JoJo’s story is well known by now. Signed to Blackground Records as a pre-teen, a debut album and pair of major pop hits by 14, followed by a sophomore release two years later. So far so good, right? But after that second album, the singer’s career was effectively handcuffed by legal battles with the label, which at that point was flopping from one distributor to the next and feuding with the producer who had signed her.
A third album never happened and JoJo was eventually released from Blackground -- more than ten years after signing. While in a hazy label purgatory, she satiated fans by releasing one-off singles and mixtapes, including 2010’s Can't Take that Away from Me and 2012’s Agape. In early 2014, JoJo signed with Atlantic and recently dropped a "tringle" of three singles.
In an as-told-to for Vulture, the 24-year-old singer talks about when it dawned on her that the Blackground deal was "not right" and why, despite her history with labels, she signed so quickly with Atlantic.