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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Justice For JoJo: The Singer Extracts Herself From Blackground, Signs With Atlantic

Let's get one thing straight, in case it wasn't clear already: With 2006's "Too Little, Too Late," JoJo turned out one of the best songs off the previous decade — and she did it at the age of 15.

Ever since then, the singer has struggled to free herself from a ridiculous, mind-boggling contract situation with her label Blackground — a company that, by all accounts, refused to release JoJo's third album. As of today's news, however, we can finally call Blackground her former label.

The Los Angeles Times reported this evening that a lawsuit filed last year in New York State Supreme Court has resulted in JoJo being extricated from her Blackground obligations, and she's been signed with Atlantic Records (home of Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, T.I. and Wiz Khalifa, among others) since December:
Among her complaints in the suit was that Blackground and Da Family failed to release her third album despite delivery and acceptance of recordings and that the labels neglected to pay producers and “other vendors" she collaborated with.

More important, she argued that because her deal with the labels was signed when she was a minor, laws in both New York and California stipulated that she could not be bound to the contract after a period of seven years.
Altogether, it's a happy ending for one of the most tragic pop injustices in recent years.

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  • At 11:07 AM, Anonymous The Thigh Road said…

    I can't wait to see the Oscar-winning pic Spielberg will helm about this courageous woman's history-making struggles. #neverforget

     

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