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‘American Idol’s’ Katharine McPhee coming to NBC, lands record deal

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Written by : published Monday 13th June 2011

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On June 9, 2011, NBC and Columbia Records announced that Katharine McPhee is joining NBC with the new musical show “Smash” and has also been signed with Columbia Records.  “Smash” is scheduled to premiere mid season on Monday nights from 10:00-11:00 pm and stars Debra Messing (“Will and Grace”); Angelica Huston (“Prizzi’s Honor”) and Katharine McPhee (“American Idol).  “Smash” focuses on songwriting team Tom and Julia (played by Christian Borle and Debra Messing), as they work on a “smash” Broadway musical based upon the life of Marilyn Monroe.  Steven Spielberg created the idea for the show.


In addition to Katharine McPhee’s record deal, NBC announced they too have agreed to a recording rights deal with Columbia for the “Smash” soundtrack.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and Columbia/Epic Label Group Chairman Rob Stringer released a joint statement about the deal. 


Robert Greenblatt stated,”A musical series should naturally be accompanied by a soundtrack deal, and NBC is very excited to be working with the best.  Our Columbia Records partners will guide the soundtrack of ‘Smash’ into a big component of the show’s success.  The music will be a driving force of what promises to make a tremendous impact for NBC in January and we couldn’t have asked for better expertise and strategy than this company will provide.”


Rob Stringer of Columbia stated, "We are thrilled and proud to be chosen by NBC to work on their amazing new show.  Music is at the heart of ‘Smash,’ and with our wonderfully creative broadcast partners, we will develop innovative strategies to present this music to a huge audience."


You may see a video preview of “Smash” in the player below.

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