By NYDailyNews.comJennifer Lopez performs in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 2009. She and her longtime record label Sony music have split, leaving the release of her upcoming album in doubt.
She’ll always be Jenny from the Block.
But Jennifer Lopez is no longer making music for Sony.
JLo and Sony Music’s Epic Records, where she’s spent the bulk of her recording career, have parted ways, according to DeadlineHollywood.com.
There are conflicting reports about how the ties were severed, according to the site’s editor, Nikki Finke.
The nice version is that the contract was up and since Lopez fulfilled her obligation with her last two singles, it wasn’t renewed. A mutual decision was made not to go ahead with an album.
The nasty version is that JLo was dropped by Sony.
Whichever version of events is true, a question mark surrounds the future of Lopez’s seventh studio album, “Love?”,
which in the context is an ironic title if ever there was one.
Some Internet reports say that “Love?” — which featured a pre-release dance hit “Fresh Out the Oven” and a pre-release dance dud “Louboutins” — was nearly finished and set to come out in April.
But Lopez’s camp told Finke that “Love?” was still a work in progress and “by no means done” and that record release dates tend to be flexible.
Other reports suggest that JLo has lost her edge, citing the failure of both “Louboutins” and her performance at the American Music Awards to generate heat.
Execs “aren’t sure who her audience is anymore,” a source told Finke. “Where once she had little girls, she’s been supplanted by Beyonce, Gaga, and Rihanna.”
Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina, confirmed the divorce between star and studio.
“Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music group,” he noted, “and 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.”
One rumored direction when it comes to her recording career is Island Def Jam, where she’s reportedly been in talks.
In the meantime, JLo still has a movie career. Her new rom-com “The Back-Up Plan” is set to come out on April 23rd, when it will go up against “Wall Street 2″ and “MacGruber.”
All this tumult will give the writers at “Saturday Night Live” plenty of grist for material. Lopez is slated to host the show next weekend.
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