Jennifer Lopez is one of the most influential celebrities of the early 2000’s. She inspired a lot of women to pursue their dreams and aspirations while men always mention her as their ‘ideal woman’. I don’t blame them: With a beautiful face, body, successful career in both music and the movies plus a lovable personality, she is just someone you love to admire or you are envious about. While her first two albums included a bit of every possible genre (latin, R&B, dance and ballads), our JLO decided to chill with her third official album (the remix album is just a special add on to please the fans to be honest). With This is Me… Then, Jennifer pursued a different sound and honestly, I didn’t appreciate it much back then. She was too in love with Ben Affleck, who was Hollywood’s Golden Boy during that time. The beginnings of their love affair was a controversial one because according to gossip sites, Jennifer divorced her “JLO album husband” Cris Judd to pursue a relationship with Ben. It seems that JLo didn’t regret her decision back then because she was able to write and produce a number of romantic songs dedicated to her lover up to the point naming the song after him (Dear Ben). Yes, JLo did it first before Ariana penned a song for her then-boyfriend-now-also-ex Pete Davidson. Maybe that’s the curse of putting your lover’s name in the title of your song – it ruins your relationship and there’s no turning back once that song is included in your album. I only get to appreciate Jennifer’s third album when I got older. Don’t get me wrong: I love her tracks, but I was looking for the hardcore dance and R&B songs from her previous 2 or 3 records. Anyway, let’s take a look back in the “Bennifer” era of JLo’s interesting career…
57 albums, 182 tracks
By the time Jennifer Lopez embraced the nickname “J.Lo” which was coined by her loving fans, her popularity increased and the world can’t get enough of this Latina beauty. Her movies “Maid in Manhattan” and “The Cell” were blockbuster hits and all of the singles released from her second album reached the top of the charts. Add the fact that her love escapades are always featured in magazines, tabloids and websites. Plus, that legendary booty is to die for! It’s not hard to love J. Lo. From her humble beginnings as a struggling dancer to a lead movie actress to a pop icon, she is indeed an inspiration to young dreamers like me. There is a demand right away for a third album when 2 or 3 singles from her sophomore album were released. How can you supply the demand for new J.Lo. material? Time for the Remix!
With the massive success of her debut album On the 6, Jennifer Lopez became a worldwide phenomenon. In fact, she became the poster girl for big butts even before the Kardashians were known for it. Jennifer Lopez was too in-demand both as a pop star and an actress. She was also in the tabloids most of the time because of her controversial relationships and she is also the reigning sex symbol that time. It was in this time that she embraced the nickname “JLo” that her fans bestowed her and even made it as the name of her sophomore album. With JLO and more merchandise with the JLo brand, this Latina superstar shows fierce drive and determination to sustain her popularity as a singer.
I remember clearly how I first encountered the name Jennifer Lopez. I was at home watching TV with my parents when a news special about the autobiography film of the late Latina icon ‘Selena’ will finally be shown in the theaters. The actress playing the lead role is a mere newbie in the movie business. Although I wasn’t that familiar with Selena’s music and her impact to the Latino community, the actress named Jennifer Lopez has the looks, charisma and talent that the late Selena has. A couple more movies after, the actress who once played the role of a singer is now a singer making her own name in the music industry. She will no longer be known as ‘the girl who played Selena’. Nah, she’s Jennifer Lopez!
When I first listened to Jennifer Lopez’s This is Me...Then album 17 years ago, I didn’t quite notice that she was trying to achieve a certain sound for this particular collection of songs. Her first two albums were well-received worldwide and produced three #1 songs and several top 10 songs in the US. The albums also had that heavy R&B flavor bordering almost on what is now called urban music. On her third album, it was obvious that she did not want to duplicate that sound anymore. J. Lo was aiming for something a bit different. From heavier, she made it a bit lighter, something like R&B lite, infusing some 70s flavor into the mix. She’s about my age, so she grew up with 70s songs around her, so it’s no surprise that she infused a bit of that sound into this album, and in fact, picked two songs from that era and gave it her own take. In this album, the beats, even the way she sings, sounds like some of the 70s singers like Minnie Riperton and even the legendary Diana Ross. Her voice, at least for this album is more girlish, more wistful and nostalgic. Even the topics of the songs have that theme of nostalgia and reminiscences. I guess I should have seen it clearly from the title alone – where she is saying that if I released an album then – meaning in the 70s, this is how I would sound! Clever theme!
Jennifer Lopez is featured prominently in Janet Jackson’s video for her megahit “That’s the Way Love Goes” way back in 1994. She even has a line in the video where she and the other back-up dancers are talking to Janet. At that time, I didn’t know she was in that video. It was only pointed out to me when she really hit big time as a singer. It just goes to show that in showbiz, you really have to start somewhere, you really have to pay your dues – and J. Lo definitely did. I first saw her in the fun “kill that snake” movie Anaconda in 1997 which had a host of A-list and eventual A-list actors – Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube, and Owen Wilson, fighting the monster snake in the jungles of the Amazon. Her acting was praised in the movie Selena where she portrayed the fallen singer Selena Perez. That movie gave her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In 1999, she embarked on a new journey in her career and released her debut album aptly titled On the 6, which she said refers to the train she took when she had dance auditions in New York. What a way to pay homage from your past! Anyway, she was already a famous actress by that time, and her pleasing debut album contained all the right type of songs that would endear her not only to her film fans but now fans who are into her music!
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- Jun 15, 2019Jennifer Lopez said her first two marriages 'don't really count' and tying the knot with A-Rod will be different
- May 07, 2019Jennifer Lopez wore Harry Winston jewelry worth $8.8 million to the Met Gala, including a 129-carat diamond necklace
- Apr 17, 2019Jennifer Lopez’s Most Iconic Style Moments Of All Time
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- Apr 05, 2019Jennifer Lopez has been called 'J. Lo' for over a decade. Here's how she got the iconic nickname.
- Mar 20, 2019Jennifer Lopez says that she and fiancé Alex Rodriguez are 'stronger' together: 'He knows my dreams and I know his dreams'
- Mar 12, 2019Jennifer Lopez unveils stunning pictures from Alex Rodriguez's proposal
- Mar 11, 2019Jennifer Lopez's massive engagement ring from Alex Rodriguez is estimated to be worth over $1 million
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969) is an American singer, actress, dancer and producer. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 Selena biopic of the same name, Lopez received a Golden Globe nomination and became the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film. She went on to star in Anaconda (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), later establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood.
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