[Hip Hop News Now] Empire’s Jussie Smollett Signs Deal With Columbia Records


You know you watch it…if not, trust me…you will. I’m talking about Fox’s megahit Empire. With Empire’s ratings increasing for the seventh straight week it has solidified it’s seat at the throne. Wednesday’s 13.9 million viewers can attest to that.  Actor Jussie Smollett is a big part of what makes this show a success. The 31-year old plays the role of Jamal Lyon son of Lucious Lyon portrayed by Terrence Howard. Jussie is killing it on the screen and apparently it’s not just his acting. His singing is catching the ear of many and it has just inked him a deal with Columbia Records.

Smollett aka Jamal is now on a label with Beyoncé, Barbara Streisand, and Adele. He revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he plans to start working on some music later in the year. Empire has definitely opened this door for Jussie, and to think, he had to audition seven times before landing the role. The character of Jamal Lyon was particularly important to director Lee Daniels since the majority of Jamal’s storyline is based on Lee’s life.  Including the scene where as a young boy he was physically thrown in the trash can when Lucious found him wearing a dress.

At this point we really don’t know what to expect from a project by Jussie, but what we do know is that Jussie Smollett is a name that you might want to get familiar with.


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