Standoff Over Album

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[Blind Gossip] Lots of magazines and entertainment shows covered the announcement a while back about this TV actress signing with a major music label for her debut album. How exciting for her and the fans of her show!

The first single dropped months ago, but if you are waiting for the album to be released, you’ll be waiting a long time, because the label has kicked the singer to the curb!

The single was a dud, the record company thinks she’s a non-starter, and they don’t like her changing image. So, they will not be putting up the money to release and promote the album.

The company wanted her to be the one to make the announcement that their music partnership was over… but she has been giving them a song and dance for months about why she can’t make the announcement now.

So, it’s a standoff. No album, no announcement, and she gets to pretend that she is still a recording artist signed to a major label. Doesn’t she know anyone else in the music industry?



It’s Naya Rivera! Source:

Yes, we were the first to tell you exactly a month ago that Naya Rivera had been dropped by Columbia Records and that her album would not be released by them. However, she still appeared on the Columbia Records website as one of its signed artists.

Well, right after we published the blind item on April 2… Columbia Records dropped her off its website!

Now comes the confirmation from Billboard:

Naya Rivera Dropped From Columbia Records

naya rivera 1While conflicting reports surface about her “Glee” future, Rivera’s relationship with her record label has ended.

Naya Rivera is no longer on the Columbia Records roster, multiple sources have confirmed to Billboard. The “Glee” star signed with the label in 2011, and did not release a full-length with Columbia.

The 27-year-old, who plays Santana Lopez on the hit Fox series, was one of the first “Glee” actors to land a solo record deal, and announced plans to begin work on an album in summer 2011. Last September, “Sorry,” Rivera’s debut single featuring then-boyfriend Big Sean, was released; the song did not chart on the Hot 100 and has sold 34,000 downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

After getting engaged in last October, Rivera and Big Sean abruptly called off the wedding last month. “Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately,” read a statement from Big Sean’s camp about the broken engagement.

Meanwhile, rumors persist that Rivera has been fired from “Glee,” which is winding down its fifth season. Although a rep for the singer/actress called reports of her firing “absolutely untrue” to The Hollywood Reporter, other reports have claimed that a feud with co-star Lea Michele has led to Rivera’s permanent dismissal.

Since “Glee” began airing in mid-2009, its cast of rising young talent has struggled to get their respective solo projects off the ground. Lea Michele’s debut album “Louder” was at long last released in March, and has sold 87,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Other “Glee” cast members, including Darren Criss and Amber Riley, are still prepping their proper debuts.

In an interesting side story, Naya’s publicists are continuing to deny that she was fired from Glee and that she was dropped by Columbia Records. Deny, deny, deny. They are threatening to take legal action against anyone who says that she was fired or let go or dropped or whatever:

“The newest story claiming that Naya Rivera was dropped from her recording contract with Columbia Records is absolutely false. If the ‘news’ outlets who put out this story had bothered to contact anyone from her team they would have learned this was false. To be clear, any rumors or statements made as fact, that Naya Rivera was fired or let go from Glee or dropped from her recording contract, are categorically false. Someone obviously has an agenda to damage Naya’s good name and the media are failing at their duty to responsibly vet their sources and verify what is true and what is not. Naya’s attorneys are prepared to take any and all legal action to enforce and protect her rights.”

Well, Naya’s team had better have a big budget for legal fees and postage, because:

“Naya Rivera is no longer on the Columbia Records roster, multiple sources have confirmed to Billboard.”

“A source confirms to E! News that the actress and aspiring singer is no longer signed with Columbia Records.”

“Naya Rivera has been fired from the FOX series Glee days after an initial report of an on-set feud involving the actresses surfaced, sources close to production told The Daily News.”

“Naya Rivera is moving on from Glee. After months of mounting tension—some of it with costar Lea Michele—the actress, 27, has been fired from the FOX musical series, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.”

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Congratulations to Arlp93, who was first with the correct answer! And shame on all of you who thought that this blind item was about Lea Michele! Lea Michele is perfect! Everything Lea Michele says and does is perfect and beautiful and brilliant and honest and kind and compassionate and generous and professional! Shame!

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    • Molls says

      I think you might be right with the Lucy Hale guess. I’d totally forgotten about her releasing a country single. Her album, which hasn’t yet been released, is supposed to be titled, “Road Between” and “supposed to be” released on June 3, 2014.

    • ktbell05 says

      I agree. The picture looks a lot like her pouty lips (don’t judge-I am A HUGE PLL fan):)Plus she said she went to LA to become a country singer, not an actress, and she had a single out recently-I don’t think it went too well.

    • chandler02 says

      I’d agree, but the bit about “they don’t like her changing image” makes me think it is more Naya Rivera and not Lucy. Naya has changed her look DRASTICALLY recently!

  1. lisako says

    Hmmm. I’m confused. This sounds so much like that awful Lea Michele, but didn’t her album debut a few weeks ago?

  2. arlp96 says

    mmmm…could this be Glee’s Naya Rivera?? I mean, I love her but “Sorry” was a complete flop and there isn’t any news about an album realease or anything related to music besides the damn show…se maybe this a good guess.

    • leelee321 says

      I think you are right. Plus the last sentence, “Doesn’t she know anyone else in the music industry?” is a reference to her boyfriend who’s a rapper.

    • rosiedoes says

      Also, she used to be curvier, with long hair – hasn’t she lost lots of weight and cut her hair?

    • tickled41 says

      same guess.
      plus the other blinds about her said she was reliant on the glee paychecks, which at the time i thought was weird since, surely, she had her singing as an alternative source?

    • fizzle says

      It wouldn’t be Hilary’s “debut album,” though. She released three or four albums under Hollywood Records.

  3. Lizzard1012 says

    I’m guessing Naya Rivera as the actress/singer. The label being Columbia. She inked a deal with them in 2011 and still no debut album? Her first single only came out last November/December 2013.

    Also song and dance is likely a clue to being on Glee.

  4. peacefuls says

    Actress/Singer: Naya Rivera

    I remember her dropping a single called ‘Sorry’ a few months ago. I think her boyfriend, Big Sean, was in it as well (which could be the person referenced at the end of this blind).

    • Blacky says

      Yeah, except her album has already been released ans is still being promoted. Try the other Glee girl Naya Rivera.

  5. carriebradshaw says

    Lucy Hale. singel- You Sound Good to Me.

    according to wiki “On February 18, 2014 it was announced that the album would be called “Road Between” and that it would be released on June 3, 2014″

  6. Grammaticator says

    Nsya Rivera

    Big Sean should make some calls to get her project back on track.

  7. Blacky says

    Actress/Singer: Naya Rivera of Glee. Her dud of a single was ‘Sorry’. The former record label Columbia Records.

  8. Pinky310 says

    Ahhhhhhhh Duh!!!

    Actress/Singer: Miley Cyrus

    Smoking weed, sex in front of kids she doing all bad.

  9. p00dle says

    Lucy Hale from pretty little liars, i would say lea michele but apparently her album has already been released

  10. Fan says

    God, I wish this were Lea Michelle, so she can stop milking Cory Monteith’s death, and just go away.

  11. dontpanik says

    Only person that comes to mind 9with no research at all) is Zoey Deschanel (sic)

  12. kelno19 says

    I’ll go with Jamie Lynn Spears – star of Zoey 101 until she became pregnant at 16 – don’t think they could work that into her show, lol. She released a country single in November and then….nothing.

  13. racheleigh says

    Naya Rivera. Signed with Columbia in 2011, dropped Sorry months ago. Haven’t heard another word about her album.

  14. kailaalyce says

    Actress/Singer: Victoria Justice
    Kind of an out there guess, but all the facts line up. She announced that she was releasing her debut album a while ago and she is (was) signed to a major label. She has only released one of her songs which was in June (which was a few months back)and she did have her own show.

  15. HermioneG says

    Oh, Naya… You had it coming babygirl.

    How such a beautiful and talented girl can change that much and become trash is utterly sad.

    I LOVED her before she became Mrs Big Sean. Her voice, her dork attitude, her connection to her fans… now she pretty much embodies everything I loathe. I only manage to appreciate her when she puts her Santana Lopez mask these days. I wish she could go back to being this girl people fell for in the first place.

  16. randijane says

    Actress/Singer: Lea Michelle

    She performed on Ellen months ago and then…nothing…. I’d think that Mr. Schuster could get her a hookup – at least his album got released and he toured.

  17. PrincessTiff says

    Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars? She just released album art, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an album is coming

  18. greengrl says

    Naya Rivera. She had the “Sorry” single (perfect name for it because it was so bad). She’s had all this work done on her that she is starting to look like Kim Kardashian. She’s engaged to rapper Big Sean.

  19. crowdRise29 says

    Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars?

    Was signed to Hollywood Records back in 2012 and scheduled to release a country album in 2013, but it got pushed. She released her first since back in January and it says her debut album is due out in June of this year. It’ll be interesting to see if it actually happens…

  20. minx says

    For some reason I thought of Jenette McCurdy and her “changing image”–racy photos on the net.

  21. iheartkoko says

    Actress/Singer: Naya Rivera

    Wikipedia: In 2011, Rivera signed a recording contract with Columbia Records to release her debut album. The lead single “Sorry” was released on September 17, 2013, featuring her fiancé Big Sean. Her debut album is set for early 2014.

    April is a little past early 2014.

  22. tisiphone says

    Lucy Hale of PLL – with Hollywood Records. Single was weak and went nowhere.

  23. pisces0023 says

    The girl that plays Bonnie on the Vampire Diaries? Her character was killed off but they brought her back.

  24. SouthJerseyGirl says

    Photo looks just like Leighton Meester who did sign a record deal with Universal Republic (though I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an album). She has a nice voice but is it because she’s “gone country” that her image has changed?