JoJo Sues Record Label After Years of Disputes

Kate Glicksberg


Singer's third album has been endlessly delayed by longtime label.

Joanna "JoJo" Levesque has grown up and ultimately outgrown the myriad issues caused by her record label, Blackground Records, which she is aggressively trying to leave.

According to a New York Daily News report, the 22-year-old pop singer is filing a lawsuit against Blackground and imprint Da Family Records claiming that she is no longer their artist, based on the grounds that New York State law prohibits minor from signing contracts that last more than seven years. JoJo claims that her parents signed a contract with the label in 2004, so, by law, her deal should have been expired in 2011.

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JoJo, who scored hits like "Leave (Get Out)" and "Too Little Too Late" as a teen, has struggled for years to release the follow-up to 2006's "The High Road." Her 2012 single "Demonstrate," produced by Drake collaborator Noah "40" Shebib, was originally supposed to lead a third album that never materialized; the singer opted to self-release a critically acclaimed mixtape, "Agáp?," last December to tide over restless fans.

"I don't have a relationship with them," JoJo told Billboard about Blackground Records earlier this year. "I would just prefer to have a platform to release my music and support. I desire to have a relationship with a label, I desire to work hard and I desire to be a part of a team and be a team player. I desire support, that's all."

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