10 celebrities that proved that you can be successful in music and in film

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Vin Diesel finally released his debut single last week and the internet will never be the same. But he isn't the only celebrity who has seen success on-screen and on the charts.
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The action star's song "Feel Like I Do," produced by Kygo and released on the Norwegian producer's record label, dropped on Friday, and it got us thinking about the celebrities who have come before him.

Making the jump to music after a successful acting career, or vice versa, can be difficult. But here are 10 celebrities who have had success exercising their other creative juices.

1. Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is a household name when it comes to country music, but she has appeared on the big screen, including two very successful movies: "Steel Magnolias" and "9 to 5." Both movies were nominated for Oscars, and the title track for "9 to 5" is one of Parton's most iconic songs.

2. Will Smith

Will Smith may always be the Fresh Prince, but he had a successful career as a rapper.

Best known as a blockbuster film star and his beloved role in TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," Will Smith got his start as a rapper. He began his career in the 1980s as part of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Smith has released four studio albums since 1997 and still continues to dip his toes in both pools of water. His most recent musical work was a new rendition of "A Friend Like Me" for Disney's live action version of "Aladdin," in which he played the genie.

3. LL Cool J

LL Cool J was a musical artist first but transitioned to acting in both film and television.

In recent years, LL Cool J has been known for his role in "NCIS: Los Angeles," but his real legacy lies with his music made in the 1980s and 1990s. LL Cool J -- the stage name stands for Ladies Love Cool James -- was mostly all music until a breakout role in the hit movie "Any Given Sunday." Overall, he has recorded 13 albums, received two Grammy Awards and has a star on the…
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