There’s not too much happening in the world of “American Idol” at the moment — so in lieu of doing a tradition version of our show notes, we now have a singular highlight that is coming to us courtesy of our reigning champ Phillip Phillips.
As a part of a brief chat with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Phillip reiterated something that he said recently as a part of a radio interview: that his debut album is indeed going to be launching early next year rather than in the traditional window that was the holiday season. This is certainly an interesting move on his part along with his record label in Interscope, and one designed to put the focus back on artistry rather than trying to rush out an album for a desired release date. If you look back over the course of the past several years, a number of debut albums have ended up feeling like something that came out of the hands of writers and producers rather than individual artists, and this lack of personality has led to some sluggish sales. This has not always been the case, but with every success story comes a few disappointments.
This delay still is in many ways a stunning move from an industry point of view, and Interscope has to know that they are likely sacrificing all sorts of sales in order to make this happen so that the album can be the best it can be. January is a tough time for the music industry, and the only hope that Phillip may have is that he has another “Home” on his hands (which has proven to be a smash hit), or that enough people will hold on to their iTunes gift cards from the Christmas holiday to make things worth their while.
What do you think about Phillip’s delay, and do you think it is worth it to ensure that the album is right? If you want to check out some more news pertaining to Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery, be sure and head on over to this link.