Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

This week sees the release of Two Lovers on DVD and the last time that we may ever see Joaquin Phoenix on the big screen as he turns his back on acting to become a hip-hop artist.

Yes you heard me right Mr Phoenix is going to have a go at the olde rapping and it seems that, for now at least, we won't be seeing him on the sliver screen.

However Phoenix isn't the only one to try his hand at music and FemaleFirst takes a look at some of the actors that have tried to become musicians, some having more success than others.

Lindsay Lohan may be struggling at the moment but it was only a couple of years ago when the actress was balancing her ever growing acting work with a music career.

She began showing off her vocal talent in some of her movies, singing the closing track of Freaky Friday, and she was signed up to a five album deal in 2002.

She released her debut album Speak back in 2004 and it peaked at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It went on to go platinum.

A Little More Personal (Raw) was it's follow up and sadly that didn't do quite as well as it's predecessor, only making it to #20 on the Billboard. However it did go on to turn gold.

Despite all her problems Lohan is currently working on her third album Spirit in the Dark which is due out later this year.

With shows such as Night Rider under his belt David Hasselhoff had become a huge star throughout the eighties.

However he wasn't content with just a successful acting career so he moved into music, finding most of his success in Europe.

Kicking off his career in 1985 with his debut album Night Rocker, since then he has released fourteen other albums.

His biggest single came in the form of Looking For Freedom which he sang at the collapse of the Berlin wall.

The acting career of Scarlett Johansson might be going quite well, although I have never understood the hype that surrounds her, but the actress decided to try and be a double threat by bringing out an album.

Entitled Anywhere I Lay My Head the album consisted of ten Tom Waits covers as well as one original song.

However there wasn't the excitement and success around the album as many would have expected as Scarlett's efforts in the recording studio were met with a mediocre response.

The album debuted at #126 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold just over 23 million copies worldwide.

But it isn't all doom and gloom for actors wanting to become musicians as Jack Black seems to have made a good go of it with Kyle Gass as Tenacious D.

Despite forming back in 1994 they didn't really gain popularity until the end of the nineties, Black's acting career taking off didn't do any harm.

The pair signed to Epic Records in 2000 and released their debut album Tenacious D a year later. Since then they have released four further albums as well as both starring in a movie Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny.

Jared Leto is another Hollywood star who got bored with just one career and decided to move into music with band 30 Seconds to Mars.

Forming back in 1999 but their debut album 30 Seconds to Mars, which produced two singles Capricorn and Edge of the Earth, wasn't released until 2002.

2005 brought them their second album A Beautiful Lie which went platinum selling over 1 million copies.

By 2007 the band were on tour with Linkin Park and their third album This Is War will be released sometime this year.

Other actors that have turned their hand to music include Jada Pinkett Smith, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis, it seems no one is happy with just one career anymore.

Two Lovers is out on DVD now.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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