Jennifer Lopez Announces ‘This Is Me…Now’, 20 Years After Ben Affleck-Inspired Album ‘This Is Me…Then’


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Jennifer Lopez comes full circle!

Twenty years to the day of the release of This is me…thenthe ‘Jenny from the Block’ singer, 53, has announced a new album, This is me now.

The star, whose social media went dark in the days leading up to her big drop, shared the news herself early Friday morning.

In a short clip showing Lopez recreating the cover of the 2002 album and then transforming into 2022 J.Lo, she wrote on Instagram, “This is me then, this is me now.”

To celebrate, the actress and singer has recreated the original album cover for 2022 – see the image exclusive to PEOPLE above.

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The Marry me star’s new project “captures the emotional, spiritual and psychological journey she’s been on over the past two decades,” according to a press release, and comes on the heels of her marriage to Ben Affleck, to whom the earlier album was dedicated.

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The 13 tracks include the title track and several entries referencing her relationship with the actor, including “Dear Ben pt. II” and “Midnight Trip to Vegas,” which refer to the couple’s first wedding ceremony in July.

The multihyphenate’s ninth studio album marks her return to writing and producing, displaying “a vulnerability never seen before” as she fuses her powerful vocals with both confessional songs and upbeat “celebrations of love,” according to the release.

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“This album is a philosophy, a reflection, a zeitgeist moment,” the release stated. “It’s about hope, faith and true love that never dies.”

Jennifer Lopez This is me

Jennifer Lopez This is me

This is me… Then album cover

Lopez previously called her 2002 album her “favorite album.”

Last year, she posted a fun throwback post in honor of the project — which charted on iTunes and Pop iTunes at the time — featuring footage of several of her iconic music videos from the album, including “Jenny from the Block.” All I Have”, “I’m Glad” and “Baby I Love U!”

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“All my albums are very special to me, but This is me… Dan is my favorite album I’ve ever made…so far!” Lopez captioned her video.

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“I know a lot of you have heard me say that before so in honor of my #JLovers who helped him get back on the album charts AGAIN after 19 years…here’s a little #TBT ✨💕 #ThisIsMeThen,” she wrote in conclusion.

Lopez, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, last released an album in 2014 with in other words


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