"Gossip Girl" star Meester signs record deal

Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:05pm EDT
 
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By Monica Herrera

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Leighton Meester, star of the CW Network's teen drama "Gossip Girl," has signed a deal with Universal Republic through Time-Act Music to release her debut album in the fall.

The 23-year-old actress began recording material -- described as having an "electro-pop edge" -- for the project in March and has clocked studio time with producers Polow Da Don (Usher, Fergie), Harvey Mason, Jr. (Justin Timberlake, Pink) and Spencer Nezey (Jupiter Rising).

In addition to her role on "Gossip Girl," Meester starred in 2007's "Drive Thru" and performed a duet with Tony Bennett during a 2008 return guest appearance on HBO's "Entourage." She is lined up for two films in 2010: "The Roommate," a suspense thriller, and the comedy "Date Night."

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

 
<p>Actress Leighton Meester attends the premiere of the fifth season of "Entourage" presented by HBO at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, September 3, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>