*Amid conflicting reports about her employment on “Glee,” Columbia Records has apparently made it clear – Naya Rivera is no longer on the label.
Billboard says “multiple sources” have confirmed that her relationship with the record label has ended after three years…and no full-length album release to show for it.
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. [Listen below.]
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 album debuts.