Has Jessica Simpson been dropped by her record label? (Updated)

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Jessica Simpson has had an infamously bumbling country music career. She was described as “lost and desperate” on stage by one critic, has had to perform at venues like chili cook offs, nearly slipped a nip at the Grand Ole Opry, had a meltdown during a concert, and we won’t even touch on the national controversy that surrounded her weight and an ill-fitting outfit.

It’s safe to say that what little attention has actually been focused on Simpson’s country music career hasn’t been great. And she’s garnered much more press for her mistakes than anything else. Now it looks like Jess might have been dropped by her music label.

One of our readers sent me some very interesting emails today. He has been doing some “tattle tale” investigation work and it seems that Jessica Simpson is nowhere to be found on any of her record label websites.

If you remember – back in December – we told you that rumors were flying that Joe Galante, the head of Sony BMG Nashville was furious with all of her antics. They were threatening to drop her from the label. Could these rumors finally becoming true after her shaking tour with Rascal Flatts? Our reader noticed the following:

Today, her name appears nowhere among the artists listed on the web sites of Columbia Nashville or Sony Music Nashville. Even a search of each site finds that any prior mention of her photos, profile, press releases – has apparently been purged:

You can still find old press releases in the Google cache, but they do not exist at Columbia Nashville or Sony BMG Nashville’s web sites. For example, this used to be the URL for her artist page. As you can see, it errors out, because she’s been removed from the database. There’s no reason to do that unless she’s been dropped from the label.

[From Country Music Tattle Tale]

This is obviously just a rumor, though it’s not a surprising one. Jessica just hasn’t been doing well with country music, especially in terms of her live performances. I admire her for being gutsy enough to completely switch genres. But it seemed more like it was a business move than done due to a love of country music. She said she knew she’d never be number one, or even number five, in pop music. So she switched. And let’s be honest, that’s a hard change to make. Country musicians can go pop easier than the other way around. I wouldn’t be surprised if Simpson was dropped by her label – and goes straight back to pop.

Update: Jessica’s rep has confirmed that she has indeed been dropped by her record label.

Here’s Jessica Simpson performing on 2/12/09. Images thanks to WENN .
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  1. Seven says:

    Which is a shame because I think she’s got a really nice voice when she sings properly. Ah well…

  2. Trillion says:

    Contemporary Christian will be next.

  3. Tom says:

    I suppose it’s just a matter of time before her “fashion empire” crumbles, too. I mean, it’s not like she designs the stuff. The only thing she brings to the table is a name.

    And how much is her name really worth these days?

    Sooner or later the clothing company will ask themselves that question…

  4. t says:

    Ok Magazine confirmed the story:

    “UPDATE: When OK! called Columbia Nashville, the label which released Jess’s country album, a telephone operator told us that Jessica Simpson has now “come off the label”. ”

    Interesting thought, Tom. Maybe her switch to country was only an attempt to stay famous to hang on to her endorsement deals. But is ‘infamous’ worth as much as ‘famous’ in the world of celebrity brands?

  5. GuyIncognito says:

    What’s Papa Joe gonna do with her now?

  6. Prissa says:

    I feel bad for her. I don’t know her, but she seems to be a sweet girl (albeit ditzy) and she definately tries hard and keeps working in spite of all her mishaps. I hope she’ll find her niche (whatever that may be). :o )

  7. HEB says:

    Should have stayed married and had a baby.

  8. Enonymous says:

    I actually feel sorry for Jessica Simpson, she never had the same luck of Britney or Christina and has always struggled to keep her had above water in the music (and movie industry for that matter) but the girl keeps on trying. Give up Jess, you had a good run and made a few millions, now just invest your money well and do something that would make you truly happy.

  9. Enonymous says:

    I actually feel sorry for Jessica Simpson, she never had the luck of Britney or Christina and has always struggled to keep her had above water in the music (and movie industry for that matter) but the girl keeps on trying. Give up Jess, you had a good run and made a few millions, now just invest your money well and do something that would make you truly happy.

  10. Enonymous says:

    oops, double post and it is supposed to be “head” not “had”.

  11. kiki says:

    Porn is in her future

  12. Blah Girls says:

    Jessica simpsy will make a comeback. MARK MY WORDS B****es!

  13. Annie says:

    Has anyone had the misfortune of seeing her live at a country concert?

    Because I have.

    And I think that if she’s been dropped, she deserves it 100%. Who wants to endorse a country music singer who can’t sing country music? Can’t even remember her lines, or put on a good show?

    At first I thought, oh, maybe it’s the sound at Coors that is all messed up.

    Then Rascal Flatts came on and they were PHENOMENAL.

    So….it was all Jessica and she really isn’t as talented as she’s fooled the world into believing.

  14. neelyo says:

    Trillion’s right. Jessica may want to give up, but Papa Joe is determined to prove she can do something, anything.

    How’s her wig line doing?

  15. snappyfish says:

    my 14 year old niece went to see her with some friends for a bday party ( in c’ville va ) she said she was awful, rambling & forgot words to songs & that she should have stayed on her MTV show.

    From the mouths of babes. I am sure jessica wished she had followed that path. She believed the hype & I am sure parential pressure was applied. Feel bad for her but hope she fades away.

    Loved the contemparary christian comment! Classic

  16. j. ferber says:

    I feel sorry for her, too. This just adds fuel to my “Tony should marry her” argument. Not that he needs to rescue her, but yeah, he does. I wouldn’t even say this is true for most women, but it is for her. She just seems to be a hapless person. I admire her for trying so hard, though.

  17. Ggirl says:

    The one thing I so disliked was Papa Joe and Jessica crying over her not having as much “luck” as Britney or Christina. The operative word is “talent” not “luck”. Yes Jessica is likeable and sweet and has a horrible perverted dad, but I don’t think she has ever worked as hard as Christina or Britney. When Newlyweds was on I remember thinking that Jessica just didn’t sweat it that much. She seems more interested in marriage anyway now. Nick was ages ago and they had plenty of interference but when that dreadful Dukes of Hazard came out, it seemed Jessica’s ego got the worst of her and I think she is paying for it now. I hope she hussles for herself and not for that idiotic father of hers.

  18. adrienne says:

    oh my where to begin. i agree its not luck its hard work and perseverance even britney’s making a comeback…way 2 go brit!.xtina and britney were to much competiton for jessica to handle although britney may not sing great she is a great performer and controls the stage something jessica never knew anything about…she wasnt taken seriously then and she still isnt taken seriously now. forgetting lyrics, crying and acting wierd on stage, starting the band over, and screaming instead of singing isnt necessarily talent, she blabs annoyingly about her boyfriend to the point you want to scream
    “shut up and try to sing”…and she sang a shania twain song “who’s bed have your boots been under” one word of advice leave the music up to the pro’s. the country industry never embraced her and that is why she wasnt nominated this year at the acm’s…they want real country talent and she just doesnt bring it.
    jessica needs to let the big girls play…in other words..”real girls can know how to sing and succeed”…carrie, leann, martina, leann womack, reba, shania, faith, miranda etc…these women know how to impress…go home honey country has given you the boot!

  19. bailry says:

    jessica and papa joe saw how huge carrie is in country music and they actually thought that jessica had a chance…difference between the two carrie can sing the hell out of a song anyday of the week and can sing circles around her and jessica can sing the hell out of your ear drum…not to mention carrie is far more beautiful, successful, talented, educated, dam tony downgraded

  20. heh-heh says:

    FINALLY! This might be the day when people in the music industry finally clamp down on no-talent eyesores like this broad. All she had was a fit body and now she doesn’t even have that. Good riddance!

  21. j. ferber says:

    Ggirl, I think what’s admirable about working hard without much talent is that you don’t see the returns, but keep chugging along anyway. Some may say to give it up, but persistence is an endearing trait (at least to me as a teacher, having seen my share of smart but lazy students) and I can say that because I’ve never heard her sing.

  22. yae says:

    I’m no fan of Jessica Simpson. But we all have to admit, what a VOICE. Why does she need to produce a stage show when she really sings?

  23. JaundiceMachine says:

    Trillion = Yes.

  24. hairball says:

    Several years ago when she did a remake of “Take My Breath Away”, I could NOT get over how HORRIBLE she sounded. Dead and flat. She ruined the song. I could not believe someone like her was allowed to have songs.

    I knew then how terrible she was.

  25. janie says:

    I hate her for stealing Amie Miriello’s spotlight when her album came out!

  26. yadira says:

    Gotta give this girl credit. At least she isn’t falling down drunk, getting high off drugs in some random club. Dating disposable men or risking peoples lives driving drunk like certain other people.

    I wish her luck for staying strong and keep trying. Who knows, maybe she will get her groove back.

    p.s. no I am not a fan

  27. marie says:

    jessica has always been in the shadows of someone else. in the pop world it was like that and now in country its even harder because country stars actually rely on their voices. jessica’s voice is never iin key she screams and hitting those high notes sounds very forced it is not very pleasing to the ear. i think her problem has alwasy been she tries so hard to copy others and she never has learned to be who she is she never knew how to define herself as an artist. we’ll see what happens but as far as country goes i think they have given her the cold shoulder they didnt recognize her as a new artists at the award shows and i dont think anyone takes her seriously…she will have a harder time getting their blessing as an artist best bet go back to pop where most of her little fans she has left