Jennifer Lopez has signed a new recording and publishing deal with BMG to release her ninth studio album, “This Is Me…Now.“
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Lopez announced the project nearly a year ago and said it would be released in 2023, although a release date has yet to be confirmed. It will be the singer’s first full-length effort in nine years and is a nod to her third studio album, “This Is Me… Then.” Similarly, the tracklist includes present-day versions of her songs like “Dear Ben.”
The 13-song set is produced by J.Lo, Rogét Chahayed, Angel Lopez, and Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, and was recorded between 2022 and 2023. Additionally credited songwriter-producers include Tay Keith, Hitboy, Carter Lang, Ink, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Yeti Beats. BMG’s Brandon Riester is credited as the album’s A&R.
Thomas Scherer, BMG’s president of repertoire and marketing in both Los Angeles and New York, told Billboard: “We are both excited and proud to partner with Jennifer Lopez on this long-awaited sequel to ‘This is Me… Then.’ Clearly written with love and through experience, ‘This Is Me..Now’ is uplifting and inspiring. ‘Jenny From The Block’ is back at a point in her career when her message is bigger than ever.”
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