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Idol's Phillip Phillips drops second Top 10 album

Behind The Light, Phillip Phillips' follow-up to the million-plus-selling The World From The Side Of The Moon, officially bowed into the Billboard 200 Top 10 at No. 7 this week.

Billboard reported May 28 that Behind The Light sold 41,000 copies its first week out, quite a bit below the 169,000 jump-off he got with his first album. Still, it is the "American Idol" winner's second Top 10 album. (The World From The Side Of The Moon peaked at No. 4.)

"It' so much more mature," Phillips told Billboard the week of the album's release. "I got to spend some more time on it. It's a little more on the rock side, which is me and how I represent it when I play live."

The album will deliver, however, a certain continuity, considering that the writers on Behind The Light were the same writers who helped him collaborate on The World From The Side Of The Moon.

"I wanted to keep it the same because they know how I like to write," the "American Idol" winner said. "We worked so well together. It's very organic and it's not getting all these writers to come in (and say), 'We need a big pop song.' That's not how it is. It's an album as a whole, not just singles."

Phillip Phillips won Season 11 of the hit singing reality competition "American Idol" in 2012. In the finale, he defeated Jessica Sanchez for the title.

His coronation song, "Home," has gone on to sell over five million copies. It is currently the top selling single of any released by an "American Idol" finalist in the history of the show.

He also appeared on the Season 13 finale, singing along with Top 10 finalist Sam Woolf as they performed "Home" and "Raging Fire."

The World From The Side Of The Moon has sold over a million copies and was certfied platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in August 2013. As often happens when an artist releases a new album, previous works return to the chart. Such was the case with The World From The Side Of The Moon, which re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 153 this week.