Lopez set up an internet camera on her website where fans could watch her make this album. The album was her transformation from Jennifer Lopez to "J-Lo."
Lopez appeared in the movie The Wedding Planner a few months after this was released. This song plays over the closing credits.
Jennifer performed this on CBS before Super Bowl XXXV as part of the pregame coverage.
During the album's production, Lopez was in a relationship with Puff Daddy (as he was then known), which led to speculation that the song was about him. In the lyrics, the singer is frustrated with her absentee lover, who would rather buy her expensive gifts than spend time with her, even though "her love don't cost a thing."
Shortly after the single's release in 2001, the pair broke up, and Lopez began dating a dancer named Cris Judd, whom she met while shooting the video for this song. They married later that year but divorced in 2002.
Lopez became the first entertainer to have the #1 album and movie at the same time when her movie The Wedding Planner and album J-Lo both hit #1. In 2003, a film called Love Don't Cost A Thing was released, but this song has nothing to do with it.
The J.Lo album knocked off The Beatles' 1 when it hit #1 in the US. The Beatles had the top spot for eight weeks.
This was Lopez' first and only # 1 hit in the UK.
Adam - Dewsbury, England
In the video, directed by Paul Hunter, Lopez is frustrated when her boyfriend sends her a gold bracelet instead of showing up for a date. She drives to the beach, shedding lavish jewelry and accessories along the way (presumably gifts from her wealthy beau), and grooves with an all-male dance team on the sand.
Greg Lawson was a struggling songwriter when he wrote and recorded the track that evolved into this song. With the help of Los Angeles-based songwriter/producer Damon Sharpe and a trio of other writers, it finally became a hit-worthy tune. Lawson told Songwriter Universe the story in 2002: "I called Damon up, and I played the track and sang the melody to him over the phone. We ended up collaborating on the song, with both of us writing parts of the melody and the lyric. I came up with the title, and he came up with the key line, 'Even if you were broke,' in the chorus. Three other writers, Georgette Franklin, Jeremy Munroe and Amil Harris, also contributed parts to the song."
Lawson and Sharpe also collaborated on the track "Love Is A Crime" by Anastacia for the 2002 movie musical Chicago.
Lopez performed this on Saturday Night Live in the February 11, 2001 episode.
This was used on the MTV animated series Daria in the 2001 episode "Fat Like Me."