There's an old adage that any publicity is good publicity as long as your name is spelled right. For Jennifer Lopez, though, this appears not to be true.
Lopez's second album, J-Lo, appears to be in free fall on the SoundScan/Billboard charts. After debuting at no. 1 three weeks ago it fell to no. 2 last week and this week goes down to no. 4. Total sales are around the half-million mark.
J-Lo seems to be suffering from Lopez's association with Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs, currently enveloped in a state Supreme Court trial in lower Manhattan for weapons possession. Lopez, who was his girlfriend until recently, was with him on December 27, 1999 when there was a shootout at Club New York on West 48th Street.
Yesterday, yet another witness â€” Combs' driver â€” testified that Combs was packing a pistol when he entered the club. Wardell Fenderson, 42, said Combs adjusted his shirt and pants after positioning the gun, and then 'continued to prepare for his night.'
Last week an attorney working on the case told me, quite explicitly: 'Puffy carries a gun. He had a gun with him that night. And Shyne' â€” Puffy's associate who is also on trial â€” 'is going to be in big trouble.'
So the relative failure of J-Lo may be a referendum on Puffy, the trial, and the whole she-bang, as it were. Combs and his music organization produced seven tracks on J-Lo.
One other factor may have contributed to J-Lo not catching fire in the last few days. Lopez's appearance on Saturday Night Live was delayed almost 45 minutes by NBC on Saturday night as the XFL Football game carried over into overtime. Lopez didn't make it on-screen singing until nearly 12:45 a.m., long after many fans had been tucked in.
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