Many people still think of Jojo as the tween from her “Too Little Too Late” days, but the pop singer is back and getting the attention of both her old fans and new ones. After a 7-year battle with her former label that would not release her third album, Jojo has a new deal with Atlantic Records, three new songs and a new full album in the works.
“I try not to think of it as being burned but as just part of my journey,” she says of the industry drama. “It gave me an edge and ability to be equipped this time around.”
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Jojo tells us she was going through a breakup when she started working on the new songs. “I was in a state of high emotion when I started recording,” she says. Her music has always been influenced by her love life, which she admits isn’t always a good thing.
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“Sometimes I stay in situations longer for material and for the emotions they bring up,” the 24-year-old says. “As I get older, I realize that’s not really good. I need to chill. But the content it creates is sometimes worth the struggle.”
In just three weeks the “When Love Hurts” music video racked up well over a million views and Jojo says she was shocked by all the attention. “I was wicked surprised! I was scared and wasn’t sure what the response was going to be, but it’s an incredible feeling knowing when I go [on tour] I’ll see so many familiar and new faces.”
And while she’s excited about the new songs, she doesn’t mind taking a trip down memory lane singing her early hits. “I actually enjoy performing [them] more now,” she says. “I didn’t love ‘Leave (Get Out)’ when I put it out, and now that I’m older and I’ve loved, it has a new meaning for me. I’ve definitely kicked somebody out of my house, so I get it now!”
Jojo rocks a crop top in the “When Love Hurts” music video and it’s easy to see why — she’s in sick shape. Click here for her tips on how to get her abs.
If you go:
New York City
Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
125 E. 11th St., 212-353-1600
Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Coda Nightclub Live Music Venue
1712 Walnut St., 267-639-4630
Dec. 14, 7 p.m.
52 Church St., Cambridge