Jennifer Lopez is denying press reports that she is in talks to be managed by former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola.

Jennifer Lopez is denying press reports that she is in talks to be managed by former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola.

"The information is false, and currently Ms. Lopez is not in discussions with [Mottola], nor any other manager or management firm. All of Ms. Lopez's business dealings and transactions are handled by her business partner/manager Simon Fields," says a statement from Lopez's publicity firm, BWR Public Relations.

Lopez's spokespeople say the reports are not true and were never substantiated by the star or her company.

Mottola's management firm, Champion Entertainment, currently reps Marc Anthony (Lopez's new husband) and Usher, both of whom are enjoying big weeks, as well as Thalia and fashion designer Vera Wang.

The latest Spanish-language set from Anthony, "Amar Sin Mentiras" (Sony Discos), entered The Billboard 200 this week at No. 26 on U.S. sales of 35,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It bowed at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums. The album's first single, "Ahora Quien," came in at No. 2 on Hot Latin Tracks.

Usher owns the top two spots on the Hot 100 this week with the singles "Burn" and "Confessions Part II," as well as the No. 10 position with "Yeah!" His album "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) is No. 2 this week on sales of 171,000.

In addition to his management work, Mottola is getting the Casablanca Records label off the ground with a crop of new acts that includes Tarralyn Ramsey, winner of VH1's "Born to Diva." Casablanca is distributed by Universal Music Group.

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