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‘On the floor’ with JLo

Latin singer-actor Jennifer Lopez is back with her first studio album in four years. Titled Love?, JLo is vying to hit the right notes after the gap.

music Updated: May 25, 2011 12:12 IST
Robin Bansal
Robin Bansal
Hindustan Times

Latin singer-actor Jennifer Lopez is back with her first studio album in four years. Titled Love?, JLo is vying to hit the right notes after the gap.

“Love? is about the various aspects of love. The overall sound is very much my sound, which is the combination of different influence I have which are urban, dance, pop and Latin - all mixed into one bag. But it was about taking that sound which I am known for and making it very much today,” says the 41-year-old diva, who took two-and-a-half-years to work on the album.

“I had the producers to help with crafting that sound and making it contemporary and that was exciting because it so had to be me, I didn’t want that to change. There are a few guest artists as well on the album,” she adds.

She says the inspiration behind the venture are her twins Emme and Max.

“I think having a baby has definitely inspired the lyrics and the music on my new album. Once you have a baby; you think of world in a different way. You feel love in a deeper, more profound way than you ever felt it in your life and it makes you question and think about things in a different way,” says JLo. She decided to call it Love? “because I started questioning, thinking, wondering and challenging myself when it came to love."

“I was on tour while I was pregnant and then I had the babies. May be, until they were about eight months old that I started recording again. So it’s been like two and a half years. Sometimes, it just takes that much time to figure out what you want.

“In the beginning I dint even know what I wanted to talk about, how I felt or how I wanted the music to sound. I just got back in there and started recording different songs; nothing felt completely right and then it wasn’t until six months later when I realised what I wanted to write, how I wanted to say it. That was when the whole album started really taking shape and coming together,” she adds.

JLo is now working on a world tour and a Spanish album. "I am planning a world tour in support of my new album ‘Love?’ for my fans. We really want to do it at least once in my lifetime. Music is still my first love. This new album has taken a lot of time and effort so I can't wait to show it to the world," says the singer, whose personal favourites are Gloria Estefan, Tina Turner, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Janet Jackson.

"I have recorded Spanish-language versions of some of the songs from ‘Love?’ and I’m also planning to release a full-length Spanish album next," she adds. She is also coming out with her own reality show with hubby Marc Anthony.

"The show will not only have a global story, but also a local one and will revolve primarily around dance, artistry and Latin music. Mark and I are on a hunt to discover such kind fresh and brewing talent," says the American Idol co-judge, whose last album was Brave in 2007. So, is an India tour on JLo’s radar? "I want my fans and listeners in India to like the album and enjoy it... If I have plans on visiting India, I’ll make an announcement," she says.

Jennifer LopezMore on JLo...

Name: Jennifer Lynn Lopez (JLo)

Age: 41

Debut: In Living Color (1994)

Known for: On the 6, J.Lo, This Is Me... Then, Rebirth, Como ama una Mujer, Brave

Latest album: Love?

Future projects: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Spouse: Marc Anthony

Kids: Twins Emme and Max (Born in 2008)

First Published: May 24, 2011 17:03 IST