Posted on Oct 24, 2014 Written by Angelic

In 2008, at the height of her Gossip Girl fame, Leighton Meester signed a major-label recording contract with Universal Republic Records, and began work on club-friendly pop tracks, collaborating with the likes of Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke and Clinton Sparks. “At every turn I wasn’t one-hundred percent convinced that I was happy doing that,” she now says looking back. Those recording sessions? They resulted in a handful of singles, no album and and, eventually, an amicable split with her label. “That music is fun for certain times,” Meester says, “but It didn’t feel right to me.” Despite the lack of return, the experience, for Meester, makes the fact that she’s now about to release the album she always envisioned that much sweeter. “It feels so personal and so real for me,” the 28-year-old says proudly of Heartstrings, her debut album, that with its blend of folk, Americana and singer-songwriter vibes closely resembles her singing work on the 2010 filmCountry Strong.

Recording for the album, which you can exclusively stream in full below and is set to be released next week via her own Hotly Wanting Records, got underway early last year when Meester linked up with its producer, Jeff Trot. All of the tracks were recorded with a live band, and the whole vibe of the album, Meester says, felt positive from the outset.

“It really represents me,” she explains of Heartstrings. “It’s sensitive, it’s sort of guarded but also open and vulnerable and triumphant.” Working on the album amid several high-profile acting gigs—most notably a Broadway stage adaptation of Of Mice and Men opposite James Franco this year—proved challenging albeit rewarding for Meester: “You have a life outside of work—barely, but it’s there for me—so there’s plenty of material and inspiration [for my music]. Family, friends, loved ones, relationships, and everything that is happening in real life is a good source of inspiration for anybody who is writing music.”

Having just left rehearsal when she rang up ELLE, Meester is primarily occupied at the moment with getting her live chops down before her album-release gig next Tuesday at LA’s famed Troubadour, a venue where she previously performed in 2011. To that end, there’s been no time, she says, to predict how people might react to the idea of someone best known for her acting making a serious go at the world of music. Frankly, she just wants to invite everyone along for the ride.

“Anybody who has any clue who I am or my name or what I’ve done I’m so happy to bring them over to this and get them to listen to this record,” she says, her voice rising with excitement. “And for people who don’t have any clue about me, that’s great too. Welcome!”

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Posted on Oct 16, 2014 Written by Angelic

Step aside, Taylor Swift! Leighton Meester alluded to a “stupid” breakup during an intimate performance and Q&A at the Apple Store in Soho, NYC on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The Gossip Girl alum, promoting the release of her new album, explained to the crowd why she titled the record — and its eponymous single — Heartstrings.

“The song ‘Heartstrings’ is really special to me,” said Meester, 28, who looked pretty after being primped by DreamDry and Caption Nails. “It’s really more of a very visual: It represents the feeling of the rest of the record. It’s about hiding your feelings and smiling and pretending that you’re happy when you’re not. Actually, I’d say that it represents most of the record, because that’s what it’s about. It’s about just sort of tying your heartstrings off — not allowing yourself to be vulnerable.”

Now happily married to Adam Brody, Meester said the record was inspired by a split she endured years ago. “It used to be about some stupid breakup that I had when I was 25 or earlier,” she confessed. “But it was stupid, and I was like, ‘I have to write a song about this!’ Now, it really does have more meaning. At the time it was like,’ Screw you, I don’t care about you anymore, and it’s not going to happen! Joker.'”

She failed to mention names, but there are a few Hollywood hunks she could be referring to. The singer dated her Gossip Girl costar Sebastian Stan for two years before splitting — at age 24 — in 2010. The actress described the breakup as “really hard” and “really sad” while speaking to Seventeen magazine in December 2010. “I want a family someday,” Meester told the magazine, long before she married Brody in a top-secret ceremony in 2014. “I think there is someone out there for me,” she mused to Seventeen, “but I’m not on some crazy hunt for that right now.” She was also briefly linked to her Country Strong costar Garrett Hedlund in early 2012.

Fast-forwarding to 2014, Meester reflected that her new album was a more accurate reflection of her growth — in her personal life and career. “It’s more about coming to realize — especially growing up (and I feel like I’ve done a lot of that the last couple of years) — a juxtaposition between my day job and [my music career],” she attempted to explain on Tuesday. “No matter what you’re going through, you have to embody another character,” she said specifically of portraying Blair Waldorf. “Which can be fun, but it also can be tiring.”

Along with ‘Heartstrings,’ Meester said another single, ‘L.A.,’ represented a time in her 20s when things were very surface. “It sounds really happy, and it’s really sort of sweet — poppy, chimey and light — even the lyrics seem like it’s about something kind of nice,” she said of the single. “But it’s totally fake. It’s totally sarcastic. It’s called ‘L.A.,’ and it’s about living in L.A., and being like, ‘Oh look, I’m an adult. I have material things. I have a home and friends and I’m a grown up! But I’m just desperately lonely,'” she reflected of her past. “So thats what that’s about.”

As for life after Gossip Girl? “It seems like an instant and a million years [ago],” said Meester. “A lot has happened, mostly good.”

For the multi-hyphenate, singing and songwriting has been a deeply “personal” process. “When you’re acting, especially if you have any bit of recognition, all you ever do is try not to talk about your personal life and that’s all people want to talk about,” Meester said. “But this is very personal. As much as it’s about my specific circumstances, I try and put it into words that hopefully other people understand. And you get that feeling when you go through something, especially when its painful, or good for that matter, but mostly painful — that nobody understands. But the truth is that everyone has been through it and you’re not that special, so that’s mostly what it’s about.”

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Posted on Oct 1, 2014 Written by Grace

It’s about time media magazine put Leighton as their cover girl! Just today, Leighton finally graces the cover of InStyle magazine, November issue. I know you are excited so am I. Kudos to InStyle for doing so!

FYI, Leighton will be releasing her new album pretty soon and single, ‘Heartstrings’ which is written by Leighton herself and producer Jeff Trot will be out on Oct 28th. In case you missed out, listen to the clip of the song after photos cut. Loving the rhymes <3

Leighton Meester Covers InStyle November

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1. She’s releasing her debut album: ‘My favourite thing – at least as far as the music goes, and now, actually, with acting, too – is performing live. It’s so fun.’

2. She keeps her wardrobe at a minimal. She has, as she puts it, ‘a core of, like, five things that I wear all the time and know are good.’

3. It’s still a pinch me moment that she got to play Curly’s wife in the Broadway Of Mice & Men revival. ‘Man, I really lucked out, the fact that I could spend six months on this compact, beautiful story that never grows old.’

4. She doesn’t regret making a record with Robin Thicke in 2009. ‘It was fun, but it wasn’t at all me. I guess I can look back and say everything happens because you learn from it and you’re better for it.’

5. Life is more important than just the work. ‘My values have shifted greatly in terms of what I find important. It’s my family, my friends and having a personal life. Those are the things that need nurturing.

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Posted on Sep 9, 2014 Written by Angelic

Leighton Meester will be releasing her new upcoming debut album called “Heartstrings”.

Leighton Meester 'Heartstring' Album Cover

“‘Heartstrings’ speaks to vibe and encompasses a lot of the themes of the rest of the album,” Leighton told Billboard.com “It’s been a long time coming and I’m very excited to finally release it.”

The album is said to be produced by singer-songwriters Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell, the nine-song LP, written by Meester and produced by Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow, Augustana), will be officially released Oct. 28.

Check out the tracklist below:

  • Heartstrings
  • Run Away
  • Good for One Thing
  • Sweet
  • On My Side
  • L.A.
  • Dreaming
  • Blue Afternoon
  • Entitled

You can listen to the audio by clicking here

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Posted on Sep 1, 2014 Written by Grace

Adam Brody is opening up about married life with Leighton Meester and kissing ex-girlfriend Rachel Bilson!

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything this week, the 34-year-old actor was asked about his 28-year-old wife. “She’s swell!” Brody replied to one fan. Another user asked him what life at home is like. “I do some stuff but she definitely does the heavy lifting(figuratively),” he said, adding, “Literally, I do the heavy lifting.”

As for how many kids he wants to have with Meester, he joked, “I say twelve. And I decide.” Meanwhile, fans of the OC asked Brody if he still stays in contacts with former costars Rachel Bilson, Benjamin McKenzie or Mischa Barton. “I’m in constant psychic communication with all of them. And Ben and I also get lunch in this dimension sometimes,” he answered. “I do still keep in contact with Ben, but I bully the shit out of him,” he later added.

Source: E Online

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