Phillip Phillips' Darling Billboard Magazine Cover Shoot

Publicada Jueves Enero 10, 2013 3:25 PM GMT

With his debut album raking in more than 500,000 sales, Phillip Phillips took a break from the studio life to cover the latest issue of Billboard magazine.

Posing alongside producer Jimmy Lovine, the winner of last season's "American Idol" showed off her adorable smile while chatting about the show that brought him fame.

Highlights from Mr. Phillip's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Billboard!

His advice to other musicians:
"I always tell people that you have to play shows, you have to do what you can to get out there, and it can't be about the money," he says. "Jam out with a band for three or four hours. Do a live gig for food. You have to get out and do it."

On his "American Idol" experience:
"I honestly didn't think people would like me -- I didn't care what happened on the show. It never seemed like a competition. I always made sure I was having fun and the band was having a good time. I didn't give in to what some people give into -- the fame. I went in, played the song and went back and got in bed. I hope it opens doors for other [non-pop singers] to do the show."

On his debut album:
"I knew what I wanted to do before I tried out for 'Idol'. I had written a lot of the songs before the show. A few co-writes came up and [19 and Interscope executives] knew what they wanted and I think it met the expectations. They understood what kind of album I wanted to make."

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