'Empire' aims to climb music charts as well as TV rankings

March 11, 2015 3:25 PM

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On a recent afternoon at a Burbank rehearsal studio, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray, two of the breakout stars of Fox's soapy hip-hop musical "Empire," joked their way through a photo shoot while a band in the room next door worked through an arrangement of one of the show's standout tunes, "You're So Beautiful."

"My Beyonce fan is messing up your makeup," Smollett said to the woman fussing over his face, sending the two into giggles.

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