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Pop Emergency! JoJo Re-Recorded And Released Her First Two Studio Albums: Listen

JoJo re-recorded and released updated versions of her first two studio albums, JoJo, and The High Road, after the singer’s former label Background Records refused to share them to streaming services.

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When JoJo was 13-years-old, she signed a contract with Blackground Records that would impact her career for over a decade. The dud deal restricted the songstress from releasing new music. JoJo eventually filed a lawsuit against the label for “irreparable damages to her professional career.” She eventually rid herself from them and signed a deal with Atlantic where she released 2016’s Mad Love. In 2017 she launched her own imprint label, Clover Music, under Interscope.

Unfortunately, those contractual obligations with Blackground still haunt the singer. They refuse to release her first two studio albums, under their company, to streaming platforms.

“My former label removed my music, I unfortunately have absolutely no control over what they do or don’t do,” she explained in 2017 as to why the album isn’t available on Spotify and Apple Music. “I want to let bygones be bygones. I pray one day they put my music back up.”

They haven’t, so JoJo took matters into her own hands. She re-recorded both albums and released them on her birthday (December 20). Though we can’t easily access the originals, this will definitely do. The updated versions sound strikingly similar to the originals, but in a good way. She didn’t transform them into something different because that wasn’t the point. She wanted the originals online, and that wasn’t possible, but this is an epic alternative. Hey, when life hands you lemons…

It’s also an extremely savvy move. It gives listeners a chance to revisit some seriously nostalgic gems, and also sets a trend. Best believe there will be more artists to follow suit in 2019.

The albums are available to listen to on iTunes and Spotify. JoJo also re-recorded two songs she released in 2011/2012, “Disaster” and “Demonstrate.”

Listen below:

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