JoJo

May
7
Rap-Up TV: JoJo Talks New Label, Album, & Working with Pharrell

It’s a new day for JoJo. After exiting her deal with Blackground Records late last year, the singer has signed with Atlantic and is back in the studio working on her long-awaited third album.

“It’s so refreshing to be at a new home and have a different experience. It’s so exciting!” she told Rap-Up TV after headlining L.A.’s Broccoli Festival on Saturday. “I wake up every day having energy in places that I thought I didn’t anymore. I just feel so encouraged and optimistic, and I haven’t felt that way in so long.”

Earlier this year, she began recording the follow-up to 2006′s The High Road. “The goal is just to come up with the strongest body of work and really represent everything that has been culminating within me for the last however many years.”

She is bringing her vision to life with help from Da Internz, Gino Barletta (“Disaster”), and Noisecastle III, as well as some up-and-coming producers.

“It’s just been so long since I’ve released an album that really what I wanna bring is just quality,” said JoJo. “I wanna bring big songs. I want them to touch a wide range of people and I really want it to represent my very best work. I’m really not thinking about what other people are doing. I’m thinking about representing my personal best, delivering powerful vocals, and being honest and as raw as possible.”

She also plans to get in the studio with Pharrell Williams, who enlisted her for “Freq” off his album G I R L. “I’m such a fan of that album and the fact that my little vocals are on it, I’m super happy,” she said.

But for now, she’s enjoying her freedom. “I just wanna work harder than ever and not sleep at all. This is what I’ve been waiting for and I just wanna seize the friggin’ moment.”

Apr
21
B.o.B and JoJo Perform Acoustic Version of ‘John Doe’

JoJo and B.o.B

Now that she’s part of the Atlantic Records family, JoJo joined her new labelmate B.o.B for a special acoustic performance of “John Doe,” the latest single off his album Underground Luxury.

With Bobby Ray on guitar, the Boston singer filled in for Priscilla Renea, belting out the cautionary tune before an intimate crowd.

JoJo has been working on her oft-delayed third album and will play the Broccoli City Festival in L.A. on May 3.

Watch their stripped-down set below.

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Mar
16
Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, & JoJo Invade Fader Fort at SXSW

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After nearly a week of back-to-back shows from everyone from Gaga to Gunplay, South by Southwest came to a close on Saturday. Festivalgoers downed beer and BBQ before flocking to The FADER FORT to check out a diverse lineup that included Travi$ Scott, SZA, JoJo, Erykah Badu, Bun B, and Rick Ross.

JoJo hit the stage early in the afternoon. The singer, who signed a new deal with Atlantic Records this year, treated the Austin crowd to her hits “Too Little, Too Late” and “Leave (Get Out)” as well as covers of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home” and Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” off her latest EP #LoveJo.

Following Travi$ Scott and SZA, Erykah Badu spread peace and love during her soulful set. Givenchy’s latest muse opened with “On & On” before going into “The Healer.” Backed by her band, she played the MPC while pulling from her expansive catalog.

“You come to Texas, you come with some shit, or you stay at your fu**ing house,” said the Dallas soulstress before performing a little of “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

MMG was also in the building. Rick Ross closed out Saturday’s festivities with a nearly hour-long set, opening with “Devil Is a Lie” and serving up some of his latest material including “Blk & Wht” off the No. 1 album in the country, Mastermind.

If you were not in Austin, you can catch highlights from Saturday’s bill below.

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Feb
14
New Music: JoJo – ‘#LoveJo’ [EP]

#LoveJo

As a thank you to her fans for all their support, JoJo gifts them with free music this Valentine’s Day. The mini EP #LoveJo features four tracks including covers of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” and Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home,” both produced by Da Internz. She also soars with her beautiful rendition of “Glory,” inspired by opera singer Kathleen Battle.

After being released from her contract with Blackground, the 23-year-old singer is currently in the studio working on her first album in eight years for Atlantic Records.

Hear JoJo spread some lovin’ with her classic covers.

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Jan
14
JoJo Released from Blackground, Signs with Atlantic Records

JoJo

JoJo is free at last. After a multi-year battle, the singer has been released from her contract with Blackground Records.

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Oct
10
JoJo Covers Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in Seattle

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JoJo has covered SWV’s “Weak” and Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” during her West Coast tour with Leah LaBelle. During the last stop of the 6-date trek at The Crocodile in Seattle, she paid tribute to Nirvana with a cover of the hometown band’s classic “Smells Like Teen Sprit,” which they performed at the same venue in 1992.

“*smells like teen spirit* Seattle, you are excellent. You are legal. And I love you for it. See you again soon…” tweeted JoJo.

Watch her rock out in Seatown.

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Oct
4
JoJo Covers Aaliyah’s ‘Rock the Boat’

JoJo showed up and showed out during the second stop of her West Coast tour at L.A.’s Tru Hollywood on Thursday. Following a sexified set from Leah LaBelle, the 22-year-old pop powerhouse took fans on a journey through her nearly decade-long career.

During the hour-long set, she belted out her classics “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late” as well as fan favorites including her remix to “Marvin’s Room” and the seductive “Demonstrate.”

She commanded a cover of Sade’s “The Sweetest Taboo” and paid homage to the late Aaliyah with “Rock the Boat,” while the sold-out crowd grooved along.

The tour continues tonight in Oakland before traveling to Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle.