11 Aug 2009
"American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken, who made his Broadway debut in Monty Python's Spamalot, has signed with Universal Music's Decca Records.
According to the singer's official website, he will release a new CD in the first half of 2010. No other details have been announced.
Aiken — who was bested by Ruben Studdard during the second season of "American Idol" — has gone on to sell more than six million albums, co-author a best selling book ("Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life") and play six sold-out concert tours. He was a focus of the short-lived Off-Broadway musical Idol: The Musical and has appeared on "Ed," "Saturday Night Live" and "Scrubs."
Aiken released his fourth album, "On My Way Here," last spring.
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