TV & Film Stars Who Stiffed as Pop Stars

Craig Rosen
Yahoo Music

Miley Cyrus is one of the most talked about and successful pop stars of 2013. Unless you recently crawled out of a cave, you know that Miley first rose to prominence as a TV star on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana." In fact, she experienced her first success as a pop star with Hannah Montana-related releases before establishing herself as full-fledged pop star under her real name.

Cyrus follows a tradition that began with Ricky Nelson in the late '50s, continued in the mid-'60s with the Monkees, in the '70s with the Partridge Family, and the 2000's with Hilary Duff, and currently with Selena Gomez and Cyrus. But not every TV star has been as lucky. Here's a look at some TV and film stars who tried crossover to music, but couldn't cut it.

Jennifer Love Hewitt -- She's had a few successful runs on TV with "Party of Five" in the '90s, the "Ghost Whisperer" from 2005-2010, and even two seasons of "The Client List," but J-Love can't seem to pull off a successful singing career, despite deals with Atlantic and then Jive. Her biggest hit, the title track from her 2002 album BareNaked, made it to No. 31 on Billboard's Adult Top 40, but we're guessing interest in the release went beyond just music.

Lindsay Lohan -- She's a star on TMZ, but the troubled actress hasn't had much luck on the pop market place. Sure her 2004 album Speak debuted at No. 4, and her 2008 track "Bossy" topped the Dance Musc/Club Play Singles chart, but before you read that, could you even name a LiLo track?

Paris Hilton -- Like Lohan, this one-time reality TV star had some success on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, where "Stars Are Blind" hit No. 1 in 2006. That same year, her self-titled album debuted at No. 6. In 2013, she signed with Cash Money Records and "Good Time," her single featuring Lil Wayne, stalled at No. 18 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. A full album for Cash Money, that at one time was supposed to come out in 2013, has yet to materialize.

Russell Crowe -- This Oscar-winning actor is one of today's most successful leading men, but not so much when it comes to music. Crowe's been recording since the '80s, first as Russ le Roq in Roman Antix and later in the bands 30 Odd Foot of Grunts and The Ordinary Fear of God, but neither has had much of an impact. The terrible band names apparently didn't help.

William Shatner -- The man best known as Captain Kirk on the original "Star Trek" series began his career in 1968 with The Transformed Man, featuring his readings of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." Although it failed to chart, it became a cult classic. In 2004, with help from Ben Folds, he made a comeback. His 2011 album, Seeking Major Tom, hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Heatkseekers chart, but other than that, the music space hasn't been Shatner's final frontier, but at least he appears to be in on the joke.

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