Endlessly talented and wickedly catchy, JoJo is no stranger to the spotlight, having had her first number-one single at the age of 13. Now, after a 10-year studio album hiatus caused by label issues, sheâ€™s back on the scene with â€śMad Love,â€ť a critical and commercial success that showcases her voice and songwriting â€“ both of which are stronger than ever. FAULT had a chance to speak with her while in the midst of her four-month worldwide tour, and we uncovered just what makes that brilliant mind and talent tick. (Read More…)
â€śI have a bit of anxiety, as you would if you havenâ€™t put out an album in ten years,â€ť JoJo admits to me. â€śI think if I was totally carefree and had no emotion about this, I might be a bit of a sociopath.â€ť
JoJoâ€™s album Mad Love comes out today after a frustrating decade in which the former teen star was prevented from releasing any new music due to problems with her label. Even though sheâ€™s technically been off the grid for ten years, though, sheâ€™s stayed part of the music world, releasing mixtapes and collaborations that have ensured her fans havenâ€™t forgotten her. Todayâ€™s release is a major milestone for her, but itâ€™s not a comeback â€” more like a reintroduction, she says.
Born Joanna Levesque, JoJo signed her first record deal at the age of 12. When she released â€śLeave (Get Out)â€ť at 13, the song made her the youngest solo artist ever to have a number-one single in the United States.
Finally free of a stifling contract, the soulful pop singer reclaims her powerful voice.
By the time that most artists release a first album, they have waited a lifetime to share their music with the world. For former teen pop star Joanna “JoJo” Levesque, it has taken nearly half her life to release her third, thanks to a battle with her previous label, Blackground Records, over a contract that prevented her from selling her own music. (Read More…)
Thereâ€™s something about Joanna Levesque that makes you feel as though youâ€™ve grown up with her. Maybe itâ€™s the way sheâ€™s able to hold a conversation about anything that comes up, such as her Netflix binge session picks (sheâ€™s a fan of Narcos) or the (then one-day-old) Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa Twitter feud. Or maybeâ€”after reflecting back to my Radio Disney days when her hits were on heavy rotation in the familyâ€™s Dodge Caravanâ€”itâ€™s that we did grow up with the musician affectionately known as JoJo. (Read More…)
Check out the first (high quality) promotional photo from JoJo‘s upcoming ‘Mad Love’ album.
Â» 2016 Photoshoots: ‘Mad Love’ Album Promoshoot
Take a spin through JoJo‘s home and you’ll get a good sense of just how much the singer has accomplished in her 25 years. On the walls are personalized pieces from noted street artists; her jewelry collection includes at least one epic necklace from friend and collaborator Thundercat; and her jam-packed closet is literally brimming with stories of photo shoots, high-fashion finds, and performance memories. Yes, the “Too Little Too Late” singer has been a chart-topping star since she was 13, but she’s also seen and done a hell of a lot in between then and now, including last year’s comeback EP III. The “tringle,” as she calls it, is a quantum leap from the R&B-tinged pop of her early career, mixing house beats and hyper personal lyrics with the powerhouse vocals she’s been flexing since the start. And, according to Jo, it’s just a hint of what’s to come.
Next week, JoJo heads to Europe for a string of shows in support of III. Leading up to the tour, we took a peek into her closet and chatted about music, style icons, and pre-show routines for our latest edition of Behind the Seams. Check out all the goodness we uncovered below. For a full rundown of JoJo’s tour dates, visit her website.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love to dress in what makes me feel cool and confident. Street, chic, comfort, a dash of fab, layers, mixed fabrics; I like to play with menswear too, and I always have a statement accessory or a special jewelry piece I wear day after day. My nails are another canvas to play on; I like looking at them seeing a design that I dig.
How does your day-to-day look compare to what you wear onstage?
Onstage I like to have a little more skin showing since I sweat my ass off under the lights. I like to have a long jacket to take off during the show. On the day-to-day I dress however I feel. Printed shirts, dope jeans, or leather pants. Always a jacket, preferably long. Jackets have become the staple of my wardrobe.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
Etro, Dries Von Noten, Libertine, Helmut Lang, Barbara Bui.
What are some of your favorite places to shop?
Barneys, Kin, random vintage stores, the Cabazon Outlets, Urban Outfitters for staples like tank tops and some cool one-off pieces.
Who are your icons?
Janelle MonĂˇe, Joni Mitchell, Cher.
What got you into music?
Both my parents sang and I was constantly around music growing up. I started singing when I was two years old and never stopped. As long as I can remember it’s been my obsession and my greatest love.
What do you like the most about playing music for a living?
The high I get from being onstage and feeling the energy from the audience. The human connection. Music is a universal language.
What’s your pre-show prep routine?
I stretch my body and my voice. I drink a gang of water (hot and room temperature) and do some ab exercises. I pray with my crew. Try to stop freaking out (I get nervous) and repeat an affirmation that I’m meant to be here and by God’s grace all will be well.
Do you have any secret beauty tricks or hacks?
I sleep with my hair in four tight braids, then wake up, spray some Oribe dry spray at the roots, put some serum at the ends, and brush them out and keep it movin’! I always curl my lashes. It opens up my eyes and makes a quick but big difference. Lately I’ve been putting a pump of foundation in my hand with some moisturizer and a little brightening highlighter and apply it all over my face. It’s sheer and makes for healthy looking skin.
Are there any crazy clothing scores you’re especially proud of?
An Etro jacket I got for 70% off at an outlet sale, and a pair of thousand dollar leather pants that I scored for $299!! I loooooove a bargain and tell everyone after I come upon one.
Janelle MonĂˇe for sure.
When word reached the millennial women of Milk Studios that JoJo was in the building, pandemonium ensued. Well, not exactly pandemoniumâ€”we are professionalsâ€”but there was a palpable buzz in the air, and a lot of jealous looks and whispers as I walked by with her. Celebrities come in and out of here all the time, but Jojo is special. Jojo is ours. And most importantly, Jojo is back.
Born Joanna Levesque in Massachusetts (she has a shamrock tattoo in honor of Southie), at 13 years old, Jojo became the youngest solo artist to release a number one single on the mainstream Billboard chart. â€śLeave (Get Out)â€ť became the breakup anthem of an entire generation, and Jojo was huge. But then she disappeared. Her label, Blackground Records, refused to put out her third record, and then refused to let her out of a seven-album contract. And thus began the teenage pop starâ€™s eight-year-long legal battle. (Read More…)
The “Leave” and “Too Little Too Late” singer is back, with some strong opinions on the music industry. (Read More…)
I’ve uploaded behind the scenes photos from JoJo‘s GQ photoshoot, from earlier today that were posted on snapchat. Thanks to @JoJoBR for the photos.
Â» 2016 Photoshoots: Behind the Scenes of GQ Photoshoot