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Jennifer Lopez has returned to Epic Records, Billboard has confirmed, signing a new long-term contract with the Sony Music-owned label and reuniting with longtime mentor, Epic chairman and CEO L.A. Reid
Says Reid: “I’m thrilled to welcome Jennifer back home with me to Epic Records. Jennifer is a true global icon with a magnetism that seers across music, film, and TV and I’m excited to be working together again.”
The singer, businesswoman and American Idol judge had released six albums via the Epic label between 1999 and 2007, including her biggest seller, 2001’s J. Lo (3.8 million sold, according to Nielsen Music). In 2010, she left for Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam, where Reid was CEO at the time, yielding two albums, 2011’s Love? on Island and 2014’s A.K.A. via Capitol.
The recipient of the 2014 Billboard Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, Lopez has charted 29 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including four No. 1s (“If You Had My Love,” “I’m Real,” “Ain’t It Funny” and “All I Have”). She also scored a pair of No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart — 2001’s J. Lo and 2002’s J to Tha L-O! The Remixes — among eight top 10 sets. Her multi-genre appeal is evident in other impressive chart accomplishments, including her 16 No. 1s on Dance Club Songs and three No. 1s on Hot Latin Songs.
Lopez has sold 12.5 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
In January, Lopez debuted a Las Vegas show called All I Have, which continues through the end of the year at AXIS at Planet Hollywood. She’s won six Billboard Latin Music Awards and is a finalist for Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Lopez is represented by longtime manager Benny Medina and attorney Aaron Rosenberg of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
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