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Glee's Warblers CD Out; Hear Matt Morrison Duet with Elton John
The seventh full-length soundtrack album from the cast of Glee hits stores on Tuesday, April 19th, -- we're not counting the four EPs they've also released -- but this one's a little different. Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers is the first soundtrack to feature, exclusively, music from the Dalton Academy Warblers, the vocal group at Kurt's school, Dalton Academy. Led by Blaine, played by Darren Criss, the group warbles its way through fan favorites like "Teenage Dream," "Raise Your Glass," "Hey Soul Sister" and "Misery," as well as previously-unheard versions of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know."
Darren Criss says he's been thrilled with all the music that he and the Warblers have gotten to sing so far, but there are still a few acts and genres he'd like to tackle in the future. He says, "I like Motown...I'm a big Sam Cooke guy...I thought it would be cool if the Warblers did, like, a Jackson 5 thing. Or a boy band thing, where you have a bunch of guys singing. It just makes sense to me." Eventually, Darren plans to put out an album of his own original material, but for now, he's happy to be known as "Blaine from Glee." He says, "I like the character...It's somebody who I'm very proud of...so if people are going to associate me with him, then I should be so lucky. It's great. I don't mind at all."
The popularity of the Warblers' tracks -- especially "Teenage Dream" -- helped lead the Glee cast to their history-making chart success, which saw them eclipse both the Beatles and Elvis Presley for the title of the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 singles ever. But Darren says he doesn't feel like he's "beaten" both those music legends. "Elvis and the Beatles, all those guys, they're a class of their own," he says. "So we're happy to have the credit of having 'beat' them, but nobody really beats them. We just kinda get to to take a small little title."
In other Glee music news, another sneak peek at Matthew Morrison's upcoming debut album has hit online. This time, it's a mashup duet he's recorded with none other than Sir Elton John. The track mixes together two of Elton's classics, both from his 1972 album Honky Chateau: "Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters" and "Rocket Man." Matt has said that the epic seven-minute track is his favorite song on the album.
As previously reported, Matt's album also features a duet with Gwyneth Paltrow, who returns to Glee Tuesday night. Josh Sussman, who plays creepy blogger Jacob Ben Israel on Glee, said he had the chance to act with Paltrow for the first time. He said, "I read the script, and I was like, 'Gwyneth's character, I'm in this scene! Yes, yes!' It was so cool." Josh wouldn't reveal much about the scene, but he says, "Maybe I'm being reprimanded by her."
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