Obviously, his former bandmates and fans aren't very happy about it.
Felix Rose -- the band's Native American -- called the move a "corporate hijacking" and says "the outrage is, is he is replacing all of us."
The original members are apparently "furious" and have even taken to social media to alert fans in Australia of Willis' stunt.
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The Village People through the years
The Village People through the years
The band Village People (Victor Willis, Randy Jones, David Hodo, Felipe Rose and Glen Hughes) are in New York to present their new record. (Photo by jean-Louis Atlan/Sygma via Getty Images)
Portrait of the original members of the American disco group The Village People, from left to right: Randy Jones (the cowboy); David Hodo (the construction worker); Felipe Rose (the American Indian); Victor Willis (the cop); Glenn Hughes (the leatherman) and Alexander Briley (the G.I.). (Photo by CBS Archive/Getty IMages)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1978: The Village People preform circa 1978 in los Angeles, california. (Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The Village People, group portrait, New York, 1978. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1979: Village People circa 1979 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
American disco group Village People performing in Florida, March 1979. Left to right: Victor Willis, Randy Jones, David Hodo, Felipe Rose, Glenn Hughes (1950 - 2001) and Alex Briley.(Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Village People Performing (Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) : The Music Group, The Village People are shown together. (Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Front row from left to right: Victor Willis (naval office) Randy Jones (cowboy) David Hodo (construction worker), movie producer Allan Carr with microphone, Felipe Rose (native American) Glenn Hughes (biker) and Alex Briley (sailor) of the American disco group the Village People performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 26, 1979. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)
David Hodo, Alex Briley, Glenn Hughes, Ray Simpson, Randy Jones and Philip Rose of the second line-up of American disco group Village People. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Jane Fonda and singing group 'The Village People' pose together during a disco party.
CIRCA 1980: The Village People pose for a Casablanca Records publicity shot circa 1980 (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 1980: The Village people and other cast members of the film 'Can't Stop the Music' (L-R standing Unidentified, Alex Briley, Ray Simpson, Unidentified, Glenn Hughes, Altovise Davis, Randy Jones, Valerie Perrine and David Hodo, kneeling are The Ritchie Family (not in order) Vera Brown, Jacqui Smith-Lee and Theodosia 'Dodie' Draher) pose for a photo in June 1980 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)
David Hodo, Felipe Rose, Randy Jones, Ray Simpson and Glenn Hughes of the second line-up of American disco group Village People - June 19, 1980 at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
The Village People at the 2006 Rick Weiss Humanitarian Awards. Presented by the Greenburg Family Foundation as a tribute to the late partner of Earl Greenburg, Rick Weiss, the proceeds from this event now help support many Coachella Valley and Southern California charities. This year's honorees were Berry Gordy for his work through the Berry Gordy Family Foundation which grants many scholarships and funds for numerous community activities and Cure Autism Now Founders, Jon Shestack and Portia Iversen for the organization's commitment to accelerating the pace of biomedical research in autism through raising money for research projects, education and outreach. The Village People performed live at the after party following the event. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
The 2008 line-up of American disco group Village People (L-R standing) Ray Simpson, Alexander Briley, Eric Anzalone, (L-R kneeling) David Hodo, Felipe Rose and Jeff Olson pose as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Hollywood, California, September 12, 2008. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 12: (Front-R-L) Jeff Olson, Felipe Rose, David Hodo, (Back-R-L) Eric Anzalone, Alex Briley, and Ray Simpson of The Village People are inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 12, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT - SEPTEMBER 10: The 2011 line-up of disco group Village People (with lead singer Ray Simpson in police uniform, right) performs on the main stage on day 3 of Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park on September 10, 2011 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
NAAS, IRELAND - JULY 29: ï¿½isco group Village People performs on stage at during Punchestown Music Festival at Punchestown Racecourse on July 29, 2017 in Naas, Ireland. (Photo by Debbie Hickey/Getty Images)
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Ray Simpson, Eric Anzalone and Alex Briley of Village People perform at Rewind Festival on August 19, 2017 in Henley-on-Thames, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Alex Briley, Felipe Rose, Eric Anzalone, Jim Newman, Ray Simpson and Bill Whitefield of the Village People pose for photographers at Rewind Festival on August 19, 2017 in Henley-on-Thames, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)
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Willis, who won a 2012 legal battle for song rights, fired back on his Facebook page calling his former bandmates "karaoke faces."
Willis co-founded the band and wrote many of the original songs, but left the group in 1979 to pursue a solo career.
He said his former bandmates "had misled the public for many years into believing that they are the singers of the Village People hits when in fact the real singer has always been me."
In addition, TMZ is reporting the group has added a new addition -- a Chinese model/actor who happens to be the iconic group's first-ever Asian member. He will appear on the frontlines as a construction worker.