Jennifer Lopez has parted ways with her record company, Sony Music Group, according to deadline.com. Sources close to the singer told the site that Lopez’s last two singles fulfilled the terms of her contract and that she and management chose to split from Sony before her new album drops.
Lopez’s manager Benny Medina reportedly confirmed the split, stating: “Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music group, 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. She is grateful and appreciative to everyone Sony for all that they accomplished together.”
Still, it’s uncertain whether the split was mutual or whether Sony dropped Lopez. Deadline’s sources say Sony may have cut the strings themselves. J. Lo was set to release her 7th studio album, Love, sometime this year.
When VIBE spoke to Tricky Stewart in November, the producer had high hopes for “Louboutins,” the single that he and The-Dream crafted for her: “If the females get behind it and they really get into the lyrics of what she’s saying and the metaphor, I think it could be a really, really big hit for her. Anytime you work with an artist whose platform is so high and she’s gonna get exposure, we’re just hoping there’s a connection with those lyrics coming from her.”
However, “Louboutins” hasn’t been well-received chart wise or on radio. Lopez also performed the song at the American Music Awards. She released the Pitbull-assisted track, “Fresh Out the Oven,” late last year under the guise of her alter ego Lola.
Besides Stewart, Love reportedly features production from The Neptunes, Danja, Jim Jonsin and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. But now the future of the album is up in the air.
According to deadline.com, Sony Music execs “aren’t sure who her audience is anymore. Where once she had little girls, she’s been supplanted by Beyonce, Gaga, and Rihanna. Lots of fighting going on between Benny Medina (who, of course, is spending their money like it’s 10 years ago) and the label.”
The word is that Lopez could go to Island Def Jam. EW reports that she’s in negotiations with a label, but a rep for IDJ was unavailable for comment as of press time. —Clover Hope