‘Empire’ Star Announces Major Label Deal / Working With Timbaland

Published: Saturday 14th Mar 2015 by Sam

‘Empire’ is proving to be the gift that keeps giving – for both its network and its cast.

As earlier reported, the series has already spurned record deal for Jussie Smollett – who plays Jamal Lyon on the FOX hit.

Now, it has been revealed that cast-mate Bryshere Gray has also inked a recording contract.

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Confirmation came courtesy Gray himself during a promotional interview he sat down for with on-screen brothers Smollett and Trai Byers.

While remaining mum on which label he’s signed with, the 21-year-old (who goes by the stage name Yazz The Greatest) assured that it’s a major label and that the likes of Timbaland and Snoop Dogg are involved:

Congrats are most certainly in order. Gray (who plays Hakeem) is uber talented and could plausibly make s splash on the charts with the right push.

To be totally frank, though, it is surprising to see the deals flying in at such an early stage. We’d have expected them in subsequent seasons, but it clearly speaks to the show’s popularity and the desire of major labels desire to get a piece of the pie.

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  1. IMO March 14, 2015

    Record labels are seeing these HIGH numbers for the show, so they think signing these ACTORS will hopefully increase their solo career sales.

    Not gonna happen.


  2. #JACKIE March 14, 2015

    Lol no ones gonna buy sorry Hakeem

    • Cookie Lyons March 14, 2015

      A Ciara stan should know all about “not buying” hmmmmm……..

  3. TheElusiveLamb March 14, 2015

    IDK why he or any of the show characters are doing this. People will not be able to separate the TV character from the artist. Why do you think all the entire cast of Glee are flops outside of their show? I’m not going to shade though. Good luck cutie.

    • JuJu March 14, 2015


      • TheElusiveLamb March 14, 2015

        It wasn’t shade love. I promise. I was making a great and TBH already proven point. No one is going to be able to separate the TV character from the artist.

    • Cookie Lyons March 14, 2015

      Me I Am Mariah sold 150k yet?

      • TheElusiveLamb March 14, 2015

        I’ll answer if you tell me the numbers of the Empire soundtrack.

      • Cookie Lyons March 14, 2015

        Sold more first week than Chanteuse sold in total

      • Cookie Lyons March 14, 2015

        So what… She flopped boo. Hard.

      • TheElusiveLamb March 14, 2015

        And he’s next in line. He’ll be begging for Chanteuse numbers. Bookmark me.

  4. AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 14, 2015

    Apparently its all 360 deals from ‘Empire’ and the major labels, which is why Diddy’s son Quincy didn’t want to do it. It will be years before he makes a profit or a name of his own, but best of luck anyhow.

    • AmbeRussell March 14, 2015

      I think it us a 360 deal for the music from the show, BUT anything outside of that from deals from other companies might be different. But at the end if the day, these actors are getting paid for being on Empire and are getting their names out there as actors who are on a tv show with Oscar nominated actors. What is Quincy doing? What impact has Quincy made in his life to music, pop culture, media etc? A 30 min long episode of sweet 16? And he is “famous” for nothing.

      • Mark111 March 14, 2015

        ^word. Plus Diddy hasn’t had a successful artist to pass the 2nd album EVER! The 360 is no different from American Idol and clearly Kelly Clarkson is eating. But I don’t see them doing much.

      • AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 14, 2015

        @Mark111 LOL ‘Kelly Clarkson is eating’! SCREAMS are you referring to her success or her rapid weight gain, or both!

      • AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 14, 2015

        Quincy is famous for nothing tbh, I admire Diddy taking him in as his own though. Yh Bad Boy are annoying af, they would have an artist release a great debut album and then Diddy would drop them, even tho the label never promoted their sophomore projects.
        Regardless of whether its associated with ‘Empire’ or not, most new artists get 360 deals anyway so I guess its a good business move to snap up the opportunity now.

  5. @rihicon March 14, 2015

    well he can’t rap, and he’s not that cute, so it’s a no from me

    • AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 14, 2015

      SCREAMS *randy jackson voice* sorry it’s 4 no’s, we have to send you home now

    • Bam Bam March 15, 2015

      His hair is uneven, he look dusty….LOL #BSS

  6. Gee March 14, 2015

    For whatever seems to be the winning formula it’s great for all parties involved and I can honestly say I enjoy empire it has not failed me yet. I can’t wait for the season finale this coming Wednesday.

  7. Barb-wire March 14, 2015

    Sam, Nicki is shooting a video for the “night is still young” make a post about it. I hear it’ll slay.

  8. #TeamTinashe Stan (All Hands On Deck Now On iTunes) March 14, 2015

    Record labels are just greedy lol.
    Anyways I know for a fact Jussie is going to win so many awards when he starts releasing his music. Just watch. The new Frank Ocean.

  9. AmbeRussell March 14, 2015

    Everyone is bring up glee and how those actors turned singers failed. That is very true and the same happen with the high school musical actors who released their own albums. But empire actors record orginal music not cover songs like glee and everyone for another example if a actor who played a singer revived a big music career…Miley Cyrus with Hannah Montana. She is now a Grammy nominated singer. Or drake in degrassi, he rapped on the show and then became DRAKE.

  10. Cookie Lyons March 14, 2015

    Jussie and Bryshere will change the game. Remain steam pressed haters.

  11. Jamie March 14, 2015

    Is it Yazz or yaaaaaasssssss?

  12. Mark111 March 14, 2015

    He looks like a turtle that missing his shell.

    • yesssssssssssssssbitch March 14, 2015

      dead he looks like he hasn’t finished growing.

  13. Somebody watching you boy March 14, 2015

    Good for him and bet that the debut album won’t go well

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