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"Gossip Girl" Actress Leighton Meester Inks Record Deal

April 24, 2009 2:09 PM ET

Recent Rolling Stone cover girl and Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester is the latest cast member of the hit CW show to make the jump into music. The actress who plays queen bee Blair Waldorf signed with Universal Republic, and plans to release her debut album this fall. According to Billboard.com, Meester describes her sound as having an "electro-pop edge" and she's already hit the studio with producers Polow Da Don, Harvey Mason Jr. and Spencer Nezey. "I'm thrilled to be welcomed into the Universal Republic fold," Meester said in a statement. "Their reputation for nurturing artists combined with a willingness to break new ground makes it the ultimate environment for me to enjoy making music and explore my own creative boundaries."

Meester isn't the only Gossip Girl to try her hand at music. Taylor Momsen, who's only 15, has a band called Pretty Reckless that was recruited to open for the Veronicas when the Aussie sisters tour this summer. Pretty Reckless has reportedly signed with Interscope Records. And the infamous Chuck Bass, a.k.a. actor Ed Westwick, is in a Brit-pop band called the Filthy Youth. They even have a MySpace page where they cite XTC and Paul Weller as influences.

Meester, actress Blake Lively and a strategically placed ice cream cone all recently appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, and we marked the occasion with exclusive video, photos, behind-the-scene stories from the set, a look at the show's soundtrack and much more. Plus, Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers, the biggest Dorota fan in New York City, previewed the series finale of Season Two. Check out all the GG goodies at our Gossip Girl hub.

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