Columbia Records Drops 'Glee' Star Naya Rivera (REPORTS)
By ZACH SEEMAYER
May 01, 2014
Naya Rivera, who has recently been at the center of conflicting reports about being let go from the FOX musical series Glee, has reportedly been dropped from her record label Columbia Records, according to Billboard.
Rivera, who signed with Columbia in 2011 but never released a full-length album with the label, was one of the first stars of Glee to land their own solo record contract. She released her debut single Sorry in September, but it failed to make the Billboard Hot 100.
It's been a difficult year for the 27-year-old singer/actress. In October 2013, Rivera got engaged to hip-hop artist Big Sean, who was featured on her single Sorry. However, they abruptly called off the wedding last month.
Within the last few days, rumors surfaced that Rivera had been fired from the popular FOX series, due to an ongoing feud with her co-star Lea Michele, according to The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets.
However, Rivera's reps deny these claims, calling the reports "absolutely untrue."
Michelle, who is also signed with Columbia, released her debut studio album Louder in February 2014, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Another Glee co-star, Darren Criss, is also currently working on a record with Columbia.
UPDATE: Rivera's publicist Samantha Hill released a statement on Thursday evening to the website Gossip Cop, denying the reports that Rivera has been dropped by Columbia.
"The newest story claiming that Naya Rivera was dropped from her recording contract with Columbia Records is absolutely false," said Hill. "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."
No official comment has been made by Columbia Records at this time.