When fans think of Leighton Meester they usually think talented, beautiful actress from the hit show "Gossip Girl" who is now married to actor Adam Brody who starred in the show "The O.C.". However, she is not just a gorgeous actress, she is also a talented singer who has some 'backbone' and toughness in her personality.
She is not someone who looks 'tough' or even talks in that manner but her recent 'outing' of her past record label shows that she knows how to hit back at someone who she believes may have treated her wrong.
Leighton Meester released her debut album "Heartstrings" in October 2014 and not much was heard of it on the charts. It received some positive reviews from critics but not much was heard about the album because she had to 'self-fund' the album, in its entirety.
The album is not your typical pop-folk album as it has some 'sad' songs because as she noted, she has experienced some things and they were not all good. Her past record label, "Republic Records", basically gave up on her shortly after signing her when she was at the height of her "Gossip Girl" popularity. This led to her having to "front the cash for her music" (Popdust, November 18) and negotiate a record deal with indie label Vagrant Records just so that she get her record released.
Many artists would not mention their old record label in any negative way during interviews due to fear of retribution of some kind but Leighton Meester is not your average entertainer. In her interview with "Noisy" she let all the aspiring singers in the United States know that Republic Records in her mind did not support her after her first single was not a success.
Entertainers don't only sing, they read and I would be willing to be that there are some young artists who after reading the comments from Leighton Meester about how Republic Records 'supported her' have crossed them off the list of companies they might be inclined to work with.
She 'hit back' at her old record label and did so 'quietly' but with the effectiveness of a seasoned female 'shoe' shopper during a shoe sale with two hours to find the perfect shoes to wear with her to-die for dress.
Leighton Meester is an actress/singer who has talent and a backbone and her demonstration of the latter in her "Noisy" interview and the former in her song "Heartstrings" has made her an even more attractive entertainer to myself and likely many of her other admirers.