JoJo‘s tale of tragedy and triumph has been so well-documented over the years her loyal fans probably think they know all there is to know about it. However, a recent interview with our friends at UPROXX suggests that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Strolling down memory lane to reflect on her humble Foxborough beginnings to being a chart champion with early hits ‘Leave (Get Out),’ ‘Too Little, Too Late,’ and more, the 29-year-old broke down discussing her failed relationship with her first label, Blackground Records, the loss of hundreds of recorded songs, and the lengthy legal battle waged against the imprint to control her own likeness and voice.
The war with the defunct, Barry Hankerson-owned company led her to dizzying heights of depression, substance abuse, and more.
Now, before moving forward with her new album (the recently announced ‘Good to Know’), Jo is putting a period on that dark chapter by shedding light on it in an inspirational tell-all interview.
Watch it inside:
2:35 – Childhood/humble upbringing
5:45 – Meeting Barry Hankerson of Blackground Records
9:15 – Firing her mom as her manager
10:30 – the fall of Blackground Records
11:00 – Experiencing fat-shaming
12:40 – Battling depression, alcohol abuse
15:15 – Filing the lawsuit against Blackground Records
17:00 – the #FreeJoJo movement
18:30 – the mismanagement of the ‘Mad Love’ album
19:40 – Self-financing the re-recording of her first two albums
21:30 – making ‘Good to Know’ album