Throwback Thursday ‘If You Had My Love’ by Jennifer Lopez (1999)
Jennifer Lopez is this year's halftime entertainment at The Super Bowl and I thought it only appropriate to go back to the very beginning of her music career.
"If You Had My Love" was J.Lo's first single off of her debut album, On the 6.
Fun fact: Michael Jackson had interest in recording this song, but thought it would be better suited for a female singer.
Jennifer Lopez had already made a decent name for herself as an actress. She was cast in the movie Selena about the singer's life and her sudden death. Jennifer said that doing that movie made her realize how much she missed singing, dancing, and acting.
According to Wikipedia, "Her decision to launch a musical career was seen as a risk, as film stars had a "patchy record" when it came to releasing pop music, and "If the album was a flop, not only would it embarrass Lopez but it might even damage her career."
Well, it did just the opposite. It propelled her to new heights! At this time in music the Latin Explosion was just getting start. Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and Marc Anthony were really having a moment.
J. Lo's first single raced up the charts. Wikipedia also states, "The song displaced Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" on the Hot 100, which was the first time a Latin artist followed another Latin artist to the top of the chart since Gloria Estefan's "Coming Out of the Dark" replaced Timmy T's "One More Try" in March 1991. Lopez became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut single since Britney Spears did so with her single, "...Baby One More Time" just four months prior."
The music video had a futuristic voyeuristic vibe. It shows people being able to watch and be interactive with Jennifer through her website. Adam Rodriguez is featured in the music video which was directed by Paul Hunter. The music video went on to be nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and five Billboard Music Awards.