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Victor Willis rejoins Village People for 40th anniversary celebrations

Original Village People singer and songwriter Victor Willis is rejoining the disco group for its 40th anniversary celebrations after settling a lengthy copyright dispute.
Willis, who co-wrote the group’s biggest hits, including Y.M.C.A., recently won a major legal battle and recaptured ownership of his Village People music publishing catalogue in the U.S. and he is now making plans to become a member of Village People again.
“I am happy to say that my creative differences with Henri Belolo are now resolved,” Victor tells WENN. “It was indeed a team effort that resulted in the great music of the Village People.
“I look forward to working with Henri again for continued growth and opportunities related to our iconic music catalogue and the Village People brand as I return as lead singer of the Village People in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the release of our first album.”
Belolo adds, “Many years ago, Victor, Jacques Morali and I shared a common dream as we sat down to create music celebrating freedom, joy and the silly exuberance of our times. On the eve of our 40th anniversary, I’m glad to announce we put our differences aside and I welcome Victor back in the Village People family. I look forward to writing the next page of our story together.”
Willis, who portrayed the first traffic cop in the group, left the Village People 35 years ago.

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