JLo is returning to the label that helped launch her as a formidable recording artist.
Jenny from the block is making her way back to Epic records.
Last summer, it was rumored Lopez left Epic for Republic Records to begin focusing on her next studio album. She’s involved herself in projects like NBC’s cop drama Shades Of Blue and her Las Vegas residency All I Have, but aside from a sloppy preview of a dance track titled “Breaking Me Down” she previewed at a Las Vegas club following her iHeartRadio Music Festival performance, JLo has offered no new music since 2014’s A.K.A. That’s all about to change.
JLo announced the news Wednesday afternoon, saying “Heading Back Home!! Jennifer Lopez Signs New Deal With L.A. Reid’s Epic Records.”
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) March 2, 2016
Reid said in a statement: “I’m thrilled to welcome Jennifer back home with me to Epic Records. Jennifer is a true global icon with a magnetism that seers across music, film, and TV and I’m excited to be working together again.”
Some stats via Billboard:
The singer, businesswoman and American Idol judge had released six albums via the Epic label between 1999 and 2007, including her biggest seller, 2001’s J. Lo (3.8 million sold, according to Nielsen Music). In 2010, she left for Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam, where Reid was CEO at the time, yielding two albums, 2011’s Love? on Island and 2014’s A.K.A. via Capitol.
And just in time! Rumor has it JLo is releasing a single in April. Perhaps it’ll be a track with Missy Elliott?
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 24, 2015
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 24, 2015