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2016 Year In Review: JoJo Releases First Album In 10 Years

Singer Unleashes First Offerings After Liberation From Former Label

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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

As the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Now, we’ll look back on songbird JoJo‘s long-awaited flight to freedom:

After serving up digital mixtapes and supporting visuals to keep her name in mention in the two years after the long-awaited liberation from her Blackground Records label home in 2014, this year finally brought with it news about JoJo’s 3rd album.

Announced in late summer 2016, the project – which was set to be released 10 years after her sophomore opus ‘The High Road‘ – was kicked off by the Wiz Khalifa-assisted ‘F*ck Apologies’:

Released in October 2016, the album ‘Mad Love’ (which came courtesy of Atlantic Records), was greeted with fan and critical acclaim alike.  Debuting at #6 on the Billboard 200 with little promotion on major outlets and amidst stiff competition, the return to top 10 chart glory came as nothing less than a triumph for the once embattled starlet.

Here’s hoping album #4 will reach even higher heights on the Billboard 200 and is afforded the push it so deserves.

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11 Comments

  1. December 27, 2016 at 9:16 am
    Usual Observer says:
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    She’s giving Teena Marie vibes in that pic ❤️

    • December 28, 2016 at 6:36 am
      LISA LEVINE says:
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      RECKLESS. is the best song she has ever done. and LIKE Mariah’s FADED….the record label sleeps on the radio-friendly song. These executives need to be fired.

  2. December 27, 2016 at 9:24 am
    Bish in Africa says:
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    About damn time, Jo!

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    December 27, 2016 at 9:42 am
    Jeff says:
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    Queen Jo <3

  4. December 27, 2016 at 10:29 am
    eric says:
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    I bought the album and it’s my least favorite from her. It has a few good songs, but the music and lyrics are mostly uninteresting, nothing like her previous two albums. I don’t know why she messed with a successful formula. It’s like Alicia Keys going from “As I Am” to “Here”.

  5. December 27, 2016 at 11:05 am
    Credits says:
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    *sings* I was reckless with your haaeerr-uh-ah-uh-ha-heaart

  6. December 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm
    Leah says:
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    She waited ten years to release an average album that was forgotten a day later. Hopefully she’s already working on the follow up.

  7. December 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm
    John A. says:
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    Overall I wanted to love this album but to me it wasn’t cohesive. Too much trying to pander to today’s music. She is too talented for that.

  8. December 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm
    grapejuicefan says:
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    That album was really disappointing !! ALL of the EPs that she released were better than that album.

  9. December 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm
    Lovatic❤️ says:
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    FLOP

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