Listen to this: New singles from Jennifer Lopez and Cyndi Lauper

By Nicholas Jennings

Controversy is often good for publicity. No one ever accused Kanye West or Madonna of shying away from outrageous statements or provocative poses and both acts garnered more media coverage than most. This week, two of pop’s biggest female stars have new music out and found themselves in the news—and not just for their songs.

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Jennifer Lopez: “Ain’t Your Mama”
The “Jenny from the Block” icon performed her new female empowerment song, written by Meghan Trainor, on the American Idol season finale. It was a dazzling performance that preceded an equally flamboyant rendition of her signature “Let’s Get Loud.”

But JLo faced a backlash for performing “Ain’t Your Mama.” The track was produced by Dr. Luke, who has been locked in a legal battle with “Tik Tok” star Kesha over alleged sexual abuse. Meghan rushed to JLo’s defense, telling Digital Spy that the singer-actress was unaware that Dr. Luke was behind the beats.

Jennifer Lopez and Meghan Trainor Jennifer and Meghan hung out last summer in Las Vegas.

Cyndi Lauper: “Funnel of Love”
The woman who most famously sang about girls’ right to have a good time is now having fun with country music. Her next album, Detour, is a left-hand turn into the Nashville sounds of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. For her first single, Cyndi covers a twangy classic once popularized by rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson.

Meanwhile, the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” singer was in the news for her decision to go ahead with her North Carolina concert at a time when Bruce Springsteen and others are cancelling theirs in protest of the state’s anti-LGBT laws. Cyndi says she will donate profits from her June 4th Raleigh show to Equality North Carolina, an organization fighting to get the laws overturned.

Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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