J to tha L–O! The Remixes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
J to tha L–O! The Remixes
Remix album by Jennifer Lopez
Released February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05)
Recorded 1998–2001
Length 49:45
Label Epic
Jennifer Lopez chronology
  • J to tha L–O! The Remixes
  • (2002)
Singles from J to tha L–O! The Remixes
  1. "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)"
    Released: March 4, 2002 (2002-03-04)
  2. "Alive"
    Released: May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)
  3. "I'm Gonna Be Alright"
    Released: July 1, 2002 (2002-07-01)

J to tha L–O! The Remixes is a remix album by American singer Jennifer Lopez. It was released February 5, 2002, by Epic Records. The album contains remixes from her first two studio albums: On the 6 (1999) and J.Lo (2001). Featured artists on J to tha L-O! The Remixes included P. Diddy, Fat Joe, Ashanti and Nas, and the album included rare dance and hip hop remixes of past singles. The album was her second to feature a Parental Advisory.

It garnered mixed reviews from music critics, however debuted atop the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 156,000 copies in its opening week; the first remix album to achieve the top spot of this chart, and Lopez's second number-one album. The album's lead single, "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)" featuring Ja Rule reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and its second, "I'm Gonna Be Alright (Track Masters Remix)" reached the top-ten. It also spawned the song "Alive" which failed to chart. J to tha L-O! The Remixes went on the become the third best-selling remix album of all time, after Michael Jackson and Madonna's remix efforts. It has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States.[1]

Background and development[edit]

While the song was being recorded at the Murder, Inc. studios, then-upcoming artist Ashanti dropped by; Lopez recalled − "Everyone was there and Ja (Rule) was on the floor playing video games, and they had the beat playing in the background. Chris Gotti, Irv Gotti's brother, said 'Ja's supposed to be writing this record for J-Lo, but it doesn't look like he's going to be doing anything tonight. Why don't you go in there and see what's happening?' So that's exactly what I did."

—Jennifer Lopez.[2]

Lopez's sophomore album, J.Lo (2001) debuting at the top spot of the Billboard 200 in the United States, followed by a successful re-release on July 24, 2001 (Lopez's 32nd birthday). Following the success of J.Lo, Lopez and Epic Records announced plans to create a remix album.[3] On December 18, 2001, MTV News reported that Lopez had teamed up with Ja Rule (who was featured on her song "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" which topped the Billboard Hot 100) and other artists for her remix album, which would be released in February.[3]

It was also announced that Lopez would rework her 2001 single, "Ain't It Funny" into a Murder Remix which would feature Ja Rule.[3] Ashanti wrote three verses and demoed the new version of "Ain't It Funny" for Lopez. "I got a call from Gotti in Los Angeles. He asked me to write another verse [...] I had to write it over the phone and two-way Irv the lyrics."[2] Ashanti's vocals were later added to the final song as background vocals.

On January 18, 2002, Epic Records confirmed that a Lopez's live DVD and remix album would be arriving soon.[4] Lopez's ex-boyfriend Sean Combs produced and featured on a reworked version of "Feelin' So Good" for the album.[5] "Alive", a ballad which was created for her thriller film Enough (2002) was the only original song written for the album by Lopez and her ex-husband Cris Judd. The song speaks of not being afraid anymore.[5] Track Masters produced a remix of "I'm Gonna Be Alright" which served as the album's second official single; 50 Cent and Nas's vocals were added to separate versions of the song in its commercial release. This was without controversy; Lopez and Epic Records picked Nas to be featured on the radio version due to his popularity on the music charts, which upset 50 Cent, who felt betrayed by Nas. Despite, at this time 50 Cent was still an upcoming artist. According to rumors, 50 Cent hadn't hard feelings for Lopez, but did "hate" Nas. Lopez's management said this was all completely business.

The 50 Cent-featured version appeared on the American pressing of J to tha L-O!: The Remixes album (however, the European and current digital editions feature a no-rap version) while the Nas-featured version appears on the European pressing of Lopez's 2002 album This Is Me... Then. Commercial CD singles were issued containing Nas' version. The 2002 U.S. compilation Now That's What I Call Music! 10 also contains the version featuring Nas.[6][7] "I'm Gonna Be Alright" features a bassline from Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad".[5] Pablo Flores reworked "Let's Get Loud" with more of a charged dance beat with a house interpretation of "Waiting For Tonight" included too.[5] All of the songs remixed on J to tha L-O! The Remixes had previously been released as singles from their respective albums, with the exception of "Walking On Sunshine".

Singles[edit]

Ashanti (pictured) performed back-up vocals on "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", the album's second single, and the Murder Remix of "I'm Real" which both topped the Billboard Hot 100.

The album spawned three new singles, two of which attained chart success. The first single from the album, "Ain't It Funny" (Murder Remix) was released on March 11, 2002.;[8] The single topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 becoming Lopez's third number-one single and Ja Rule's third number-one single; it also peaked at number four in the United Kingdom. It remained atop the Hot 100 for six weeks. "I'm Gonna Be Alright (Track Masters Remix)" which was previously on her J.Lo album and was officially released as the album's second single on July 1, 2002; impacting the charts by July 2002 and reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.[9] "I'm Gonna Be Alright" spent 23 weeks on the chart.[10]

"Alive" was released as the album's third and final single. It received limited release, failing to enter the Billboard Hot 100. However, the song did chart on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play at number 2. "Alive" was the album's only original work. Lopez appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she sang the song. In 2002, "Alive" earned Lopez a Billboard Latin Music Award for Best-Selling Latin Dance Single of the Year, with the song's Thunderpuss Club Mix. The Metro Remix of "Walking on Sunshine" received minor airplay in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. Although, the "Waiting For Tonight (Hex's Momentous Radio Mix)" was not released as a single, it did receive minor airplay on urban radio stations. Lopez also performed the remix at the New Year's Eve 2010 Times Square Event.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly D+[12]
NME (6/10)[13]
Q 3/5 stars[14]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[15]
Yahoo! Music UK 5/10 stars[16]

In his review of the album, Dele Fadele of NME gave a positive review stating "Whilst Jennifer Lopez is no Salvador Dalí, she remains a consummate pop artist of the day [...] She won't necessarily win awards for vocal gymnastics, but her range is perfectly suited to this collection of upbeat dancefloor cuts (with the obligatory affirmative power ballad, 'Alive'). Cynics might've seen collaborations with Ja Rule, Fat Joe and Trackmasters as a way of getting some hip-hop shine, if Lopez hadn't been so resolutely down with the programme for a while now. As tracks proceed further, from Latino House abstracts to Spanish versions of previous hits, it's apparent the agenda here is mainly fun. Just dance, OK."[13]

David Browne from Entertainment Weekly gave the album a negative review, stating – "Thoughts that occur while listening to this dreary, unrepentant piece of product: (1) The fad of rappers guesting on pop singles truly helps when it comes to Lopez, since you hear less of her; (2) for a dance-club record, these mixes are surprisingly limp; (3) the last song, a syrupy ballad called "Alive", cowritten with her new husband, is neither alive nor a remix; (4) if you listen to this long enough, you may actually be conned into thinking Lopez's voice and songs are passable; (5) as a result of No. 4, this may be the most insidious album ever made."[12] Eric Danton from Hartford Courant said that the title for "ridiculous", but said that the album itself was an improvement.[17] A reviewer from the Boston Herald said "Like a mini-greatest hits album, J to Tha Lo eliminates the filler from both On the 6 and J.Lo. It also makes a good case for the just competent singer as the ultimate party doll. And, in the case of "Ain't it Funny" and "I'm Real," "The Remixes" gives you the hit versions you've actually been seeing on MTV."[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

It was the first remix album to debut at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart,[19] and became one of the best-selling remix albums in the U.S., selling 156,049 copies during its opening week.[20][21] In addition, it dethroned Alan Jackson's Drive from the number one spot on the chart, which had spent 3 consecutive weeks at the top.[22][23] It appeared in the 2004 Guinness World Records as the most successful remix album.[24] The album dropped to 3 on the chart in its second week, with sales of 134,000 copies, the same week its single "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix) was number 3 on the Hot 100 Singles chart.[25] In its third week it returned to the top of the Billboard 200 with sales of 102,000 that week, while "Ain't It Funny" reached the summit of the Billboard Hot 100.[26]

J to tha L-O: The Remixes sold 624,000 copies within its first month, and stayed in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for a month,[27] and to date has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States, and four million copies worldwide,[28] becoming the third best-selling remix album of all time, after Michael Jackson's Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix and Madonna's You Can Dance. It remained the only remix album to debut at number one in the United States for nearly 10 years, until Justin Bieber's remix effort in 2011 debuted at the top spot with similar opening sales.[29]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (RJ Schoolyard Mix featuring Fat Joe)
4:18
2. "Ain't It Funny" (Murder Remix featuring Ja Rule and Caddillac Tah) 3:49
3. "I'm Gonna Be Alright" (Track Masters Remix featuring 50 Cent) 3:53
4. "I'm Real" (Murder Remix featuring Ja Rule)
4:18
5. "Walking on Sunshine" (Metro Remix)
5:50
6. "If You Had My Love" (Dark Child Master Mix) 4:11
7. "Feelin' So Good" (Bad Boy Remix featuring P. Diddy and G. Dep)
4:27
8. "Let's Get Loud" (Pablo Flores Remix) 5:29
9. "Play" (Sack International Remix) 4:18
10. "Waiting for Tonight" (Hex's Momentous Radio Mix)
4:32
11. "Alive" (from the motion picture Enough)
4:40
Total length:
49:45

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[52] Gold 35,000
Canada (CRIA)[53] Platinum 100,000
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 137,000[55]
Netherlands (NVPI)[56] Gold 30,000
New Zealand (RIANZ)[57] Gold 7,500
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] Platinum 300,000
United States (RIAA)[1] Platinum 1,500,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". RIAA. March 7, 2002. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ a b ''The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits'', pg 922. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Reid, Shaheem (December 18, 2001). "J. Lo Teams With Ja Rule Again For Remix Disc". MTV. Retrieved 6-3-2012. 
  4. ^ Martin, Dale (January 18, 2002). "JLo live DVD, remix album in the works". Victoria Advocate. p. 5. 
  5. ^ a b c d Reid, Shaheem (February 5, 2002). "P. Diddy And J. Lo Reunited — For Remix Album, At Least". MTV. Retrieved 4-3-2012. 
  6. ^ "Nas – Nas Threatens 50 Cent Over Lopez Track – Contactmusic News". Contactmusic.com. 2004-12-17. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Nas – Nas: '50 Cent Isn't Worthy Of A Response' – Contactmusic News". Contactmusic.com. 2005-03-28. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Ain't It Funny: Jennifer Lopez: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  9. ^ "More meat in the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers LP". The Philippine Star. philstar.com. July 26, 2002. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Chart History". Billboard (billboard.com). Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  11. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "J to Tha L-O!: The Remixes - Jennifer Lopez". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  12. ^ a b Browne, David (2002-03-08). "J to that L-O! The Remixes Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  13. ^ a b Fadele, Dele (March 28, 2002). "Lopez, Jennifer : J To Tha L-o – The Remixes". NME. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Jennifer Lopez - J to Tha L-O!: The Remixes CD Album". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  15. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2002-02-01). "Jennifer Lopez: J to tha L-O". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  16. ^ Wade, Ian (2002-03-25). "Jennifer Lopez - "J To Tha L-O!"". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 2005-01-18. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  17. ^ Danton, Eric D (August 8, 2002). "A REMIX IMPROVES ON THE ORIGINAL". Hartford Courant. p. 6. 
  18. ^ "Discs; Way to go with solid remixes album, J Lo". Boston Herald (Boston). February 22, 2002. p. 16. 
  19. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Biography Page". FamoustQt.com. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  20. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Makes History - Again! J To Tha L-O! The Remixes #1 On Billboard's Top 200 Chart". PRNewswire. February 13, 2002. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ Martens, Todd (February 14, 2002). "J. Lo. Kicks Jackson Out Of No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  22. ^ Danbey, Andrew (February 13, 2002). "J.Lo Unseats Jackson Remix album gives Lopez her second straight Number One". Rolling Stone (rollingstone.com). Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  23. ^ Theokas, Christopher (February 14, 2002). "J. Lo's remix disc premieres high on charts". USA TODAY. McLean, Va. p. 11. "J to tha L-O ends three weeks at the top by Alan Jackson's Drive, which drops to second place." 
  24. ^ "Diaz tops actress pay list". BBC News. August 27, 2004. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  25. ^ "Latest Music News, Band, Artist, Musician & Music Video News". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  26. ^ "Latest Music News, Band, Artist, Musician & Music Video News". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  27. ^ Ba sham, David (March 22, 2002). "Got Charts? B2K Vs. Lil' Bow Wow, Destiny's Child Vs. J. Lo". MTV (mtv.com). Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  28. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/1566453/ask-billboard-robin-thicke-makes-chart-history?page=0%2C2
  29. ^ Hasty, Katie (February 25, 2011). "Justin Bieber's new remix album claims No. 1 on The Billboard 200". keyt.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29. "This makes it four top 10 albums for The Bieb. And this marks the first remix set to top the list since Jennifer Lopez's "J to tha L-O! The Remixes" took the top in 2002." 
  30. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  31. ^ "Jennifer Lopez - J To Tha L-O! The Remixes" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  32. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  33. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  34. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  35. ^ "European Top 20 Albums Chart – Week Commencing 6th May 2002" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  36. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  37. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  38. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  39. ^ "J to tha L-O!: The Remixes – Oricon". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  40. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  41. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  42. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  43. ^ "Jennifer Lopez – J To Tha L-O! The Remixes". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  44. ^ "Jennifer Lopez | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  45. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Jennifer Lopez. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  46. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for Jennifer Lopez. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  47. ^ "End of Year Urban Albums". ARIA Charts (Australia: Australian Recording Industry Association). 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  48. ^ "Year End 2002". Swiss Charts (Switzerland: Hung Medien). 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  49. ^ "Year End 2002". Ultratop.be (Switzerland: Hung Medien). 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  50. ^ "Year End 2002". Ultratop.be (Switzerland: Hung Medien). 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  51. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums of 2002". Billboard (Switzerland: Nielsen Business Media). 28 December 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  52. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  53. ^ "CRIA: Gold & Platinum – April 2005". CRIA. April 19, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  54. ^ "Certifications Albums Or – année 2002". SNEP (in French). November 6, 2002. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  55. ^ "Parcours Album". Fan Of Music (in French). Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  56. ^ "NVPI – Goud/Platina". NVPI (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  57. ^ "New Zealand Top 50 Albums (see "Chart #1304 – Sunday 14 April 2002")". RIANZ. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  58. ^ "The BPI database". Bpi.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-10.