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It’s been almost a decade since Jennifer Lopez released an album, but she’s gearing up to drop her most personal project to date. On Nov. 25, the 53-year-old singer announced the title of her ninth studio album on the 20th anniversary of her “This Is Me…Then” album, calling her return to music, “This Is Me…Now.” According to a media alert shared with POPSUGAR, Lopez’s forthcoming project “chronicles the emotional, spiritual, and psychological journey that she has taken over the past two decades.”
Lopez opened up about her ninth album in her December cover story for Vogue, published Nov. 8, with the outlet calling it “the most honest work she has ever done.”
“Kind of a culmination of who I am as a person and an artist,” Lopez said of the forthcoming album. “People think they know things about what happened to me along the way, the men I was with — but they really have no idea, and a lot of times they get it so wrong. There’s a part of me that was hiding a side of myself from everyone. And I feel like I’m at a place in my life, finally, where I have something to say about it.”
” . . . When I make my best music or my best art is when I’m happy and full and feel lots of love,” Lopez added, a sentiment that also serves as the tone for her new album. Vogue’s Rob Haskell noted that he listened to a few rough cuts from Lopez’s project, describing them as “plaintive, confessional songs, reflections on the trials of her past, upbeat jams celebrating love and sex.”
Per Lopez’s media alert, “This Is Me…Now” — billed as an “emotionally raw and honest” album — will introduce other “very personal projects” from the singer-actor next year, with more details to come. Lopez released her last solo album, “A.K.A.,” in 2014. She also recorded the “Marry Me” soundtrack alongside her costar Maluma, which arrived in February.
For the past few years, the singer has mainly focused on her many film projects, which include her upcoming Netflix thrillers “Atlas” and “The Mother,” plus her “Shotgun Wedding” rom-com, the latter two slated to premiere in 2023.
While Lopez’s fans get ready to hear the new material she’s been working on, read ahead for everything we know about her next album so far.
The name of Lopez’s next album, “This Is Me…Now,” serves as an ode to “This Is Me…Then” — which Lopez released in 2002 during the early years of her relationship with Ben Affleck. The album features “confessional songs, reflections on the trials of [Lopez’s] past, and upbeat celebrations of love.” It also spotlights Lopez’s “tough childhood, unsuccessful relationships, and [her] incredible emotional journey.”
An exact release date has yet to be announced, but per an Instagram post shared by Lopez, her “musical experience” will arrive sometime in 2023.
The tracklist for “This Is Me…Now” reads as follows: