'American Idol' Lee DeWyze signs his record contract

"American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze is officially a recording artist.

As has been the case with previous "Idol" winners, DeWyze has signed a contract with 19 Recordings/RCA Records. He'll start recording his debut album in the near future; the label says it's scheduled for release in the fall.

"Looking back on the last few months and all I gained from my experience on American Idol, it is incredible to know that this is only the beginning for me," DeWyze says. "Being signed by 19 Entertainment/RCA Records is a dream come true. I know that by working with them, I have the support that will allow me to record the best possible album I can."

DeWyze -- who sang the national anthem before Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday -- will record his album during breaks from this summer's "Idol" tour. He and his fellow top 10 contestants will kick the tour off in Auburn Hills, Mich., on July 1 and hit more than 50 cities before wrapping up in mid-September.

His first single, a cover of U2's "Beautiful Day," debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week. It's also No. 12 on the Digital Songs chart.

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