‘American Idol’ notes: Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, Skylar Laine

For our Saturday edition of “American Idol” notes, we have quite a bit to cover, and we are going to kick things off with some much-appreciated details about Phillip Phillips’ upcoming debut album “The World from the Side of the Moon.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillip either wrote or co-wrote all but two songs on the album, and he even worked with a pretty interesting array of people including Greg Holden and Drew Pearson, who are the masterminds behind the enormously successful “Home” that really launched him headfirst into the limelight. He also worked on a song with his girlfriend Hannah Blackwell in “Take Me Away,” which is one of the tracks on the deluxe edition of the album made available exclusively at Target. (You can see the full track listing at this link.)

As for the sound of the music, expect plenty of guitar … and also a surprisingly large amount of cello.

Adam’s political standpoint – As you probably know by now already, Adam Lambert is supporting Barack Obama in the upcoming election, and even without mentioning him by name specifically in the Twitter post below, he did explain some of the reasons why he is voting the way that he is:

“Hot issues 4 me in election r Marriage Equality and a Woman’s right to choose. I wish these social issues were nonpartisan, but they aren’t … I just don’t understand how folks would vote for a candidate and administration who’s stance on Human rights is so twisted and dated. And by ignoring these issues, we are indirectly promoting ignorance and discrimination.”

Adam is of course far from the only celebrity making a political endorsement, but it’s also hard to say whether or not these comments have any influence on voters.

Skylar Laine’s next performance – For those of you who are major Skylar fans (and why wouldn’t you be?), you’ll be pleased to learn that on Sunday the season 11 star will be singing the National Anthem at the Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Specifically, she will be performing in front of 12,000 people dressed up in costume participating in the race. The event is also benefiting the ASPCA, so there is also a great cause behind it.

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