Jennifer Lopez Celebrates 20 Years of “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” Beach Song
“Love Don’t Cost a Thing” turned 20 years old last week, and Jennifer Lopez is celebrating in style. Using Twitter to celebrate, J.Lo has started a hashtag to commemorate the occasion: #MyLoveDontCostAThing. She also posted a video of herself recreating the music video for the song. The original was directed by Troy Beyer, and starred Kenan Thompson and Christina Milian. While it doesn’t have the star power of the Bad Boys II remake, it’s a solid R&B track that has received a lot of airplay over the past couple of decades.
“Love Don’t Cost a Thing” is not just a pretty song; it has been a tangled tangle of controversy over the years. It became famous when J.Lo married her backup dancer, Cris Judd, and when the couple divorced after eight months. But despite these controversies, it remains one of the most popular singles of all time, and a song that is still played regularly on radio stations today. Other stars featured in the video include Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson, and Steve Harvey.
In the music video, the main message is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to be happy. This is particularly pertinent to the American economy, where a high quality of life is often a relative luxury. Interestingly, the music video is not just a gimmick: the dancing is top notch. Despite the fact that the video is relatively short, it features plenty of action. There are two dancing pairs and a group of cheerleaders, which adds to the fun.
One of the more entertaining elements of the video was the music – in particular, the witty lyrics that play in the background. In the music video, J.Lo dances to the same music played by rap star Rauw Alejandro. The song also has the distinction of being the first single to reach the top of the American Hot 100 airplay chart. Also noteworthy is the fact that it won the award for the most downloaded video of the year on iTunes.
The music video for the song was accompanied by a slew of dance videos. The most notable of these was a mashup of the original, along with other popular dance tracks of the time, such as Madonna’s “Cambia El Paso” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”. Some of the best mashups were actually performed by J.Lo herself, such as a twirl incorporating both songs.
The music video for the song is only one of many relics of its era that have survived the test of time. To honor its legacy, Jennifer Lopez recreated the original “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” music video for the big 20. Of course, she’s not the only one to recreate the music video – Paris Hilton has even done the sexiest mashup of the two. With the help of Twitter, she hopes to inspire other artists to follow her example.