Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Jennifer Hudson Hospitalized for Food Poisoning
Jennifer Hudson was forced to skip her performance on CBS' "Early Show" this morning after a case of food poisoning struck the singer, who was promoting new album "I Remember Me" on both the "Early Show" and CBS' "Good Morning America." Her rep said: "After performing on 'Good Morning America' earlier today, Jennifer Hudson went to the hospital due to severe abdominal pains. She was treated for food poisoning and released." (TMZ)
Columbia Records Nabs Music Rights To NBC's 'Smash'
Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's new musical series "Smash" that will premiere in mid-season. The music will include covers and originals composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind "Hairspray" and "Catch Me If You Can." In addition, former "American Idol" finalist Katharine McPhee, who stars in "Smash," also signed a solo recording deal with Columbia Records. Read the full story at Billboard.biz.
Metallica Gets Monopolized
Metallica now stands alongside The Beatles, The Grateful Dead and Kiss as a yet another rock band to have its own version of Monopoly. The game was quietly announced on Metallica's online store with a small image of the game's cover along with the words "Next Week!" below. The cover features cartoon versions of the members along with Rich Uncle Pennybags. (Metallica.com)
Britney Spears' Madonna Cover Leaks
In a similar vein to when she performed Alanis Morissette's "You Outta Know" during her last tour, Britney Spears may have another iconic female in mind for a live cover during her Femme Fatale tour. Today (June 10), a studio recording of Britney covering Madonna's 1983 single "Burning Up" leaked, glammed-up without a hint of the '80s to be found. Despite Madonna's impressive discography, including numerous chart-toppers, Spears chose this single that failed to break the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released, but was a Top 5 Hot Dance Music/Club Play hit. (Idolator)
The Black Keys Ad Agency Over Usage of 'Tighten Up'
The Black Keys hammered New York agency Della Femina Rothschild Jeary & Partners with two separate federal lawsuits last week for using their hit song "Tighten Up" to promote a New Jersey bank during the Grammy Awards without permission. No dollar amount was mentioned in the suits, but in court papers, the group is asking the judges to determine how much damage has been done in using its hip cred to flog a stodgy Garden State bank. Read the full story at Billboard.biz.
(Reporting by Phil Gallo, Jillian Mapes, Jeff Benjamin and Sarah Maloy)