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With Gwyneth Paltrow assisting the "Glee" cast the past two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Forget You" and "Singing in the Rain / Umbrella," I was wondering if you could provide a list of songs by actors/actresses-turned-singers that have charted on Billboard lists.
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Paltrow is merely the latest in a long line of such renaissance men and women. And, as Billboard's Women in Music celebration showcased, Lea Michele and the rest of the "Glee" cast are combining music and acting like few others before. The troupe has totaled 97 Hot 100 hits in the past 18 months.
In addition to Paltrow, the "Glee" cast has previously brought a screen star to the Hot 100. "Dream On," featuring Neil Patrick Harris, reached No. 26 in June.
Here is but a partial list, in no particular order, of other celebrated actors and actresses that have impacted Billboard charts. In the spirit of Paltrow's acting resume sporting abundantly more credits than her musical output, we'll stick to those known primarily for their acting talents, as opposed to those more synonymous with both music and acting (a la Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, to name a current, Disney-related few).
As always, Chart Beat readers are encouraged to round out the sampling, either in the comments section below or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
The film and TV star reached the Pop Songs chart in 1999 with "How Do I Deal" (No. 36) and in 2002 with "Barenaked" (No. 35), the latter cut the title song from her fourth album.
Bo Duke of "The Dukes of Hazzard" sped to 17 Country Songs hits between 1981 and 1987, including four No. 1s.
... Cousin Luke Duke, meanwhile, placed 11 titles on Country Songs between 1986 and 1991.
Starring in TV's "My So-Called Life" and films including "How to Make an American Quilt," "Girl, Interrupted" and "Panic Room," Leto has racked three No. 1s on Alternative Songs in his role as frontman for Thirty Seconds to Mars: "From Yesterday" (2007) and "Kings and Queens" and "This Is War" (2010).
TV's beloved "Wonder Woman" leapt to No. 10 on Jazz Albums last year with "At Last."
With a Hot 100 discography that makes 10-year-old Willow Smith seem of a certain age, the former "Cosby Show" star climbed to No. 68 on the Hot 100 in 1993 with "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of." She knew of what she sang, reaching the chart at age 7.
Prior to her well-documented legal obstacles, the actress did anything but lie low on the Billboard 200. "Speak" arrived at No. 4 on Christmas Day 2004 and "A Little More Personal (Raw)" bowed at No. 20 exactly a year later.
The Golden Globe-nominated star topped Heatseekers Albums in 2008 with "Anywhere I Lay My Head." Her Pete Yorn duets album "Break Up" reached the top 10 on Digital Albums and Rock Albums a year later.
Known for roles in "Ally McBeal" and, currently, "30 Rock," Krakowski made her film debut as backwoods cousin Vicki in "National Lampoon's Vacation" in 1983. (Her character's deadpan line about her French-kissing skills - "Daddy says I'm the best at it" - was (barely) edited for TV as "My science teacher says I'm the best at it"). She provided the vocals for, and scored a featured artist credit on, Jim Brickman's No. 4 Adult Contemporary ballad "You" in 2003.
The actor moonlighted as a singer, exhibiting a sixth sense for hit-making. He made two Hot 100 visits in 1987: "Respect Yourself" (No. 5) and "Under the Boardwalk" (No. 59).