Twenty years have passed since Jennifer Lopez released ‘This Is Me… Then’. In recognition of the set’s anniversary, the singer has revealed a follow-up to that album titled ‘This Is Me… Now’, planned for release next year.
Calling it a “musical experience,” the project will chronicle the “emotional, spiritual and psychological journey” that Lopez has taken over the past two decades, according to a press release. In a teaser in which she announces This Is Me … Now, J.Lo says: “We captured me at this moment in time. If you have, like me at times, lost hope, almost given up, don’t. And that’s real. And I want to put that message out to the world.”
Lopez talked about this new album recently, describing it as a “culmination of who I am as a person and an artist.” She added: “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.”
‘This Is Me… Then’, which had songs like ‘The One’ and ‘All I Have,’ starring LL Cool J, hit the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2. ‘This Is Me… Now’ will be J.Lo’s first album in eight years, following A.K.A. in 2014, after the release of a few singles and the soundtrack for her movie’ Marry Me’ over the past near-decade. The compositions on the 2023 album are characterized as “plaintive, confessional songs, reflections on the trials of her past, upbeat jams celebrating love and s**.” The album’s precise release date has yet to be disclosed.