Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester is ready to go from Gossip Girl to pop princess: The actress has inked a record deal with Universal Republic Records to release her debut album this fall.

"I'm thrilled to be welcomed into the Universal Republic fold," Meester said in a statement to Billboard. "Their reputation for nurturing artists, combined with a willingness to break new ground, makes it the ultimate environment for me to enjoy making music and explore my own creative boundaries."

The 23-year-old has been laying down tracks since March for an album with an "electro-pop edge." She's working with producers Polow Da Don (Usher, Fergie), Harvey Mason Jr. (Justin Timberlake, Pink) and Spencer Nezey (Jupiter Rising).

Meester already has some experience in the music biz — sort of: She recurs as virginal pop star, Justine Chapin, on Entourage.

Will you buy Meester's music?