*The New York Daily News is reporting that Jennifer Hudson has been forced back into the studio after her first round of new songs received lukewarm feedback at a recent industry event.
According to the paper’s Gatecrasher column, J Records executive Larry Jackson played tracks from the Oscar winner’s sophomore CD at EMI Publishing’s recent upfront presentation for songwriters and producers in NYC.
“The songs she recorded so far were mostly Euro-dance music suited for Rihanna or Lady Gaga,” according to a music insider who attended the event. “The producers and songwriters unanimously agreed the music didn’t fit Jennifer and encouraged Larry to send her back into the studio.”
The dance-heavy musical direction reportedly blindsided the industry folk, who were expecting more of Hudson’s usual R&B flavored material. The singer’s new sound was crafted by producer Rich Harrison, who’s resume includes hits for Beyoncé, ¬Jennifer Lopez and Mary J. Blige.
“The consensus was that the songs were not so not J.Hud,” dishes the insider.
A second source says: “She definitely had to go back into the studio. She’ll be adding some soulful, Aretha Franklin- and Gladys Knight-type songs to the CD.”
Meanwhile a rep for Hudson insists, “We’ve received terrific feedback on the material,” and says the singer is only “in the beginning stages” of recording her album.