Jennifer Lopez is throwing on her Louboutins and leaving Epic Records. The superstar has reportedly parted ways with her longtime label.
Deadline.com reports that J.Lo’s decision to leave her musical home of 11 years was “a mutual one” between the singer and Sony Music Label Group Chairman Rob Stringer. The two met at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills during Grammy week, and decided to end their long relationship after a “heart-to-heart” conversation.
J.Lo’s manager Benny Medina confirmed the news. “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 of her career as an actress and recording artist,” stated Medina. “She is grateful and appreciative to everyone at Sony for all that they accomplished together.”
Sony plans to release a greatest hits package in the fall, while the fate of J.Lo’s seventh studio album Love? is currently unknown. The first single, “Louboutins,” didn’t take off as planned, but the Wynter Gordon-penned “What Is Love” will appear on the soundtrack to her movie The Back-Up Plan, which has been pushed back one week to April 23. She will serve as host and musical guest on this weekend’s “SNL.”
Lopez’s next move may be to Island Def Jam, home to Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and Kanye West. She is reportedly in talks with the label, and was seen at CEO L.A. Reid’s Grammy after-party last month.