Congratulations to Katharine McPhee. Starring in the new NBC drama, Smash has its perks–she just signed a solo record deal with Columbia records. The label will also release music from the soundtrack of the show. Via Deadline: (Read the official press release HERE.)
NBC has signed a deal with Columbia Records for the soundtrack of the network’s new musical drama series Smash. Additionally, Columbia has signed a solo recording pact with Smash breakout star and American Idol alumna Katharine McPhee. I hear Columbia, which also handles the soundtracks for Glee and the upcoming X Factor, landed the rights to Smash after a bidding war. The deal, brokered by NBCUniversal TV Consumer Products Group, gives Columbia Records worldwide, digital and physical rights to the first season of Smash, with options to subsequent seasons.
Smash, is set to debut on NBC mid-season behind The Voice on Mondays. It stars Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee and Anjelica Huston and follows the creation of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe.
Methinks 2012 is going to be the year of Katharine McPhee…
ETA: Katharine released her post-Idol debut with RCA, her second album and a Christmas album with Verve. As folks in comments are speculating, her contract with Verve was either up, or they released her. Columbia is a much bigger label. Kat’s connection to a potential hit show will translate into primo promotion–something Verve couldn’t give her. This new deal is a very good thing.