We couldn’t believe that she hadn’t released a studio album since 2006. That’s nine freakin’ years!
In 2004, when she was only 13, her debut single Leave (Get Out) skyrocketed to number-one — as it should have, since it was EVERYTHING — branding her as the youngest solo artist to have a song reach the top spot in the U.S.
That’s right, Justin Bieber didn’t even have his first number-one hit until he was 15! But we digress.
After digitally releasing her tringle, JoJo immediately began trending on iTunes, and she says she was just on cloud nine from the second her songs hit the web:
“I smiled all day when I announced my ├óΓé¼╦£tringle.’ It was really exhilarating. I flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles in one day and did a performance. It was very surreal to see what I’ve been fighting for come to fruition. I know it’s the beginning of the next chapter. I also may have shed a tear or two ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ so many emotions!”
We were so thrilled that we finally got some new music from the vocal powerhouse, but the extended hiatus totally wasn’t JoJo’s fault.
When she was only twelve years old, she signed a SEVEN-album contract with her then-label Blackground Records. However, after her second album the company never moved forward with another one, even after she submitted a third.
Eventually, our girl felt enough was enough, and in 2013 decided to sue Blackground to get out of her contract.
Since there are laws in both New York and California that say minors can’t be bound to these legal docs for more than seven years, the pop princess technically should have been able to be released from her legal binds in 2011.
So, in 2014 reports came out that the singer was finally free! She recently opened up about the lengthy legal process:
“I’m an outspoken person in general. I’m particularly passionate about protecting minors, and I don’t think anyone should be held to contract that they signed when they were 12. I felt trapped. We need better protection for children who are working in the [music] industry. I feel like [we] as artists need to come out and encourage aspiring artists starting in the industry.”
But she does say that some good actually came from her time out of the spotlight:
“Being famous at a young age and being validated by people you don’t know can mess with your mind. Going back and having to really fight for the opportunity to live my dreams gave me a different perspective.”
“I could make my mistakes in peace ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ or actually, maybe they weren’t mistakes! I just lived my life.”
That being said, the 24-year-old is ecstatic to be back in the game!
“It’s pretty wild to be ├óΓé¼╦£coming back’ at 24! There’s a whole group of young kids who grew up listening to pop music and they don’t know who I am. I think it’s wonderful because they’re so in tune with social media.”
We can’t stress enough how happy we are that JoJo is finally making music again! Are U looking forward to the rest of her third album?!
[Image via JoJo/Instagram.]