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Phillip Phillips' 'Home' hits No. 1 on iTunes chart following Olympic placement

AUGUST 1, UPDATE: Phillip Phillips has won a gold medal of his own! On the third night of gymnastics coverage, the women’s all-around team competition, “Home” continued to gain momentum and has now officially reached the No. 1 spot. “Just saw where “Home”is on the iTunes chart!” Phillips tweeted. “Thank you everyone who has bought it &supporting me.”

JULY 31, UPDATE: Following another placement last night, “Home” has climbed up to No. 3 on the iTunes chart.

JULY 30, ORIGINALLY: American Idol winner Phillip Phillips got a big boost from NBC’s Sunday night broadcast of the London Olympics.

His coronation song “Home” was used to introduce the women’s gymnastic portion of the program, which drew over 40 million viewers, and it played three times throughout the night during pre-taped segments with the ladies of Team USA.

“Home,” which was sitting in the 80-something range of iTunes’ chart rankings, has now climbed all the way back up to No. 6. The huge bump hearkens back to the song’s first week available to the public, when it sold 278,000 copies.

Now, the track, which was recently certified gold for sales exceeding 500,000 copies, looks like it may enjoy a second life.

Phillips, who underwent intensive kidney surgery in June, is currently on the road for the American Idols Live! tour, during which he is recording his debut album, due out this fall.

The song was also used during Olympic Trials earlier this year:

More on EW.com:
Olympics opening ceremony soundtrack album becomes international hit
Phillip Phillips’ coronation single ‘Home': EW Review
‘American Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips undergoes kidney surgery
Phillip Phillips sells 278,000 downloads of ‘Home’ in debut sales week

Kellie Pickler talks making '100 Proof', splitting with her label

On Tuesday, we sat down with country star Kellie Pickler to discuss her new work with the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Feeding America, a charitable organization dedicated to fighting hunger in America. “There’s no reason why we can’t beat this,” says the singer, who reveals that she knew various peers growing up that had to worry about having food on the table. Pickler’s main goal right now is to get people over to ConAgra’s Facebook page to learn about how to help with their Hunger Free Summer campaign.

Still, since we had a hold of her, we had to ask about her recent split with label Sony Music Nashville (she was on BNA, with whom she was contracted for three albums), and Pickler was quite open about the whole shebang.

For those who don’t know, Pickler’s third album 100 Proof has struggled more than her previous efforts and sold 74,000 copies (versus Small Town Girl, which sold over 800,000, and her self-titled sophomore disc, which passed 400,000). She looked back on making the record and looked ahead to her next step.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It’s interesting that this split comes after 100 Proof, which was easily your best work so far — at least in my opinion. Before we talk about the record deal, I’d like to hear about making the record.
KELLIE PICKLER: Luke Wooten and Frank Lidell — they helped me discover the artist in myself. Since American Idol, it’s been like a blur. I’ve been pulled in a hundred different directions by a hundred different people. You know, signing contracts that I couldn’t read, but I was 19 and green and it was, “Sign this contract or go back to working in fast food,” and I didn’t want to do that. Luke and Frank sat me down and I got to just sit with an acoustic guitar and I got to sing songs to them that I grew up on. You know Tammy, Merle, Waylon, Al Dexter, Kitty Wells. I could just go on and on and on. I just love traditional country music. They saw that in me, and that’s real. That’s me. When this album came out, the people that know me, my friends, went, “There’s Kellie. There you are.” READ FULL STORY

Aerosmith bring in roller derby girls for 'Legendary Child' video: Watch it here

Aerosmith know how to put together a music video.

The Boston band that gave the MTV generation classic clips like “Cryin'” and “Janie’s Got a Gun” are back to put on a show, this time for “Legendary Child,” the first single from their upcoming album Music From Another Dimension.

The narrated six-minute video finds American Idol judge Steven Tyler, hot sauce mogul Joe Perry, and those other guys rocking out in a warehouse while, elsewhere, a gang of ladies roller skate around and wreak havoc. Check it out in the video below:

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Phillip Phillips to headline D.C.'s Fourth of July concert

America will get to hear from its newest American Idol at this year’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall as Phillip Phillips makes his comeback performance following kidney surgery, organizers say.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press ahead of Monday’s announcement, the 21-year-old from Leesburg, Ga., said he was excited to visit the nation’s capital for the first time. Phillips, a bluesy guitar man, said he’s been focused on recovering from a serious kidney surgery since “Idol’s” finale in May. Phillips has revealed he was in crippling pain from a kidney blockage that made it hard to stand at times during parts of the Idol season and was undergoing a series of surgeries during breaks in the competition. His right kidney wasn’t functioning properly, he said, but it didn’t require a transplant.

Phillips hasn’t performed since his Idol victory. Instead, he’s been focused on recovery. “I’m getting better each day, so that’s a good thing. I’m just walking around, getting my strength back together,” he said in an interview from Los Angeles. “It was tough, you know, those first few days, but I’m getting to where I can pick the guitar back up and write a little bit.” READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips out of the hospital following kidney surgery

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EW has confirmed that American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has left the Los Angeles hospital where he underwent kidney surgery last week.

The 21-year-old star checked out of the hospital on June 11 following an extensive procedure to remove kidney stones. (TMZ says the surgery was “brutal,” and that doctors were forced to remove the stent placed in Phillips’ kidney with a laser.)

As you can see in the photo, which was provided by Phillips’ rep, the Georgia native is keeping busy signing CD booklets (and making the same goofy faces that he often did while standing behind Ryan Seacrest) at the 19 Entertainment offices, but now he’s focused on preparing for the start of the Idols Live tour, which begins on July 6 in Detroit.

“I’m so glad the surgery went well and that I’m healing quickly,” Phillips tells EW. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery graduates high school, preps for summer tour

American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery graduated from North Carolina’s Garner Magnet High School yesterday, taking the stage in Raleigh with about 400 of his classmates to receive his diploma.

The deep-voiced country star, who has sold nearly 1.1 million copies of his debut disc Clear As Day, couldn’t celebrate with his friends on the eve of the ceremony, though. He was in Nashville at the CMT Music Awards, where he won Breakthrough Video of the Year for his ballad “The Trouble With Girls” and performed his current single “Water Tower Town.” (True story: I once got dreadfully lost while driving to the Outer Banks and ended up in Garner, N.C. It really is a water tower town. Just ask his mom!)

Interestingly, graduating from high school is the most youthful thing that old soul McCreery — who has a penchant for singing songs more familiar to senior citizens — has ever done. It’s a funny reminder of how young some of American Idol‘s bright-eyed contestants really are.

After putting his cap and gown into storage, the star will hit the road with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry next week before officially enrolling as member of N.C. State’s class of 2016. (Not a bad post-grad life, Scotty; honestly, all I dreamed of for graduation was a few friends in my backyard and a Chick-Fil-A nugget tray.)

When I sat down with Scotty and his mother, Judy, last summer following his Idol win, she was clear that she wanted Scotty to receive a college education. What do you think, readers — will he be able to juggle a booming career and college course load at the same time?

More on EW.com:
CMT Music Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast
Scotty McCreery is college bound

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips undergoes kidney surgery

EW has confirmed that American Idol winner Phillip Phillips underwent a six and a half hour surgery yesterday to remove several kidney stones, which TMZ (who first reported the news) says “were so huge there was no chance he could’ve passed them on his own.”

Phillips’ longtime kidney issues plagued his run on Idol, causing him excruciating pain and preventing him from participating in various Idol duties, like the weekly Ford music video shoots.

“The surgery went well,” says a source close to the show. “He’s doing well and looking forward to starting the Idol tour in July.” (The Idols Live tour kicks off July 6 in Detroit.)

The surgery is the latest beat in a medical drama that’s been brewing for months.

In March, Phillips, who suffers a congenital kidney condition, underwent a surgical procedure to have a stent implanted into his kidney to prevent blockage — thereby assuring he could remain a competing contestant. In April, Phillips’ father, Donnie, told Albany Uncovered that “contestants are getting very little sleep and it’s starting to take a toll on Phillip, especially when combined with his ongoing kidney stone issues.” Phillips’ mother, Sheryl, went on to request prayers for her son on Facebook:

“I have a special prayer request. Please stop and pray a special prayer for Phillip. He is in a lot of pain and I am sad about it. I just wish he felt good. I love him so much and wish I could be with him. He would appreciate the prayers too!”

Phillips was reportedly scheduled to go under the knife last week, but due to a fever and sinus infection, the surgery had to be delayed. (Geez, the guy just can’t catch a break health-wise, can he?)

Our get-well-soon wishes go out to Phillip; he’s got a whole lot of fans hoping to hear him sing again soon.

For more Idol updates, follow me on Twitter.

More on EW.com:
Phillip Phillips sells 278,000 downloads of ‘Home’ in debut sales week
EW Single Review: Phillip Phillips’ ‘Home’

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips sells 278,000 downloads of 'Home' in debut sales week

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Sorry, Jessica Sanchez fanatics, but it looks like Phillip Phillips may not just be another “White Guy With Guitar” after all.

The Georgia native, who was crowned American Idol‘s 11th winner last Wednesday (resulting in an endearing parent-hugging breakdown), debuted at No. 2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, shifting 278,000 units of his single “Home” last week. (Read our review here.) READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Relive Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday's 'And I Am Telling You...' duet one frame-grab at a time

Anyone who watched the American Idol finale last night got the special treat of seeing original Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday and finalist Jessica Sanchez rip into the ubiquitous showstopper “And I Am Telling You…” like two rabid wildebeasts tearing apart a wounded antelope made of air and musical notes.

It was, in a word, reality TV ridiculata at its finest. Both powerhouse divas belted and growled and made some of the craziest singing faces television has ever seen. (Holliday is the one to watch, though Sanchez held her note-pummeling own).

Below check out the 15 Best Diva Stank Faces from the finale’s most over-the-top (in the best way, ladies!) moment: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez's and Phillip Phillips' coronation singles

For years, American Idol has focused on the fish out of water, reveling in making the country girl sing Queen or the soul singer take on Bon Jovi.

But that’s changed for the better since Interscope took over the music on Idol in 2010. Label head Jimmy Iovine and the rest of the crew now wisely choose to use the show as a platform to develop the strengths and core identities of its contestants, rather than throwing them out of their comfort zones for ratings’ sake.

Not that it means confining them to their genre; it’s been more about creative adjustments, like taking Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and making it a viable country platform for Southern girl Skylar Laine, or giving Eminem and Rihanna’s domestic-violence account “Love the Way You Lie” a piano-pop twist for the God-fearing Colton Dixon.

Perhaps that’s why this year’s coronation songs, “Change Nothing” by Jessica Sanchez and “Home” by Phillip Phillips, are so many miles away from the one-size-fits-all schmaltz of former Idol anthems like “Inside Your Heaven,” “I Believe,” or “No Boundaries” (which, for the record, I never thought was all that bad: especially when performed reggae-style).

Interscope has sent its fledgling Idols out into the music world with viable singles that forgo mentions of a “magic rainbow on the horizon” or  “flying without wings” — you know, things that modern, non-Idol viewers might listen to.

Sanchez and Phillips unveiled their new tracks last night, and although both sounded much more current than any other Idol winners’ single,  judges made it clear that they felt that only one of them had produced a potential hit. Randy Jackson boldly told Jessica Sanchez that he “did not love the song” and wished she’d chosen something more urban in the style of Beyoncé. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler agreed. (Who knows how much Interscope pushed these singles on each finalist, but Sanchez did make it clear that “Change Nothing” was her single by choice.) Meanwhile, the judges gave Phillip Phillips a standing ovation for his performance of “Home.” “You were perfect tonight,” Tyler gushed.

But what did you think of the new Idol songs?

Give the studio versions of the two tracks a listen below, read my takes on each, and then sound off in the comments. READ FULL STORY

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