Fans packed The Roxy in West Hollywood last night to see JoJo headline a rare show. Following a set from Star Trak/So So Def recording artist Leah LaBelle, the 21-year-old singer took the stage to perform her familiar hits and new material off her upcoming mixtape Agápē including “We Get By” and the André 3000-inspired “Andre.”
She thrilled with covers of SWV’s “Weak,” André 3000’s “Prototype,” and an acoustic take on a Joni Mitchell classic. But the crowd got most excited when she did her popular remix to Drake’s “Marvin’s Room.”
Rap-Up TV was in the house and has highlights from JoJo’s sensational set.
JoJo professes her love for a guy like Andre 3000 on “Andre,” the second offering from her upcoming mixtape Agápē. Produced by Mr. Frank and written by JoJo, the song was inspired by the OutKast rapper’s 2003 album The Love Below.
“He always fly as he wanna be/ Colder than a mother/ The girls always looking, but he’s just my lover,” sings JoJo, who will headline a show at The Roxy in L.A. on December 4.
Earlier this month, JoJo dropped “We Get By,” produced by The Backpackkids. Agápē will be available for download in December.
Fresh off announcing her new mixtape Agápē, JoJo debuts the first single “We Get By.” The 21-year-old singer vibes out on the funky jam, which she recorded with a group of her friends known as The Backpackkids (Austin Brown, Scott Bruzenak, and Tommy Parker), who all got together to create what they call “genre-less music.”
“We get by, we get high ’cause tomorrow’s goodbye,” sings JoJo, who remains optimistic in spite of the obstacles she faces. “I know it will be OK. I believe in myself.”
Agápē, described as a “labor of love from the heart without limits or boundaries,” is set for release on December 20.
JoJo showcased her new single “Demonstrate” live for the first time during Fashion Week at the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York on Tuesday. Strutting down the runway in a short black dress and stilettos, the 21-year-old singer set the sexy mood before the Front Row fashion show at STYLE360.
Bridget Kelly praised her performance. “My boo @jojoistheway tearin it up for Front Row’s fashion show,” tweeted the Roc Nation songstress.
Just last month, JoJo shot a video for the Noah “40” Shebib-produced song in Beverly Hills. Go behind the scenes with Rap-Up TV.
The stars came out to celebrate Whitney Houston’s final on-screen performance at the premiere of Sparkle in Hollywood last night. Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina proudly walked the red carpet with her boyfriend Nick Gordon.
“Time to walk this carpet&rep mommy like she would want me too (: god bless u all !” tweeted the 19-year-old.
Whitney’s mother Cissy avoided the media, but Ray J did make the press rounds. The film’s leading lady Jordin Sparks wowed in a white gown, posing for photos with her parents, while her co-star Cee Lo Green showed off his tatted arms in a short-sleeve tee. Other sightings included Christina Milian, JoJo, Vivica Fox, and Keke Palmer.
Houston plays the mother of Sparks in the remake of the 1976 Motown-era film, which arrives in theaters today.
JoJo escaped into her “personal twisted fantasy” while shooting the sensual video for “Demonstrate,” the Noah “40” Shebib-produced single off her upcoming album. Rap-Up TV was on set as the 21-year-old songstress filmed scenes at a mansion in Beverly Hills for what she calls her sexiest video yet, directed by Jason Beattie (Miguel’s “Adorn”).
“I just wanted to have this video be sexy and powerful, but not be so overt as it could have gone with the lyrics,” explained JoJo, who shared an intimate scene with her hunky male co-star. “As a human being, it just feels awkward because normally it takes you months to get up to that point where you’d be so intimate with someone, but it was fun, it was kind of liberating. It feels like a naughty thing to do.”
JoJo has decided to go in a different direction with her music and has scrapped her Jumping Trains album and returned to the studio to record the project under a new title. “I’m feeling more feminine. I’m just feeling good, so I want to represent that,” she said.
She plans to do more work with 40. “He was on my wish list of people to work with,” said JoJo, who caught the attention of the Canadian producer with her popular remix to Drake’s “Marvin’s Room.”
In addition to 40, she has been in the lab with Da Internz, Beau Dozier, Kadis & Sean, and Steve Franks, but don’t hold her to a release date. “I’m just tired of saying we’re wrapping it up for the last five years,” she joked.