Former American Idol contestant, and Dreamgirls sensation Jennifer Hudson has recently signed a deal with Clive Davis’ J Records.
The singer who is being hailed for her performance in the upcoming musical is already being prepped for an Oscar nomination for her role as Effie in the flick based on the legendary Broadway musical.
According to Access Hollywood, the singer who was panned by Idol’s Simon Cowell, will start recording her set in January.
“My album, I’ll be recording my album,” she said. “I just signed my record deal 2 weeks ago. So I’m starting on that in January.”
The J Records roster includes legends Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, as well as fellow former Idol finalist Carrie Underwood, Idol winners Fantasia and Ruben Studdard, and reigning American Idol Taylor Hicks.
In related news, the venerable Chicago Sun-Times has sourced Mediatakeout regarding an alleged feud brewing between Hudson and Beyonce’s family.
According to the source, Bey’s parents, Mathew and Tina Knowles, treated Hudson like dirt when it was apparent that she was getting more attention than their daughter. Claiming Mr. Knowles demanded the movie studio edit Hudson’s scenes so Beyonce can shine more, the blog also goes on to say the former Destiny’s Child’s singer cried when she saw Hudson’s character come off stronger than her own.