Village People is the self-titled debut album by Village People , released on July 11, Village People was the creation of Jacques Morali , a French composer. Morali approached Willis and told him, "I had a dream that you sang lead on my album and it went very, very big". Willis agreed. The album was a success, and demand for live appearances soon followed. Morali, his business partner Henri Belolo under the collaboration Can't Stop Productions and Willis hastily built a group of dancers to perform with Willis in clubs and on Dick Clark 's American Bandstand.
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It was released in as the only single from their third studio album, Cruisin' The song was written by Jacques Morali also the record's producer and singer Victor Willis. It is one of fewer than 40 singles to have sold 10 million or more physical copies worldwide. The song remains popular and is played at many sporting events in the US and Europe, with crowds joining in on the dance in which arm movements are used to spell out the four letters of the song's title. A" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame  and selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
In an interview in with SirusXM Radio, Victor Willis lead singer and lyricist for Village People recalled that while in the studio, producer and fellow group member Jacques Morali asked Willis what the organisation was. The music video for the track was filmed in New York City in July It features Village People dancing all over the city as well as the camera zooming in on the Empire State Building. As of September , the video has almost million views and almost 1 million likes.