Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips photographed by Austin Hargrave on May 18th at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 

Austin Hargrave

Phillip Phillips' sophomore album "Behind the Light" drops this week. To mark the occasion, the singer-songwriter caught up with Billboard's Keith Caulfield Sunday on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet to chat about his latest release.

"It' so much more mature," the "American Idol" season 11 winner says. "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."

Phillips wrote or co-wrote every song on "Behind the Light" and worked with the same collaborators as his 2012 debut "The World from the Side of the Moon."

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"I wanted to keep it the same because they know how I like to write," the 21-year old says. "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."

The new album's lead single, "Raging Fire" currently sits at No. 9 on Adult Alternative Songs and No. 98 on the Hot 100, after peaking at 58.

Red carpet interview conducted by Keith Caulfield.

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