AUGUST 1, UPDATE: Phillip Phillips has won a gold medal of his own! On the third night of gymnastics coverage, the women’s all-around team competition, “Home” continued to gain momentum and has now officially reached the No. 1 spot. “Just saw where “Home”is on the iTunes chart!” Phillips tweeted. “Thank you everyone who has bought it &supporting me.”
JULY 31, UPDATE: Following another placement last night, “Home” has climbed up to No. 3 on the iTunes chart.
JULY 30, ORIGINALLY: American Idol winner Phillip Phillips got a big boost from NBC’s Sunday night broadcast of the London Olympics.
His coronation song “Home” was used to introduce the women’s gymnastic portion of the program, which drew over 40 million viewers, and it played three times throughout the night during pre-taped segments with the ladies of Team USA.
“Home,” which was sitting in the 80-something range of iTunes’ chart rankings, has now climbed all the way back up to No. 6. The huge bump hearkens back to the song’s first week available to the public, when it sold 278,000 copies.
Now, the track, which was recently certified gold for sales exceeding 500,000 copies, looks like it may enjoy a second life.
Phillips, who underwent intensive kidney surgery in June, is currently on the road for the American Idols Live! tour, during which he is recording his debut album, due out this fall.
The song was also used during Olympic Trials earlier this year:
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