Two decades after the late-’90s Latin-pop wave that helped make Jennifer Lopez a household name, the genre has become a fully integrated force in mainstream pop. Lopez’s new bilingual single, “Dinero,” smartly leverages both the singer’s enduring Spanish-language audience and the current Latin-pop craze. Produced by DJ Khaled, the track features J. Lo alternately singing over a tropical rhythm and rapping atop a trap beat—sometimes both—while fellow Bronx upstart Cardi B boasts of their borough-based bona fides.
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Jennifer Lopez’s new single, “Ain’t Your Mama,” is already getting headlines—but not for the reasons she might have hoped for. The track, which reunites J. Lo with longtime record label Epic, was co-written by newly anointed Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor…and produced by recently accused rapist Lukasz Gottwald, a.k.a. Dr. Luke. The song’s subtle reggae groove recalls that of Lopez’s slept-on 2011 single “I’m Into You,” but “Ain’t Your Mama” is likely to have longer legs, what with its instantly memorable hook and the singer’s debut performance of the song tonight on the series finale of American Idol, on which she serves as a judge.
1. “Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down As Defense Chief Under Pressure.” Obama Dissatisfied, Officials Say, Amid Global Crises.
“The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said. The officials described Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ. A Republican with military experience who was skeptical about the Iraq war, Mr. Hagel came in to manage the Afghanistan combat withdrawal and the shrinking Pentagon budget in the era of budget sequestration.”
Jennifer Lopez’s eighth studio album, A.K.A., may have bombed, but the singer is evidently not giving up. Instead, she’s giving butt. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Her collaboration with the red-hot Iggy Azalea on the single-worthy “Acting Like That” was probably her best bet for a rebound, but we’ll have to settle for the “Booty” remix, which also features the Aussie model turned rapper. The duo premiered the music video for the track tonight, and there are few surprises: The clip, directed by video veteran Hype Williams, features copious swimsuits and fishnet stockings, twerking, booty-popping, and lots and lots of gelatinous grease. It’s unlikely to reignite interest in Lopez’s music career, but the video is sure to rack up plenty of views, as the fortysomething mommy of two more than holds her own alongside the 24-year-old Azalea’s self-proclaimed “high-fashion booty.” Watch it below:
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So, apparently David Lynch has added film promotion to his post-Inland Empire activities. How else to explain the certifiable smiling faces and wacko-subversive quotes in the character posters above? The marketing campaign for What to Expect When You’re Expecting reads like The Stepford Wives by way of Twin Peaks—soulless, soon-to-be mommy-bots with naughty, rattle-the-picket-fence speech bubbles. It’s a wonder there isn’t a severed ear resting on Elizabeth Banks’s sofa. Based on a self-help book, a la He’s Just Not That Into You, What to Expect is a yet another indicator of just how desperate Hollywood is to peddle known brands, even if nobody has a clue about how to sell them. Barring the Lynch theory, it’s pretty obvious what happened here: a photo crew got busy with the backdrops, basketballs, and airbrushing, while a “hip and young” writing team started digging through their Someecards. Put ’em together and whaddaya got? Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Bipolar posters.