Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Jennifer Lopez Comeback Frankenstein Single “Can’t Get Enough” Has TEN Songwriters, Samples Old Reggae Song from the 70s (Listen)


Jennifer Lopez is starting the new year with a song built in Frankenstein’s lab.

The single is called “Can’t Get Enough” and it has no fewer than 10 songwriters! Some of them are the people who wrote the original songs used to construct this hybrid, including Alton Ellis and Dennis Coffey, back in the 70s.

“Can’t Get Enough (I’m Still in Love with You)” is a sample of a Sean Paul song called, “I’m Still in Love with You.” It’s an ‘interpolation,’ meaning JLo’s just lifted out the Paul song and stuffed it into a new single. This has been common practice now in hip hop for 35 years, and Lopez has done it before. Why write a new song when you can just stick together some old ones?

But this is a problem now because samples are being sampled. It turns out, Sean Paul’s song is really a cover of a 1967 reggae song called “I’m Still in Love with You” and made it a hit in 1977 by Marcia Aitken. It was written by Alton Ellis. Where Coffey comes in is unclear, but he is a famous Detroit instrumentalist who had a massive hit called “Scorpio” in the 70s.

Lopez’s new album, “This is Me…Now,” is loaded with samples. One song has SIXTEEN credited writers! Another one — a sample of a Chris Isaak song — also has TEN. There’s also a reworking of “Superstar” by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett, made famous by The Carpenters.

I give a lot of credit to the people who listen to hundreds of old records looking for bits and pieces they can use to create a new song. The big winners here are the lawyers who have to get permissions and clear the songs rights — in the cases where that really happens.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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