Former NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon has "decided to part ways" with earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.
Anette's debut solo album, "Shine", was released in March and received mostly positive reviews, despite its lack of metal overtones and its reliance on pop hooks and grandiose arrangements.
Asked during a recent question-and-answer session on her Facebook page when fans can expect to hear the follow-up to "Shine", Olzon said: "I actually don't know that, since I have decided to part ways with my record label and go on my own. So let's see when and how I will release something. [I] probably will release most stuff only in the Internet and iTunes and so on, since album sales are so bad nowadays."
She added: "I'm thinking a lot about my next project, but I haven't started to make new songs more than the ones I've already done, so how it will sound like I don't know yet."
Olzon did, however, make it clear that those fans who are expecting to see her pursue a more metal-based direction on her next album will likely be disappointed.
"I come from another musical background, and when I write music, it doesn't come out as metal," she said. "But, of course, some songs might be a bit harder, but metal is not my music style."
Asked if she would return to NIGHTWISH if she ever had the chance, Anette said: "No, I wouldn't if things would be as they were [just] before we parted [ways]. If [things] were [again] as [they were] in 2007-2008, yes."
Olzon also spoke about the difficulty of replacing NIGHTWISH's iconic singer Tarja Turunen in 2007 and the negative feedback she received from some of the fans after she joined the group.
"Of course it hasn't been fun and it seems no matter what I do they will always hate me," she said. "But I can't stop being me for that and they don't know me or who I am and they judge me for everything that has happened and that's their choice. I just wish all the hate towards me and, of course, the other singers, could stop, 'cause hate is never a good thing to stick to. It makes your soul dark and life negative."
Olzon was fired from NIGHTWISH in September 2012 in the middle of the band's North American tour. She has since been replaced by former AFTER FOREVER and current REVAMP singer Floor Jansen.
In an interview with Metal Blast, Olzon stated about how she has been portrayed since her departure from NIGHTWISH: "It was really hard for me. You can always say 'no comment' and say nothing about what happened, or you can open your mouth, as I have done. It was really hard for me to decide if I should say something or if I should keep quiet. But I felt that in order for me to move on, I needed to tell my story. I also knew that there would be a lot of hate and negativity directed toward me; I can feel that many people do hate me because I have told people my truth. At first people were a bit more negative, but since then it has been less and less of that. I hope that now it can become more about me and 'Shine'. I know there's some negative PR, but people who know me would say it's a big laugh, me being called a diva. I just hope that all the negativity will fade away quite soon so we can all move on."