In the past few weeks I've noticed the albums of two pop/dance "divas" take two different turns. As Kylie Minogue's Aphrodite becomes her highest debuting CD of her career, Leighton Meister's still unreleased CD sits on Universal's shelf, since its announcement and failed single back in October 2009. These two have more in common than having a slick sound, great shoes and weighing as much as large house cats. Both came from being known as TV actresses ( Gossip Girl and Neighbors ) with hopes of a big music careerone with a 20-year-plus career, one not so much.
So what is it that makes it for so few and breaks it for more than a few?
Could it be talent? While there's no doubt that the landscape of TV is littered with the tone-deaf ( Cheryl Ladd, Tootie ) and the over-singers ( Dixie and Lynda Carter ) , many actresses have very nice, passable voices. Jennifer Lopez, Hilarynot HaleyDuff, and Alanis Morisette have all made pretty decent music... some more than others, but they're all decent singers.
So if it's not talent, what is it? The formula seems to have been solved by Disney. They seemed to get it right early in the '90s with Mickey Mouse Club spawning Britney, X-Tina, and Justin Timberlake. The key formula is today as it was then: Introduce the music with the acting as a slow brainwashing so that you see them as multi-talented and it's not a shock when they do put out the CD. It still works to this day with successes by Miley and Selena Gomez.
So, Leighton, you may have missed the boat by being the bitch, not the chanteuse, on GG, but maybe Kylie could still use one more backing singer on her next tour. You can sing, right?
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