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Mark Salling's Glee character isn't exactly the star of the glee club -- but is Salling the breakout star of Glee? The actor, who plays teen bad boy Puck (though he's actually 27!) will be releasing a debut solo album, Pipe Dreams, in October. Here's the official video of the announcement:
The album doesn't drop until Oct. 12, but you can listen to the single "Higher Power" now, courtesy of Ryan Seacrest's radio show. Salling strutted his stuff earlier this summer in a sexy GQ fashion shoot; he's been the subject of dozens of dating rumors; and now he may be the first McKinley High student to hit the radio waves as a solo act. Can anybody compete with Salling in the Glee popularity contest?
The cast member who comes closest is Mr. Shue himself, Matthew Morrison. Although Salling will be the first cast member to cut a solo album, Morrison, 31, was the first to land a record deal: his "Justin Timberlake meets Michael Buble" album is scheduled for release next fall. He also out-abbed Salling in a shirtless GQ photo spread this past May. And let's be honest: he's a better, much more seasoned singer. The main thing working against him, it would seem, is his role on Glee: Will the schoolteacher be able to score the same teen fans as the lovable high-school delinquent?
It's a shame that the very talented ladies of Glee haven't landed their own albums. Lea Michele, the show's power-ballad-belting female lead, has expressed interest in making a rock album. Amber Riley, the R&B powerhouse who plays Mercedes, also wants to give a solo career a shot. They could be the next Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, easy. Come on, record labels -- recognize the talent and give the girls a fighting chance!
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