Why We Can’t Wait For JoJo’s Album This Fall
Before we even get into why JoJo needs to put her foot into her upcoming third album Jumping Trains and drop it sooner than later, you first must listen to her stellar remix of Drake‘s “Marvin Room” (you know you want to hear it again if you already have):
With lyrics like “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,” the artist born Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque has come a long way from the 14-year-old we first met in 2004 with her debut single, “Get Out (Leave).” Commenting on the rawness of the lyrics featured on her latest track, JoJo told Billboard magazine last week, “I was drawn by the boldness and honesty of Drake’s lyrics. If something speaks to me, I get the itch to take a stab at it.”
Already a veteran of the industry and barely out of her teens, JoJo got her big break via Blackground Records, best known for launching the career of another female teenage talent, Aaliyah. After the release of her first two albums, things with the label went sour and JoJo publicly petitioned to be released from her seven-album contract. After years of fighting for career freedom, both parties reached a deal in October 2009 and her new material will be distributed jointly via Blackground and Interscope.
A much-needed voice for a female audience hungry for pop music with substance and edge, JoJo says of her forthcoming record, “With this album, I’ve taken what’s going on in my life and dropped that into each song. I want people to feel, because that’s what we all want. It’s quite transparent for what I was going through.”
Listen to Jumping Trains‘ official first single, “The Other Chick”: