Brittany Murphy to launch pop career?

Actress with singing aspirations could end up in the charts if the record label decide to put out her unreleased music

In this culture of cash-in, music execs have reportedly already started plumbing the archives for unreleased music by actress Brittany Murphy, who died this week. After scoring a 2006 hit with DJ Paul Oakenfold, Murphy had allegedly worked on an album with producers Max Martin and Timbaland.

"Obviously this isn't a Michael Jackson thing, but people are definitely interested in Brittany and her story," a source from the unspecified label reportedly told E! Online. "Depending on what she may have recorded and what kind of quality it is, she could end up having a hit song or two."
In the 1990s, Murphy and Six Feet Under actor Eric Balfour formed a rock group called Blessed Soul. Later, Murphy recorded covers of Queen's Somebody to Love and Earth, Wind & Fire's Boogie Wonderland for the 2006 movie Happy Feet. That same year, Oakenfold recruited her for the first single from A Lively Mind, Faster Kill Pussycat. The tune did well on American dance charts but climbed all the way to number seven in the UK.

Following on from these successes, Murphy began work on a debut album. According to a MySpace posting in May 2008, the actress would team up with Oakenfold once again, as well as Timbaland and Max Martin, who helmed Kelly Clarkson's 2004 hit Since U Been Gone. Though she hoped for a 2008 release, "I just want to take things nice and slow," Murphy said. "I needed to make sure that becoming a 'pop star' was what I wanted, and I want this record to rock!"

This week, Oakenfold wrote a brief tribute to Murphy on his Facebook wall: "[She] was an amazing talent but above all, she was an amazing person." Murphy's family have not commented on whether they are interested in a posthumous record deal.


Sean Michaels

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