"Dance Again... the Hits" is the first greatest hits compliation album from Jennifer. It was released on July 12, 2012 on Epic Records to coincide with the launch of her first world tour "The Dance Again World Tour."
Jennifer had plans for a greatest hits album in 2009, but decided to used the material she recorded for her seventh album "Love?" which was released on Island Records in May of 2011 after leaving Epic Records in 2010.
Because Jennifer owed the label one more album to fulfill her contract, she began working on a new greatest hits album in November of 2011 and was later unsure about whether or not she wanted to release a greatest hits album or a new studio album, eventually deciding on the former.
Album Background[edit | edit source]
Following the commercial failure of her sixth studio album "Brave" and while pregnant with her twins Max and Emme, Jennifer began working on new music for a future project in 2008.
The project was kept under wraps until February of 2009 when a new song from the recording sessions titled "Hooked on You" leaked online.
At the time, the leaked songs were meant to appear on a greatest hits album that later turned into a studio album.
"Louboutins," a song written and produced by The-Dream and C. "Tricky" Stewart was released as the lead single from her seventh studio album "Love?" in November of 2009.
However, upon release, the song failed to garner enough airplay to chart despite topping the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
Jennifer subsequently left Epic Records in February of 2010, citing that she had fulfilled her contractual obligations and now wished to release the album under a new label.
Her departure from the label temporarily halted production on the album, however upon signing a new contract with Island Records, recording resumed on the album.
The New York Daily News revealed that Jennifer would be taking some of the records recorded under Epic Records to Island Records so that they could be included on the album.
Jennifer's first single with the label "On the Floor" was released in February 2011.
The song topped the charts across the globe, becoming one of the most successful singles of the year.
The album was a moderate commercial success and was viewed as a humble comeback from Jennifer as many had considered her recording career over.
It was announced in November that Jennifer was again working on new material for a greatest hits album.
The following month, she revealed that she had been playing some of her new music for L.A. Reid, who signed her to Island Records and left the label to become the CEO and chairman of Epic Records.
This led further speculation that Jennifer had moved back to Epic Records which was first reported in July.
The reports were later confirmed untrue as she was back with Epic Records because she owed the label one final album to end her contract despite previously announcing that she had fulfilled her contract with them.
New Song Material[edit | edit source]
In 2011, Jennifer began working on a "collection of songs" in 2011, unaware of what she was "going to do with them."
At the time, she was deciding whether she wanted to release a greatest hits album or a new studio album.
She stated that when it comes time to make an album, she doesn't sit down and write for the entire thing.
Jennifer revealed that she is always working on new music and that her albums "happen organically" when she has recorded enough material.
"I don't ever stop. I keep going with it. These records, like 'Follow the Leader,' [a collaboration with Puerto Rican duo Wisin & Yandel] they just kind of came about. It wasn't something like, 'Oh, I’m going to sit down and make a record right now."
Among the songs she recorded, two were chosen to be included on the album: "Dance Again" and "Goin' In."
The album's title and opening track, "Dance Again" was written by RedOne, Enrique Iglesias, Bilal "The Chef", AJ Junior and Pitbull who is also featured in the song.
After hearing a demo version of the track, she begged Iglesias to let her record the song, telling him that it was "her song."
Jennifer (who was going through a divorce with Marc Anthony and the "breakup of a family") felt as if the song had come to her at the "perfect moment."
According to Jennifer, the period was devastating because family is very important to her.
"I had to turn that into something better." She thought: "I don't want to just survive it, I want to come out better than that." She didn't want to be "the woman who stayed in bed for months.
According to her:
"I knew I had to get through it. I'd dance every day, I'd work out, I'd say a little prayer and I still wouldn't feel any better. Then I'd go to bed and get up the next day and do it all again. It was a process, and it very gradually got a little easier ... I had to do it for my kids. I had to get through it for them."
Jennifer re-wrote parts of the verses to better relate to her experiences. The song "helped lift her out of the darkness" and gave her hope again.
Looking back on the song in December of 2012, Jennifer stated that:
"Dance Again' became my anthem ... an expression of what I needed to do at that time in my life and for what I was taking on with [my career]. It was a beautiful metaphor that became my reality."
Jennifer's vocals for "Dance Again" were arranged by RedOne and produced by Kuk Harrell. They were recorded at Pinky's Palace.
Pitbull's vocals were recorded by Al Burna at Al Burna Studios, Miami, Florida. Chris "Tek" O'Ryan and Trevor Muzzy handled audio engineering of the song with assistance from Anthony Falcone and Peter Mack. O'Ryan and Trevor Muzzy were in charge of vocal editing.
All instruments in the song were played and programmed by RedOne, who also produced the song. The song was later mixed by Trevor Muzzy.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer revealed that she loved being able to collaborate with RedOne and Pitbull again.
"We had a great chemistry the last time, and it was like 'We're going to have to do something again.' And this was the perfect song. I love the message of the song. That when something bad happens, your life is not over. You have to get up. You're gonna live. You're gonna to be okay. You're gonna dance again."
"Goin' In" was written by Michael Warren, Jamahl Listenbee, Joseph Angel, Coleridge Tillman, David Quiñones and Tramar Dillard.
Jennifer's vocals were produced by Harrell and recorded at Pinky's Palace.
Josh Gudwin and O'Ryan handled audio engineering of the song, with assistance from Falcone and Mack. The song features additional vocals from rapper Lil Jon.
GoonRock produced and later mixed the song alongside Kenny Moran at The House on the Hill Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Of GoonRock, Jennifer commented by stating that he is "very forward with his sound."
After recording her vocals for the song, Flo Rida recorded a rap verse for the song.
Those involved in the production of the song were extremely happy with the song before Flo Rida's rap appeared on it, but once his vocals were on the song it "took it over the top top."
When choosing who she wanted to feature on the song, Jennifer had several other rappers in mind, such as Big Sean.
"We had a couple of people who said yes, that they would get on it, but [Flo Rida] just seemed like the perfect one."
She further explained that the style of the song "really fit Flo Rida" and "It was half-dance, but half kind of hard too."
Critical Reception[edit | edit source]
"Dance Again... The Hits" received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
At Metacritic (which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics), the album received an average score of 72 based on four reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews."
Sal Cinquenmani of Slant Magazine wrote that the "most immediately striking thing" about the compilation is "just how many hits [she] has racked up over the years."
He also stated:
"So many, in fact, that there's a hefty handful of singles missing from the standard edition of the album" using her number-one single "All I Have" as an example of this.
He stated that Jennifer's "output has been nothing if not on trend" and that 'Dance Again... The Hits plays not only as a "chronicle of one artist's career," but of "pop music as a whole since just before the turn of the century" with genres spanning Latin pop, dance and R&B.
According to Cinquenmani, the album also serves as a "historical record" of who the rappers du jour were "over the last dozen years or so" from Big Pun, Fat Joe, Ja Rule and Lil Wayne.
He concluded by stating that if the compilation "proves anything" it's that Jennifer is "if not the queen, then at least the duchess of reinvention and should never be counted out."
Michael Cragg of BBC Music wrote that it's "surprising that she hadn't unleashed a hits collection before now given that she's what you might politely call a 'singles artist."
He questioned the song choices, writing that the person who made the decision to not include "Papi" needs to have a "long, hard look in the mirror" although it's "hard to argue with most of what's on offer, Jennifer "slipping effortlessly into different guises with each song."
He concluded by stating that:
"A cipher for good songs rather than the reasons those songs are good she may be, but there are few that do it better."
Lewis Corner of Digital Spy too questioned the decisions of which songs appeared on the album, but wrote that:
"the very fact that she can't fit all her classics on to one disc can be seen as nothing more than a testament to her enduring career."
Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine pointed out that Lopez's other well or moderately charted songs such as "Play," "I'm Gonna Be Alright," "I'm Glad" and "Hold You Down" were not present on the compilation while also writing that her older hits didn't fit neatly with her newer songs and that it's sequencing was "scattershot."
Nonetheless, Erlewine said that "[the album] does have the familiar tunes, so it serves its purpose."
In his review of the album Irving Tan of Sputnikmusic put "Dance Again... The Hits" into the category of a greatest hits album that "you get facial brickbat of moderate-to-raw disappointment at the discovery of how thin and forced the artist’s discography really is."
He wrote that having another artist featured on nine of the thirteen tracks "gives the impression that as a product, having Jennifer Lopez alone is simply not enough."
He further criticized the decision to include the Murder Remixes of "Ain't It Funny" and "I'm Real" over the original studio versions, stating that it was almost like "Sony Music held their hands up and admitted that the initial cuts that they published simply weren't up to scratch."
Tan concluded that for a greatest hits album, the track listing is "simply all over the place" with no indication that the record executives or Jennifer "looked around for a logical start" or an "easy access ramp to her seven-album canon."
Commercial Performance[edit | edit source]
"Dance Again... the Hits" enjoyed moderate commercial success in the United States, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard 200. The week of its debut with sales of 14,000 copies.
The album performed better on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums component chart, where it managed to reach number six.
The album performed significantly lower on the Billboard 200 than Jennifer's seventh studio album "Love?" which peaked at number five as well as her previous compilation album "J to tha L–O!: The Remixes" which peaked at number one.
After a month, the album had sold 38,000 copies in the United States.
As of December of 2012, "Dance Again... the Hits" is Lopez's second lowest performing album in the country.
Only "The Reel Me" achieved a lower chart position in 2003, peaking at number 69.
On the UK Albums Chart, "Dance Again... the Hits" debuted at number four with sales of 9,213 copies in its first week of release, matching the peak of J to Tha L-O!: The Remixes in that country.
Overseas, the album performed well is most music markets, reaching the top ten in fourteen national charts, five of which were in the first five positions.
Its highest position came from the Canadian Albums chart where the album achieved number three.
The album reached the same peak on the Italian Albums chart.
Other countries where the album managed to score a high peak were Spain (number five), Taiwan (number three), the Czech Republic (number six) and Switzerland (number seven).
On the Australian Albums Chart, the album had a moderate commercial performance, reaching number 20.
Jennifer's previous compilation album "J to tha L–O!: The Remixes" achieved a higher position of number 11.
In Latin America, the album appeared on the Mexican Album chart, reaching a peak of number 10.
Tracklisting[edit | edit source]
- Dance Again (feat. Pitbull) [3:57]
- Goin' In (feat. Flo Rida) [4:09]
- I'm Into You (feat. Lil Wayne) [3:20]
- On the Floor (feat. Pitbull) [4:46]
- Love Don't Cost a Thing [3:43]
- If You Had My Love [4:25]
- Waiting For Tonight [4:07]
- Get Right (feat. Fabolous) [3:52]
- Jenny From the Block (Track Masters Remix)-(feat. Styles P. & Jadakiss) [3:10]
- I'm Real (Murder Remix)-(feat. Ja Rule) [4:19]
- Do It Well [3:08]
- Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)-(feat. Ja Rule and Caddillac Tah) [3:51]
- Feelin' So Good (Remix)-(feat. Big Pun and Fat Joe) [5:28]
Deluxe Version Tracklisting[edit | edit source]
Credits/Personnel[edit | edit source]
- Josie Aiello — Vocals (Background)
- AJ Junior — Composer
- Mert Alas — Photography
- J.D. Andrew — Assistant
- Justin Angel — Vocals (Background)
- Jim Annunziato — Mixing, Vocal Engineer
- Chris Apostle — Coordination
- Jeffrey Atkins — Composer
- Chris Avedon — Assistant
- Chuck Bailey — Assistant
- Samuel Barnes — Composer
- Tom Barney — Bass
- David Barrett — Coordination
- Jane Barrett — Vocals (Background)
- Scotty Beatz — Engineer
- Big Pun — Featured Artist
- Bilal The Chef — Composer
- Tim Blacksmith — Management
- B-Money — Scratching
- Juan Bohorquez — Assistant
- Aruek Borujow — Assistant
- James Brown — Composer
- Al Burna — Engineer, Vocal Engineer
- Michael "Banger" Cadahia — Vocal Engineer
- Caddillac Tah — Composer, Featured Artist
- Brian Calicchia — Assistant
- Joe Cartagena — Composer
- Leonard Caston — Composer
- Maria Christiansen — Composer, Vocals (Background)
- Sean "Puffy" Combs — Composer, Producer
- LaShawn Daniels — Composer
- Danny D. — Management
- T. Dillard — Composer
- Margret Dorn — Vocals (Background)
- Ashanti Douglas — Composer, Vocals (Background)
- Tony Duran — Photography
- Mikkel S. Eriksen — Engineer, Composer, Instrumentation
- Fabolous — Featured Artist
- Anthony Falcone — Assistant
- Fat Joe — Featured Artist
- Jose Fernando — Composer
- Alfred Figueroa — Assistant
- Flo Rida — Featured Artist
- Georgette Franklin — Composer
- Elizabeth Gallardo — Assistant
- Michael Garvin — Composer
- Alessandro Giulini — Accordion
- Jay Goin — Assistant
- Larry Gold — Arranger, Conductor
- GoMillion — Photography
- GoonRock — Mixing, Producer
- Irv Gotti — Mixing, Producer
- Franklyn Grant — Engineer
- Josh Gudwin — Engineer, Vocal Engineer
- Kuk Harrell — Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Vocal Editing, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer, Vocals (Background)
- Shawnyette Harrell — Vocals (Background)
- Amille D. Harris — Composer
- Rich Harrison — Composer, Producer
- Alexei Hay — Photography
- Tor Erik Hermansen — Composer, Instrumentation
- G. Hermosa — Composer
- Dan Hetzel — Engineer, Mixing
- Jean-Marie Horvat — Mixing
- Enrique Iglesias — Composer
- Ja Rule — Featured Artist
- John Jackson — Composer
- Jadakiss — Featured Artist
- Rick James — Composer
- Jim Janik — Mixing
- Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III — Composer
- Rodney Jerkins — Composer, Producer
- Richie Jones — Arranger, Drums, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Programming, Remixing
- Jennifer Karr — Vocals (Background)
- Peter Wade Keusch — Engineer
- Eric Kupper — Keyboards
- Dave Kutch — Mastering
- L.E.S. — Composer
- Greg Lawson — Arranger, Composer
- Damien Lewis — Assistant Engineer, Engineer
- Lil Jon — Vocals
- Lil Wayne — Featured Artist
- Jennifer Lopez — Composer, Executive Producer, Primary Artist
- Irving Lorenzo — Composer
- Peter Mack — Assistant
- Bill Makina — Programming
- Manny Marroquin — Mixing
- Ronald L. Martinez — Assistant
- Tony Maserati — Assistant
- Milwaukee Buck — Engineer
- Chieli Minucci — Guitar
- Arbex Miro — Composer
- Mr. Deyo — Composer
- Jeremy Monroe — Composer
- Kenny Moran — Mixing
- Trevor Muzzy — Engineer, Mixing, Vocal Editing
- Michael Oliver — Composer
- Troy Oliver — Composer, Drum Programming, Producer
- Jean Claude Olivier — Composer
- Jeanette Olsson — Vocals (Background)
- Chris "Tek" O'Ryan — Engineer, Vocal Editing
- Marty Osterer — Bass
- Lawrence Parker — Composer
- Julian Peploe — Art Direction, Design
- Wendy Peterson — Vocals (Background)
- Jason Phillips — Composer
- Marcus Piggott — Photography
- Pitbull — Composer, Featured Artist
- Poke and Tone — Producer
- Anita Poree — Composer
- Prince Charles — Engineer, Mixing
- Rita Quintero — Vocals (Background)
- Natasha Ramos — Vocals (Background)
- Usher Raymond — Composer
- RedOne — Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation, Producer, Programming, Vocal Arrangement, Vocal Editing, Vocal Producer
- Julio Reyes — Engineer
- Christopher Rios — Composer
- Cory Rooney — Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Producer, Remixing
- Marc Russell — Assistant Producer
- Dave Scheuer — Arranger, Engineer, Producer
- Damon Sharpe — Composer
- Teddy Sky — Composer
- Brian Springer — Engineer, Mixing
- Steve Standard — Composer
- Stargate — Producer
- Scott Sterling — Composer
- Styles P — Featured Artist
- David Styles — Composer
- Bruce Swedien — Engineer
- David Swope — Engineer
- Phil Tan — Mixing
- Ryan Tedder — Composer, Engineer, Producer
- Phil Temple — Composer
- Michael Thompson — Photography
- Jimmy Thörnfeldt — Unknown Contributor Role
- C. Tillman — Composer
- Ric Wake — Arranger, Producer
- Miles Walker — Engineer
- Robb Williams — Assistant, Engineer
- Frank Wilson — Composer
- Thomas R. Yezzi — Engineer
Charts[edit | edit source]
|Australian Albums Chart||20|
|Austrian Albums Chart||22|
|Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)||9|
|Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)||10|
|Canadian Albums Chart||3|
|Czech Albums Chart||6|
|Dutch Albums Chart||17|
|Finnish Albums Chart||12|
|French Albums Chart||12|
|German Albums Chart||15|
|Greek Albums Chart||53|
|Hungarian Albums Chart||10|
|Irish Albums Chart||10|
|Italian Albums Chart||3|
|Japanese Albums Chart||11|
|Mexican Albums Chart||10|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||12|
|Polish Albums Chart||11|
|Portuguese Albums Chart||10|
|Scottish Albums Chart||8|
|Spanish Albums Chart||5|
|Swedish Albums Chart||44|
|Swiss Albums Chart||7|
|Taiwanese Western Albums Chart||3|
|UK Albums Chart||4|
|UK R&B Albums Chart||4|
|US Billboard 200||20|
|US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||6|