That was quick. A day after her manager confirmed that she split with longtime label home Sony Music, Jennifer Lopez announced that she has already signed a new deal and will drop her long-in-the-works comeback attempt, Love?, this summer.
"I am making this statement to put an end to any confusion in regards to my next album, titled Love?" Lopez said, according to Billboard. "I have belonged to the Sony family since the beginning of my career as a singer and together we've had great success. I have fulfilled my contractual responsibilities with Sony/Epic up to this point, and we have both reached friendly terms about my departure from the label. I'm also happy to say that we've found a new home for my album, Love?, and that it is slated for release in the summer of 2010."
Lopez did not specify what label she has signed to, but Deadline Hollywood, the blog that originally broke the story of the Sony split, reported that the singer/actress is in talks with Island Def Jam. Neither side has discussed what precipitated the split, but Deadline speculated that it might have been a response to the poor critical and commercial reception to the album's first official single, "Louboutins," which failed to light up the charts.
The site also suggested that Lopez, who has sold nearly 12 million albums in the U.S. since her 1999 debut, could have walked voluntarily after fulfilling her Sony contract with "Louboutins" and a previously leaked single, "Fresh Out the Oven." Lopez is the musical guest and host of "Saturday Night Live" this week.