Katharine McPhee signs with RCA

American Idol 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has signed with Clive Davis’ RCA Records. The deal is “in conjunction with 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by ‘Idol’ creator Simon Fuller,” People reports.

Davis tells People that he sees a Kelly Clarkson-like career for Kat. “My first task is going to be to sit down with her and see what her vision is for herself. … She is a pop singer. There is no question. Our task will be to find hits for her that fit her like a glove and can be hits on today’s radio. That is the challenge and the task that lies in front of us,” he said.

Katharine’s first single will be released at the end of this month.

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