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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.