Columbia Records Nabs Music Rights To New NBC Series 'Smash'
Columbia Records Nabs Music Rights To New NBC Series '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.

Interest in securing music rights to the show began with Universal Music, an insider tells Billboard.biz, and Warner Music also expressed an interest in releasing the show's songs. Columbia was the last to get a meeting with NBCUniversal Television's Consumer Products Group that brokered the deal, the insider said.

"Smash," which will air on Mondays beginning in January, follows a collection of theater artists as they create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Besides McPhee, it will star Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.

Sony Music's Columbia already releases tracks from "Glee" and will also be releasing music from "The X Factor" this fall. Universal is releasing music from "American Idol" and "The Voice."

The arrangement guarantees worldwide, digital and physical rights to the first season of "Smash" with successive options to subsequent seasons.

"We will develop innovative strategies to present this music to a huge audience," Columbia/Epic Label Group chairman Rob Stringer said in a statement.