"To be honest, I feel like, for a long time, I was afraid of being me," says Joanna "JoJo" Levesque, the 21-year-old pop singer-songwriter who's spent a quarter of her life trying to release her third album.
It's been nine years since Joss Stone released her multi-platinum debut, and now she's returning to her roots with "The Soul Sessions, Volume 2." To mark the occasion, the singer took to the roof of Mophonics Studio in Manhattan to perform an acoustic trio of songs.
Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" returns to No. 1 in a slow week on The Billboard 200 while Jimmy Eat World starts at No. 5 with "Chase This Light" ... Santana bows in the top 10 with his new greatest hits package "Ultimate Santana" while Angie Stone nabs a No. 11 debut ... Toby Keith's second Christmas set takes a bow while Thrice's newest starts in the top 30 of The Billboard 200 ... In Progress Reports, we take note of a historic week for Linkin Park and the Alternative/Modern Rock chart, George Strait's 76th top 10 hit on Hot Country Songs and the fast-rising Colbie Caillat.
Though he began charting albums on The Billboard 200 in 1999 -- and started his recording career well before that -- Kid Rock finally notches his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week. His "Rock N' Roll Jesus" debuts atop the chart with 172,000 ... A pair of country singers -- LeAnn Rimes and Sara Evans -- also start in the top 10 of the big chart ... Josh Groban's holiday album "Noel" arrives high on The Billboard 200, reminding us that it's never too early to release a Christmas album -- even if you haven't even carved your Halloween pumpkin yet ... Jennifer Lopez makes an under-the-radar debut with her new album "Brave" ... In Progress Reports: Kenny Chesney earns his third No. 1 on Hot Country Songs this year, Billy Ray Cyrus looks to his daughter Miley for support, and Feist becomes only the second solo woman to chart on the Alternative/Modern Rock airplay chart this year.
Avril Lavigne holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Best Damn Thing," while R&B singer Joe begins in the runner-up slot with his new "Ain't Nothing Like Me" ... U.K. band Arctic Monkeys bow in the top 10, while heritage artists Donny Osmond, Neil Sedaka, Chuck Brown and Patti Smith make eye-popping returns to the chart ... In Progress Reports, the White Stripes and Marilyn Manson visit the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart with their latest offerings, Mandy Moore's new single debuts and Chayanne claims his ninth No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs.