With ‘American Idol’ Lawsuit Behind Him, Season 11 Winner Phillip Phillips Releases New Song (Listen)

Phillip Phillips

American Idol” season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has released a new single, his first since settling a contentious lawsuit against the show’s parent company, 19 Entertainment.

“Miles,” co-written by Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) and Lindsay Rimes, is a soft ballad, with light guitar flourishes leaving space for Phillips’ soulful vocal as he sings, “It’s getting harder to breathe in this atmosphere, from these dizzy highs/ With you close to me, we can disappear in this endless night.” 


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I am so excited to have the connection with my fans again by releasing new music,” the Georgia native said of his return to music after a two-year  break (his lawsuit challenging the terms of his contract with 19, and alleging that he’d been “manipulated” by his record company, Interscope Records, was filed in January 2015 and settled in June). 

“’Miles is about going through change but not being alone while it’s happening,” Phillips added. “Just knowing that there is always light after dark. This has been a really interesting journey and I’ve learned a lot personally and professionally. This is a new time and I’m excited about taking everyone along. It’s good stuff!”

Phillips is currently on the road for a summer tour with Goo Goo Dolls through September. He is performing “Miles” and other tracks from his forthcoming third album for Interscope Records.

Listen to “Miles” below:

Miles (Audio Only) by Phillip Phillips on VEVO.

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    1. Emon says:

      Wow, this is a great song! Not a fan of Idol, but Phillip Phillips is one of best to come from the franchise.

    2. Erin says:

      Awesome talent! So glad he is FREE to do what he wants. I have always loved his uniqueness, his determination to sing his song, his way. He is going places, for sure, no doubt!

    3. Roni Ware says:

      SO happy for this guy! He’s worked SO hard from the very beginning! I couldn’t be more relieved that he’s finally COMPLETELY free to do what he does BEST! Keep watching world, I don’t think you will be disappointed! CONGRATULATIONS PHILLIP PHILLIPS!! #JOURNEYON

    4. brady1987 says:

      I just could never get behind him when he was competing on that show. He was inconsistent and not very versatile at all. I really found him to be a one trick pony and just didn’t buy his music. The WGWG factor was what got him far. He should’ve placed 5th or 6th.

      • That was 5 years ago, so get over it. And he was better than you give him credit for on the show. He just wasn’t your type. There’s a difference. That was the best overall pool of talent and thus the best season the show ever had, so it was a tight competition. Versatility isn’t all that important. Being good at what you do is. And his post-show career, being one of the best post-Idol artists has certainly proven that.

        • brady1987 says:

          Season 11 was not the best season. I could list several other seasons that were better. Also, versatility is important. Kelly Clarkson sang music by all different kinds of artists in the first season. Carrie Underwood was able to sing music by Heart”. David Cook was the versatile WGWG and the only one I really connected with. Phillip Phillips’ performances of “Fat Bottom Girls” and “Time of the Season” were some of the worst live performances of season 11. He also looked very uncomfortable performing without his guitar. As for his post-show career, his second album was unable to match the success of his first one.

      • Mitch says:

        The guy still has a record deal with a major label 5 years later. He ain’t doing crowd funding or self released like a lot of the other winners.

        • Eli says:

          With the exception of Kelly, no Idol’s follow-up match the their success of the debut. That includes David Cook, who was dropped after his 2nd CD and has been doing crowd funding. Phil had his Idol standouts with Volcano and The Stone. Obviously, Interscope feels he has potential to greenlight music in his 3rd era.

    5. Bangarang says:

      Good, he needs to distance himself from that American Idol garbage. They might have given him his big break but I have no doubt he would have made it without them just the same.

    6. Brenda W says:

      Glad that nastiness is behind him. He’s got a great voice and is hugely talented. Terrific song.

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