‘Gossip Girl’ star Leighton Meester has just signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records. The 23-year-old star has been recording the new album in Los Angeles with producers that include Harvey Mason Jr. (Justin Timberlake, Pink), Polow Da Don (Usher, Fergie, Kelis) and Spencer Nezey (Jupiter Rising). Meester’s debut album is expected later this year.
“I’m thrilled to be welcomed into the Universal Republic fold,” Meester said in a press release. “Their reputation for nurturing artists combined with a willingness to break new ground makes it the ultimate environment for me to enjoy making music and explore my own creative boundaries. I look forward to a great working relationship.”