According to Billboard, Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has signed a deal with Universal Republic to release her debut album in the fall. The 23-year-old actress began recording material for the project in March and has clocked studio time with producer Polow Da Don, who worked with Usher and Fergie. In a statement, Meester said she is “thrilled” to be on the label.   In addition to her role on Gossip Girl, Meester is lined up to star in two films in 2010: a suspense thriller called The Roommate and the upcoming comedy, Date Night.

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