JoJo hasn’t dropped a new album since 2006, though we all know the girl sure has tried. However, after several years of label conflict, the singer is suing Blackground Records for her freedom.
The New York Daily News reports that in her suit, Joanna Noelle Blagden Levesque is citing a New York State law that states minors cannot sign contracts that last more than seven years. The 22-year-old singer signed a contract with Blackground Records and Da Family Records in 2004 when she was 12, which would mean her contract was up in March 2011.
I hope these labels don’t fight her on this. Blackground is reportedly bankrupt and without distribution, which means they have no means of releasing the several dozen songs JoJo’s been recording over the years.
In fact, I still want to throw a brick through their office window for their failure to release the video to JoJo’s brilliant “Demonstrate.” That song was pure R&B, slow jam glory but was been relegated to Internet-famous status versus huge crossover radio single because the label refused to do anything with it. Like, I couldn’t even buy it on iTunes. Boo, hiss. Boo, hiss. Boo.
Plus, JoJo’s dropped two well-received mixtapes and the people are clamoring for more. Let my people go, Blackground, with your allegedly broke asses. The world needs Teena Marie’s grandniece (in my head) to shine.