At some point along the trajectory of Jennifer Lopez’s formidable career, you?ve probably found yourself dancing and humming along to one of her many ubiquitous pop hits. Now, more than a dozen years after her musical debut, the multi-hyphenate diva is ready to take a look back with her first retrospective package.
?Dance Again?the Hits? is set for release July 24 through Epic Records, her former longtime label announced Monday. Lopez has not left her current label, Island Def Jam, but admitted that she contractually owed Epic a package.
The greatest-hits package includes two new dance jams, ?Goin? In? (featuring Flo Rida) and ?Dance Again? (featuring Pitbull), which recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club chart, along with signature hits ?Love Don’t Cost a Thing,? ?If You Had My Love? and ?Waiting for Tonight.? The deluxe edition includes bonus tracks and a DVD of music videos.
Last year was seen as a comeback for the diva after her stock had plummeted following a rocky couple of years that saw her (literally) stumble at the 2009 AMAs while performing with her bombed single “Louboutins,” getting dropped from longtime label Sony and her film “The Back-up Plan” performing poorly.
But Lopez smartly timed her 2011 comeback effort, “Love?,” with her stint on “Idol.” The album’s lead single, “On the Floor,” entered the charts at No. 9, her highest debut ever, and the album bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 charts. She’s also amassed hundreds of millions of views on YouTube and Vevo, and the video for “Dance Again” with Pitbull is one of the most watched music videos of all time at almost 100 million views.
Lopez is currently on her first headlining world tour (along with Enrique Iglesias), which will play several dates at the Honda Center and Staples Center in August.
– Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Jennifer Lopez performs during a concert at the Pop Music Festival, held in the Anhembi Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday. Credit: Sebastiao Moreira / EPA