Empire‘s Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, made a pretty big announcement during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
When asked whether he’d be making his own album outside of the show, he replied: “There will be a Jussie Smollett album. I signed to Columbia. So darling [Laughs] I’m label mates with Beyoncé and Adele and Barbra Streisand.”
That’s right! The 31-year-old has signed a record deal. He mentioned in an interview earlier this year that he’s already begun writing his album, but I guess it’s full-steam ahead now with a label behind him!
He also said that his debut album isn’t going to be the same as the music he does for Empire:
“It’s going to be a whole different thing. Now, the Empire family will still have something to do with it. I would love for Terrence to come and oversee the production of all of the music. And I would love for Timbaland to come on and Jim Beanz. We’ve all talked and they’re all down to work on it,” he explained.
Catch him and the rest of the stellar cast on Empire, Wednesday nights at 9 EST.