Jennifer Lopez's Billboard Cover: 5 Things Uncovered About J.Lo's Busy Life

11:29 AM PST 06/13/2014 by Billboard Staff
Joe Pugliese

Jennifer Lopez isn't just an artist but a savvy businesswoman who earned $52 million last year with fragrance and fashion lines, a chain of wireless stores, a cable network, TV shows and a memoir on tap.

Her sitting style on this week's cover of Billboard aside, Jennifer Lopez is no slouch. The 44-year-old multihyphenate is increasingly serious about the business of her brand, as she releases her eighth album (A.K.A.), tours and grabs the big booty ($52 million in just one year!) as she empire-builds in the mode of a muy modern-day Martha Stewart.

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CH-CH-CH-CHANGES IN HER PERSONAL LIFE It's an interesting time for Lopez, back in the public eye for her professional life as well as her personal life. She broke up with boyfriend Casper Smart (which sources say occurred in April, two months before reports surfaced in June). Then came a report (which she has denied) that she's seeing Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the Dancing With the Stars pro she worked with at the American Music Awards last November. "Things have changed so much for me," she says.

SHE IS DIVERSIFIED Take a look at Lopez's current portfolio: She's a businesswoman (her fragrance line has raked in nearly $2 billion since 2002), entrepreneur (her Latino-geared chain of wireless stores has 16 locations), fashion designer (her Kohl's clothing line), producer (ABC Family's The Fosters), cable programmer (she's the CCO of Nuvo TV), author (her first memoir arrives in October) and mom (Max and Emme, her six-year-old twins with ex-husband Marc Anthony).

HER TOUR WITH ENRIQUE BOOSTED HER CONFIDENCE "After I got home, I realized I was a stronger vocalist than maybe even I gave myself credit for," she says of the 2012 co-headlining tour, which grossed $21.1 million in ticket receipts. "It made me want to get back into the studio without that cage I had put on myself. Once I let that beast loose, I was doing things I didn't know I could do."

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IT'S NOT AS BIG AS YOU THINK IT IS Not that. We're talking about her entourage, which was comparable to Iglesias' on their tour, save for the twins and a few road nannies. "She's created this empire, and you can tell that she still cares a lot about what she does yet still manages to be a sweetheart through all of it," Iglesias says.

EXPECT A LOT OF J.LO IN 2015 Next year, Lopez will return to the film world with a trio of projects (The Boy Next Door, Home with Rihanna and indie drama Lila and Eve). Tentative projects include a concert documentary and yes, more music. "I'd like for her to start working on some Christmas songs for an album in '15," says manager Benny Medina.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com

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