When popular actress-singer Jennifer Lopez was booked to appear on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live as both the host and musical guest, the idea was for her to push April 23’s artificial-insemination comedy The Back-Up Plan and her seventh pop album Love?. Complicating plans somewhat: Love?’s April release has been canceled and Lopez has “parted ways” with Epic Records.
Nikki Finke says the impetus was the chart failure of the record’s shoe-themed lead single “Louboutins” and her hilarious performance at the American Music Awards, during which those very shoes caused her to fall down. Face-saving “Lopez insiders” tell Finke that Love? was “by no means done” and that J.Lo was “only a few songs into it,” though, suspiciously, Back-Up Plan’s release was once moved from January to April to coincide with the album’s. In any case, Lopez will presumably be forced to sing something in between skits this Saturday, you just won’t get to feel so smug about not buying it on iTunes.