JoJo Talks Long-Awaited Third Album 'III,' Begins North American Club Tour

Jojo photographed in 2015.
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Jojo photographed in 2015.

It's been eight years, but JoJo promises the wait for her third full-length album will end in 2016.

The 24-year-old singer, now signed with Atlantic Records after protracted legalities to previous label Blackground Records and the production team Da Family, released an EP, III, during August with the dance floor-flavored "When Love Hurts" out as a single. And there's a lot more where that came from.

"I'm, like, 70 songs deep and I'm probably going to keep recording because I love being in the studio," JoJo tells Billboard. "I know it's an uncertain time in music, but I still believe in albums. I love listening to body of work from an artist and really diving into their world that they wanted to invite us into."

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Among JoJo's collaborators on the new music are Sweden's The Family, Benny Blanco, Jason Evigan, Diane Warren and British upstart MNEK.

"We experimented with a lot of different things," JoJo says. "It's about having a cohesive album at the end of the day. I don't want it to be too all over the place, but I want it to be true to myself in that I do listen to a lot of different music -- like, I love dance music, and House music has really influenced me in the past few years. It's given me energy, so I want to make sure that I'm showing that side of myself. It's just about finding the right blend I love."

JoJo acknowledges there were some desperate moments during the legal wrangling, and that she left a lot of music behind once the matter was settled.

"It seemed like at every turn I was told that I wasn't going to be able to get out of this contract and would never be able to own my voice again, because there was no time limit to this contract and it was for seven albums -- and they wouldn't let me put albums out," she explains. "I felt very much trapped and, like, 'Who am I if I'm not able to sing and not able to do what I've been doing since I was younger than 13, when I put out my first album?' So I definitely went through a depression. But having been through that make some a lot more thankful and gives me some perspective that I really appreciate this time around."

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JoJo is on the road through Dec. 20, playing club dates to both promote III and also make sure fans know she's back in active duty.

"I'm having such an amazing time," the singer says. "I'm happier than I've been since I can remember, actually. I really feel comfortable with who I am and what I've learned about myself and I'm so thankful to have the opportunity that a lot of artists don't get after they get in a legal situation, and just to have a fan base that's supported me. So I'm really soaking up every moment and not taking anything for granted."

 

 

 

 

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