To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jennifer Lopez’s album ‘This Is Me… Then,’ the artist announced her first new album in eight years, titled ‘This Is Me… Now.’ In a video shared on social media, Lopez is seen transforming from her 2002 album cover, which saw her dressed in a frilly pink ensemble, into a white corset and black leather jacket. Said J-Lo: “This is me then” … “This is me now.”
This Is Me… Then was released during Lopez’s first engagement to Ben Affleck in November 2002. The album, which was dedicated to Affleck, drew inspiration from their relationship for songs such as the ballad “Dear Ben,” and Affleck also starred opposite Lopez in the music video for its lead single, “Jenny From the Block.”
In a similar vein as the original album, This Is Me… Now is once again a love letter to Affleck. The 13-track record includes a song titled “Dear Ben Pt. II” but also “Midnight Trip To Vegas,” a nod to the couple’s Sin City wedding in July.
This Is Me… Now will be released in 2023, nearly a decade after Lopez released her last album, A.K.A., in 2014. She has dropped multiple singles, including 2018’s “Dinero” featuring Cardi B and DJ Khaled, 2020’s “Pa Ti” with Maluma, and 2021’s “On My Way (Marry Me)” as part of her romantic comedy film ‘Marry Me.’
Jennifer Lopez Reveals Continuation of 2002 Ben Affleck-Inspired Album with ‘This is Me…Now’
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