Where To Start With... Jennifer Lopez
She’s sold over 80 million records, her films have grossed over $2 billion and she’s estimated to have a personal net worth of $250 million, she’s the one and only Jennifer Lopez. Now eight records into her career, her next effort A.K.A comes out on Monday, an album which already has two whopping great hits in the shape of ‘First Love’ and ‘Girls’.
To get you in the mood for her next record, we thought we’d put together a little feature on her five best moments...
After a number of years as an actress, Lopez decided to launch a music career in 1999 and this was her first single. Steeped in the classic sounds of 90s R’N’B with some Latin grooves woven in. A strident finger waging verse with a seriously hummable chorus, this was Lopez launching herself in the same mode as Heartbreaker era Mariah Carey and early Destiny’s Child.
Also taken from Lopez’s debut album On The 6, this is more upbeat, clubby track, with a thumping beat and shimmering electronics, all building to a big, catchy chorus. There were also several ace remixes that lit up clubs during the summer of 1999, including a particularly excellent reworking of the track by Futureshock.
2001’s J.Lo saw Lopez move solidly into bombastic R’n’B, with a track powered by grinding bass and slick break beats. It was a smash hit and went silver in the UK, J.Lo might have sung about not worrying about cash, but this tune earned her plenty.
Much parodied, poorly timed, this track was overshadowed by a video that featured her expensively frolicking with then boyfriend Ben Affleck, but, if you manage to strip all that away, it’s a damn catchy pop song.
After misfires with Rebirth, Brave and the Spanish language Como Ama una Mujer, Lopez brought in just about every top producer in the game for 2011’s Love? Among them are The Dream, StarGate and RedOne, who helped her pen this floor filler, along with assistance from the ever popular Pitbull. This lived in the charts for months, with its low-slung dance grooves and earworm of a chorus, it also opens with Lopez declaring “It’s a new generation of party people”, as you do...
Jennifer Lopez’s new album A.K.A is released on Monday (June 16th and can be pre-ordered in store now.