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How Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift are causing a seismic shift in the music industry

The biggest debut of 2012 doesn’t belong to a glossy pop act like One Direction or Justin Bieber.

Sure, those boys have hordes of teenage girls ready to download their music at the drop of a tweet, but they’ve got nothing on the scruffy gents of Mumford & Sons, whose new disc, Babel sold 600,000 copies in its first seven days. (The next-best opening? Bieber’s Believe, with 374,000 in week 1.)

Babel‘s success (it has now led the chart for three weeks and sold 865,000 copies total) is indicative of a larger shift within the music industry. As pop music morphs into a glow-stick dance party, country acts have adopted the traditional pop sound. That leaves Mumford and the burgeoning Americana and folk genres (think acoustic guitars, banjos, and innumerable fitted tweed vests) to fill the country void. Did you get all that? Allow us to break it down. 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

On the Charts: Taylor Swift's big sales, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blows up, The Lumineers say 'Hey'

Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” may just sell the most downloads ever! ever! ever! in its first week.

Released on Monday night, the song is reportedly heading to first-week downloads in the 600,000 range, which would make the breakup anthem the fastest selling song ever by a female artist. (Lady Gaga currently holds that record with “Born This Way,” which was downloaded 448,000 times in its first frame.)

There’s one song Taylor probably will probably not outsell, though: “Right Round” by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha, which sold 636,000 songs in a single week in 2009. Still, if she climbs past Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which moved 521,000 editions in its first week, she’ll have the second-best sales week in digital history. Not too shabby.

We’ll see how high “Never,” which hit No. 72 on this week’s Hot 100, soars next week, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

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

This week's music winners and losers: Rick Ross, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ellie Goulding, and more!


Carly Rae Jepsen and Rick Ross muscle out the competition, Ellie Goulding surges, and Phillip Phillips makes a gigantic chart leap with his Idol coronation song “Home.” Here’s your guide to who’s burning up (and flaming out) on the music charts:


Rick Ross: The large and in charge rapper’s fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t became his fourth number one album, selling 219,000 copies in its first week. The sales total was the largest rap debut since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded bowed with 253,000 copies earlier this year.

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe,” which this week passed the 5 million mark in sales, logged a ninth week atop Billboard’s Hot 100. The track, the first off her just-announced Kiss (due Sept. 18), is now the longest-running number one single in 2012 over Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which held the peak position for eight weeks and is still sitting pretty at No. 6. 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

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:

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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


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

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