Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly close to signing a record deal. Is she worth it?

Gwyneth-Paltrow-singingImage Credit: A.M.P.A.S.Gwyneth Paltrow started her musical charm offensive back in November with a swell performance at the CMA awards and an enjoyable guest-starring turn on Glee.

Since then, she’s completed an award-season hat trick, joining Cee-Lo onstage at the Grammys and singing a ditty from Country Strong at the Academy Awards. Both performances were genuinely fun to watch. Maybe it’s because she used to have such a humor-free reputation — this is the woman who projectile-cried at the Oscars, named her daughter Apple, and regularly updates her own “My life is awesome” website — but there was something surprisingly appealing about seeing Paltrow cut loose. And she could sing, kinda, and dance, kinda, so we could enjoy her performances guilt-free. It seemed like a fun little side project, a professional dalliance.

But now, that “dalliance” could be extended indefinitely. Paltrow is reportedly seeking a real record deal, with a real record label, to record a real album for a real music career. One report even places that record deal at almost a million dollars. Paltrow’s publicist denied rumors of a finalized deal, telling EW, “There is no deal in place for Gwyneth with any record label yet.” (“Yet” is clearly the operative word there.) Am I the only one who thinks that much of the charm of Gwyneth-as-Songstress will fade if she actually starts to get serious about this music stuff?

Because really, Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress — a great one, capable of zippy comedy or high drama — but she’s just not a singer. It’s one thing to perform a beloved song on Glee, where careful editing can create a dance number and a little pitchiness can actually be a bit delightful. It’s another thing entirely to record a complete album, with original music.

Ask yourselves: What would that album sound like, exactly? Even though Country Strong nominally kickstarted this whole music thing (you are not forgotten, Huey Lewis!), the soundtrack didn’t exactly light up the album charts. So will the album be pop? Will Paltrow just run through her Rolodex and assemble an awesome array of producers? And if so, what really makes Paltrow different from a pop starlet who puts out albums assembled by Swedish dudes, beyond the fact that Paltrow clearly has better things she could be doing?

Don’t get me wrong. I always dig it when performers reach outside of their comfort zone, and I fully expect to be totally charmed by Paltrow’s return trip to Glee tonight. But I can’t be the only one who thinks Gwyneth’s run as a songstress should end before it gets stale.

What do you think? Do you want to see Paltrow actually have a real music career? Or should she just go back to GOOPing it up? Is the phrase “GOOPing it up” trademarked yet, and if not, who do I talk to about that?

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  • Shaolin Shadowboxer

    Her album is going to suck!

    • DD

      Gwyenth makes me want to cry in my beer than throw up.

    • Summer

      This just shows how twisted and UNFAIR the music industry is right now…Country, Pop, or Rock…So much JUNK on the radio, played over and over, while great artists are left out..WHY?? She was so horrible on the GRAMMYS,and looked foolish! It was an INSULT to what the GRAMMYS used to be about…The True Prestige of awards to TRUE PHENOMENAL SINGERS~~ Now they lower to the Muppets and Gweneth Singing and taking a coveted singing spot from other actual GRAMMY NOMINEES that would have truly entertained us and deserved to sing! Just Shocking and Perplexing.
      She should not quit her day job.

    • JoAnn H. Williams

      She sings and dances better than I can, and probably the same for those with negative comments!

      • Lesley

        She is so pretty and CampusMatchmakers was amazing

  • AYC


    • jane

      I second that emotion.

    • joblo

      I third it. I saw Country Strong and was severely disappointed. Her stage presence is really poor. And her voice is thin and unremarkable. If she weren’t a celeb no way this discussion would ever take place around her. She should stick to acting, where she actually had talent. Don’t take up airplay from other artists who really deserve it.

  • baj24

    Isn’t a bit premature to judge a music career that hasn’t even really begun? Give the girl a chance! I love Gwyneth and at the very least she deserves a chance to prove herself one way or the other.

    • dee

      agreed. although I’m not really a fan of hers, I’m pulling for her. probably becuz she gets so much hate and i don’t really know why.

      • Jenny

        She lost my vote a few years back when she said she preferred to live in the UK, because people in the US were uncouth, and unable to carry on a decent conversation at the dinner table. On top of that, her last movie was awful, and she can’t sing.

    • Sharlin

      It all depends on the type of music she will sing. I mean, the worst thing about American idol is that you don’t really get a singer’s style out of it. That’s why you get duds like Taylor. Sang great, but what was his style of music?!

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Hmm I liked her song “Country Song” so I’ll wait and see if her album is any good before judging

  • dipshat

    Whatis Chris Martin gonna become an actor now?

  • silliness

    i remember years ago a french magazine compared olivia newton john’s voice to what a mannequin would sound like or some such thing. I feel the same applies to paltrow. her singing might be pleasant but about as soulfull as rice cakes and about as interesting. please do not give her a record deal.

  • gonzo

    For those who will shut out Gwyneth’s chances at a music career before it even begins, please humor me for one second. If you haven’t done so already, PLEASE listen to her duet with Tim McGraw called “Me And Tennessee.” It was written by Chris Martin and I can honestly say it is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long while. It’s unlike anything else being played on the radio today. It’s one of those songs where everything just works from beginning to end. It feels magical and almost haunting when you listen to it. Most importantly, Gwyneth sounds her absolute best on this track. It blows my mind that this hasn’t been given a chance on country radio. After hearing this song, I don’t know how anyone could feel she doesn’t at least deserve a chance to prove herself as a singer. I, for one, would love to see her become a permanent addition to the country music industry. Here’s hoping….

  • KSG

    Her voice is very thin. She sounded very weak on the Oscars. She’ll need a lot of help in the studio.

    • K

      Agreed. I was listening to her singing on Glee tonight, and was totally underwhelmed. She can carry a tune, and her voice isn’t unpleasant, but that’s just not enough to launch a singing career. Okay, well it shouldn’t be.

    • ALM

      Double agreed. The word that comes to mind when I hear her voice is “serviceable”. It does what it’s supposed to do, but nothing exceptional.

  • Steve

    what an insult to other real artist

    • TorontoTom

      Turn on your radio, Steve – are you saying she’d be an insult to Ke$ha, Bieber, Rihanna, et al ???

  • Jonathan

    The problem with ana ctual music career for Gwyneth is her age; actually, not her age, but the ageism of pop and top forty radio.
    Radio programmers and the music biz in general always perpetuate the notion that for a woman to be a pop singer with any success, you have got to be “sexy”, and sadly, a woman in her thirties is not considered sexy for the most part.

    • V

      Ouch! Thanks for ruining my day, Jonathan…

  • sam

    She is an average singer. We really don’t need a CD from her. I’ve had my fill of her voice and don’t need to hear it again. Go back to acting.

  • Sammie

    Good lord. She can’t sing. How can any record company justify signing her?

  • MsDaisy

    Don’t quit your day job Gwynnie.

  • Adam Bradford

    While her singing voice is not the greatest, the songs will probably be pretty good. I’m sure Chris Martin will help out and probably even do a duet with her. Sounds good to me! :)

  • Craig Morris

    Did anyone see her in “Duets?” The girl CAN sing! I was blown away by her.

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