuming he is in town that day).

  • potatorocks

     I think he’ll be a part of a Hurricane Sandy tribute.  He will open with  Home,  then paul simon, bruce springsteen,  and Lady GaGa will sing some stuff, then Phillip will end it with  gone, gone, gone. 

  • tucker davis

    It’s in the first line of his first song on the cd (Man on the Moon)…one interviewer asked him to explain the title and remember him saying something like he felt like he’s been on the moon since this ride started (maybe an ‘out of this world’ experience). 

  • LongKissGoodnight

    Did anyone ever figure out what “the world from the side of the moon” actually means?

    So many people are asking, so I guess it is indeed not clear, but I always found the name to be very intuitively simple. Then again I am fan so maybe being used to the curtain type of metaphors explains it.

    The lyrical hero (Phillip) finds himself on the side of the moon (the strange and magical Post-Idol experience) looking back at the Earth (the world/ his own life) with a new perspective.

    One thing though, I would switch the word “World” for “View”.

    So it would be “The View from the Side of the Moon”

  • http://twitter.com/Barb0603 Barbara Rodriguez

    I feel like such a proud mama ! Phillip did such a great job !! I am so happy for him and for us :D

  • Latin2

    I just saw a commercial for Radio Shack with a girl in a window and her boyfriend holding a music device playing Phillip’s “Gone, Gone, Gone” to her….lol

    I just the song has already gone ‘commercial’..

     

  • Latin2

    What an EXCELLENT performance by Phillip! 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interesting that P2 gave the impression in his interview that he wrote Home and Gone, Gone, Gone when he responded that he wrote/co-wrote all of the songs on his album. Not cool for the songwriters.

  • jpfan2

    P2 sounded great! No straining, nothing off key and the song is a charmer. I think Hoda liked it.

  • ADRIANAARG1980
  • jpfan2

    Is that really Jessica in the Radio Shack ad?  I knew Jessica had some ad gigs overseas but not here.

    If she’s in it while they play P2’s next single, I’m giving the promo team at 19 a big A+. And the ad is also great which helps.

  • Latin2

    Is it really her? wow. 

  • potatorocks

    It sure looks a lot like Jessica and the guy is kinda similar looking to Deandre.

  • IrisandLilies

    To be fair, it was Kathie Lee who made the statement that Phillip wrote half the songs and co-wrote the other half.  Given the limited interview time, I think he can be forgiven for not breaking down the songwriting credits on the album.  Moreover, in other interviews, Phillip has been clear that there are two songs on the album (not including Home) that he did not write.  As for Home, he has never taken credit for writing that song and has mentioned Glen Holden and Drew Pearson as the songwriters. 

  • IrisandLilies

    I, too, was wondering if that was Deandre.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “To be fair, it was Kathie Lee who made the statement that Phillip wrote
    half the songs and co-wrote the other half.  Given the limited
    interview time, I think he can be forgiven for not breaking down the
    songwriting credits on the album.”

    Sorry, but that’s not an excuse. How long does it take to respond, “yes, all of the songs except for three, Home, GGG and (name of the third one)” – that takes all of 5 seconds, tops. This is a national telecast to millions of people, and P2 conveyed the wrong impression, which benefits him. Not impressed at all.

  • durbesque

    That’s the EXPLICIT version!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QPQ3BY4QAQ2WBIG3EP4JBX2LHY SamC

    Im sorry i completely disagree. He was taken off guard didnt have much time to think. Give the boy a break, he didn’t purposely not give them credit. he has credited them is so many other interviews. leave him alone

  • OffLeash

    This is insane! LOL. Looks like the GGG promo blitzkrieg’s already started. Jimmy and the boys have plans! Nice! And nice to see Jess part of it too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not saying that he had to name the composers of the other songs, just not take credit for composing them. I don’t think that is too much to ask, and he’s been through so many interviews by now about this album, that being caught off guard isn’t an excuse any more. Plus, many of those interviews where he did mention the other composers weren’t on national telecasts to millions of people. No excuses here.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Sorry, but that’s not an excuse. How long does it take to respond, “yes, all of the songs except for three, Home, GGG and (name of the third one)” – that takes all of 5 seconds, tops.

    Or [self-deprecating smile] “well, I wrote on MOST of the songs on the album, and I sure hope people like my songs half as much as they like Home.” 

    He doesn’t have to reel off the album credits or even correct every single misconception, just give the story a tug in the direction of accuracy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Exactly.  An even better response.

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

     yeah it’s Jessica.

  • http://twitter.com/pittsburgh2la pittsburgh2la

    I heard Gone, Gone, Gone as the track to a Radio Shack TV commercial last night.

  • IrisandLilies

    I’d really appreciate a link to a television interview where a musical artist specifically identified the songs on their album that they did not participate in writing.  I doubt that there are many or any such interviews in existence because the names of the songs don’t mean anything to the casual viewer who is unfamiliar with the artist’s album.  With only a few minutes to promote their album, no artist is going to waste time giving details that are readily available from other sources.

    If I had to guess, I’d bet that you were one of the posters who criticized Phillip for his initial public comments about the song, Home.  In that instance he went overboard in disclaiming any involvement in the writing of the song and was labeled an ingrate as a result. 

  • tigervixxxen

    This seriously happens every year. Nobody outside of the Idol bubble cares a fraction as much as Idol Stans do about songwriting credits on an album. Clearly the labels put the bit about songwriting in the little paper they give to the hosts to bring up in their 15 second chat with the artist. The Idol is not going to stand there and hash out minutae over songwriting credits in their 5 seconds to respond. If people want to put the blame on anyone then put it with the label who puts the bit about songwriting as the selling point on the little piece of paper when they know the artist didn’t write every single solitary song. If they want to position an album as a “songwriter’s album” then make sure every song on there is written by the artist. Ok, that argument I’ll get. But splitting hairs over a clearly scripted conversation on 20 seconds of television at I’m not going to get on board with.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Oh my gosh….one interview he goofed & said something that wasn’t totally accurate…give him a break.  When the writers GGG, So Easy & Home start posting and tweeting that they were offended than this line of criticism might have a leg to stand on…but until then…come on…really??

  • durbesque

    How do you know when a politician is lying?  His lips are moving.

    If the American Idol is not meticulously accurate regarding every meaningless detail………

    CRUCIFY HIMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • getaway1

    Phil sounded great.  He looked great.  That was Dave Eggers on the cello. 

    Now, Phil technically could have said he is the youngest male Idol winner to have writing credits on his debut CD.  He certainly has bragging rights to that:) 

  • angiedb

    What a fantastic performance! I love that Phil is also surrounded by great musicians. I love the strings on the album a LOT. Phil looks happy and sounds even better. I hope this momentum keeps up for a long, long time. 

    On another note, the cellist reminds me of like Louis CK.  

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I love this album… Gone Gone Gone should definitely be released as a single. It’s a hit. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    As I wrote, no one expects a detailed breakdown of the songwriting credits on an album by anyone (not just Idol alum) in a brief interview, but giving the perception that one wrote songs when one didn’t just isn’t cool. P2 did that, and as I and Eilonwy stated earlier, there are simple, very brief ways of correcting a misperception. P2 failed to do that, and I don’t believe that was fair to the songwriters. This is not personal, and I would feel the same way for anyone.

    As for Phillips distancing himself from Home, I wasn’t one of the posters who regarded him as an ingrate, but I questioned the wisdom (and accuracy) of P2 speaking out about this, given that in the past, it’s the label who makes decisions about singles and which songs are put on the debut albums of new artists. I have a feeling that has Home been a flop, P2 would be even more adamant about the song not representing him musically.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The Idol is not going to stand there and hash out minutae over songwriting credits in their 5 seconds to respond.”

    I disagree, particularly in P2’s case, since he has made such a point of being a writer/co-writer on the songs on his debut album. He should understand, more than non-composers, how important it is to not give short shrift to composers of songs, and it was disappointing to see him give the wrong impression on a national broadcast to millions. Again, no one expects a detailed breakdown of songwriting credits in such a situation, but also it’s easy to make sure that there are no misperceptions conveyed. P2 failed to do that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No songwriter is going to complain about this kind of thing, and that is not the litmus test to determine if P2 did something wrong. Regardless of whether any of the songwriters publicly said anything, I’m certain that they are NOT happy that P2 gave the impression that he wrote/co-wrote the songs that he had nothing to do with, especially when one of the songs was so commercially successful and the other appears to be P2’s next single. Just as P2 (and his fans) would NOT be happy if he were deprived of the writing credit on the songs that he wrote/co-wrote, and he would be right in being unhappy, even if he didn’t say something publicly.

  • usedtobelucy

     ‘So it would be “The View from the Side of the Moon”‘

    This would be way better. They need you as a lyrics consultant.

    The trouble with lyric writing is that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug. In “*world* from the side of the moon” they unfortunately got kind of a head-scratching lightning bug, in my opinion. It’s okay, because, hey, lightning bugs are nice, but it ain’t no lightning.

    And getting lightning, not lightning bugs, is especially especially important for an artist who’s setting out to be a singer-songwriter, talk-singer type.

  • TheOther

    I’m certain that they are NOT happy that P2 gave the impression that he wrote/co-wrote the songs that he had nothing to do with

    I would be curious to see the link for this because I highly doubt anyone even noticed or cared about this. I think the writers are more happy to be included in a CD that has done so well.   It means money to them.  Greg Wattenberg was one of the writers for Gone, Gone, Gone.  I think it meant much more to him when Phillip gave him a shout out in front of millions what a great producer he was. Greg Holden has been twitter happy about well Phillip’s CD has done and Home being back to #1.

    Only in the Idol bubble is the tinest of mistakes hashed to death and made a bigger deal than it is.

  • thirdtime

    I love that Phillip is representing Idol this year with selling so well.  No matter how hard the judges have been trying to make it about them, Phillip’s success this year brings Idol’s focus back to being about the kids on the show, as it should be.  Great job Phillip!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    In the context of my post, there is no link to the writers actually “saying” or “posting” this, but indicating that no writer would be happy with someone who had nothing to do with writing one of their songs claiming credit for it. I think that it’s demeaning to imply that as long as  songwriters get their songs on a CD and collect royalties, that it doesn’t matter if others claim that they wrote their songs.

    Again, I can only imagine the fury if P2 were slighted in this way and was not given proper credit for writing one of his songs, and rightly so. There really is no defense for P2 not setting the record straight on Today and implying that he wrote/co-wrote all of the songs on his album, thereby depriving other songwriters of their rightful due. It’s especially surprising coming from someone who seems to value songwriting as much as P2 does.

  • usedtobelucy

    ” To be fair, it was Kathie Lee who made the statement that Phillip wrote half the songs and co-wrote the other half. ”

    It would be nice if the high-profile interviewers *ever* had more than a half-assed grasp of what they’re saying to interviewees. (or if their producers made sure accurate statements of fact were on the file cards or the teleprompter).

    I get sick of these sloppy statements from the extremely high-paid media folks that interviewees probably should respond to by giving the nuanced view of the real facts but hardly ever have the time and immediate presence of mind to do it.

  • usedtobelucy

    ” Or [self-deprecating smile] “well, I wrote on MOST of the songs on the
    album, and I sure hope people like my songs half as much as they like
    Home.” 

    “He doesn’t have to reel off the album credits or even correct every
    single misconception, just give the story a tug in the direction of
    accuracy.”

    Despite my annoyance with Kathie Lee (and her ilk), I agree that PHilPhil and the others need to prepare themselves with just this kind of answer — because they’re going to be required to respond to misstatements right and left, any time they do media rounds, unfortunately.