Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester has reportedly signed a recording contract with Universal Republic to release an album this fall. Billboard is told that the material she's working on has an "electro-pop edge," while Star Magazine reports that her influences range "from Gwen Stefani to M.I.A.," even though you and I both know "Paper Planes" is the only M.I.A. song she's ever heard.
I feel sorta bad for her, actually. If Meester were surrounded by people who cared even a tiny bit about her, wouldn't you think they'd have told her it's just too early in her career to try jumping into other fields, and that maybe it's not a coincidence she was offered this deal at the height of Gossip Girl's popularity, and that maybe she'd be viewed as a complete joke? Whereas, if she'd just waited a few years, after she'd had the chance to be taken somewhat more seriously as an actor, she might be able to make the jump a bit more gracefully? Meh. I suppose then I'd have nothing to blog about.