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June 10, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford

Naya Rivera

Gleeks went wild this past Tuesday when Teresa LaBarbera Whites, senior VP of A&R at Columbia Records, confirmed that Glee‘s residential bad girl, Naya Rivera, will be releasing a solo album. She’s third in the line-up of Glee stars who have decided to go solo, only this time she’s going all out by signing with Columbia, who have first call on most of the cast of Glee.

The first to break out was Mark Salling who took his album through the independent route with his own label, Pipe Dreams Records in collaboration with Fontana Distribution. Then Matthew Morrision, who has been on a heavy promotion circuit, released his self-titled debut with the Universal-owned Mercury Records.

The genre of Naya’s upcoming CD is still unclear, but she has noted Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul as influences. Most likely, I’d buy anything from her as long as it’s not too auto-tuned. Throughout Glee, her voice has become stronger, and my favorite Glee songs include her singing  ”Valerie” by Amy Winehouse and yes, the original song,”Trouty Mouth.”

However, if I had to pick one Glee star to go solo, it would be Dianna Argon. Solely based on the fact that she’s friends with Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, and I think she could create some lovely indie tunes.

Are you excited about Naya’s upcoming solo album? Which Glee star would you like to see go solo?

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