It took years and years but at last, JoJo is finally free! As of this year, the 23-year-old singer and actress has been released from her contract with Blackground Records. The Los Angeles Times officially confirmed that she has signed a new deal with Atlantic Records, home to artists including Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, T.I., and much more. “Her fans strongly lobbied for her release, even launching a #FreeJoJo campaign on Twitter; last summer, the battle with Blackground (once home to the late Aaliyah) went public after the singer filed a suit to be released from the label and its imprint Da Family Records. In the suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in July and obtained by The Times, the singer claimed that the labels had essentially been holding her hostage for the better part of seven years. Among her complaints in the suit was that Blackground and Da Family failed to release her third album despite delivery and acceptance of recordings and that the labels neglected to pay producers and “other vendors” she collaborated with. More important, she argued that because her deal with the labels was signed when she was a minor, laws in both New York and California stipulated that she could not be bound to the contract after a period of seven years. Finally free of label strife, the 23-year-old is on track to issue her long-gestating third album. She signed the new deal with Atlantic in December.”
This is incredibly exciting news! JoJo has always had one of the best voices out there and she will finally be able to release that long-awaited third studio album. Get it girl!