Jessica Simpson Not Dropped From Country Music Labels

By Chloe Bunker on April 8, 2009

Jessica Simpson, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, hot, sexy, dropped, country, music, label, newsHOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Jessica Simpson's experiment with country music may be over.

The 28-year-old singer's name was noticeably missing Tuesday from both the Columbia Nashville and Sony Music Nashville Web sites, setting off a buzz that Simpson had been dropped from the labels. However, a rep for her longtime label, Epic Records, explained she was simply with both record companies on a temporary basis.

"Jessica is and has always been an Epic artist," a spokeperson for Epic told Access Hollywood. "She was on loan to Sony Nashville for her country album. She continues to be on Epic's label."

Early last year, the Texas-bred singer revealed she was getting in touch with her roots and pursuing her passion for country.

"I am a country girl. I grew up in Texas, and country music was what I listened to. I always wanted to wait until the time was right," she told Billboard magazine.

"I think there is a strength in female country artists," Simpson added, citing Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire as some of her inspirations.

Simpson's "Do You Know" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in 2008, but sales quickly faded.

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