Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow to duet on his upcoming album -- EXCLUSIVE

Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow have already proven they have great onscreen chemistry as lovestruck teachers Will Schuester and Holly Holliday on Glee. (The actress pops up again on the April 19 episode.) Now the pair are hoping that energy translates to the recording studio. EW has learned exclusively that Morrison and the Country Strong star will duet on his self-titled adult-contemporary album, scheduled to drop this May 10. Morrison asked Paltrow to sing on the album during her work on Glee, but admits the conversation was slightly awkward. “The hardest part of doing this album was asking these people favors, like Elton [John] and her,” says the actor. “I’m so not that guy.” Luckily, choosing the song for their collaboration was much easier. The pair will be covering a tune very familiar to Morrison and his Glee fans: the classic “Over the Rainbow.” The actor auditioned for Glee with the song and performed it on the series’ season 1 finale. “People kind of know me for that song now,” says Morrison. “I wanted to do a duet with a female. I thought that was a good song to do, and we really did a different arrangement of it. It’s a lot of strings, and it’s beautiful.”

For more on Morrison’s duet with Paltrow, pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands this Friday.

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  • Petunia

    Sorry, I’m over Over the Rainbow.

    • Marcus

      ^^Amen to that statement

      • Sammie

        For my money, you can never get enough “Over the Rainbow”. However, Leona Lewis would have been a better choice to sing a duet with. I saw Morrison and Lewis do a duet of it at O2 arena and they were magical.

      • Leslie

        I love them both and was amazing

  • Kate

    Can we please STOP her singing, its mediocre at best! There are plenty of talented actresses out there with far stronger voices than Paltrow!

    • BlackIrish4094

      Totally agree, stick to acting Gwyneth (and preferably not on Glee where you make me want to throw something every time you are on screen).

      • James

        Odd, I have that exact same feeling every time I’ve watched Glee. I had just assumed it was a result of the show’s two dimensional characters, wooden acting, unbelievably inconsistent and atrocious writing, and the most unnecessary lead character on television.

  • kat

    he inspires such anger inside me. and i don’t like her either. js. i think i will pass.

    • Julian

      So an actor/singer inspires “such anger inside of you”? You need to get laid, desperately.

  • OCC

    is it me, or is he (MM) kind of a tool? I heard his song and it sounds extraordinarily vanilla, and kinda “look at me and my boring face and my boring abs, sing this boring song” Not sure why he upsets me so much. I’ve got to get a life.

    • Ella

      yes, it’s just you.

    • kittykat

      Not just you, he is so annoying, as it Gwynneth, a match-made in annoying duet heaven.

      • OCC


    • Mars

      I agree with you,occ.

      • OCC

        AND MARS!

    • kat

      I agree with you 100%

    • Ellen

      Yep you do need to get a life. From what I’ve read he is a decent, talented and charitable guy. Plus, he has plenty of talent that doesn’t get showcased on Glee. I saw him on Broadway and he kicks ass.

    • Sue

      Whenever I have heard a similar criticism about a singer’s voice being vanilla, I always think, “why is that a negative? Vanilla can be exquisitely understated, complex yet pure.

  • Ella

    Can’t wait! These two have amazing chemistry.
    Haters to the left please.

  • kittykat

    Beige and Beiger doing a duet, count me out.

  • Mars

    She’s terrible singer and he’s a terrible singer. They are both so full of it..

    • Lisa

      Actually you are half right. She is a terrible singer but he is a very good singer.

    • jan massey

      I would love to know why people feel the need to spread such hate and dislike. It is amazing that everyone has such strong opinions about something that no one is holding a gun to their head to watch or listen to. Haven’t any of you heard of a remote control? If they are sooo anoying to you do not watch! Simple solution! No need to bash people. I look at these posts and read the articles because I love the show. Why would you read an article about a show, star, whatever, that you do not like and then feel the need to let the world know of your hate.

      • Melissa

        I agree with you Jan. If you all want to be haters, don’t watch the show. I’m beginning to think some of you haters don’t know how to use the remote.

  • myra

    I wasn’t going to buy his CD before this, and I’m certainly not going to buy it knowing that Paltrow is on it. I agree with those who said her singing is mediocre at best. Heck, I’m not a big fan of her acting, either. I’m disappointed to hear she’ll be back not only this season, but next season too.

  • Jack

    I can’t wait til she joins the Rolling Stones.

  • Amy

    Of course this article is written by Tim Stack. He LOVES Glee and Gwyneth. Matthew Morrison should stick to being Mr. Schue and performing on Broadway.

  • Laundry

    First there was Jim, then there was Van, and now there’s Matthew! Morrisons rule.

  • lilo

    “People kind of know me for that song now,” really?! Judy Garland!! go away Matthew and don’t sing on your way out!

  • Julian

    Drat! I was hoping for him and Leona Lewis to do that song.

  • Kevin

    everyone in Hollywood seems to be in love with Paltrow, I get the feeling she is extremely cool. I had always thought she was a talented actress and of course stunning but then I saw her on the Marriage Ref last year and she seems so genuine and laid back with a very dry sense of humor. It shocks me whenever I see so much hate for her, I really don’t get it, it comes off as nothing more than jealousy; you can’t fake genuine

    • jan massey

      Thank you! I agree

  • Kiki

    Make. It. Stop.

    Please please please stop trying to make Gwyneth Paltrow happen as a singer.

    Please. Stop.

    • Bartes

      what thewhy do u say that plasee don’t dislike only beacuse it a rebecca black song . it amazing:) i liked it .. i love glee puck and quin are my fave who hoo and rachel is kinda and fin, kurt, artie, and all of the glee mates are too

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