Jennifer Lopez is back on the radio — with an old song masquerading as a new single. "(Out) On the Floor" has been making the rounds on the Internet as well as the airwaves, with fans speculating that it's the first taste from the singer's forthcoming album due this fall. The singer's label rep, however, says that the tune is not an official release and won't be on the new record.
The dance song — with a beat sampled from Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's 1984 breakthrough hit "I Wonder If I Take You Home" — is more poppy than much of J. Lo's recent work, and it describes the mind-clearing benefits of getting lost on the dance floor in a good beat. Lyrics include, "I step into another world/ As soon as I start to dance/ Out on the floor/ It's always been the only place/ When I look to escape/ Baby, you can do the same/ Let your troubles go."
"(Out) On the Floor" started getting spins last week on R&B and hip-hop stations, including KQBT-FM in Austin, Texas; KXJM-FM in Portland, Oregon; WGBT-FM in Greensboro, North Carolina; WWKC-FM in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; WKHT-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee; and KPRR-FM in El Paso, Texas. "This was something that was leaked last week," said Jason Kidd, program director at KQBT-FM, which reported playing the song 51 times between June 17 and 23. "Only a few stations in the country have it. I was told that we had it before the label."
Lopez's label rep, Epic Records publicist Michelle Schweitzer, said that track was left over from an old session "three albums ago" (evidently J. Lo's 1999 debut, On the 6; the song's lyrics mention the 6-train) and was never intended for release. "It's not a new song, it's not going on the new album, it's nothing," Schweitzer said. "It's a rough mix. It's not even mastered."
As soon as Epic realized that the song was in rotation, Schweitzer said, the label asked radio stations to pull the song from their playlists. But not every station got such a call, and it remains on the air in some places. "They have not said anything to me," Kidd said. "I am still [playing it occasionally] here and there."
There's no release date yet for Lopez's next album, which she continues to work on in Los Angeles while shooting her next movie, "Monster-In-Law" (see "J. Lo To Butt Heads With J. Fonda In 'Monster-In-Law' ").