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Jennifer Lopez's "J.Lo"
A New Nickname With A Familiar Sound

Is it Jennifer Lopez?  Is it Destiny's Child?  "Love Don't Cost a Thing" - and Jennifer Lopez's new "J. Lo" disc -- treads through the familiar Destiny's Child/Rodney Jerkins-inspired which is experiencing unheard of popularity right now.

However, just as if you were trying to differentiate between Lopez and Beyonce Knowles, the best way to

tell them apart is to look at it from the rear.  Knowles is stunning, but everybody knows Jennifer Lopez has a million dollar ass.  It's on the second half of "J.Lo" that Lopez differentiates herself from current music trends by returning to her Latina roots to rump-shaking success.

Unlike Christina Aguilera, who decided well after-the-fact to acknowledge her ethnic heritage, Lopez's "On the 6" debut impressed audiences around the world with its latin/pop fusion.  She rode the first "Latin Explosion" to prominence on the pop charts.  The disc spawned #1 single "If You Had My Love," positioning Lopez among a string of actors/actresses-turned-singers to become one-hit wonders.  (Can you say Tracey Ullman, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michael Damian and Rick Springfield?)

Lopez defied the odds and followed with "Waiting for Tonight," another Top 10 track, as well as "Feelin' So Good."  She received massive support and success in ethnic markets; her duet with Marc Anthony topped Latin charts for weeks.

"J.Lo" offers the same enthusiastic, unabashed blend of Latin flavor and pop smarts.  With the "Love Don't Cost a Thing" already in the Billboard Top Five,

The always sexy Lopez

Lopez presents the realistic double threat of simultaneously topping both the "Hot 100" and album charts.

While "Love Don't" garners success by being sound-alike, as will "That's the Way" - a Jerkins-produced cut as likeable as any Pink track -- Lopez shows true diversity when she steps away from the trend-oriented sounds. "Carino" and "Dame" (which is Spanish for "Give It To Me") feature a delectable Latin-Pop beat.  "Ain't It Funny" has a Latin flair, too, and begs for attention at stations enjoying the continued trend toward world-inspired music.

Fear not.  This is not a Spanish-language album.  "I'm Real" is so radio friendly and infectious, it's crying for attention.  Here, and in various other tracks, Lopez layers vocals over herself to sound astonishingly like a girl-group.  The results are fresh and lip-smacking good.  She slows it down for the finger-snapping ballad "I'm Gonna Be Alright," which will be equally at-home on radio.

Lopez is most at home, though, when she can move her well-

insured behind. "J.Lo" provides 15 cuts that will inspire plenty of that - and make radio listeners and fans of her first disc very, very happy. 

For the rest of the world . . . Well, they're simply entitled to stare.  That should be pleasure aplenty


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