Jennifer Lopez just dropped a new song today—a feminist anthem, and an excruciatingly catchy one at that. Called “Ain’t Your Mama,” the new track will actually formally debut live on “American Idol” tonight with a performance from J. Lo herself. Normally, all of this would be pretty straightforward—great news, even!—except the 46-year-old entertainer’s new track was produced by Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. Yeah, that Dr. Luke.
A perfunctory recap: Dr. Luke is the music producer Kesha’s been fighting in court, asking to be released from her contract with and Sony following allegations of sexual assault. Pretty much all your favorite female musicians, including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Adele, and Kelly Clarkson, rallied around the pop singer and called for Sony to release the singer from her contract, which makes J. Lo’s affiliation with the producer even more baffling.
The song’s release today also has particularly unfortunate timing, as Kesha’s case was just thrown out of a New York court because the alleged incident happened outside of the state, the time limit had expired, and the judge ruled that it wasn’t a hate crime, as alleged.
Of course, we don’t really know what’s happening behind the scenes here, and it’s even possible that J. Lo refused to work with him but was contractually obliged to continue. It’s certainly happened before, like when Tinashe revealed publicly that it wasn’t her choice to collaborate with Chris Brown on her new album.
Who knows, maybe she’ll address the controversy in her performance tonight, but in the meantime you can listen to her new track online.