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Phillip Phillips performs laid-back National Anthem at the World Series -- VIDEO

It’s been a busy day for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.

Not only did the Georgia native earn a double platinum certification for his single “Home” and release his upcoming album‘s full tracklist, he took to the baseball diamond to perform the Star Spangled Banner at Game 1 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.

Phillips delivered a solid, laid-back version of the Anthem, complete with the trademark gravelly vocal style he maintained on Idol. Though he threw a few brooding notes into the arrangement, Phillips kept things straightforward, pretty, and nicely tuneful.

Check it out below (via MJ’s Big Blog): READ FULL STORY

Phillip Phillips' 'Home' certified double platinum

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ coronation single “Home” has had a few different identities. It started as that surprisingly not-terrible American Idol coronation song. Then, it became known as the ethereal strumfest synonymous with the Olympic gymnastics. Now, it’s just a big old hit.

After being downloaded 81,000 times this week (a healthy increase of 2 percent from the week prior), “Home” has officially been certified double platinum for 2 million downloads, making it the first Idol coronation song to ever reach that level.

Understandably, American Idol is already boasting about Phillips’ success. Today, the singing competition unveiled their first commercial for the upcoming 12th season of Idol, and it’s all about Phillips’ journey to the top (and, thankfully, not the squabbling judges): READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' chugs to No. 1; Taylor Swift outsells it in one day


In any other week, the first-week sales of Jason Aldean’s new album Night Train would be a very big deal.

The disc, a follow up to his double-platinum smash My Kinda Party, sold 409,000 copies in its first seven days — a huge number by any measure, and the second-best debut sales week of 2012 behind Mumford & Sons’ Babel, which moved 600,000 copies in its opening frame.

Unfortunately for Aldean, news of his chart-topping feat arrives less than a day after projections for Taylor Swift’s Red blew up the internet. Swift, who sold over 500,000 copies of Red in its first day, is expected to sell over 1 million copies in her first week, which would make her the first woman in history to have two albums sell more than 1 million copies in their first weeks. Yowza.

But let’s get back to Aldean’s accomplishment. Night Train is the rocking country star’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. He formerly peaked at No. 2 in 2010 with My Kinda Party, but was kept out of the top spot, funnily enough, by Taylor Swift, whose Speak Now was reigning atop the chart.

Considering My Kinda Party became an enduring hit, ultimately moving 2.8 million copies, I’m expecting Night Train to be a freight train with buyers. After all, Aldean is selling out arenas across the country, and he (along with everyone else releasing albums in the final quarter of 2012) will get a big boost from the holiday buying rush. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips announces album title, release date

Back in August, when American Idol winner Phillip Phillips told 95.5 WPLJ that his debut album wouldn’t come out until “January or February,” some Idol experts were surprised. Was Interscope going to let its newest star — whose smash single “Home” is approaching double platinum status — skip the lucrative holiday season? “They really want to give me some time to make an album that represents me,” he said at the time.

Either Phillips realized he needed much less time to make a self-representative album, or he lost a behind-the-scenes battle with Jimmy Iovine. Either way, the freshly minted Idol winner has just announced via Twitter that his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, will hit stores on November 19 — a week ahead of Black Friday, and the same week as Nicki Minaj’s and Rihanna’s latest.

Phillips also tweeted the album’s cover, a sun-soaked shot of the gravelly-voiced Georgia native with an acoustic guitar in tow. Much to the chagrin of the Idol stylist that wasn’t, Tommy Hilfiger, Phillips is still wearing his trademark grey T-shirt.

To me, the most encouraging part of this announcement is the album’s winding title. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' roundup: Kelly Clarkson's latest goes platinum, Kris Allen splits with RCA

Over the past 11 years American Idol has played host to 133 different finalists vying for a shot at belting out a coronation anthem at the Nokia.

As such, keeping track of all the goings-on of American Idol alumni can be a daunting task — but hey, it’s a whole lot more fun than speculating about the judging panel lineup.

Here’s what’s going on with your favorite American Idol stars:

KELLY CLARKSON: The best news of the week is for the original Idol, whose fifth album Stronger was certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies. Driven by the success of “Mr. Know It All” and the album’s smash hit title track — not to mention Clarkson’s always-viral concert covers (Watch some HERE and HERE) — Stronger reached a sales level that Clarkson couldn’t achieve with her 2009 disc All I Ever Wanted, which included the hit “My Life Would Suck Without You” and sold just under 950,000 copies total.

While Stronger has, at this point, sold less than that (929,000 copies), it’s tally will overtake All I Ever‘s sales total in a few weeks. Not many artists can say they’re selling better in 2012 than they were in 2009, so it’s a testament to Clarkson’s widespread appeal and true talent that she’s remained a viable pop (and increasingly country) commodity. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Colton Dixon signs with EMI, readies new single 'You Are'

UPDATE: “You Are” will hit radio on October 19. Colton’s album will drop in Feburary 2013.

ORIGINALLY: He may have come in seventh place during Season 11 of American Idol, but angsty belter Colton Dixon has nabbed a record deal — and his disc could even hit stores well before the reported January release of Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ debut album.

Dixon announced today on his YouTube channel that he has signed with EMI/CMG (that’s Christian Music Group) under the Sparrow Records moniker, which is already home to fellow Idol alum, Mandisa, as well as the chart powerhouse Chris Tomlin.

Dixon’s soon-to-be released single is called “You Are,” and he describes it as a “worship song.” Though audio for the track is not yet available, Dixon has been performing an original song, “Never Gone,” on the Idols LIVE! tour, which he says will be available on iTunes Sept. 25.

The publicly (and to some viewers, too outpokenly) Christian artist, who never saw a pair of skinny jeans or combat boots he didn’t love, scored high marks with the judges for his sensitive rocker piano-infused takes on songs like Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” Paramore’s “Decode,” and Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” Still, after a week of competition during which Colton sang Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September” (he later apologized to fans for not staying true to himself), he was eliminated, despite having never before appeared in the bottom 3.

Check out Colton’s announcement below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' runner up Jessica Sanchez announces she's signed to Interscope, performs new song 'Fairytale'

American Idol runner up Jessica Sanchez, the powerhouse diva-in-training who almost got eaten by Jennifer Holliday once upon a time, made a big announcement at the iHeartRadio American Idol tour stop in New York City last night.

“After the show, I got signed to Interscope Records,” she said.

The news isn’t all that surprising. Interscope has first dibs on all the Idol kids, and Jimmy Iovine wasn’t about to let a voice like Sanchez’s out the door.

More surprising, though, was the fact that Sanchez debuted a new song called “Fairytale” for the crowd. The track has less of a sassy, urban feel than expected considering how frequently Sanchez has expressed her desire to head in that direction musically, but it is a young, bouncy pop ditty that feels about a million times more legit than her potential Idol coronation “Change Nothing.” Still, it sounds awfully generic.

Give it a listen below (videos via MJ’s Big Blog): READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj cancels gigs amid 'American Idol' speculation

Normally, Nicki Minaj doesn’t like to keep quiet. But now, it looks like she has no choice: the Pink lady has cancelled her performances at the U.K.’s V Festival (August 18 and 19) due to “strained vocal chords,” according to a statement released by her publicist on Saturday. The statement says that Minaj already had bruised vocal chords during an August 14th gig in New York, and after a recent x-ray, her doctor suggested that she rest for a few more days. The news also comes just one day after reports that Minaj is a top contender for the open judge’s seat on American Idol. Earlier this month, she tweeted that she has to start her fall tour later than planned, but slyly added that when her fans find out why she’s postponing it, “they will be very happy.” Looks like she has a good excuse to keep mum about that for a while.

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How Phillip Phillips' song 'Home' was chosen for the Olympics

As we noted here already today, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ coronation single “Home” has leapt from number 84 to number 9 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week following multiple TV spots in women’s gymnastics segments in NBC’s Olympic coverage.

The track was downloaded 228,000 times last week (a whopping 472 percent increase), and even 11 days after its first Fab Five placement, it’s still no. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.

But how did “Home” end up getting involved with the Olympics in the first place? We called NBC Sports and talked to senior Olympics producer David Michaels to find out… READ FULL STORY

Phillip Phillips on the success of 'Home' following Olympics Gymnastics: 'It's kind of overwhelming'

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ coronation single “Home” is enjoying a second life on the charts thanks to the Olympics.

The song, which was recently certified gold, posted huge sales in its debut week (278,000 downloads, to be exact) following his Idol victory in May, but like most winner’s songs, it fell quickly in the weeks that followed.

Cue NBC and the USA’s women’s gymnastics team, which featured “Home” in pretaped segments on Sunday night, and then peppered it throughout this week’s competitions. Suddenly, the track, which had settled into an 80-something spot on the iTunes chart, began a rapid ascent. By Monday afternoon, it was No. 6. By Tuesday, it was No. 3. On Wednesday morning, “Home” nabbed the No. 1 spot on the all-genre iTunes chart (sorry, Flo-Rida!), and it’s been there ever since.

A rep at Interscope tells EW that the track sold 105,725 copies on iTunes from Monday through Wednesday — a whopping 1,100 percent increase over the same three-day period the previous week, when it moved 8,814 iTunes units.

All told, it’s shifted approximately 155,000 copies on iTunes from Sunday through Thursday this week, and Billboard estimates that “Home” may sell as many as 200,000 editions in seven days, which could launch the song back into the Top 20 of the Hot 100 and give it a huge boost with radio programmers.

We chatted with Phillips, who’s currently touring the country with his fellow Idol alums, about the song’s sudden chart takeover and his plans for his upcoming album. Here’s what the laid-back Georgia native had to say:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know “Home” was going to be used by USA’s gymnastics team?
PHILLIP PHILLIPS: I’d seen a while back when they had used it. I think they were just qualifying—there’s a video on YouTube [embedded below]— and I heard people in my management talking about it, but I didn’t know if it was a sure thing. Then, a couple days ago, I saw a lot of people tweeting, “Oh, it’s so cool ‘Home’ is being used in the Olympics!” We don’t really get to watch much TV, man, with the concerts every night, but I wish I could have seen it. I really just found out through Twitter and my management texting me. I thought it was really awesome. READ FULL STORY

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