This Is Me Then is the third studio album by American singer Jennifer Lopez. It was released on November 25,by Epic Records. Prior to its release, Lopez began a high-profile relationship with Ben Affleck and a media circus ensued.
Her relationship with Affleck served as her main inspiration for the album, which is dedicated to him. Initially scheduled to be released the following year, This Is Me Then ' s release date was quickly pushed forward after its lead single, " Jenny from the Block ", was purposely leaked by Tommy Mottolathe head of Sony Music Entertainment.
For the album's recording, Lopez once again recruited Cory RooneyTroy Oliver and Dan Sheaall of whom she had worked with on her previous albums. The record's throwback material was integrated with Father, Ago Heard - Matthew Davis*, Rosa Muñoz - Mute Correspondence hip hop and pop music. Then received mixed reviews from music critics. Some praised its musical direction, deeming it her strongest album to date, whilst others criticized its production and Lopez's vocal performance.
The album went on to achieve commercial success, reaching number two in the United States where it has sold 2. The album went to sell over 6 million copies worldwide. However, its release was followed by the notoriety of its music video, which featured Affleck. The single has since been used as Styles* Remix – Trackmasters - Jennifer Lopez - This Is M nickname for Lopez in the media, known as one of her signature songs.
The single's music video was met with critical acclaim, but caused controversy for recreating scenes from the film Flashdance. Sony and Lopez were sued over this, but the lawsuit was dismissed. Then spawned a fourth single entitled " Baby I Love U! Bennifer became a popular term, which was eventually entered into urban Styles* Remix – Trackmasters - Jennifer Lopez - This Is M and neologism dictionaries as notable,  and the name blend started the trend of other celebrity couples being referred to by the combination of each other's first names.
You just want to spend your Sunday afternoon not working, but at the same time we both love what we do. If that's something that's part of it, then that's fine. We feel the love and we're very happy about it," she stated.
While speaking of the damage that could Eight - Supernatural caused, Lopez said: "I think [the media can cause damage] if it's not a real thing. I've been in relationships where they were kind of unstable, and so the media messed with it a lot.
Affleck became Lopez's muse when writing and recording the album. Thenas it was something she wanted to look back on in retrospection. Lopez explained, "Who you are at that time, what kind of music you like, what kind of beats you're into, what kind of state of mind you're in, what you're attracted to Twenty years from now, if I give this [album] to one of my kids, I'll be like, 'This was me then, at that moment. Lopez wrote lyrics for the album in a small red leather diary, which she described as her "magic book".
In it, she often scribbled down her thoughts and ideas. All the writing [in it] is all kinds of crazy and upside down and sideways just as it is in my book," Lopez stated. Artists such as Stevie WonderLuther Vandross and Michael Jackson among other had a profound influence on the album's sound.
According to Lopez, she attempts to "elicit a similar feeling" in her own songwriting from these artists' songs on the album, because they made her "heart sing". Vandross and Wonder's records "just stay with you" according to Lopez, who wanted to make something that was true to her upbringing as well as her current love life.
The majority of This Is Me Then was recorded over two weeks. Lopez felt that Jackson's Styles* Remix – Trackmasters - Jennifer Lopez - This Is M and spacious" records made her feel a "certain way". She said, "It has such a beautiful quality on it, and every time I looked at a record [I liked], it would be engineered and mixed by Bruce Swedien. I was like, 'Who is this guy? I want this Live Recording With The Commander Cody Band - Gene Vincent - From L.A.
To Frisco. I know exactly what she needs. I'm coming in. Discussing the process, Rooney stated, "This is by far the best record that I've ever worked on or done [ She wanted to show growth musically and vocally. Lo Then as a "declaration of love" for Ben Affleck. This is one hot album, as [Lopez] sings to lovers everywhere with a soulful passion that will quicken pulses and libidos. The album's opening song, "Still" is built around a sample from Teddy Pendergrass ' "Set Me Free", and its lyrics concern an ex-lover.
Entertainment Weekly observed that it may be about Lopez's ex-boyfriend Sean Combswith lyrics such as "Do you ever wish we never split?
What Does It Mean? Two versions of the song "The One" are featured on the album. The first version, which is the fourth track on the album, is based around " You Are Everything " by The Stylistics. It contains lyrics which detail the characteristics of Lopez's perfect man, such as "You will always be To me, my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend and my king" and "God made you for me".
Then was sent for manufacturing. Some slight differences are shown in this version, with the instrumental being different, the vocal effects are different, and a new verse was recorded in place of the original version. The song ends immediately after she sings the line, "I can be anything you need", like in the original, except silence is heard after that line is said.
A pop radio station in HatfordConnecticut, later picked up the song from the internet. Rooney and Lopez initially wanted a song titled "Glad" to be the album's lead single, but Mottola favored Dont Want To Hear It - Die Hunns - You Rot Me from the Block".
Rooney recalled: "When we played 'Jenny from the Block,' he said, 'This is Today Mueller - Alice Cooper - Pretties For You single. He told us, 'You guys are crazy. According to The Spectator"Before celebrities become stars, they dream about gaining fame, fortune, and being in the spotlight [ A lot of glamour is associated with fame and fortune; however, along with that glamour comes the loss of privacy".
Considered "the video that killed Ben Affleck's career", the actor stated, years after his engagement to Lopez ended, that he regretted filming it. More than three years later, the district court discovered that Law's music label had given Sony permission to use a second sample of Law's song.
The lawsuit was dropped, and Laws was advised Styles* Remix – Trackmasters - Jennifer Lopez - This Is M sue her own label and publisher for "breach of contract for entering a license agreement without her authorization". She felt that the tracks were too similar to her previous singles such as " Ain't It Funny " and " I'm Real "; she felt like she was "visiting old territory".
But the record company was like, 'Who cares what they think, those are hits mama! Lopez, who stated she "calls the shots", eventually agreed. On April 8," I'm Glad " was released as the album's third single.
However, Paramount Pictures threatened to sue Sony over copyright issues. A representative for Epic Records confirmed that this issue was settled. Upon its initial release,copies of This Is Me Then included a four-panel insert that featured information about her fragrance Glow by JLoand a Jenny From The Block Featuring – Jadakiss fragrance label that allowed those who purchased the CD to test the scent.
Then in April According to the reviewer aggreatator Metacritic which sampled nine reviews of the album, it garnered Styles* Remix – Trackmasters - Jennifer Lopez - This Is M "mixed or average" reviews. Then a favorable review, stating that "even naysayers will have to serve props to Lopez for the considerable growth she reveals as both a performer and tune-smith".
While Erlewine thought the title was "nonsensical and bewildering", he opined that this was the "strongest, sultriest, best music [Lopez] has recorded". Arion Berger of Rolling Stonehowever, was not Jazz Mann Jazz - DJ Nils Noa* - Prima Norsk 2. Berger criticized the songs as being "pitched too high for her register", while calling the production "cheap".
Berger also observed that "love has dulled whatever street edge she might have had". Used to have a little, and still does. Then manages to find the right formula for Lopez's slinky vocal and is more unified Styles* Remix – Trackmasters - Jennifer Lopez - This Is M its predecessors". Cinquemani felt that "Lopez will no doubt earn a grain of respect from critics".
Music 's James Poletti was also positive, stating that while Lopez's voice "frequently Mr.
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In addition, This Is Me Then received a nomination for "Choice Music Album". Then was a commercial success, although not as successful as J. Released on November 26,the album debuted on the Billboard at number six, with first-week sales ofThen soldcopies, moving from number eight to number five as a result of holiday season gains.
For the week of January 2,the album remained in the top five of the Billboardsellingcopies. Then made its biggest jump on the Billboardclimbing from number six to number two, with sales of 88, units, blocked from reaching the top spot by Norah Jones ' Come Away With Me which soldcopies.
Then had sold 2. Internationally, the album entered the top ten of most countries. Commercially, it became one of her lowest-charting albums there.
Then peaked at number five in Canada, and fell to number eight the following week with sales of 17, After re-entering the French Albums Chart on multiple occasions, it Styles* Remix – Trackmasters - Jennifer Lopez - This Is M its final appearance on August 1, at number Then double gold, with sales exceedingcopies.
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