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Scarlett Johansson to Sing Tom Waits Songs

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In what could be the best cd in a long time, or the most laughable, Fox News is reporting that Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive is negotiating with Rhino Records to record an album of Tom Waits covers.

Scarlett Johansson, who earlier this month fell from a horse while filming "The Other Boleyn Girl" in England, is going to jump into the ring with the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, J-Lo, and Juliette Lewis by trying her hand as hot babe actress turned singer.

Taking on Waits might be brilliant because his lyrics are funny and deep and at times heartbreaking. His gravely, ragged, freaky voice, however, is an acquired taste, like Keith Richards' or Bob Dylan's. People either love it or hate it.

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A halfway decent female singer with a body like Johansson's could turn Waits' genius words into the thing platinum records were made of. Particularly if there's a DVD in the package, or two.

Waits fans should use the comments below to share with us which tunes the blonde should cover. Off the top of our heads, LAist recommends slower, sultry, easier numbers like "A Sight For Sore Eyes", "Ruby's Arms", "Since I Fell For You", "Little Rain", "Dead and Lovely", "Blind Love", and "Tempation" which would allow our girl to wail a little.

AP photo by Kevork Djansezian