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.