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News On Darren Criss' SOLO ALBUM Has Arrived!

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We've been anticipating this for SO LONG, and then, in the strangest of places, THE BOMB IS DROPPED!


According to a recently published profile on A&R executive Ron Fair in The Hollywood Reporter, the music producer is working with none other than Darren Criss on his first major label debut album!

The passage reads:

Other artists Fair is currently shepherding include British singer Matt Goss, who boasts a residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas (his team members include Pussycat Dolls’ creator and choreographer Robin Antin, manager Jack Rovner and CAA’s Rob Light), Martina McBride, with whom Fair is working on a Christmas album, Il Volo, the operatic trio sometimes dubbed the Italian Jonas Bros., and Luke Christopher, an artist signed to his old label Geffen. Fair also reveals that he’s had “extensive meetings” with Glee star Darren Criss about his debut album for Columbia Records.

YES! Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!

Such wonderful news!

And you KNOW - just by his bootlegs and self-released stuff - that this is going to be EPIC!


How about U?!

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42 comments to “News On Darren Criss' SOLO ALBUM Has Arrived!”

  1. Bum Fukr says – reply to this


    Gayface alert!!!

  2. 2

    The gays and 14 year old girls are gonna be so excited. Of course, both those groups include you.

  3. 3

    It will flop worse than Joe Jonas' album, LOL! Can't wait to see it in a 99 cent bin at Dollar Tree, I'll snap a pic and email it in. Seriously though, these people aren't talented enough to make music and should stick to what teenage girls and gay men consider acting than trying to make music for mainstream America. Katy Perry isn't the best singer out there but she has phenomenal songs and her original Teenage Dream song was BUTCHERED by him and his Glee cast-mates.

  4. 4

    Who did he sleep with to get a record deal?

  5. Chaotic Gleek says – reply to this


    You guys are just jealous that he is famous and an amazing singer/actor not to mention everything else he does like StarKid. He actually isn't gay, he just plays a gay character. I think Darren Criss is one of the best singers of this time. I am not a 14 year old girl or a gay so you are wrong about that.

  6. tom says – reply to this


    He is the worst cast member on Glee. I usually fast forward when he comes on.

  7. 7

    If this photo was in a yearbook, he would be labeled the biggest nerd in the class.

  8. StarKid&Proud says – reply to this


    Finally ! It's been such a long time since he released his EP and, what with Glee getting in the way, it felt like he would never be able to make his own album ! I can't wait to hear his lyrics, they're always so meaningful.

    On a different note, I can't believe how terribly uninformed some people are regarding the people they try to criticise. Firstly, Darren was well known BEFORE Glee and has MANY fans who are not a part of the Glee fandom, with them alone his album would do pretty well. He's also at his best singing his original songs and so I'm absolutely positive it will be amazing. Without Glee he could've easily made a selling album, he was even thinking of making an album BEFORE Glee. Also, if he's going to stick with his usual music, then it won't be like mainstream music, his music is much more meaningful than "Teenage Dream" or any similar mainstream-music.

    People simply insult for the sake of insulting.

  9. Blunt as fuck says – reply to this


    Wow. Who are you people to say he's not talented? He obviously is. Only someone who is talented could go from a small theater company in Michigan to a major TV show. I find those of you who are disrespecting his talent to be rude and ignorant. Have you ever listened to him sing live, without all of Glee's altering of his voice? I'm pretty sure you haven't, because if you had then you wouldn't be saying those things. Why don't you do your research before you start talking shit about someone who's obviously worked very hard to get a record deal. In fact, if you're so high and mighty and believe that you have the right to judge, why don't you try and get a record deal yourself? Why don't you try to get on glee? Thank you very much.

  10. Tara says – reply to this


    Re: StarKid&Proud – I agree with you. I love Darren Criss and I'm not gay, and I'm not a 14 year old girl! It annoys me that people come on to these sites to put others down to make themselves feel better.. I think if you don't like something then maybe stay off sites talking about those things.. also, Darren Criss is very attractive, if that's what nerds look like in high school these days then I wish I was a 14 year old girl..I hope that someday people who hate just to hate would see how horrible they sound.. On a side note, I'd love to hear Stutter from AVPS sung by Darren on his album..hot!

  11. Kunt Face says – reply to this


    Epic crap to entertain gays.

  12. 12

    Re: judalon – i wish nerds looked like that when i was in high school!

  13. 13

    so much darren hate. he's actually very musically talented. he plays violin, piano, and guitar, and he's been doing musical theater his whole life. it's not his fault that his breakout role is a boring character on a poorly written tv show

  14. EMILY says – reply to this


    ok listen up bitches. you obviously don't fucking know Darren Fucking Criss. Not only is he the sweetest person in the fucking world, he voice is heavenly. You probably only know him from glee, so don't even start to say like you know him because you obviously don't. Before he was on Glee, he was STILL a musician (as he has been for most of his life), and he has written MANY original songs that are very deep and just plain amazing, not only that he himself has performed (AMAZINGLY, might i add) BUUUUT he has written songs for SEVERAL musicals for his own group, Team Starkid, WHICH ARE ALL INTERNET PHENOMENON'S. SO DON'T FUCKING SAY HE SUCKS WHEN IS FAR MORE TALENTED, GOOD LOOKING, AND NICE THAN YOU. SO GOOD DAY YOU ASSHOLES. because he is possibly one of the most talented people on this planet and you are probably just jealous. so yeah. he is totally awesome. kthanks.

  15. karl says – reply to this


    im gonna cry of pure happines

  16. Kaylee says – reply to this


    Considering that both the albums he co-wrote for Starkid made Billboard charts and that his EP was amoung the top i-tunes downloads for nearly two weeks straight a feat many lable productions can't claim I doubt he needs to be overly concerned with selling his music and while I respect that not everyone likes the same music it is hardly fair to belittle an artistic endevor simply because its not your style Assuming you define mainstream success by sales you ought to actually check your sources because it could be argued that he has alread achieved it

  17. lijoh says – reply to this


    Never mind him, I'd rather a slice of the songman Matt Goss who is not only lush but an amaaaaazing vocalist. Please :)

  18. Kendall says – reply to this


    Re: tom

    Thank You so much!
    I am 33 and i am not gay. And i love Darren Criss.

  19. Mars says – reply to this


    I can't wait. But there have been several news on him recording an album for a while, so I'm going to wait sitting down until the man confirms the details haha.

    I'm disappointed by how many ignorant comments have been made. Darren had gathered himself a considerable fanbase BEFORE GLEE through his theater company- and the majority of the fan demographics have remained to be in the early-mid twenties range (according to their marketing studies). We're just not as…vocal/notorious.

    He is a talented musician, having written many songs, including music for at least 3 musicals in his production company Team Starkid. The music of which were Billboard charting. Look them up and cultivate yourself. His EP also topped iTunes downloads for a couple of weeks.

    He sounds GREAT live, away from all the studio magic that they have in the show. Also, there were no audio enhancers as he took on the lead role in Broadway's 'How To Succeed in Business…', where again he sounded amazing (I can attest to it) and received incredible reviews. The lead role that, by the way, he was basically sought out for by the play's production team.
    Oh and he filled the theater to a 99% capacity on every single performance. Look up the stats for the H2$ run.

    So yes, plenty of people have waited and anticipated the solo album of this multi-talented man for a while. Some years. He'll do perfectly fine.

  20. 20

    I don't know how anyone can say he's not talented!

  21. 21

    Oh, I did have an account here. Whoops. But yes, I'd like to add to my previous comment that I wish all the 'nerds' looked like that when I went to high school (though that didn't stop me from liking them). Silly people.

  22. 22

    flop album flop flop flop

  23. 23

    You bitches need to come off of cloud 9 and face the truth that he is gonna flop. The only people that could push albums from that show are Lea Michele and Amber Riley. No one else on there is talented, really, which is why the show caters to gay people and teenage kids that are bullied. Face the facts bitches.

  24. StarkidSara says – reply to this


    Wow, why so much Darren hate?! He's an incredible singer, and I've seen him live, not at a big Glee show but in a intimate venue in London last summer. He did 4 shows in 2 days, all sell outs within seconds of tickets going on sale. I have to say he was INCREDIBLE, his voice is beautiful and he plays guitar and piano so well. Listening to him sing made me so emotional as he puts so much passion into his lyrics and his voice. Darren is a sweet guy, he's funny and witty and incredibly intelligent. His album will sell hugely, mark my words. He was talented before he started on Glee and he'll still be as talented once Glee has long ended. How anyone can say he's untalented when he's written songs for at least 3 musicals, all of which are massively popular online and have sold very well on the itunes download charts. All of you haters will be eating your words when his album is the hit I know it will be. Stop hating and go and do something productive with your lives and then you might not be so jealous of Darren. Like the man himself once said "be nice to people, because nobody likes an asshole"

  25. grace cairney says – reply to this


    wow this is absolutely brilliant news. the best in a long time, Darren's new solo album will phenomenal as he is phenomenal and beautiful and talented . Darren deserves to go to the top and stay there , he is very unique and gentle, with a big heart !! Darren has a kindness in his soul not many can say that i think …

  26. grace cairney says – reply to this


    Darren has always been talented even before glee , he wrote his first song when he was just 15 year old and has continued to write music and appear with his fans as much has his career in glee would allow …Darren will always first and foremost be a musician as music is in his soul and i think needs to interact with an audience when ever he can, and he always appeciates the confidence the glee and indeed stage producers have in him. Darren is unique…

  27. ernesto says – reply to this


    he should work with bonnie mckee and dr luke please!!!

  28. grace cairney says – reply to this


    Darren criss has a lot of talent, but he also has a lot of love in his heart for everyone he meets especially the underdog or people who cant speak out for themselves ..if there were more people in this world like Darren Criss wow what a world this would be…. just my opinion

  29. Laughs@Trolls says – reply to this


    Re: Blunt as fuck – First off, anyone who loves Darren and mentions the success of Team Starkid is totally awesome. It is true Starkid albums have, consistently since MAMD, KICKED ASS on the charts! Whether it be being the first college-produced album to go on the professional charts, or Starship beating Warblers :) and continue to beat Warblers (yeah that's a real 'flop') Darren Criss has done wonderfully.
    I do so look forward to his own lyrics and music again. His style may have some pop influence but it is so far above most of the rest of the garbage that the Pop genre puts out these days and I look forward to seeing him shine.
    There are some things that i want from him, I want him off Glee because TBH it's been going down he toilet for a while. I love him, but I can't support that show. The second, maybe go back to Broadway except be there a few months so you can develop your voice more and give more fans the chance to see you. Last, do something with Starkid again! :)
    This is a shout-out to all you haters. I say he will shine and become more talented and successful and you will spend your lives bitter and waiting tables so fuck off.

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    Re: meister
    They did and still do.

  31. Mer says – reply to this


    To the haters that say he has no talent and that only gays and 14 year old girls like him:
    I understand that that may be your opinion, but how can you truly say that someone has no talent? And that this album will flop? What 'facts' are you basing this off? I suppose time will tell whether or not it will do well and we’ll wait and see. However take a few things into consideration and do some research before making stupid comments that have no back up to them.
    If he had no talent then he wouldn't be where he is today. You don’t get to where he is with no talent or hard work. Before glee he was talking about making an album, however due to time constraints he couldn't. And to be quite honest i think he’d have done a damn good job of getting an album out before glee came along. He’s had numerous fans for many years prior to his success on the show.

  32. Mer says – reply to this


    … He's helped with the music and writing in several of Team Starkid’s shows of which the albums have charted. He’s musically talented, he can play several instruments: guitar, violin and piano. Despite the complete massacre of his vocals by glee, (I am a glee fan and i think any other glee fan would agree that the overuse of autocorrecting on the vocals is unnecessary in most cases and ruin half the songs and is what essentially most haters bring up in ‘disagreements) he has still managed to get those covers into the charts and have them do well. He also writes his own music, which is more than can be said for several charted artists. Which shows that he must have some level of talent, no?
    He also completed a three week run on Broadway this past January, in How to Succeed. I highly doubt that Broadway would cast someone with not talent or that couldn’t sing, granted his popularity on the show and with fans most likely helped in him being offered the part.

  33. Mer says – reply to this


    … You can’t make statements about him having no talent just because you may dislike them for whatever reason. You can go on and on about the supposed lack of talent he has but at the end of the day there is no denying that he has some amount of it. Yes he may not be as talented as other people out there or the most talented out of the glee cast, but at the end of the day he still has talent and he’s worked damn hard at getting to where he is and that’s going to pay off - sooner or later.
    One thing i hate about glee is the fact that it leads to ignorant peoples automatic assumptions of its cast members based on their overuse of autocorrecting vocals.
    I shall be looking forward to whatever he brings out, i thoroughly enjoyed his EP and the work he’s done with Starkid.

  34. Lizzy says – reply to this


    Hang on, are you using gay as an insult on this website?

    Do you know who's website you're commenting on?

    This is Perez Hiltons website, you total dim witted idiots.

    I believe he had already started recording parts for the album in London when he was there and stuff in America before he even got on Glee. So, its always been something there. He's also a already established song writer as he's had massive billboard hits with his own songs. He's already very talented, you can't deny that due to the amount of success he's had. Its not easy doing everything he has done, you have to be incredibly special to go from nothing to something huge in your life, he had no family friends and what not in the business, he just worked his ass off for 24 years of his life, and 3/4 years studying theatre. Not forgetting all the instruments he plays at grade 8 level which takes years, upon years to get to.

    I think people are really lacking on their research these days, I hate to sound butthurt but its true. The less time you spend hating on people for certain reasons, the happier you will be.

  35. 35

    Wow - do you negative nelly's EVER have anything positive to say about anything or anyone or do you just hang out waiting for someone to bully and put down?

  36. 36

    Re: Mer – Calm the hell down. This album will be destined to flop. There's nothing you could do about it (unless you bought 35,000+ copies and I highly doubt that).

  37. 37

    Re: nikkisweet – How is saying Glee caters to gay people an insult? Glee is created by a gay man. It's no more than saying Madonna or Lady GaGa caters to gay men or Justin Bieber caters to Teenage Girls. No shade, just the truth.

  38. Chengnin says – reply to this


    Yea! I've been waiting so long for this. I can't wait to her my hands on his music. His little ep was just not enough, I need more.

  39. darrenstans says – reply to this


    I can't help but laugh at people who call him untalented.
    And anyway, if anyone deserves hate - it is not Darren.
    I will buy this album.

  40. Jasmine says – reply to this


    I, for one, am extremely excited for this. Darren's a very talented individual, and being a fan of his since the release of AVPM, this is a huge deal for his fans.

  41. Sarah says – reply to this


    FUCK YEAH! I can't wait. *swoon* his original music is just amazing, not that auto-tuned bullshit they make him sing on Glee. I love Darren's music and can not wait for his album to drop.

  42. Laly says – reply to this


    I was waiting for this my whole life!!! more sex to my ears!!! :D