Phillip Phillips 'Always Writing' for Next Album

Although he's in the thick of promoting his hit debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," Phillip Phillips says he's already thinking ahead to album number two. "I'm always writing," he told Billboard recently. "It might be a bad song, but I'm always writing."

Phillips says that his second album should be around sometime next year but noted that he's taking his time. "There's no rush." As of now, he hasn't made any definitive plans to collaborate with anyone on the new material; however, Phillips revealed that he'd love to work with Rob Thomas or Eddie Vedder.

The main thing, according to Philips, is that his health is on track. "I'm healthy -- healthy as a horse… as long as the horse is healthy," he chirped. The Georgia native is gearing up for a two and a half month long tour which kicks off at the end of the month. "I'm playing a bunch of colleges, playing Rock in Rio in September – opening up for John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, and Justin Timberlake -- and have some more stuff planned," he explained.

As far as life post-"American Idol," Phillips says his entourage is pretty much the same. "I just have the band and the crew and they'll watch out for me and I watch out for them. There are some new guys in the band but I've known them for quite some time. They are all good guys."

Phillips told Billboard that he's still in shock over his recent success. "I never thought I'd be traveling the world supporting my music. Everybody seems to really enjoy the music because it comes from me and I'm proud of it."

Following a performance of new song "Gone, Gone, Gone" on "American Idol" last week, Randy Jackson presented the singer/songwriter with a plaque for his single "Home," which just went quadruple platinum.

"I don't think anybody realized or thought that this would happen. I am very thankful for this whole past year and I do feel very blessed. I really don't think anybody expected this," says Phillips.