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Phillip Phillips' debut album goes platinum -- so how are other singing-show winners doing?

American Idol takes a lot of flack for being past its prime — and given the weak chart performance of its reigning champ, Candice Glover, those criticisms make sense — but make no mistake, the show can still produce stars.

Take Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips: The gravelly-voiced folk-pop singer’s debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was just certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million units. The disc, which was released in November 2012, wasn’t a blockbuster out of the gate. It sold 169,000 in its first week, driven primarily by the success of Phillips’ Olympic anthem “Home,” which sold over 4.6 million copies as a single.

But World has continued selling steadily thanks to the slow-burn success of his platinum follow-up single “Gone Gone Gone,” which has climbed to No. 24 on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart. And it doesn’t hurt that Phillips nabbed the opening slot on John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour, which he joined in July and will continue with until mid-December. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The EW music awards

It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in music below!

Best Son of Mumford (American Idol Edition)
Phillip Phillips, “Home”

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Phillip Phillips announces next single 'Gone Gone Gone': Hear it here!

It’s easy to understand why Phillip Phillips has ridden on the success of his Mumford-y smash “Home” for seven straight months. After becoming the unofficial anthem of the summer Olympics, the strummy coronation single earned a second life on the chart, and over the course the fall, became a commercial powerhouse.

Now, as the year comes to a close, sales for “Home” stand at nearly 3 million, it’s still in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100, and it has helped to launch the American Idol winner’s debut album The World from the Side of the Moon successfully. (The disc has sold 377,000 copies in its first four weeks.) And yet, the time has come for Phillips to look beyond “Home.”

“The second single will be ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’” Phillips recently told Yahoo! Canada Music. “It’s a good little love song. Todd Clark and Derek Fuhrmann, they wrote [it] and brought it to me and I thought it was a beautiful song. The more I’ve played it live, the more I’ve made it more my own and people seem to really connect with it and really enjoy it so I’m excited to see how that song’s going to do.”

While I’d guess that Phillips may be a bit disappointed that his second single, due in early 2013, is a song he had no hand in writing (he wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 12 songs on his album), this is absolutely the correct decision by Interscope.

“Gone Gone Gone” is the other true standout track on Phillips’ album. Like “Home,” it’s a kick-drum-pounding, acoustic track that builds into a by-the-numbers Americana anthem, complete with hopeful, universal lyrics, a scratchy-voiced vocal, and a whole chorus of “ooooh”s. It’s melodic and memorable and could easily cement Phillips’ status as a relevant 2013 artist — not just an American Idol one-off. (Plus it paves the way for his third single to be a curveball. I think “Get Up Get Down” would be a great choice, in that case.)

Listen to the song below: READ FULL STORY

Phillip Phillips among Fox's 'New Year's Eve Live!' performers

Phillip Phillips fans planning to stay home for New Year’s Eve now have a reason to choose Fox — the American Idol winner will play Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live!, along with Lifehouse. A host and additional performers will be announced for the 90-minute special, broadcasting live from Las Vegas starting at 11 p.m. ET on Dec. 31. And never fear, Fox cameras will also show the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square.

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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): How Phillip Phillips’ song ‘Home’ was chosen for the Olympics
Best of 2012: The 5 best non-Adele songs of the year

Best of 2012: The 5 best non-Adele songs of the year

She may not have released an album, but Adele was still huge in 2012. With her out of the running, here are our picks for the big single smashes of the year.

5. “Home” by Phillip Phillips
The Olympics had it on near-repeat, and with its guitar-strumming folk feel, it provided a nice break from dubstep on radio.

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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): How Phillip Phillips' song 'Home' was chosen for the Olympics

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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'American Idol' roundup: Phillip Phillips releases song previews, Jessica Sanchez goes 'Glee,' and 'Skyfall' gets a killer cover by... Syesha?

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, that’s what we’re here for!

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

PHILLIP PHILLIPS: The reigning champ’s album, The World From the Side of the Moon, won’t be available until Nov. 19, but 90-second previews of all the album’s songs have surfaced on iTunes. Though many of them reflect Phillips’ personal style while on Idol, there are more than a few that resemble his double-platinum smash “Home.” Come back to EW for a review of the disc later this week, but in the meantime, check out these snippets below. (“Gone, Gone, Gone” is my personal fave.) READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Sandy benefit concerts roundup: Chris Cornell, Phillip Phillips, Louis C.K., and more

As we reported earlier this week, NBC’s big musical benefit blowout brought in $23 million for Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

But people up and down the Eastern Seaboard are still rebuilding from the storm, and there are still more ways to help out: a whole slew of musicians and comedians have announced a new round of benefit concerts and events slated for the upcoming weeks and months. Some of the bigger names include Chris Cornell, Jerry Seinfeld, and the Wallflowers, but there are tons more indie-oriented fare too, from Neon Indian to Louis C.K.

Check out our running list of upcoming benefits below, and clink the links for tickets and information. Plus, feel free to share any events we may have left off in the comments section below. (And, of course, those unable to attend these events can always help by donating to the Red Cross’ special Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.)

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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

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