On Friday night, R&B singer JoJo tweeted:
“If you are OVER 18 and are about to enter into a CONTRACT- ya better read it over. In and out. But if you are a CHILD- you should not be bound to a contract with no time limit. From 12-22…?! Think how much you change in 10 years…If you are curious what’s going on… Do a lil research. Google the characters in this situation. I don’t want to say too much.”
If you are wondering what JoJo is referring to, it’s probably the recording contract she signed with Blackground Records when she was only twelve-years-old – but let’s not make assumptions. :)
Ten years later, the outside distribution deal Blackground once had with Interscope Records has fizzled, the label’s funds have been depleted and they basically have no staff to do the work necessary to run a successful label.
Yet, someone* is holding JoJo captive and her career has been at a standstill for the past several years. The contract locks her in for seven studio albums and she has completed two to date. As of now, her new album has been delayed with an unknown release date.
What is JoJo to do? Should she sit back and twiddle her thumbs? Time is money, people. Each day that passes, her fanbase and supporters must suffer all because of a stupid piece of paper that she signed at a young age that should have helped her more than hurt her. She needs to be on radio. She needs to be on TV. She needs to be everywhere but someone says, “Nope.”
I find the entire situation incredibly frustrating and I can only imagine how draining it must be for JoJo. We all know that JoJo is ready to return, but it’s someone’s leash that yanks her sixty-two steps back every time she takes a half-step forward.
JoJo is far too talented to sit around and wait for anyone’s green light. Think about waking up everyday and wanting to share your art, your thoughts and your voice with the world but instead you are locked in a soundproof room with no doors or windows.
The great news out of all of this is that I know that when JoJo breaks from these prison walls, she will have so much more to write and sing about and will channel all of this into an incredible body of work for her fans. Furthermore, she is still very young, so her chance at a comeback in today’s industry seems promising.
Ah, I feel better now that I have written this but Lord, please let freedom ring and let the white dove sing!