The success started early for JoJo
JoJo, whose full name is Joanna Noelle Levesque, began her music career early in life. After appearing in several television shows, such as America’s most talented kids, and Kids say the craziest things, she released her self-titled debut album at the age of 13, according to Christian Post. For such a young girl, JoJo had an incredibly moving voice, and the record immediately became a hit. It achieved platinum status, bolstered by the 2004 single Leave (get out), a pop hit that made her the youngest solo artist in Billboard history to have a number one song.
JoJo’s success continued with his second album, The great road, in 2006. However, when it came time to release her third, she ran into problems with her record label, Blackground Records. The delay had major repercussions on his career. Fans have waited endlessly for a new release but have spent years in disappointment. A resolution finally came 10 years later, when JoJo decided to sue the label, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The lawsuit claimed that Blackground Records caused JoJo “irreparable damage to his professional career” by not allowing him to release a third album. He also claimed that since she was a minor at the time of enrollment, she could not be bound for more than seven years due to New York and California laws.
Finally, in late 2013, JoJo and Blackground reached an out-of-court settlement. The costume was dropped and she was released from her contract.
JoJo is no longer a child
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JoJo signed with Atlantic in 2014 and started working on his third album, Crazy Love. But his music was not the same as many fans remember. In the many years she spent battling her label, JoJo had grown into a woman, and her lyrics reflected that.
The change first appeared in a mix-tape titled A gap, who came out at the age of 22. Instead of the sweet bubble gum pop that JoJo sang when he was 13, the new music dealt with alcohol, sex, and complex relationship issues.
“My mom is probably the one who panicked the most,” JoJo told Billboard. “She emailed my younger cousins and told them not to listen to her because it was inappropriate. I can understand why some people might be taken aback or say “Oh my God, what happened to sweet little JoJo?” She’s still here, but she’s 22 and has her moments, dammit!
Now JoJo is 29 and she just released her fourth studio album, Good to know, under his own label, Clover Music. Although it has received positive reviews, it has not quite regained its former sales success. It is the first album of his career that did not debut in the top 10 of the Billboard charts.
However, her core of fans are still excited to see the artist’s new music. JoJo released a deluxe version of Good to know September 28, but the album came with some last minute changes.
JoJo retired Tory Lanez from son album
Just a week before the luxury outing, JoJo confirmed on Twitter that she was pulling her collaboration with Tory Lanez, titled Come back. The news came shortly after fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion claimed Lanez shot her in the foot.
Lanez has denied shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the lyrics of his new album, Daystar. But JoJo has always said taking him out of his job was the right thing to do. When a fan asked JoJo if the rumor of Lanez’s removal from his album was correct, the star tweeted, “Def took TF away from him. ”
She further explained the decision in a statement to Billboard, “It seemed like the right and necessary thing to do, out of respect and love for Meg,” JoJo said. Lanez has since been indicted for the shooting, NPR reports.
Fans looking for a good collaboration can always find other artists on the Good to know luxury version, including Demi Lovato and Tinashe.