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5 Non-Singing Celebrities Turned Pop Artists

This week, Carmen Electra made TV rounds performing her new single "I Like It Loud." On The Wendy Williams Show, Carmen revealed that music icon Prince was the first to tell her to pursue a musical career and to change her name from Tara Patrick to Carmen Electra.

The former TV personality isn't the first celebrity who tried her hand at pop stardom. Check out this list of five celebrities who have made the leap into the pop world.

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Kim Kardashian

Who could forget Kim in the studio with famed producer The Dream? Kim recorded "Turn It Up" while taping the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians. The single was released in March of 2011 selling 14,000 copies in the first five days, catapulting it to #2 on the iTunes Top Dance Songs chart.

According to Kim, the song was not the precursor to a pop career, but a charitable effort; A portion of pop single went to St. Jude Children Research Hospital. Also, a video was recorded featuring Kim in kool-aid red hair, cornrows and barely there outfits. Even though the video may have helped the song rack up more downloads, it was never released in its entirety.

 

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Tyra Banks

Tyra is seemingly never satisfied with her her current job description. Before her short-lived career as a talk shot host, the super model used popular TV show America's Next Top Model as a platform to launch her new video for "Shake Ya Body."

The video featured the models of Cycle 2 walking the runway and executing some simple choreography. Tyra never followed up the pop track with another musical effort. However, she has since moved on to getting her business degree from Harvard and expanding her production company, Bankable Productions.

 

Paris Hilton

When thinking about Paris Hilton videos, you may not automatically think of the music type.

In 2004, Paris released her self titled album with Warner Brothers Records. The first single "Stars Are Blind" was (surprisingly) a hit worldwide, selling over 600,000 copies. Despite the mixed reviews, Paris' fans embraced her musical endeavors.

Staying out of the public eye in 2012, Paris is working on her second studio album. No release date has been announced as yet.

 

Lindsay Lohan Rumors

 

Lindsay Lohan

The trend of socialite-turned-singer continues with Lindsay Lohan. The troubled actress initially got her musical fix by contributing music to the Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtracks. She eventually stepped out on her own and released her first album Speak.

Lindsay's 2004 single "Rumors" went certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. The accompanying video featured Lindsay partying with friends while trying to duck the infamous paparazzi (eight years later, Lindsay's real life still mirrors the video).

With all of Lindsay's legal issues and bad press, we probably won't see a new musical project from Lindsay for quite some time.

 

 

 

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Amber Rose has gained a certain level of celebrity for herself, not disappearing once leaving Kanye's side. The former stripper-turned-model was never shy about her body, often seen frolicking topless on beaches, but who knew she was shy about singing?

Amber admitted her soon-to-be hubby Wiz Khalifa gave her the push to release her record "Fame" after giving it rave reviews. The house/pop record was released in 2012 to a lukewarm reception. Nonetheless, the bald beauty has also been featured on Wiz Khalifa's Never Been Apart II  featuring Rick Ross.

Amber is now quite literally barefoot and pregnant waiting on a baby boy due shortly. For now her pop career is on the back burner and her budding family is front and center.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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