Jessica Simpson: Label Her Safe?
Jessica Simpson may be splitting her time between Los Angeles and Tony Romo’s abode in Dallas, but is the blonde about to lose her recording home?
Perez Hilton posted speculation yesterday saying sources close to the blogger indicated Jessica was inches away from being dropped by her record label, Sony Nashville.
Sony Nashville, owned by parent company Sony Music Entertainment, is home to Simpson for the first time with her recent country effort Do You Know, which gave the singer a career-first number one debut on Billboard’s country charts.
Prior to the label scooping the down-home project (shepherded by father Joe Simpson), Jessica released A Public Affair with Epic Records, a label she switched to in 2006 after ten years at Columbia Records, where she was first signed by Mariah Carey executive ex-husband Tommy Mottola.
“She is with Sony Nashville, nothing has changed,” Simpson’s rep Lauren Auslander tells Celebuzz.
While Do You Know was certainly a career benchmark for Simpson, one industry insider tells us, “recording as an industry is always tumultuous, not to mention the economy. The [country project] is also something of a concept album. Maybe there’s a fear she won’t connect with audiences beyond it, but she’s done well so far.”
A spokesperson for Sony Nashville was contacted for comment.
Simpson is currently slated to open for country act Rascal Flatts on their 2009 U.S. tour.