Bollywood's Chopra signs global album deal
Saturday 06 August 2011
Leading Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has signed a deal to record her first music album and will be managed by the man behind US star Lady Gaga, music labels said on Friday.
Universal Music Group and Desi Hits! said in a statement that they had brokered a worldwide recording agreement with the 29-year-old and she was already writing and recording the English-language pop album.
Her foray into the global music scene - a first for a Hindi-language film star and a sign of an increasingly outward-looking trend in the industry - will be overseen by Troy Carter, chief executive of LA-based Atom Factory.
Carter also manages Lady Gaga, the pop culture icon of hits like "Telephone", "Poker Face" and "Born This Way" who is known for her outlandish dress sense.
"It has been a long-cherished dream which is finally coming true. I am truly excited to have an opportunity to present my musical dimension on a world platform," Chopra said.
"This is a fascinating new experience for me and I am thoroughly enjoying the journey".
Desi Hits!, set up in 2007 and with offices in New York, London and Mumbai, is a media and entertainment company that specialises in "east-west fusion" and is currently working on bringing Lady Gaga to India.
The company will release Chopra's album in North America through Interscope Geffen A and M Records, part of the Universal Music Group, and in international markets through Island Records UK, the companies said.
No indication was given of the size of the deal.
Chopra is a former Miss World who switched to acting in 2002 and has established herself as one of Bollywood's leading ladies through hit films such as: "Kaminey" (Bad, 2009), "Fashion" (2008) and "Andaaz" (Method, 2003).
She has a cameo role in the upcoming Shah Rukh Khan sci-fi action adventure: "RA. One".
Chopra has sung in a number of Bollywood films, endorses a number of beauty products and is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre