Jennifer Lopez is back on the charts for the first time since 2014 with the release of her newest single, “Ain’t Your Mama.” The song has been making waves on social media, but not for a favorable reason. The feminist anthem was co-produced by Lucasz Gottwald, a.k.a Dr. Luke, Kesha’s alleged abuser.
Meghan Trainor, reigning Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist, penned the song in 2014 – long before anyone was aware of Kesha’s case – and came to Lopez’s defense, telling press that Lopez was most likely unaware of Dr. Luke’s involvement with the song during the early demo days.
“I texted her the song and she had no idea. She thought I did it alone by myself at my house, which a lot of people think because I do do that,” Trainor told Digital Spy. “I sent it to her and said, ‘Do you like the song?’ and she said, ‘I love the song, my kid loves the song — he’s made me play it five times already so I know it’s a hit. When can I cut it?’, so I said immediately, ‘Whenever you want!’”
Lopez and Trainor are label-mates at Epic Records, which is a division of Sony Music, like Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records – the label Kesha is seeking to terminate her contract with.
Some fans are outraged with the prospect of Lopez working with Dr. Luke when Kesha’s court case is still so fresh. Others found it ironic that Dr. Luke worked on a track meant to empower women when he was sued for “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault.”
But Trainor wishes fans would see that Lopez is not supporting Dr. Luke’s actions and simply appreciate the music.
“It’s such a big song for her,” Trainor said, according to officialcharts.com. “After the last album, I’ve been listening to this new album and I’m like, it’s night and day. The music is there, the melodies are there and a lot of my songs are self-empowerment songs, and she loved that about my writing.”
Despite the backlash, “Ain’t Your Mama” is prospering. Lopez’s mash-up performance of her new single and her classic “Let’s Get Loud” on the “American Idol” finale was well-received, and the song is creeping up on the iTunes chart.