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Rebirth

"Rebirth" is Jennifer's 4th album released on March 1, 2005 on Epic Records. The original working album title was "Call Me Jennifer" which was a response to the "J.Lo" moniker which Jennifer claims gave her an unfair reputation of being an over-the-top diva.

The title was chosen as an attempt for Jennifer to start a new beginning after her relationship with Ben Affleck fell apart and the commercial failure of her 2003 movie, "Gigli" which is considered one of the worst movies of all time.

Jennifer's ex-husband, Marc Anthony co-wrote and produced the song, "(Can't Believe) This is Me." One of the songs from the album, "Cherry Pie" was planned as the third single released from the album, but was canceled due to low album sales.

Jennifer recorded the album in 2004 at Cove City Sound Studios & Pie Studios in Glen Cove, New York, The Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, Florida, Night Flight Recording Studios in Fort Washington, Maryland, The Poolhouse in Long Island, New York, The Poolhouse West in Encino, California, The Record Plant in Hollywood, California, and Sony Music Studios in New York City.

Album BackgroundEdit

In November of 2002, Jennifer became engaged to Academy Award winning actor/director Ben Affleck and their high-profiled relationship gained a substantial amount of media attention. The media & the public began to refer to the couple as "Bennifer."

During that same month, Jennifer released her third album "This Is Me... Then" which was lyrically dedicated to Ben. The album became one of the most high-selling albums in Jennifer's career.

Due to the overexposure from the media and public which negatively affected both their careers, Jennifer & Ben broke off their engagement and by January of 2004, they had split. In June of 2004, Jennifer married singer Marc Anthony and a month later, she stated that she felt renewed.

In October of 2004, it was reported that Jennifer was in the studio with Sean Garrett and in December of that same year, the album title was announced to be "Rebirth" and MTV News confirmed that guest artists such as Fat Joe, Fabolous and Marc Anthony would appear on the album along with a few song titles.

The album title was personal to Jennifer, who at the time felt reborn and wanted to be rid of her "J-Lo" diva persona that the public believed her to be. She first considered naming the album "Call Me Jennifer" because it would be her way of saying godobye to her J-Lo image, but Jennifer later stated:

"You can call me J-Lo or you could call me Jennifer or you could call me Jenny - I don't care!"

The reason Jennifer named the album "Rebirth" was according to Jennifer:

"I decided to call it Rebirth because I had taken a vacation for the first time in a long time. I'm a bit of a workaholic, and when I came back it felt I was in a different phase of my career, as well as life, and the title represents a new beginning."

During low-key visits to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Jennifer befriended an 11-year-old cancer patient named Paige Peterson, who was determined to attend the inagural "Noche de Niños" gala where Jennifer was being honored with an award. Despite her worsening condition, Paige attended the gala that night, but by the next morning, she had passed away.

Paige inspired Jennifer and made her realize why she does charity work and stated:

"That's why I do this. I don't like to do my charity work in public. That's not what you do it for."

Paige's mother said that Jennifer helped Paige deliver her message which was letting the world know that kids get cancer too. Jennifer dedicated the album to Paige in the album credits where it is written:

"This album is dedicated to the memory of a little angel who touched my heart...Paige Peterson."

Album ReceptionEdit

"Rebirth" received mixed or average reviews. Allmusic's review stated: "Since it doesn't deviate from the blueprint she's followed on her first three albums, it's hard to call this record a literal creative rebirth, but song for song, Rebirth has more energy and better hooks than her other albums. It may not be deep, but it sure is fun — and after the tumult of 2003 and 2004, Lopez sure does deserve to have a little fun."

TracklistingEdit

  1. Get Right-(written by Rich Harrison and James Brown; produced by Rich Harrison and Cory Rooney)-[3:46]
  2. Step Into My World (written by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Delisha Thomas, Fred Jerkins III, and Hector Diaz; produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins, and Hector Diaz)-[4:05]
  3. Hold You Down [featuring Fat Joe]-(written by Gregory Christopher, Gregory Bruno, Makeba Riddick, Joe "Fat Joe" Cartagena, Rooney, Larry Troutman, and Billy Beck; produced by Nyce Boy, Gregory Bruno, and Cory Rooney)-[4:33]
  4. Whatever You Wanna Do-(written by Rich Harrison, Delma Anthony Churchill, Harvey Fuqua, and Kenneth Hawkins; produced by Rich Harrison and Cory Rooney)-[3:49]
  5. Cherry Pie-(written by Jennifer Lopez, Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, and Cory Rooney; produced by Tim & Bob and Cory Rooney)-[4:06]
  6. I Got U-(written by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, Delisha Thomas, LaShawn Daniels, and Aaron Pearce; produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins)-[3:57]
  7. Still Around-(written by Antwan Patton, Archie Hall, and Cory Rooney; produced by Big Boi and Cutmaster Swiff)-[3:22]
  8. Ryde or Die-(written by Robert "Big Bert" Smith, Blake English, and Brandy Norwood; produced by Robert Anthony and Cory Rooney)-[4:03]
  9. I,Love-(written by Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson, and Cory Rooney; produced by Tim & Bob and Cory Rooney)-[3:42]
  10. He'll Be Back-(written by Walter Millsap III, Candice Nelson, and Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley; produced by Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley and Danja)-[4:18]
  11. (Can't Believe) This Is Me-(written by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Cory Rooney; produced by Marc Anthony)-[4:44]
  12. Get Right[featuring Fabolous]-(written by Rich Harrison and James Brown; produced by Rich Harrison and Cory Rooney)-[3:51]
Sample Credits
  • "Get Right" — Contains elements of Maceo & the Macks' "Soul Power '74" (written by James Brown)
  • Hold You Down — Contains elements of Shirley Murdock's "As We Lay" (written by Larry Troutman and Billy Beck)
  • "Whatever You Wanna Do" — Contains elements of The Nite-Liters' "Con-Funk-Shun" (written by Delma Anthony Churchill, Harvey Fuqua, and Kenneth L. Hawkins)

PersonnelEdit

  • Jennifer Lopez – lead vocals
  • Marco Britti – drums
  • Mario Guini – guitar
  • Bob Robinson – electric guitar
  • Erben Perez – bass
  • Cory Rooney – keyboards
  • Tim Kelley – bass, keyboards
  • Delisha Thomas – background vocals
  • Andrea Mendez – background vocals
  • Candice Nelson – background vocals
  • Makeba Riddick – background vocals
  • Rudaina Haddad – background vocals

Production

  • Mert Alas – photography
  • Jim Annunziato – assistant engineer
  • Marc Anthony – producer
  • Robert Anthony – producer
  • Chris Avedon – engineer
  • Scotty Beats – engineer
  • Big Boi – producer
  • Gregory Bruno – producer
  • Cutmaster Swift – producer
  • Danja – producer
  • Hector Diaz – programming and producer
  • Dylan Ely – assistant engineer
  • Mauricio Gasca - arranger, programing, and recording engineer
  • Mike Evans – production coordination
  • Katie Grand – stylist
  • Rich Harrison – programming and producer
  • Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III – producer
  • Rodney Jerkins – programming, producer
  • Tim Kelley – drum programming and producer
  • Peter Wade Keusch – engineer and mixing
  • Jennifer Lopez – executive producer
  • Andrew McKay – production coordination
  • Nyce Boy – producer
  • Oribe – hair stylist
  • Julian Peploe – art direction
  • William E. Pettaway Jr. – production coordination
  • Marcus Piggott – photography
  • Herb Powers – mastering
  • Geneva Randolph – production coordination
  • Cory Rooney – producer, executive producer, and vocal producer
  • Bruce Swedien – engineer, mixing
  • Delisha Thomas – vocal arrangement
  • Charlotte Tilbury – make-up
  • Timbaland – producer
  • Mike Tschupp – assistant engineer

Album Chart PositionsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 10
Austrian Albums Chart 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 4

Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)

4
Canadian Albums Chart 2
Danish Albums Chart 15
Dutch Albums Chart 1
European Top 100 Albums 1
Finnish Albums Chart 19
French Albums Chart 7
German Albums Chart 3
Hungarian Albums Chart 3
Irish Albums Chart 9
Italian Albums Chart 3
Japanese Albums Chart 3
Mexican Albums Chart 19
New Zealand Albums Chart 22
Norwegian Albums Chart 25
Polish Albums Chart 8
Portuguese Albums Chart 11
Spanish Albums Chart 2
Swedish Albums Chart 14
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 8
US Billboard 200 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2

Album CertificationsEdit

Country Certification
Australia Gold
Canada Platinum
France Gold
Hungary Gold
Ireland Gold
Japan Gold
Switzerland Gold
United Kingdom Gold
United States Platinum

GalleryEdit

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