With less than a week to go until her new album A.K.A. arrives, Jennifer Lopez takes the cover of Billboard magazine’s latest issue. Fifteen years after making her debut, the 44-year-old entertainer celebrates a milestone in her career with her 10th album due out June 17 via Capitol Records. In addition to the singles “I Luh Ya Papi” and “First Love,” the star-studded set includes appearances from Iggy Azalea, Nas, T.I., Rick Ross, and Pitbull, plus contributions from Chris Brown, Diplo, Detail, Harmony, Roccstarr, Max Martin, and more. Stream three of my favorite tracks below!
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On not needing to prove herself: “I don’t feel like I have anything to prove anymore. and all these people who came a generation before this one and showed us that you don’t have to, as a young woman, have an expiration date. You can go on, and you can do what you want into your 60s and 70s and you can be powerful and be vulnerable and be human. And I think we’re just carrying that on. I’d like to think I’m part of the generation that’s carrying that on.”
On what is next: “I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in the next six months. I really don’t. And that’s OK for me. Because what I like is whatever happens is supposed to happen. And I’m good. I can roll with that.”
On looking back: “Things have changed so much for me. I had to really do some soul searching and just realize a lot of things about love, and now I feel like I come from a place where I’m stronger and, I think, better.”