With his coronation song "Home" already certified gold (500,000 singles sold) and on track to move another 200,000 downloads this week, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' picked the perfect time to release the video for his first legit hit. After all, not only did he win the country's most-watched singing competition, but he also got prime placement on the 2012 Olympics. As the soundtrack to NBC's coverage of women's gymnastics, "Home" was heard by as many as one billion people and is already gaining momentum on the charts.
As for the video, the clip was directed by Joseph Toman (Nicole Scherzinger, Timbaland) and shot while on the road with the Idol summer tour. Premiered on VEVO on Aug. 2, it interweaves stunning black-and-white imagery of American landscapes with footage of Phillips jamming on the tour bus and in a pawn shop not unlike the one his family owns in Leesburg, Georgia.
Also seen in the video is Phillips' longtime girlfriend, Hannah Blackwell, who is a semi-regular presence on the tour. Asked by Access Hollywood about female fans who may be irked to learn that their favorite singer is taken, Phillips said, “If girls like me ‘cause I’m cute, and they find out I have a girlfriend or something and they don’t like me then, it wasn’t about the music. So I’d rather be all about the music. I’d rather not be successful being that way, than being cute and being successful.”
If Idol loyalists and Interscope Records staffers have their way, Phillips will be all of the above. This week, "Home" re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is due to climb possibly into the Top 20.
Watch the "Home" video below: