At some point along the trajectory of Jennifer Lopez's formidable career, you’ve probably found yourself dancing and humming along to one of her many ubiquitous pop hits. Now, more than a dozen years after her musical debut, the multi-hyphenate diva is ready to take a look back with her first retrospective package.
“Dance Again…the Hits” is set for release July 24 through Epic Records, her former longtime label announced Monday. Lopez has not left her current label, Island Def Jam, but admitted that she contractually owed Epic a package.
The greatest-hits package includes two new dance jams, “Goin’ In” (featuring Flo Rida) and “Dance Again” (featuring Pitbull), which recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club chart, along with signature hits “Love Don't Cost a Thing,” “If You Had My Love” and “Waiting for Tonight.” The deluxe edition includes bonus tracks and a DVD of music videos.
Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jamie King’s passion project, “¡Q’Viva! The Chosen” is set to conclude with a live show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on May 26.
And to bolster the roster of handpicked talent, Lopez and Anthony have announced they'll perform together. It’s the first time the former couple, who were married seven years and have twins, will grace the stage together since announcing their separation in July.
On the tri-lingual show, which airs on both Univision and Fox, the former couple and renowned creative director King have been combing the Americas vetting singers, dancers, musicians and artists for the Las Vegas spectacle. The series chronicled the multi-country selection process and then the Los Angeles rehearsals, culminating in May’s finale.
Jennifer Lopez has been virtually inescapable this year -- whether judging “American Idol” or shilling Fiats -- and now there's this: On Thursday, the pop diva was named the “world’s greatest musical comeback act.”
The ranking came from Accuracast, a digital search agency that analyzed 1 billion online Google searches from 2004 to present.
Lopez beat out Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin for the top spot. New Kids on the Block and Brian Wilson rounded out the U.S. acts.
From the second the ink dried on the 42-year-old’s contract with “American Idol,” 2011 became the year of J.Lo. It's a stark contrast to the rocky couple of years that saw her (literally) stumble at the 2009 AMAs while performing with her bombed single "Louboutins," getting dropped from longtime label Sony and her film "The Back-Up Plan" performing poorly.
But Lopez smartly timed her comeback effort, "Love?," with her stint on "Idol." The album's lead single, "On the Floor," entered the charts at No. 9, her highest debut ever, and the album bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 charts. She's also amassed hundreds of millions of views on YouTube and Vevo, and her video--featuring Pitbull -- is now the third-most-watched music video of all time.
Billed as "the biggest live music event in radio history," the two-day festival, set for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September, also features Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Kelly Clarkson.
Though summer has already had its fair share of big-ticket, multiday festivals, Clear Channel is kicking off fall with what it's billing as "the biggest live music event in radio history."
The radio conglomerate on Monday announced the lineup for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, and the roster for the two-day festival, set for Sept. 23 and 24 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is quite the who’s who among Top 40.
Night 1 features performances by Coldplay, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and Jane's Addiction. While Night 2 has Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesney, Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, David Guetta, Sublime with Rome and special guest performances by Sting and Usher.
As a judge on the revamped “American Idol,” Jennifer Lopez has staged a full-court comeback from the dark days of 2010, when her movie “The Back-up Plan” flopped in theaters and her single “Louboutins” withered on the radio. With “On the Floor,” the thumping lead cut from her new studio album, she’s even returned to the upper reaches of Billboard’s Hot 100.
Yet the remainder of “Love?” disrupts Lopez’s unlikely rebound narrative: It’s a limp, personality-free dance-pop collection with plenty of A-list collaborations (Tricky Stewart, RedOne, Lady Gaga) but none of the lightweight charm she once brought in hits like “Waiting for Tonight” and “Jenny From the Block.”
Ahead of 'American Idol' debut, Jennifer Lopez gets 'On the Floor' in leaked RedOne-produced single [Updated]
It's no secret that this writer has an inexplicable appreciation for Jennifer Lopez.
But after a few, well, not-so-hot moments in her mostly hit-filled music career, including 2007’s poorly-recieved “Brave” and and her departure from longtime label Epic, Jenny from the Block has spent the first few weeks of 2011 back in the spotlight.
Her debut as a new judge on “American Idol” is only a few days away, and her new L'Oreal commercial premiered during Sunday's Golden Globes telecast.
So it should come as no surprise that this weekend also saw the leak of her new single, “On the Floor,” featuring Pitbull.
The RedOne-produced track isn’t quite as inventive as the pop gems he crafts with muse Lady Gaga -– of course, he’s likely saving his most epic cuts for her -- but the thumping track is vintage J.Lo.
"On the Floor" is a sweat-inducing, sticky dance floor track with heavy synths and that ubiquitous European edge that makes the single ripe for club DJs and house remixers. (Heck, she basically pleads for the track to burn up dance floors in "Brazil, Morocco, London to Ibiza/Straight to L.A. New York/Vegas to Africa.") [Updated at 5:45 p.m.: Adding to the global feel that RedOne is known for, the song seems to borrow a few elements of Kaoma's 1989 hit "Lambada."]
Listeners haven’t heard this dance-electro-pop side of Lopez since 1999’s “Waiting for Tonight”; much of her back catalog flirts with more gritty urban-pop sounds.
After the singer-actress’ initial deal with Fox’s singing juggernaut was said to have crashed and burned -- the word in the blogosphere is that her demands reached (gasp) diva proportions -- Jennifer Lopez has reportedly finalized a $12-million deal to sit at the judge’s table, which is only a quarter of the way occupied (Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is supposedly joining and the panel will revert to three judges) for the show’s upcoming 10th season.
Now, we know what you’re thinking.
The mere thought of the singer-actress-fashionista joining the ranks has brought more than a few sighs of “Why?” among some "Idol" fans. But Lopez can actually be an asset to the show, which suffered a great deal last season.
It’s essential to offer full disclosure here. This particular Pop & Hiss writer is an unabashed hard-core fan of Lopez (I even find ways to defend “Gigli” and “Brave,” her biggest commercial failures in film and music, respectively). But make no mistake, I’m not blinded by the skepticism that has plagued much, if not all, of her career -- especially when it comes to her music endeavors.
Despite the show’s attempt to start showcasing more singer-songwriters in past seasons -- even allowing them to play live instruments onstage -- the house that Kelly Clarkson built will always be about finding the next big mainstream star to cash in on -- sorry, Crystal Bowersox -- and sadly, part of that comes with branding and packaging your pop star for the big leagues.