American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ coronation single “Home” leapt up the charts following multiple TV spots in women’s gymnastics segments in NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics. But how did “Home” end up getting involved with the Olympics in the first place? For the answer, originally published last August, we called NBC Sports and talked to senior Olympics producer David Michaels. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.
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Millions tuned in to the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London last night, and today, three performers from the hours-long finale still have people buzzing.
Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Coldplay all took the stage during the event and filled the stadium with colorful pageantry, stadium-pleasing songs, and tons of pats on each other’s backs. The three artists are all friends as well as collaborators, of course, so there was a lot of plenty of shared love: Chris Martin’s crew backed RiRi for “We Found Love,” Hova helped infuse Coldplay’s “Paradise” with swag, and the whole cadre came together for Jay’s ”Run This Town.”
If you missed it last night, you can check out the cooperative performances for yourself with the videos below:
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
U.K. rockers Muse will play the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, the band’s drummer told music magazine NME Wednesday. Muse, who also wrote the song “Survival” in honor of the Olympics, will perform the song at Saturday’s event.
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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
From soccer players jamming to pop anthems and rowers pulling to hip-hop favorites, to gymnasts coming down with Bieber fever, some of our favorite Olympians are also becoming our workout mix DJs during these Games. We asked athletes from a variety of sports what’s on their iPods in London. Below, check out some of their favorites and listen to the whole playlist on Spotify.
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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:
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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
Some people loved Danny Boyle’s delirious Olympics opening ceremony (Music Mix among them!), while others were not so hot on it. But regardless of your opinion on bed-jumping children, odds are you liked the event’s soundtrack, which has been topping digital charts worldwide.
With a ceremony so loaded with highlights from Britain’s many musical exports, it’s no wonder that the 36-song, two-disc collection Isles of Wonder is burning up iTunes charts in places like the U.K., of course, as well as Belgium, France, and Spain. As for these United States, the album — which features English stars like David Bowie, Dizzee Rascal, and Arctic Monkeys — reached No. 5 on iTunes.
The physical version of Isles of Wonder will be available via Decca Records on Aug. 6. Take a look at the track listing below:
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: a Spice Girls reunion!
Thankfully, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will feature just that. According to the always-excited British press, the ’90s group’s five ladies — including the reportedly reluctant Victoria Beckham — have “signed on the dotted line” to perform as one sexy unit again at the Aug. 12 closing ceremony.
The band’s first reunion since 2008 was once rumored to be in the cards for 2010′s FIFA World Cup, but it hasn’t happened for the quintet — made up of Beckham (the singer-turned-fashion director known as Posh Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) — until now. READ FULL STORY
If you’ve ever watched one of those sweeping, heart rate-quickening Nike/Gatorade/Chrysler commercials and thought, “There should probably be an over-the-top British rock song in here,” then we’ve got just the thing for you.
While you were celebrating America’s freedom from Britain yesterday, those sneaky redcoats slyly posted a music video for “Survival,” Muse’s official song of London’s Summer Olympics, on the Internet.
Like the song itself, the video is on the ambitious side, trying in four minutes to capture more than a century’s worth of sweaty Olympian drama. And as an added bonus, they also threw in an Easter egg for Marvel fans by flashing an image of what looks to be the next Spider-Man villain at the 3:00 mark!
Spend some time with the video in all its spandex glory below and head to the comments to let us know just how pumped you are for the big event:
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