JoJo Encourages Fans NOT to Stream the Original Editions of Her First 2 Albums

Published: Thursday 5th Aug 2021 by Rashad

The reincarnation of Blackground Records is undoubtedly the talk of the day.

Label CEO Barry Hankerson has sent fans of Toni Braxton and Aaliyah into a frenzy with reports he’s unlocking long-vaulted albums of the divas’ – including ‘Libra’ and ‘Aaliyah: the Album’ respectively – to streaming outlets (as we posted here).

Among the most prized offerings of the imprint are the first two LPs of GRAMMY-nominated songbird JoJo, a 2004-released self-titled effort and 2006’s ‘The High Road.’  Those same projects were at the center of a decade-long battle between the songstress and the label that controversially ended with her being freed from her binding contract and later re-recording the jaunts.

Because of her complicated past with Hankerson and co., Jo made it clear she isn’t necessarily among those who are celebrating the wave of Blackground music finally making an appearance on digital platforms.

While JoJo fans rejoiced at news of the original editions of her first two albums finally hitting the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and other streaming giants, the diva offered a surprising, yet honest response to the hoopla.

“…a stream of the re-recorded 2018 version supports me and helps me continue to do what I love. streaming the original unfortunately does not,” she said.

As alluded to in her comment, the absence of credited songwriting on the original projects means she has no ownership of its content.  Therefore, any revenue generated by streaming would go directly to the label.

Per her request, direct your attention to the sets’ re-recorded versions by clicking here.

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  1. Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 August 5, 2021

    Well, I’m not a fan so I’ll listen to the original version that was on TRL and the radio lmaooooo 👀 Pretty girl tho lol

    • marilyn monh-O-E (Da Real DIVA 👠) August 5, 2021

      Same here💅🏿 I didn’t know trashy ashy bish has good taste like me👠 all her re-recordings sound crappy and cheap made

  2. The Drag Queen August 5, 2021

    Yikes! 😬
    But Jojo chile…those pre-recorded tracks weren’t the best.
    I want that original smooth, soulful, and innocent sound you gave us when you were busting through the door waving the 44 WITHOUT the blunt in your mouth baby.
    BUT to be fair….I won’t stream. Cuz all of this recent sh*t coming from Blackground and Barry seems shady now. So I got you sis 😉

    • eric August 5, 2021

      They definitely don’t sound and feel the same, but I guess they’ll suffice for anyone who has never heard the original recordings.

  3. Shayla Queen™ 👑 August 5, 2021

    Sorry bish but the new ones were flops so you just gonna have to deal. You are no Taylor Swift 💯

    • Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 August 5, 2021

      Even Taylor Swift’s re-recorded songs were IFFY lol 👀 Cute, but IFFY 🤣

      • Farrahs Luggage August 5, 2021


  4. Wishbone August 5, 2021

    No shade but no one’s running to Apple Music or Spotify to listen to JoJo…..

    • Credits August 5, 2021

      You’d be surprised. ‘A little too late’ and ‘get out’ are pop classics.

      • The Drag Queen August 5, 2021


  5. KeyLoLo August 5, 2021

    Never really been a fan but I will always bop “Leave (Get Out) and “Baby All I Want Is You”. I just could never get into her but I do hope she win!

  6. eric August 5, 2021

    Exactly what I thought. JoJo doesn’t want things to go this way and neither does Aaliyah’s estate, because the proceeds are not going where they should. If I’m not mistaken, Barry is still in court for not paying royalties to Jeffrey Walker who produced music for Aaliyah’s 2001 album. Barry should not be touching ANY money. He’s certainly not getting mine.

  7. deyvon August 5, 2021

    this entire thing is a scam. barry hankerson owes so many people so much money. this ‘new’ label is just a complicated scheme to make money from the album streams without it being paid to the original artists and producers. otherwise every penny would be taken from him and paid out by the courts to those he owes

  8. marilyn monh-O-E (Da Real DIVA 👠) August 5, 2021

    Gurl bye! Her best vocal was on the first two albums💅🏿 I can’t stand her strained voice right now.

    • Credits August 5, 2021

      Strained? Where? Name one of her recents songs where her voice sounds strained….

      • BUZZ OFF August 5, 2021

        He must be a Normani fan, they don’t know what vocals is if they was getting hit in the face with them..

  9. AnonymousTruth August 5, 2021

    Sorry but … the new versions weren’t it … the production , the new adlibs, too many runs were the comparing vocal was sung straight and sweet … the original versions were just so smooth & more pleasing to the ear , I think it would be unfair to ask fans to do this … but from what I can see… technically she didn’t ask..
    She just informed what helps and what doesn’t .

  10. Charli Cheer Up August 5, 2021

    She’s not really ‘urging’ her fans not to stream them. Just making it clear that she gets zero royalties from them. Business is business.

  11. robvado August 5, 2021

    JoJo must own this site. I have never heard not one of her songs on the radio. Yet, she is always featured on this site.

    • True Tea August 5, 2021


      She hasn’t had a hit since the early 2000’s. She breifly resurfaced with her remake of Drake’s “Marvin’s Room”. And I haven’t heard anything since except when I’m on this site.

      • Ace Blanks August 6, 2021

        Well that’s y’all fault y’all ain’t heard nothing! She released an album in 2016 and 2020. And hell she couldn’t release music from 2016-2016 because of Blackground’s shady ass business practices!!! So that’s not her fault. If she didn’t have to deal with that she would’ve still been putting out hits!

  12. Anthony D Spencer August 5, 2021

    Correction: Grammy winning… she won Best R&B Song, PJ Morton ‘Say So’ ft Jojo

    • king z August 5, 2021

      she did not win that GRAMMY. it’s a songwriter award and she was not a listed songwriter.

  13. Ace Blanks August 6, 2021

    Yesssss I was just listening to the 2018 version of her album this week! I definitely won’t be streaming the original. I still have the original first album on CD so I’ll listen to that if I have the urge for the original. Hell the 2018 version is better anyway since her vocals are so much more mature than when she was a preteen. I’ll continue streaming her 2018 versions!

  14. Jametta Bailey-Hailey August 6, 2021

    I definitely agree with her though! Even though her re recorded songs didn’t sound the same, I would rather stream her re recorded ones because I think it’s so messed up that Barry wants to decide to constantly rip off artists by streaming their work and not giving them their credit just to make money off of him with his greedy ass! Boy bye!

    • Jametta Bailey-Hailey August 6, 2021

      P.S. all the revenue for streaming her revenues is not going to her nor supporting her. He’s feeding his company and pockets. Not her!

  15. Sarah August 8, 2021

    Saw someone talking about Taylor re-recording her album and it not sounding the same. But I just took a listen and it sounds pretty good to me, and I’m not even a Taylor fan.

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