It has happened on many occasions, singers turning into actresses once their career has kicked off. Britney, Christina, Madonna, Kylie, Cher they’ve all done it and in all honesty, many can count the success of their films on their fingers. But how about their colleagues in the film industry. Did they do better? Let’s have a look at our top 5 actress singing sensations.
5. Emmy Rossum
American actress Emmy Rossum, is the first to open our top five. The ‘Poseidon’ star was offered many classical music record deals after her role as Christine in the 2004 adaption of the musical ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ yet Rossum declined as she wanted to make a more mainstream pop album…. which she did. Her album ‘Inside Out’ was released in 2007 with the lead single , entitled ‘Slow Me Down’. Despite a few other singles a christmas EP in the same year, lead single and album failed to charts. There are talks about a second album, but a release date has not been set yet. Shame, as we loved the lead single a lot.
4. Nicole Kidman – Unusual Way
The Australian, redhead and former wife of Tom Cruise, proved in the past to be a classy actress possessing some rather impressive and distinctive vocals. Who could forget her role as Satine in ‘Moulin Rouge’ and her guest appearance during ‘Something Stupid’ with Robbie Williams in 2001. Kidman returned to the music industry in 2009 when she landed a role in the musical ‘Nine’ and proved once again what an all round entertainer Nicole really is.
3. Scarlett Johanson – Falling Down
The beautiful Scarlett Johansson, rose to fame in 1998 with her role in ‘The Horse Whisperer’ yet the singer showcased to have more talent than just being an actress. After attempts to play the main role in the West End version of ‘The Sound of Music’ and appearing in Justin Timberlake’s video of ‘What Comes arround… Goes Arround’ in 2007, Johansson recorded in the same year her debut album ‘Anywhere I lay My Head’. The song were written by Tom Wait, one of her favorite composers. Despite mixed reviews the album didn’t take off well in the US but Europe was charmed by the singer, earning her positions in the top 30 mainly in Central European countries. Since the singer is occassionally to be found on soundtracks for films and documentaries.Very indie, this version of Scarlett. We see lots of potential.
2. Kate Winslet – What If
Berkshire born and bred Kate Winslet surprised everyone back in 2001 when she was asked to sing the theme song for a new animated adaption of the Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ story. The proceeds of ‘What If’, the title of the single, went to the actress favorite charities. Not only did the single, which was released in November 2001, reach number 6 in the UK Singles charts, the song became a massive European hit, becoming number 1 in Ireland, Belgium and Austria. While Kate clearly possesses amazing vocals, she refused to accept any recording offers and stick to acting. What a shame, but we thank the lady for a wonderful piece of music.
So our number 1 actress turned into a singer…
well it has to be….
yes of course it is…
born in the Bronx, New York, Jennifer Lopez rose to fame in 1996 when she was casted to play in the biopic of Tejano pop singer Selena, receiving outstanding reviews for her acting. Three years later, after starring in roles as Anaconda, a failed marriage, the singer focused on the music industry and released her first single ‘If You Had my Love’ and album ‘On the 6′ , good for a top ten position globally. Since, the lady herself has released 29 singles, 7 full studio albums (of which one Spanish album), a remix album, featured on 6 singles as guest vocalist while continuing to act. And that’s not all, the all round entertainer, has kicked off her first world tour last week, accompanied with her first compilation album ‘Dance Again: The Hits’ coming out on July 24 this year. Featuring on that compilation hit is the singer’s massive hit ‘On The Floor’.
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