Blake Lewis Signs Recording Contract

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The American Idol stage wasn't enough for Blake Lewis.

Everyone's favorite beat boxing sensation has signed a contract with 19 Recordings/Arista Records. He's already recording an album with producers that range from JR Rotem (yes, the former Britney Spears play thing) to Sean Kingston, due to be released at the end of the year.

As label head Clive Davis put it to Us Weekly: "Blake has a strong music sensibility and knows who he is and what his music should represent. His collaborators are all knocked out by him."

Blake Lewis has a reason to smile: The second-place finisher has signed a record deal.

Lewis has already experienced chart success with two of his covers from Idol. Right now, he's on tour with his fellow American Idol finalists, such as winner Jordin Sparks and best friend Chris Richardson (yes, the rumored former Lauren Conrad play thing).

"I love performing, so spending the summer on the road has been a great experience," Lewis said. "But I'm also enjoying my time in the studio and I'm very excited about recording my debut album. I'm thrilled to be working with 19 Recordings and ARISTA Records"

Idol creator Simon Fuller calls Lewis "one of the most unique contestants I've ever seen." It's not hard seeing this talent following in the footsteps of past show successes such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

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