Gwyneth Paltrow performed Country Strong at the CMA awards last night and I have to say that she did a great job. I’ve never seen that film she did with Huey Lewis, Duets, but I’ve heard she can sing and she proved it. Kaiser pointed out to me that Gwyneth looked nervous, although I didn’t really notice it, and that she wasn’t really playing that guitar and was just using it as a prop. She must have a lot of practice doing that for her role as an alcoholic country star. It was hard to buy those lyrics coming from such a sanctimonious woman of privilege, but I’m sure most people don’t have as negative and long-standing an opinion of her as I do. It’s a catchy song though, and one I can see becoming a minor hit. Country music executives seem to agree with me, because E! Online reports that labels are eager to sign Goopy to some kind of record deal, and that she’s already received offers. I’m sure her husband is thrilled.
Record labels have come calling. “She’s been approached,” says one source.
Not only does the Oscar winner plays a former country music star trying to revive her career in the upcoming flick Country Strong, she also performs live tonight on the Country Music Awards.
One music executive says it appears her team is putting something into place. “They debuted the [Country Strong] song this summer and have just gone to country radio,” the exec said. “This is almost three months prior to the movie coming out and she is performing on the CMAs.
“It is risky to go to country radio that much before the film. If they reject her, then the movie is DOA.”
A source close to Gwynnie says, “She would never say never, but it’s not something she is yet seriously considering.”
Paltrow appears on four songs on the movie’s soundtrack, which also features big-time country stars Faith Hill, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins and Lee Ann Womack, among others. And one of our favorites, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum is among the songwriters.
“They have surrounded her with beloved country people,” the music exec says, “so not only will they accept her, but she can have more of a career in that world.”
And then of course, she’s married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and she appears—singing and dancing—on next week’s episode of Glee. As Jane Lynch recently told us, “She’s a quadruple threat. We knew she could act, we knew she was gorgeous, but she sings and dances amazingly well, too!”
[From E! Online]
Remember when Madonna started directing and how her marriage to then-husband, director Guy Ritchie, failed shortly afterwards? I’m just saying that maybe it’s not the best idea for Gwynnie to go into the same field as her husband, as moderately talented and in need of a career focus as she may be.
Minor spoilers for next week’s Glee
I was under the impression that Gwyenth was going to be on Glee this week, but she doesn’t appear until next week. (This week’s episode was excellent by the way, and I loved their focus on gay bullying and fitting in.) Glee creator Ryan Murphy lets us know that Gwyneth will do a mashup of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and “Singing in the Rain.” (Along with that “F You” song we’ve already heard about.) He praised her professionalism, and said that she spent over 12 hours stomping around in a tank of water to film her dance number. Maybe my opinion of this woman will change once I see her on Glee. It’s hard, though, when her scamming trainer still gets press for bragging about all the weight she helped Gwyneth lose after her latest role. It’s only a matter of time before Goop is spouting off about it again too.
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