rachel berry gleeLea Michele is moving on ... with her music career, at least. Although she's more committed to Glee than ever, the triple-threat is also launching her solo career. After announcing last fall that she was "officially on the road" to making her first album, and confessing back in June that the album was "pretty much locked ... being mastered ... and we we are just debating what we want the first single to be," Lea tweeted a couple of sneak peeks at her album cover shoot yesterday. And whoa ... let's just say this project looks like it will have just about ZERO Rachel Berry influence.

Check out the shots ...

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Gorgeous. And so ... not ... Glee. Guess this sexy, seriously grown-up spin shouldn't come as much of a surprise ... Last year, Lea Michele revealed her recipe for solo album success as "songs where girls can just roll down the windows of their car or dance around in their rooms in their underwear, like, 'I hate my ex-boyfriend!' or 'I'm so in love!'" Ha. So, perhaps she really will be shooting for a Selena Gomez-ish approach vs. something like what her buddy Idina Menzel or her idol Barbra Streisand would put out? 

To be honest, I initially wasn't so sure Lea pursuing top 40 domination (outside of Glee covers, that is) would turn out successfully, but now, as she steers far, far away from Miley Cyrus territory, I'm all for her becoming a legit pop star. At least that would mean at least one of the overplayed songs on the radio was by someone who can actually sing!

How do you feel about Lea taking a stab at original pop music?


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