Another Glee cast member is flying free with an upcoming solo album… and surprisingly, that person is STILL not Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, or Amber Riley.
Instead Naya Rivera—who plays the sharp-tongued, conniving cheerleader Santana Lopez—has scored a deal with Columbia Records.
I guess the old saying is true: nice guys finish last. Or in this case, actors who portray nice guys on musical high school melodramas finish last.
Following hot on the heels of Mark Salling (who plays bad boy Puck) and Matthew Morrison entering the solo music realm, Rivera will commence recording her debut once the current Glee tour wraps.
Although Rivera has arguably been this season’s breakout star (her snide asides rival Sue Sylvester’s and her long-gestating lesbian relationship with Brittany S. Pierce is a show-stealing subplot), it’s hard to imagine what an album of hers might sounds like.
So far on Glee, she hasn’t been pigeonholed stylistically as a singer—which is probably a good thing. They’ve given her a grab bag of Amy Winehouse, Christine McVie, ABBA, and several Rocky Horror tunes.
For my money, her best performance thus far was her duet with Amber Riley on “River Deep—Mountain High,” but that of course benefited from Riley’s magnificent wailing.
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