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Phillip Phillips Claims Record Label Said If He Recorded "Home," They'd Leave Him Alone

Image courtesy of Credit: Nick Walker (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Nick Walker (via ABC News Radio)

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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