Jennifer Lopez will host and perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend even though the release date of her seventhstudio album, Love?, is to bedetermined.
Her newest film, TheBack-Up Plan, is due in theaters on April 23.
Love? was mostrecently slated for an April release on Epic Records. However, Lopez's manager Benny Medina and a spokesperson for Sonyconfirmed Wednesday that Lopez is no longer signed to Sony Music, the labelthat released her debut album, On The 6,10 years ago.
Medinanoted that the split was amicable. "Jennifer Lopez met with Rob Stringer fromSony several weeks ago and after a heart to heart, Jennifer's request wasmutually agreed upon to end their long relationship."
A spokesperson for Sony confirmed Medina's statement. "Sony wishes her nothingbut success in the future, and we part on extremely amicable terms."
Lopez issued a statement to Deadline.com Monday addressingthe speculation about Love? "I'mhappy today to be able to put to rest any confusion about my next album Love?," Lopez said. "I have been withSony from the beginning of my recording career, and we have achieved greatsuccess together. At this point, I have fulfilled any contractual obligationsto Sony/Epic. We have come to an amicable decision. I have a new home, and myalbum Love? will be released in thesummer of 2010 as planned."
Online reports have suggested that Lopez is in talks withIsland Def Jam Records. Medinaoffered, "There are several different discussions going on with major labels."
The Sony rep declined further comment on Lopez's exit.
To satisfy her Sony contract, Lopez was required to releasethose two songs and to deliver a greatest hits album to the label, Medina said.
He also confirmed that Lopez's "Love?" was not completed and is a "work in progress."
- Benny Medina
- Sony Music
- Jennifer Lopez