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January 15th, 2014
After years of waiting for a new album from singer JoJo, it seems as though the time is nigh. It’s been eight years since JoJo’s sophomore album, almost ironically titled The High Road, so what went wrong?
1996 – JoJo was offered her first record deal at age six (don’t you feel like an underachiever now), but her mother turned it down, worried her daughter was too young. Um, good call.
1997 – Getting into the entertainment industry at age 7, JoJo, born Joanna Levesque, first appeared alongside legendary comedian Bill Cosby on Kids Say The Darndest Things. After that came Oprah Winfrey and Maury. Seriously.
2003 – Record Producer Vincent Hubert asked JoJo to audition for Blackground Records after seeing her appearance on America’s Most Talented Kids and signed her to the label. We’ll refer to this as the start of the good ol’ days.
2004 – JoJo releases her debut single Leave Get Out and becomes the youngest solo artist to ever have a number one song in America. She also became the youngest person ever nominated for a MTV Award that year, scoring a nom for Best New Artist. Her self-titled debut JoJo was released later that year.
2006 – JoJo releases her sophomore album The High Road. The album enjoyed moderate success and JoJo began work on her next record. This year can also be known as the beginning of the end of the good ol’ days.
2009 – JoJo posts on her Myspace page that she’s waiting on her label to work out a distribution deal before her next record is released. JoJo sues Da Family Entertainment to release her from her contract with Blackground Records. JoJo is released, as long as her third album is distributed by Interscope.
2010 - JoJo releases her mixtape Can’t Take That Away From Me and is all grown up. Like, really grown up.
2011 – JoJo releases the single Disaster and opens for Joe Jonas and Jay Sean on tour. She also releases a remix of Drake’s Marvin’s Room, which gains praise from the rapper and over 35 million YouTube views.
2012 – JoJo opens for Big Time Rush on tour. She also releases the single Demonstrate for free online, which was produced by Drake’s producer, Noah ’40′ Shebib. Blackground Records lose their partnership with Interscope and JoJo releases the mixtape Agápē for free.
2013 – JoJo files a lawsuit against Da Family Entertainment and Blackground Records for “irreparable damages to her professional career”. JoJo argues that the contract she signed in 2004 is unlawful as she was a minor at the time and the contract should have run out after seven years. A #FreeJojo campaign begins on Twitter that summer, with fans calling for JoJo’s release from her label. In December, both parties settled out of court.
January 15, 2014 – JoJo announces that she signed a new record contract with Atlantic Records. #FreeJoJo for realz. Now, let’s get some ‘official’ music!