Love? is the seventh studio album by American recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez. It was released on April 28, 2011 by Island Records. Produced during the pregnancy of her twins Emme and Max, Love? is Lopez's most personal album to date, taking inspiration from the birth of her twins and her own experiences with love. Recording for the album began in 2009, with an original release date for the project set for January 2010 to coincide with Lopez's latest film The Back-up Plan. However following the lack of success with lead single "Louboutins", Lopez and Sony Music Entertainment decided to depart from the Label, leaving the fate of Love? in uncertainty.
In 2010, Lopez signed a new record deal with Island Def Jam, allowing proceedings for the release to be kept. The album includes a mixture of previously recorded material which leaked online in 2009 and 2010 during recording sessions, along with new songs with Tricky Stewart, The-Dream and RedOne commissioned by Island Records. The album combines R&B, pop music and hip hop songs for a mixture of club-ready singles as well as slower mid-tempo songs. Lopez refers to Love? as containing her best vocals to date.
Upon its release, Love? garnered mixed to positive reviews from music critics. While some were critical of it, others disagreed, praising it as a great dance album. Commercially, Love? debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming her sixth album top peak within the top 10 in the United States, and her highest peak since 2005's Rebirth. Internationally, Love? experienced moderate success, peaking within the top 10 in twenty-four different countries and also reaching the top five of several music markets. The album sold 334,000 copies in the United States and was the 37th best-selling album worldwide of 2011, with sales of 1,063,000 copies.
The album's first single under Island Records is "On the Floor" and features Pitbull. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped over eighteen international charts, while the second and third singles from Love?, being "I'm Into You" featuring rapper Lil Wayne and "Papi", have both topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, each becoming moderate hits. It has become her third consecutive album to have all singles reach number one on that chart earning her a milestone for eleven number ones
Released: April 29, 2011
Label: Nuyorican, Island
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