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JoJo Free From Record Label, Signs New Deal With Atlantic Records

It's been nearly seven years since R&B-pop singer JoJo has released a studio album, the 23-year-old star having battled professional and legal conflict with her previous label, Blackground Records, for years, and is now finally "free," having signed a new deal with Atlantic Records.

By Julia Lynn Rubin j.rubin@hngn.com | Jan 14, 2014 08:07 PM EST

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R&B singer JoJo, known for her smash hits 'Leave (Get Out)' and 'Too Little, Too Late,' has signed a new record deal with Atlantic Records. (Photo : Facebook)

It's been nearly seven years since R&B-pop singer JoJo has released a studio album, the 23-year-old star having battled professional and legal conflict with her previous label, Blackground Records, for years, and the Los Angeles Times reports that she is now finally "free," having signed a new deal with Atlantic Records.

Although her sophomore album "The High Road" was released back in 2006, JoJo (born Joanna Levesque) has been recording hundreds of songs since then, many of which have leaked online, and released several collaborations and two mixtapes, "Can't Take That Away From Me" and the critically acclaimed "Agápē". She was set to release her third studio album, "Jumping Trains," back in 2011, but the project was scrapped as her label failed to pay producers and "other vendors" she collaborated with.

Her fans, eager to hear new music from the star, launched a #FreeJoJo campaign on Twitter urging her to be released from her binding contract with Blackground, which has failed to promote and release her music over the years. The singer filed a lawsuit against Blackground and its imprint, Da Family Records, claiming that they had been "holding her hostage," and argued that she had been a minor when she originally signed to the label, meaning that "she could not be bound to the contract after a period of seven years" in New York and California, according to the Times.

News of JoJo signing a deal with Atlantic Records back in December has just surfaced, and fans are eagerly anticipating a third studio album. The singer recently took to Twitter to retweet various posts about the news. She is best known for her smash hits "Leave (Get Out)" and "Too Little, Too Late," and at age 13, became the youngest artist to have a number-one single in the U.S. with her album's first single.


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