First Listen: JoJo – ‘Marvin’s Room (Can’t Do Better)’

JoJo

After remixing Drake’s “Houstatlantavegas” in 2009, JoJo puts a sassy spin on the Young Money’s star’s latest “Marvin’s Room.” The 20-year-old singer flips the script, offering the female perspective to Drizzy’s drunken phone call. Just like her mixtape, she experiments with an edgier sound on the one-off record, cooing in a sultry voice while reminding her ex why she’s the best he’s ever had.

“Fuck that new girl that you like so bad/ She’s not crazy like me, I bet you like that/ I said fuck that new girl that’s been in your bed/ And when you’re in her, I know I’m in your head,” sings a sleep-deprived JoJo on the risqué remix, which features production from Jordan Gatsby and additional vocals from Travis Garland.

Rap-Up.com has your exclusive first listen of the song below. Who knew JoJo could be so good at being bad?

Download: JoJo – “Marvin’s Room (Can’t Do Better)”

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153 Comments

  1. Em

    This is amazing! JoJos voice draws you in straight away-so much emotion.
    So glad she is singing mature songs.
    She’s going to take over.

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    KMart Reply:

    @Em, she is man!! she slayed this song
    HAHAHA i cant stop singing it!!!!!

    “im jus sayin, u could do betta”

    :P

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    shantejah Reply:

    @KMart, i kno she clowed

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    JJx2 Reply:

    @Em, JoJo is the Way & the Truth!!!!!!!!!! This is why the music biz is in trouble. They put their money into mediocre artists and ignore real talent. These out of touch suits need to pay attention to the streets. Support real talent like @JoJoIsTheWay

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    writersbk Reply:

    @Em, Did you guys catch the name she was sayin IDEN my friend says she was talkin to a guy she met that perfromrs hip hop his name is Iden emile james and thats who she was singin too!!!!!!!!

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    Trey Reply:

    @writersbk, I definitely think she says “I mean”, as in “I mean, I’m just saying you can do better.”

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    Shavonne Lazelle Torres Reply:

    @Em, yes hands down thios is the best remake of marvins room I listen to it all day ha I want a video

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  2. Pedro Henrique

    Thank you so much 4 suport our little girl Rap-Up! I LOVEEE THIS SONG!!!

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  3. TeamJoJo

    Haha I love it. Fuck that new girl lol

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  4. MrGimmieDat

    I Digs It JoJo… Thumbs Up!

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  5. INCAS

    this is dope. I’d like to see her do a song with Frank Ocean, that would be sick

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    Yaaaa Reply:

    @INCAS,
    Heck yeah! That’s a great idea…
    If she worked w/ 40 & Frank Ocean for her new album it could be an instant classic.

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    INCAS Reply:

    @Yaaaa, her new albums gonna be off the hoook!!!

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  6. Em

    I need to add, after four consecutive listens and being amazed more each time.

    “And when your in her, I know I’m in your head.”

    That has to be the sharpest lyric I have heard in a song in a long time.

    The best.

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    Dessy Reply:

    @Em, Thats the same ish i said. this girl right here man <<<<<< she a beast – these lyrics were the truth!!!!

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  7. DeeJay

    This is crazzy, and its an interesting flip.

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  8. andrew

    Boy..there sure do grow up so fast…great song…good luck to her…

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  9. Aamiy Blanco

    i love this side of JoJo….

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  10. Sibel S.

    JoJo goes hard :)This is just DOPE! Dedicated shamrocker/train Jumper 4 life :)

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  11. TeamJoJo

    @Aamiy Me too! So Sexy

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  12. Yaaaa

    This is even better than the original to me.

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    Corbster Reply:

    @Yaaaa, Agreed!

    Wouldnt it be sweet if drake mixed the two versions and put it on his album

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  13. Lexx_Janay

    jojo slayed this track!!!

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  14. capthavoc

    Man this one is great it,s hit’s my special nerve

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  15. @AdamAbercrombie

    JoJo just done it! I am lovingggggg this!!! I am so glad she jumped on this track!!!

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  16. Jojofan12

    HOT damn JoJo killed that sh*t once again! PPL sit and watch this girl slay that game. riri who?

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  17. kaylie

    This is better than the original….well for me…JoJo slays!

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  18. THE MALEZ

    This girl does NOT play the fuckin radio!!! I LOVE HER!!! She goes in on EVERYTHING she touches!!

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  19. Tie

    JoJo done did it again!!! Loved her sincethe beginning and I love her more now with her coming of age music. Can’t wait for Jumping Trains and I hope her and Drake do a record soon.

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  20. fani

    loves eet…

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  21. TeamJoJoGB

    This is DA BOMB, literally!
    Go JoJo!!! She will always be the best!

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  22. Bianca

    she went in. I love this…honestly, I didn’t care for Drake’s original version until I heard this.

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  23. james

    wow, tunes really good, her voice has matured really well and jojo just gets even more sexy with age.

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  24. Layla

    Everything this girl touches is amazing! She’s completely underrated and I can’t wait to hear her album.

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  25. Sharp Tongue

    JoJo flipped the motherfuckin’ script on these hoes, I llove it.

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  26. BLAZE

    I love it she slays all the time

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  27. Josh

    Oh.my.god.I.AM.SLAYED.

    JoJo is so underrated.

    Damn.She’s GOLDEN!

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  28. @materialmayne

    i ddnt like drakes version but i love this one and this is why i fucks with her, ever since the beginning. she has always been slept on my she is an amazing vocalist. i can not wait for jumping trains to come out! her and drake she def do a song together!

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  29. lovechild

    Jojo killed this song.In my opinion its better than Drake.Drake should look her up and get her on a song.

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  30. Jordan

    If her and Drake made a song together it would be awesome

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  31. jtlyk

    Damn, loving this!

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  32. buttascott

    wow this better than drake’s version!!!

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  33. Joe

    To paraphrase another Young Money artist:

    “Dear old JoJo, please call back!”

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  34. ANGELA

    LOOOVE JOJO!!!!.. NEVER STOPPED.

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  35. 619productions

    This song sounds so much better with her on it. Shes really a singer where as drake well like i said its better that shes on it.

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  36. love this girl

    love this remix and love me some jojo!! beautiful talent. <3 <3

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  37. jtlyk

    Had this on repeat all morning, haha

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  38. AAA

    This is tuff!!

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  39. vern0

    amazing !

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  40. Nae

    This is so fuckin dope! I think JoJo is someone we have to keep a look out for.

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  42. Boy Wonder

    Ima need a whole mixtape of just Drake covers! #TeamJoJo

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  43. Haters Stay Pressed

    Damn Jojo! She killed that shit!!! I don’t want to say her version is better than Drake’s, but she has a much better singing voice! I just cannot tolerate singing voice! Ugh!

    I’m officially checking for JoJo’s new album!! This chick is coming hard and releasing some dumb shits!

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  45. Fa

    This sounds like ROBYN track! I love it!

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  46. CC

    Yo this is hot. JoJo sounds better on the record than Drizzy and J. Gatsby upped the production. I need to look out for this dude. He killed In the Dark on the mixtape.

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  47. Jeffery Fatale

    Baby, I’m The Best, So You Can’t Do Better… That Has To Be The Best Line Ever, and It’s The Truth!!!… Jumping Trains Will Definitely Be Album Of The Year, and Thank You So Much Rap-Up For Giving Us All The JoJo Exclusives!!! TeamJoJoFor2011AndBeyond.

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  48. maya

    omfg! I love JoJo <3 Been following her since "leave (get out)" days. She killed Houstatlantavegas & now Marvin's room! Drake better collab w| her ASAP!!

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  49. precious97

    love this song but for some reason I think this is exactly what Rihanna would be thinking about Chris and his new gf ohhhhh juicy!!!

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    maya Reply:

    @precious97, good fucking bye!

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  50. melodyfan

    SOLID!

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  51. chet

    holy fuck! that’s hot as shit! her pen game is crazy.

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  52. itsDamianBITCH

    I LOVE JoJo , She’s Very Under Rated. She’s Such A Beautiful Talented Singer & She Did An Amazing Job On This Song : ) . I Love Listening To Drakes Version & The JoJo’s Because It’s Like She’s Answering Him Retorically : ) .

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  53. Panenip

    Me encanta, JOJO es muy talentosa y se merece todo el reconocimiento del mundo, no puedo dejar de escuchar la canción jajaja #TeamJoJo

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  54. dre

    song should be mixed with both on it…

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  55. ed

    JoJo never disappoints. so beautiful.

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  56. @hugo_pg

    OMG so so good

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  57. Kathy

    LOVE THIS!!!! She would slay a Motivation remix. I think Drake should produce some music for her.

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  58. philly11

    Downloaded this song this morning. Went to work, went to the gym…etc. Have not and can not stop listening to this version. Great job Jojo

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  59. Gumaro

    I CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO THIS!!! ITS SOO GOOD! MINIMALISM IS HER THING!

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  60. karim

    love jojo, she killed

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  61. SLYBOI

    5/5

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  62. I AM THE WAY!!

    better than the original

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  63. I AM THE WAY!!

    It feels weird hearing JoJo cursing in a song like this but i like it… it sounds good
    I AM THE TRAIN JUMPER!!

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  64. C94B

    Technically, this is better than Drake’s version, but what did you expect ? She’s a singer and he’s a rapper. However, IMO, Drake’s version is “realer” and his voice sticks way better to that situation than JoJo’s seemingly angelic and cristallin voice. When I hear Drake in that song, it sounds like a drunk idiot, it smells like a hangover. When I hear JoJo, I hear a beautiful voice, but that is all. I feel no true emotions related to the topic of the song. I know it sounds old-school, but I always find it awkward to hear such a girly and beautiful voice saying things like “and when you’re in her, I know I’m in your head”. Lol ! Oh I guess that’s because I always saw Jojo as that 15 years old singing fancy songs like “Get Out”. Oh boy time flies :-)

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    Haiku Reply:

    @C94B,

    I love this track but I know EXACTLY what you mean!
    Men are usually a bit more out of control and woman are a bit more “put together” though- so maybe the critique of Jojo is the biggest strength?
    I mean I hate when women lose the feminine and wear the masculine instead, so if she did try the whole “drunk” thing it would just make her sound “whoreish” especially when combined with those lustful lyrics.
    i think she walked the line perfectly.
    lol

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    C94B Reply:

    @Haiku,

    Maybe she did that track with such “explicit” lyrics to remind people like me that she isn’t that 15 year-old anymore ! ;-) lol

    After all, it’s always very difficult for a teen star to get out of that image, and they generally do it with a bang, rarely quietly, in my opinion.

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    blackguyfromNY Reply:

    @C94B, she used the same outline of lyrics like drake did,
    she isnt trying to remind you of anything im pretty sure ther eare other songs where she curses… so what?…. keep the negativity off my site…..

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    C94B Reply:

    @blackguyfromNY,

    Would you please shut the hell up, instead of saying such meaningless things ?

    Isn’t criticism, when well formulated, constructive anymore ? That is my opinion, I’m entitled to it. I never said that it was a known fact. Moreover, you obviously didn’t understand my point, nor did you understand the humour-tainted comment. What do you think comments are for ?

    I’ll keep whatever I want to keep, whenever I want to do it, and wherever I want to do it. If you can’t handle people putting the + to the – and sane liberty of expression, then YOU better get out of that site, or from the comments section. This is obviously not for you.

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    Patboy Reply:

    @C94B, I can see what you mean, but its precisely this contradiction that helps make JoJo’s version so unexpected and powerful. Her deliverance is sultry and in some ways strategically more slurry than her normal style.

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    C94B Reply:

    @Patboy,

    I respect your opinion, be sure of that. And I am also aware that this performance might stand out of the pack (her previous works).

    But I think that this song really fits Drake. When you see him on his website’s photos, on events, etc., he always looks melancholic, and with that beard and the hair, he looks neglected, which could be related to sadness, melancholia, etc. This is a really decadent song, about a man who is pathetic and desperate. It reflects the image and the general mood seemingly felt by the artist. My point is that his voice is a big part of that song. So hearing another voice (that kind of voice, moreover), from a girl, who is apparently not such a mess, is awkward.

    But then again, I don’t deny her talent. As I answered previously, it might be a way to affirm that she has become an adult, and can be seen as such, rather than a teenager.

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  65. Haiku

    DAMN!

    Jojo did THAT

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  66. tshepi

    tooo nice gal

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  67. tay

    the real original is do better blues by jhene aiko
    =]

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  68. TeamJoJo

    JoJo voice is so beautiful and it has a unforced sex appeal to it. This song already has 2,552,182 views on youtube in 22hrs. More than the original version. JoJo is about to dominate.

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  69. Sibel S.

    DOPE ! JoJo IS THE WAY ! ;)

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  70. @hugo_pg

    dope dope dope

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  71. Sean

    JoJo is ready to come back with a fire. She is so talented it’s crazy. This is amazing.

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  72. Phan

    love it! So talented. New single coming soon…so excited gosh UHHH XD

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  73. Vitor

    JoJo sings very very funny!
    this music stay glamurous with JoJo!

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  74. CHIPZ

    Keri Hilson INfluence

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    maya Reply:

    @CHIPZ, bitch you would’ve thought! Jojo has been making remixes for a minute. Houstatlantavegas, Can’t believe it, Beautiful Girls, & now this. This is nothing new.

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  75. thecool

    Tell me im not the only one who paused cause i thought she was bout to say the N word

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  76. Vitor

    JoJo’s Queen! 4EVER! keri hilson not!

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  77. JHephey1504

    2.670.754 views on Youtube
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  78. @hugo_pg

    WOW she remain in 1st

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    JHephey1504 Reply:

    @@hugo_pg, Yep

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  79. @hugo_pg

    Em Portugal esta nas duas categorias

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  80. B,Uused to b hair..now u gone nair

    nice

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  81. RDK

    i like both version.

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  82. Aquierra

    SLAYED IT!!

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  83. Me

    luv the beat, eerie, raw real… but the lyrics cld been deeper for me right idea…this cld hav been a smash

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  84. Reggie

    JoJo! always laying down those pipes so well! Looking forward to the album sweetsz!

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  85. Agirldeycalled Bob

    i freakin love this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  87. _strang3rdang3r

    I’ve been waiting for JoJo to release some new music and this song is making me excited for her new CD! I NEVER buy CD’s, but I’m gonna start saving up now. She most def did better than Drake on this one.

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  88. Sibel

    JoJo is the way :)

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  89. Sibel

    JoJo is nr 1# in this game!

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  90. jaquel

    yasssss!!!!! one of the best in the game

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  91. ME

    she killed it…literally it ain’t evn good :/
    -driZZY Drake always

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  92. Kate

    YEAH JOJO! Biggest Beantown fan! Can’t wait for your new album and you better be touring because you have a TON of Boston fans waiting—we know you rock best live!!! Put these songs on ITUNES already!!!

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  93. Libra

    Jojo slayed!!!

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  94. Michelle

    She should do “in the morning” ;D lol I LOVEE THISSSS

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  95. MJ

    I’m having a serious problem getting this download link to work. Is this the only one?I’m kinda dying to get this song…lol.

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  96. sandy

    nice one jojo..ket it up very sexy voice

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  97. Simplerut

    I LOVE THE SONG !! And Ur Cover is Awesome .. Keep it Up !! :D

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  98. Jumpin' Joe

    JoJo is so vocally talented. It’s time the pop heads payed attention to some real sangin’ You go girl…fan from the beginning, and always! Providence, RI

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  99. Ariahh Natal

    jus D O P E ! :)

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  100. Christina C

    #EPIC She Killed It! #ThatIsAll follow me on Twitter @ChrisC267

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  101. Petite Cutie

    Loving this song-would be great if they have a video to it—would be amazing hot

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  102. selam

    Thanks Jo for sticking up 4 the girls. Love it girl power. and when ur in her I know I’m in ur head lol. killed it.

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  103. Chico Perez

    omg i loved this how do i download it??? i want it on my ipod plz plz plz plz!!! :’(

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  104. Sandra

    how can i actually download the song? love it and i can’t find it anywhere…

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  105. KAT

    <3<3 J'AIMEEEEEEEEEEE JE KIFFE AUSSI "IN THE DARK" DE JOJO 2011. VOICI LE LIENS,

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  106. Ash

    I want to know where you can download this for ITunes!

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  107. Seeking Serenity

    this hawt!

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  108. ASVP

    Thank you somuch

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  109. maria

    is this song on itunes? or is it legal to download this song here for free?

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  110. Sandra

    How can I get a copy of this amazing song? please let me know!!! thanks!!!!

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  111. luis

    I like jojo me encanta ese Sonq

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  112. kenya

    HER VERSION IS BETTER THAN ANYONE’S EVEN DRAKE

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  113. sophie

    Love u Jojo, cant stop listening to dis track. Got addicted!

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  114. steven

    link is dead :( for mp3 download

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  115. RURI

    loooooove u jojo <3

    YOU R BACK

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  117. ML the Truth

    JoJO killed it!

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  118. Chris

    FIX THE GODDAMN LINK! I NEED THIS SONG NOW!!!!

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  119. Josh 'grandson of' Malley

    i think she has an amazing voice, i really want her to release more material like this, maybe with a collabaration with danielle mcleod, shes some real blinding young girl coming up in the hard streets of gloucester in england, seeing someone called elishma lawless, my main man since day, peace <3

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  120. djime

    marry me….

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  121. pearl

    the link for the download doesn’t work. can anyone fix it please? =)

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    ikr SAME I WANT IT TO DOWNLOAD!!!

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  127. Valerie

    LOv it

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  128. jaquanna milton

    i love it you did your thing wit this one

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  129. ana

    i want this song!!!

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  130. Annica

    Anyone know where i can download this song?

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    Alyssa Reply:

    @Annica, mp3skull.. type it up on google

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