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J-Lo Teases 2023 ‘This Is Me … Now’ LP: Look + Listen

On Friday (11.25,), Jennifer Lopez took to social media and teased the release of a new project with a video of her recreating the cover art of her 2002 album This Is Me… Then transforming it into the artist she’s since become.

As the camera focuses in on her face from the LP’s cover, the superstar singer/actress says “This is me then,” as she removes her hat to show today’s Lopez with a sexier look, stating, “This is me now.” The camera zooms out to show the multi-hyphenate wearing a white crop-top and leather jacket posing on what seems to be a new album cover. The words “The Musical Experience 2023” come on screen to end the short clip.

According to the formal press release, the 2023 project will feature J-Lo’s new material that “chronicles the emotional, spiritual and psychological journey that she has taken over the past two decades.” “Featuring confessional songs, reflections on the trials of her past, upbeat celebrations of love with her signature powerhouse vocals, This Is Me…Now shines a spotlight on her tough childhood, unsuccessful relationships and the incredible emotional journey she has been on.”

The forthcoming full length was first revealed in her Vogue cover story where the musical collection was described to be a “kind of bookend to” her This Is Me… album and a “musical odyssey” like Pink Floyd’s The Wall. “I’m not one of these tortured artists,” stated Lopez. “Yes, I’ve lived with tremendous sadness, like anybody else, many, many times in my life, and pain. But when I make my best music or my best art is when I’m happy and full and feel lots of love.”

Featuring songs like the iconic “Jenny From the Block” with Jadakiss and Styles P, “I’m Glad,” and “All I Have” with LL Cool J, This Is Me… Then remains one of Jenny From the Block’s most successful albums to date.

Notwithstanding the soundtrack album from her this summer’s movie Marry Me with Maluma, her new LP will be Lopez’s first since 2014’s A.K.A., which featured songs like “I Luh Ya Papi” with French Montana and “Booty” with Pitbull. Last year, she released single “Cambia el Paso” with Rauw Alejandro which followed “In the Morning” from 2020.

About working hard for being recognized for her music prowess, Lopez spoke to Rolling Stone earlier this year, stating:

“It’s just 20, 25 years of people going, ‘Well, she’s not that great. She’s pretty and she makes cute music, but it’s not really this and that.’ You know, I think I’ve done some nice work over the years, some really nice work,” she said back in Februrary. “But there is a club that I just wasn’t a part of. And I always acted like, ‘Yeah, I’m good. I’m fine. I’m OK.’ But it hurts to not be included. I don’t know if I will ever be.” “There is an inner circle, like, ‘We are the great artists.’ And then there’s the pop artists.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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