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Jennifer Lopez Inks Epic Records Deal, Juggles TV Stardom

Water Mill resident Jennifer Lopez has been a busy woman this winter acting in and producing her hit NBC dirty cop drama Shades of Blue, judging on the final season of American Idol and, just this week, signing huge record contract.

The superstar inked a new multi-album deal with her former label, Sony Music-owned Epic Records, US Weekly reports. JLo’s big return to Epic also marks her reunion with her old mentor, Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid.

Lopez has created eight studio albums in her storied music career, five of which were under her original contract with Epic, including her most popular, four-time platinum (in the U.S.) album, J.Lo. Lopez landing this major deal is a testament to her track record in the industry, which includes winning three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two World Music Awards, and two Grammy Award nominations. Her accomplishments as a recording artist have come from her music in a multitude of genres.

Currently, Lopez is also an executive producer and plays the lead role in Shades of Blue, which has held enough strong ratings and positive reception over the past season to warrant NBC renewing the series for a second season.

Meanwhile, Lopez is in the midst of judging the 15th and final season of the hit FOX show American Idol. This will be Lopez’s fifth season as an on-air judge since she first joined the series in 2011 for Season 10. This year, American Idol XV has just raised the stakes with their reveal of the top 8 contestants on Thursday March 3. Since American Idol is bringing all the original judges back and the competition is heating up, Lopez is juggling a lot at once.

But something tells us she’ll handle it like a pro.

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