Taiwan singing sensation has deal with Sony Music

Lin Yu-chun's Whitney Houston imitation earns music contract

By Associated Press

Published May 13, 2010 12:16PM (EDT)

The young man whose rendition of "I Will Always Love You" on a Taiwanese talent show recalled Whitney Houston's high notes has a record deal.

Sony Music Entertainment said in a statement Thursday that Lin Yu-chun's debut, featuring Chinese and English songs, will be released in July.

It quoted 24-year-old Lin as saying, "I still can't believe this is real." Sony didn't say if the album would have his rendition of the Dolly Parton ballad later covered by Houston.

Lin gained notice just a month ago on Taiwan's "Avenue to Stardom." His performance became an Internet sensation and drew comparisons to Susan Boyle.

The 48-year-old Briton famed for performing "I Dreamed a Dream" on "Britain's Got Talent" also signed with Sony.

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