Phillip Phillips has gone on record as saying initially, he didn't like his debut single "Home," which has become the best-selling single ever released by an American Idol alum. Now, he claims his record label essentially offered him a musical bribe to cut that single.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Phillip claims that when he was making his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, his record label offered him a deal: if he would only cut the folk-rock flavored songs "Home" and "Gone Gone Gone," he could do whatever he wanted with the rest of the album. He took the deal, and watched those two songs -- neither of which he wrote -- become the album's only big hits.
When it came time for him to make his new album Behind the Light, though, Phillip says his label backed off. "They let me do the record how I felt was right," he tells the paper, noting that while he got feedback from the head of the record company, he was in control, and wrote or co-wrote every song. "That's why I'm a lot more proud of [this album], because it represents me so much more," he explains.
Phillip is out on a major summer tour in support of the disk, and he says that even if you see his show more than once, you won't be bored.
"We play a different set every night and in a different order," he tells the paper. "We might change something up in a song, because I like to keep it fun for us and [keep us] on our toes, and also for our fans."
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