Jennifer Lopez parts ways with Epic
Reason behind the split has not been confirmed yetLooks like Jennifer Lopez' "Louboutins" were made for walking -- away from her label, Epic Records, that is.
According to deadline.com, the Bronx-born singer/actress was either dropped from the label due to poor reception of her latest single, "Louboutins," or left voluntarily after fulfilling her contract with the label.
While the reason behind the split hasn't been confirmed yet, Benny Medina, Lopez' manager, allegedly verified it to deadline via a statement. "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."
Lopez was apparently scheduled to release her seventh studio album, "Love?" through Epic in April, but because of the uncertain release date -- deadline reports the album was only a few songs in, hinting that it wouldn't be ready for an April release -- her upcoming movie, the CBS Films "The Back Up Plan," was pushed to April 23. It was originally scheduled for January 22 and then April 16. According to reports, the reason for the various premiere dates was the uncertain release of "Love?", being that CBS wasn't sure when Lopez would be available to promote the film.
Supposedly, Lopez hasn't wasted any time in searching for a new label home. According deadline, she is rumored to be in talks with Island Def Jam's L.A. Reid. Lopez is also still scheduled to perform and host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
Lopez has sold 11.8 million albums in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan since she launched her career with Epic in 1999 with her debut set "On the 6." That album, which debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, has sold 2.8 million in the U.S.
She followed "On the 6" with "J.Lo" (No. 1 in 2001; 3.8 million), "J To Tha L-O! The Remixes" (No. 1 in 2002; 1.5 million) and "This Is Me ... Then" (No. 2 in 2003; 2.6 million).
Between 1999 and 2003, she notched a string of 10 to 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 1s "If You Had My Love," "I'm Real," "Ain't It Funny" and "All I Have."
Lopez returned in January of 2005 with the studio set "Rebirth," led by the single "Get Right." While "Rebirth" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, it only went on to sell 738,000 in the U.S. and "Get Right" topped out at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lopez's most recent top 10 single on the Hot 100 came in the form of a guest appearance on LL Cool J's "Control Myself," which peaked at No. 4 in 2006.
Following "Rebirth" in 2007, Lopez offered up her first Spanish-language album "Como Ama Una Mujer," which reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart. It has sold 207,000. Later that same year, she bowed her fifth English studio set, "Brave," which debuted and peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and has since sold 165,000.
"Love?'s" first pair of singles, "Louboutins" and "Fresh Out the Oven," have both reached the Dance Club Songs chart, but have yet to dent any of Billboard's radio airplay tallies. "Oven," featuring Pitbull, hit No. 1 on the Club list back in January, while "Louboutins" is still climbing the chart. This week it rises from No. 21 to No. 13.
Mariel Concepcion reported from New York. Ayala Ben-Yehuda and Keith Caulfield reported from Los Angeles.