She’s no longer Jenny on Sony’s hitmaking block. Superstar Jennifer Lopez has ended her relationship with Sony Music/Epic Records, but was it an amicable split? Industry reports are circulating that the label may have actually dropped her altogether, placing tracks recorded for her new album ‘Love’ in permanent limbo.
Nikke Finke‘s Deadline strikes again, this time with a musical bombshell that Jennifer Lopez has ended her relationship with Sony Music.
Lopez, who defined mutli-hyphenate star status as a hitmaking actor-singer for nearly a decade, has opted not to complete her seventh album, “Love.” Finke’s column featured comments from Lopez’s camp, which is taking the high road against rumors that Sony may have simply dropped the artist altogether.
“Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music group,” manager Benny Medina wrote in an Email to Finke. “They have shared many successes together, but the time was right to make a change that best serves the direction her career as an actress and recording artist. She is grateful and appreciative to everyone Sony for all that they accomplished together.”
Lopez’s carefully orchestrated to the spotlight return after marriage and motherhood was to include “Love” and the romantic comedy “The Back-Up Plan” for CBS Films, slated to open on April 23. Despite a high profile disc offering collaborations with producers Danja, Jim Jonsin, Darkchild, Chris n Teeb from Dropzone and The Neptunes, the tracks for “Love” are now being held. (Official lead single “Louboutins” never did catch fire, despite the attention received by her performance at the American Music Awards.)
How this entire situation affects her promotional efforts will be interesting to see. Also, did Lopez and Sony have a moment of realization of changing tastes and a different industry landscape, thanks to economics and the power represented by pop divas like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lady Gaga?
Let the punditry begin.
As for Lopez’s musical feature, Deadline offered up the news that she has been having conversations with L.A Reid at Island Def Jam, ironically the home of alleged rival Mariah Carey. Sony apparently still has plans to release a greatest hits disc later this year. Meanwhile, Lopez remains scheduled to host and perform as the musical guest on an upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
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