Medicine (Jennifer Lopez song)

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"Medicine"
Jennifer Lopez - Medicine.png
Single by Jennifer Lopez featuring French Montana
ReleasedApril 3, 2019
Format
Length2:54
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Jennifer Lopez singles chronology
"Limitless"
(2018)
"Medicine"
(2019)
French Montana singles chronology
"Ya Nour El Ein"
(2018)
"Medicine"
(2019)
"Slide"
(2019)
Music video
"Medicine" on YouTube

"Medicine" is a song by American singer Jennifer Lopez featuring Moroccan-American rapper French Montana, it was released as a single on April 3, 2019.[1] It is the two artists' third collaboration following "Same Girl" and "I Luh Ya Papi", both released in 2014 from Lopez's eight studio album A.K.A. It is Lopez's first release under Hitco Entertainment.[2] The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club songs chart making it Lopez's 17th number 1 single on this chart putting her in a 3 way tie between Mariah Carey and Kristine W in 6th place respectively for most #1's on the chart.[3]

Background[edit]

On working with French Montana again, Lopez said "I love collaborating with people from the Bronx, it makes me feel at home, like a special connection", adding: "At the core I’m still Jenny from the Block. And this new track brought that out."[4] The singer described "Medicine" as a "very sassy song, very kind of woman empowerment", noting: "[It’s] kind of giving you taste of what you give out, letting guys know that we’re not going to take any junk."[5]

Release[edit]

Lopez announced the song on social media on March 21, 2019, sharing the cover art and pre-order link.[1] On April 3, 2019, Lopez debuted the song live on The Morning Mash-Up on SiriusXM Hits 1 Celebrity Session.[6] The cover art was noted for Lopez's use of Designer Heidi Lee's Endless Echo Hat that was previously worn by a man known as Di Mondo on the red carpet of the Chilean 2013 Viña del Mar International Song Festival.[7]

Critical response[edit]

Idolator's Mike Wass compared the song favorably to Lopez's previous singles, "Get Right" (2005) and "Do It Well" (2007), due to its "heavy percussion", stating that it feels "familiar to old-school fans."[8] Jacqueline Reed of NPR also compared the song to "Get Right", writing: "The jazz-hop melody and layered brass and drum action (...) of this new single makes for an empowering, timeless track that could easily find its place either on the tracklist of Rebirth or in today's day and age."[9] Rania Aniftos of Billboard described the track as "infectious".[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Medicine" features a white carnival theme, in which Lopez "is depicted as the ring leader of a white monochromatic freak show" that includes fortune tellers, a 50-foot cake and a moving carousel.[11] The full video premiered on both YouTube and during an episode of her NBC television series World of Dance on April 7, 2019.[12] It marked Lopez's first time working with director Jora Frantzis.[5] Her wardrobe in the video includes a jumpsuit designed by Zuhair Murad.[5]

On May 17, 2019 Lopez released another video titled Medicine (Steve Aoki from The Block Remix) featuring Steve Aoki, [13]Jennifer wore a black tank top that read “Karma” as she performed her catchy song. She later in the video wore a sweatshirt that said “Fate,” then one said “The only one." The Remix has gained substantial airplay in Clubs and as a result helped the song reach the summit of the Dance Club chart. [14]

Performances[edit]

Lopez Performing "Medicine" as the opening number to her It's My Party tour.


Lopez performed the song live for the first time during Today, at Rockefeller Plaza on May 6th in New York City as part of the shows Citi Concert Series. Lopez was the opening act and kicked off the even performing the song as well as a medley of On the Floor and Jenny from the Block. [15] Lopez began the performance atop a mechanical Zebra before stepping off and performing a dance break with her backup dancers.

The song also serves as the opening number to Lopez's It's My Party Tour.

Track listing[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia Digital Tracks (ARIA)[20] 14
Bolivia (Monitor Latino)[21] 6
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[22] 91
Hungary (Single Top 40)[23] 21
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[24] 22
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[25] 1
US Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[26] 32
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[27] 33

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various April 3, 2019 Original [16]
United States April 9, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [28]
Various April 27, 2019 Digital download DJ Pack [17]
May 17, 2019
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Steve Aoki from the Block Remix [18]
June 21, 2019 Remixes [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wish I could give you guys a taste of my new single, Medicine, ft. @frenchmontana 😏. I CAN'T WAIT for you guys to hear it. Want to be the first to listen? Pre-save on @Spotify". March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Live Nation Entertainment (March 22, 2019). "World's Hottest Entertainer Jennifer Lopez Reveals Tantalizing Details of North American It's My Party Tour to Celebrate Milestone Birthday with Fans". PR Newswire. United States. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Wass, Mike (April 4, 2019). "Jennifer Lopez Talks 'Medicine,' New LP & 'Hustlers' On Beats 1". Idolator. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Mizoguchi, Karen (April 8, 2019). "Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her Bare Derrière in Carnival-Themed Music Video for 'Medicine'". People. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jennifer Lopez talks new single 'Medicine' and more with The Morning Mash Up". Sirius XM Satellite Radio. April 3, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Jennifer López sorprende usando máscara de Di Mondo". 24horas.cl. March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  8. ^ Wass, Mike (April 3, 2019). "Jennifer Lopez Teams Up With French Montana For 'Medicine'". Idolator. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Reed, Jacqueline (April 10, 2019). "'Medicine' To Make You Feel 'Inmortal': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week". NPR Music. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Aniftos, Rania (April 5, 2019). "Jennifer Lopez Teases Carnival-Themed Music Video for 'Medicine': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Tracy, Brianne (April 5, 2019). "Watch a Sneak Peek of Jennifer Lopez's Glamorous Carnival-Themed New 'Medicine' Music Video". People. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  12. ^ Iasimone, Ashley (April 7, 2019). "Jennifer Lopez Releases 'Medicine' Video With French Montana: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Jennifer Lopez (May 17, 2019), Jennifer Lopez & Steve Aoki - Medicine (Steve Aoki from the Block Remix), retrieved July 13, 2019
  14. ^ Rubin, Elana (May 17, 2019). "Jennifer Lopez, 49, Works A Stripper Pole In Nothing But A Vest Top & Thong In Wild New 'Medicine' Remix Video". Hollywood Life. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "Jennifer Lopez sings 'Medicine' live on the TODAY plaza". TODAY.com. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  16. ^ a b https://music.apple.com/us/album/medicine-single/1457546629
  17. ^ a b https://www.beatport.com/release/medicine-dj-pack/2587808
  18. ^ a b https://music.apple.com/us/album/medicine-steve-aoki-from-the-block-remix-single/1463028597
  19. ^ a b https://music.apple.com/us/album/medicine-remixes-single/1469033452
  20. ^ "The ARIA Report, Week Commencing 15 April 2019, Chart #1519" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). April 20, 2019. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Top 20 Bolivia – Del 15 al 21 de Abril, 2019". Monitor Latino. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  24. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  25. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  26. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  27. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  28. ^ "All Access Future Mainstream Radio Releases". Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.