Booted “American Idol” hopeful William Hung has signed with Koch Records, which will on April 6 release his debut album, tentatively titled “The True Idol.” After failing to make it past the audition stage on this season of the Fox reality show (during which he performed Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” and admitted he had no musical training), Hung has become an instant celebrity, particularly around the University of California at Berkeley, where he is an engineering student.
As part of the deal, a video for “She Bangs” will appear exclusively on the Fuse Music Network. Hung will also sing the cut April 8 on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
Besides that Martin track, “The True Idol” is tipped to include the Latin star’s hit “Shake Your Bon Bon” and Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” The first pressing of the disc will feature a 40-minute DVD of studio footage, “a day in the life” of Hung and a question-and-answer session with fans.
“Fuse is thrilled that the network’s first exclusive music video will be for William Hung’s ‘She Bangs’ single,” Fuse president Marc Juris says in a statement. “He may not be the next American Idol, but he is definitely a star and inspiration to everyone who sings in the shower. Fuse sees itself in William — except he dances better.”