Nikke Finke of DeadlineHollywood.com is reporting that the singer is no longer recording for Sony Music’s Epic Records. However, there are conflicting stories as to how it all went down.
Version 1: Lopez’s contract was up and since she fulfilled her obligation with her last two singles, it wasn’t renewed. A mutual decision was made not to go ahead with an album.
Version 2: Lopez was dropped by Sony because of low record sales.
Either way, JLo’s forthcoming studio album, “Love?” is now in limbo. 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.
Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina, confirmed the split between his client and Sony.
“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.”
In the meantime, JLo’s new romantic comedy “The Back-Up Plan” is set to come out on April 23, when it will go up against “Wall Street 2″ and “MacGruber.” The entertainer is also slated to host the show next weekend.