JoJo Addresses ‘Jumping Trains’ Delay

Published: Monday 28th May 2012 by Sam

For all its glamour and allure, the music industry boasts quite the dark side; an unfair and often ruthless one at that.

One of its victims it seems is Pop powerhouse JoJo.

It’s almost one year since the singer served up comeback effort ‘Disaster’. Yet despite a steady start, the song would gradually disappear as details surrounding its housing album ‘Jumping Trains’ remained unknown.

Taking to Twitter, the 21 year old revealed the hold-up. Find out what she had to say after the jump…

Via Twitter:

Sigh. Dreaded “label issues” strike again.

It’s wholly unfair to witness artists with such a wealth of talent like JoJo have to battle for things acts with no talent secure with ease…like release dates.

And while the nature of the latest drama with Blackground is unknown, what is certain is that the label are no strangers to conflict with its artists. Not only are they responsible for JoJo’s near 6 year hiatus, their dealings have also savagely impacted Toni Braxton‘s career (see: shady contracts, lawsuits, and soap opera drama).

What renders the whole episode even more devastating is that while Jo is signed also to Interscope, the Jimmy Iovine helmed juggernaut only handles the promotion and distribution of her “product”; a product which ultimately has to be cooked up on Blackground’s coins. Hence, until the issues are ironed out, this annoying state of limbo remains.

Here’s hoping justice prevails, for Jo could easily one of the industry’s biggest assets – if only she’d be allowed to be.

Pending then, we’ll keep hitting ‘replay’ on this Pop gem…

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  1. dede May 28, 2012

    she is so underrated makes me want to cry

  2. mr.m May 28, 2012

    Poor JoJo

  3. Jay Jay May 28, 2012

    LA Reid help her out!!!!

    • Vegas Girl May 29, 2012

      Unfortunately he can’t. He’s at a WHOLE nutha label/entertainment group.

      Yeah this is very common, artists really don’t have a whole bunch of control over track selection, release date, budget…nada.

      Good luck to her, she was supposed to be huge but something happened to her career. Nice voice.

      • Jay Jay May 29, 2012

        I know but this era is exactly like Basic Instict so maybe if jojo can ask to be let out of her contract she can find a label that can help her career. I just think her being on Epic records will be the best thing since they really don’t have an established big act yet which means Mr. Reid can help her out and focus on her!

  4. Jay Jay May 28, 2012

    I want jojo to do well

  5. Dunk May 28, 2012

    I Love that girl< she needs to just leave Blackground once and for all

  6. UnderRated Artist Lover May 28, 2012

    Big Disasterrrrr..Burning for forever & always…I keep JoJo in my prayers…one of the strongest voices in the industry..her time will come im sure

  7. Flohno May 28, 2012

    It’s crazy how much I used to stan for her. Her first single turned me off so much, I didn’t even bother checking out the video for it.

  8. NE-YO*STAN May 28, 2012

    Blackground just needs to close its doors. They’re clearly not good at what they’re supposed to be doing: releasing music.

  9. anidea May 28, 2012

    Maybe Jojo should find a way to up her brand until blackground get their act together. I mean, there’s no harming in auditioning for tv roles just to keep herself busy and in the public eye until the project is ready to come out.

    That way she’s seen to be working and will reach an even wider audience.

    I really hope she does well. She’s too talented and humble to be dealing with his mess.

    • HeavyHeavy May 29, 2012

      Thats a great idea but i depends what type of contract she has with Blackground – as you can see they don’t want her to succeed so they would find some way to slow her down. She’s a good actress so she should try get on 90210 or some movies like she did before.

  10. Train_Jumper May 28, 2012

    Such a shame. :/
    This poor girl has worked her hardest to continue her dream of a successful music career and for her fans, and a label determines her future release of an album she’s worked so hard for.
    Her strong fan-base has waited long enough, COME ON Blackground!
    We’ll always support her, but Jo wants this even more than we do!

  11. Corey May 28, 2012

    She needs to release a mix tape or do some independent

    • Lurker May 28, 2012

      She already released a mixtape in 2010! She can’t just keep doing that.

      • May 29, 2012

        Well it’s better than not releasing nothing at all

  12. JoArmy&CarrieUnderwoodArmy May 29, 2012


  13. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) May 29, 2012

    Damn, I was so excited for it! And she was building her buzz. She promoted ‘Disaster’ on plenty of radio stations, it debuted on the Hot 100, it was a top 30 hit on the airplay chart too. With another stronger single, they could have easily launched the album for a summer release. But they don’t seem to know what they’re doing with her.

    I guess I’ll have to wait and I can be patient, but the more we keep waiting the more her material keeps leaking, so potential hits are getting wasted on illegal downloads.

  14. StopItLuke AKA ThatBoyLuke May 29, 2012

    This whole situation just disgusts me tbh, what kind of record label doesn’t want to RELEASE ALBUMS?! You’d think that considering her first two albums sold millions ww they’d want to release ASAP, I mean who besides JoJo is even signed to this s*** label?! At this stage I’d even be happy if they released the album and if flopped just so she can move on to a label that will look after and support her.

  15. Music May 29, 2012

    You guys know that these record labels won’t release anything without them feeling like the single was extremely successful. For an artist like JoJo all she really can do is independent stuff, as I doubt she would want to feed into the type of music that is “popular”. But yeah, they gonna keep screwing her over.

  16. donnell May 29, 2012

    She has a 7 album deal with them so she’s stuck with them. They won’t let her out of the contract. Her mixtape was 2 yrs ago, it wouldn’t hurt to do another one. That way the material would be promoted as a whole product instead of leaked and flying under the radar.

    • Blackground is shady May 29, 2012

      7 albums? Whoa! Sounds like she’s one of those artists who’s signed just so she won’t compete with and possibly outsell any of the current top-selling acts.

  17. Kyle May 29, 2012

    I feel so bad for her. She has so much talent that it’s kind of sad that her label won’t just let her do her. I remember watching a video of her talking about her career and she said she sacrificed a college education for her music and that it felt like she was going nowhere. I think at the end though, she’ll come out a winner. Good luck to her!

  18. ERIC May 29, 2012

    She’s been on Blackground from the age of 13, so you would think that they’d be a strong team and almost like a family now that JoJo is 22. It’s really sad that things aren’t working well between them.

  19. trudida May 30, 2012

    While this does SUCK IMMENSELY. i reckon she’ll be ok… her maturity and how well she handles all the b******* makes us forget how young she is. To be establshed & well known at an age when other artists are just starting out. Theres nothing to worry about really. However… if this goes on for another few years then…………..

  20. Cedric July 6, 2012

    What are Blackground waiting for to release the album?! That’s not fair.! Have been waiting for this album for so long…and I won’t give up.
    We can’t stay at home, just waiting for the album.. We’ve got to do something. I think that everyone in the U.S., as much as possible, should make a BIG group to fight against Blakground Records. Contribute money alltogether and file a lawsuit.
    We can make a petition and obtain lots of signatures. We have to help JoJo.

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