Scarlett Johansson Sings

Okay, so crazier things have happened, but a Scarlett Johansson record deal? Really? Yes, it’s true. According to Fox News, Scarlett Johansson is the latest actress to make the jump to recording artist. On the upside, though, she won’t be making bubblegum pop. Scarlett will actually be recording an album of Tom Waits covers.

“Scarlett Sings Tom Waits” is being recorded now and through the winter, with a possible release next spring from Rhino Records’ recently reactivated Atco label. The eventual release date will be coordinated with Johansson’s movie schedule.

Fear not, though. Unlike some other recent pop tarts, Scarlett — who turns 22 next month — can actually sing; she is no Paris Hilton. Also, her choice of material is a tad more sophisticated. She’s making a whole album of songs by Tom Waits, one of the premier singer-songwriters in the business.

Now, for those of you who don’t know who Tom Waits is, he’s a guy they don’t play on the radio. Although acclaimed, and loved, Waits doesn’t exactly write the catchiest pop tunes, and he’s definitely no Beyonce.

Don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing. The world could do with less Beyonce imitators. The point here, though, is that Scarlett shouldn’t get her hopes up for a multi-platinum selling album. Of course, if the liner notes contain a few choice photos, well, you never know…

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