11:40am PT by Chris Payne, Billboard
Katharine McPhee Starts Recording Columbia Debut
Katharine McPhee, star of NBC's Smash and 2006 American Idol runner-up, has begun recording her new studio album.
The still-untitled LP will be her debut for Columbia Records and third nonholiday LP overall. It's due out later this year and, according to a press release, will feature songwriting collaborations from Linda Perry, Salaam Remi, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Sia, best known for her collaborations with Flo Rida and David Guetta.
Recently, McPhee returned to Idol, where she performed OneRepublic's new hit "If I Lose Myself" alongside Tedder.
McPhee's self-titled 2007 debut (released through RCA) debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and produced the hit single "Over It," which spent 16 weeks on the Hot 100 and peaked at No. 29. McPhee followed in 2010 with Unbroken (which debuted at No. 27) and the holiday album Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You.
McPhee plays Karen Cartwright in Smash, unlikely to be renewed at NBC after this season's steep ratings drop banished it to Saturday nights.