After 10 years of leaving the music scene; JoJo is officially back.

After 10 years of leaving the music scene; JoJo is officially back with a brand new album titled "Mad Love."

JoJo was born into the spotlight; as a child, she performed in various singing competitions and she competed on the television show America's Most Talented Kids in 2003. Competing on the show got her noticed by a record producer, who later told her to audition for Blackgroud Records. JoJo released her self-titled album on June 22, 2004, with Leave (Get Out) as her lead single.

The single became an international hit and reached number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single would then be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 25, 2004. When the single reached number one on Billboard's Pop Songs chart JoJo became the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in the United States at the age of 13. The single was also certified gold by the RIAA. Her self-titled album debuted and peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart and it sold 95,000 copies in its first week. The album would later be certified platinum on November 15, 2004, and to date, the album has sold over four million copies worldwide.

Two years following the release of her debut album JoJo released her second full-length studio album. On October 17, 2006, she released The High Road. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200; selling 108,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified gold in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. "The High Road" has sold three million copies worldwide. The lead single was Too Little Too Late and it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and became JoJo's highest-peaking single on the chart. Following this lead single, she released two other singles. "How to Touch a Girl" was released on November 14, 2006, and the video premiered on December 7, 2006. After "How to Touch a Girl" JoJo released the final single "Anything" on May 8, 2007.

Too Little Too Late

How to Touch a Girl

After releasing her second album JoJo experienced record label troubles. JoJo became embroiled in contractual disputes with her label, Da Family Entertainment, which lasted until 2009. In August 2009, JoJo filed a lawsuit in New York against her record label Da Family Entertainment for putting her in musical limbo. She sought $500,000 for her troubles and to be released from her contract. JoJo was released from her contract in October of 2009 and a deal was reached with Blackground Records to have JoJo's third album be released by Interscope Records. Following her label dispute, JoJo returned to her own music in 2010 with her self-released mixtape "Can't Take That Away from Me". The lead single "In The Dark" was released on August 30, 2010, and the video premiered on September 8th of that same year.

"In The Dark"

JoJo released another mixtape titled "Agape" on December 20, 2012. The lead single from the mixtape was "We Get By" and the singles to follow were "André" , and "Thinking Out Loud". While promoting her second mixtape JoJo filed another lawsuit against her label in 2013. She was finally released from the contractual delays that she claimed caused "irreparable damage" to her career and signed with Atlantic Records. After signing on to Atlantic Records, she released three EPs in 2015: "#LoveJo", "III", and "#LoveJo2". "#LoveJo" featured covers of classic songs, "III" featured three brand new songs: "When Love Hurts", "Save My Soul" and "Say Love", and "#LoveJo2" featured an extended version of "Thinking Out Loud" and "Right on Time"


" Say Love"

"When Love Hurts"

"Save My Soul"

On October 14, 2016, JoJo released her third studio album titled "Mad Love" through Atlantic Records. This album was the extended play to "III" , which was released on August 21, 2015. The lead single from the album was "Fuck Apologies" featuring Wiz Khalifa , it was released on July 28, 2016. The music video for the single was released on the same day. The song debuted at number 40 on the US Pop Digital Songs Chart and internationally the song peaked at 104 on the UK Singles Chart and number 18 on the UK R&B Singles Chart. JoJo would go on to release another single titled "Mad Love" on September 16, 2016. The single to follow was "FAB", featuring Remy Ma, it was released on September 23, 2016, and the music video premiered on November 29th. JoJo's third studio album has a total of 11 tracks with features from Alessia Cara, Wiz Khalifa, and Remy Ma. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. JoJo announced that the Mad Love tour will begin in early 2017.

"Fuck Apologies"

"Mad Love"


My Favorite Song from "Mad Love": "I Can Only"

I hope you guys enjoyed this music review and hopefully you guys go and listen to JoJo's new album.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.

We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:

1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.

2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?

3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.

4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.

5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.

6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.

7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.

8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.

9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.

11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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10 Things Being A Mental Health Blogger Has Taught Me

After three and a half years of being a mental health blogger, here are ten things that I've learned along the way.


The summer before my junior year of high school I decided to go out on a limb and create a blog.

Little did I know that here I'd be, three and a half years later, writing for the Odyssey and being a quite successful writer. All I knew was that I needed an outlet for my clinical depression and anxiety.

I was always told as a child that I was good with words, and I thought seeing my experiences published would be some sort of relief for me. These past few years have been anything but easy, but so incredibly worth every published post.

1. Writing is a beautiful outlet

Sitting down to write a post is always an amazing feeling. Letting my hands fly away on the keys feels and later reading what I wrote is a one-of-a-kind experience. Sometimes, I even like to handwrite first and type it up later. There's truly something about seeing your thoughts and feelings in front of you that feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. So do it. Take out a notebook, open your laptop, and write to your heart's content. Your feelings, your day, your hopes and goals, your passions, your family...the world is yours! Write about it!

2. Content doesn't always come easy

I can't stress this enough! I would often take large breaks of weeks or even a few months simply because I didn't know what to write about. Mental health is a touchy enough subject, but writing about my terrible lows felt repetitive and I didn't want to bore my readers. One thing I like to do, is if I come up with an idea in the middle of the day, I quick jot it down somewhere to remind me later. I also encourage myself to try new things or put myself in uncomfortable situations so that way I can grow as a person and potentially have something to write about. Content "dry spells" don't last forever, and when you get something to write about, it's going to be amazing.

3. Editing can be painful

After writing for a long period of time, the last thing I want to do is sit down and re-read everything I just wrote. Sometimes I like having my mom or a friend proofread just to make sure everything makes sense. It can also be hard to properly format your thoughts/ideas in order so that everything flows nicely. Don't feel pressured to fix it all at once!

4. Never apologize for who you are

Being a blogger has made me so vulnerable and open with my readers as well as with myself. After I finish writing I often contemplate whether or not I'm ready to share my writing with all of my Facebook friends, family...etc. I always wonder if my writing makes people view me differently, but at the end of the day, I know I never have to apologize for being myself. I'm free to write whatever I please, and that's not something to be ashamed of. I am not defined by my illness and writing about it helps defeat stigma.

5. Not everyone is going to read what you write

This one can really bother me sometimes. After hitting "Publish" I wonder if anyone gets excited to see what I have to say. I wonder if my blog is anything people talk about. I know there are plenty of devoted readers who follow my media and tell me that they do, however I'm positive there are even more who read my writing and I just don't know about it. Either way, blogging is still my outlet and if a lot of people read it, cool. If they don't, that's cool too.

6. Feedback is good, but it isn't necessary

This one continues to hit me like a truck. As human beings, it's normal to want to get a little pat on the back every once in awhile. Unfortunately, the blogging world isn't always like that. I wrote well over a hundred posts in the past three and a half years (most of which have been deleted since making my new website), and very rarely did I get positive feedback. Occasionally I would receive a Facebook message or an email from an interested viewer or a family member, and I found myself thriving on it. Reality check, you're a good writer whether people tell you or not. Especially as a mental health blogger, I was writing about taboo topics and just because very few people said anything, doesn't mean there wasn't a ton of people reading it.

7. Sometimes it's hard to write what you think

Many of us are familiar with the term "writer's block", when our heads feel empty and you simply have nothing to say. I experience the contrary, I often have so many ideas that my hands and my head can't keep up with one another. I start writing a few sentences, decide it's not exactly what was running through my head, and the next thing you know it's Control+A+Delete. Don't get me wrong, it's nice always feeling like I have at least something to say, but it's also frustrating to have your brain running a million miles a minute and not knowing exactly how to process it all. My biggest tip is take a deep breath, write it all down, and edit later. You can always delete what you don't like, but you can't add what you don't remember.

8. Publishing can be scary

I cannot stress this enough. As someone who has written about a suicide attempt and a sexual assault, pressing "Publish" was the hardest part of the whole process. Once it's out, it's out. Readers from all over finally know another piece about you. Even with subjects and content that is less bold, publishing brings all sorts of questions about.

"Will they like it?"

"Will this post be inspirational to anyone?"

"Did I put enough voice into my post?"

And so many more. My best advice for you is don't be scared. You are your worst critic.

9. You'll almost never finish it in one sitting

This can be hard to accept. It's easy to get carried away and want to finish the entire post in one sitting. My biggest encouragement is this: take your time! Don't feel like you need to rush. Your best writing will come once you give yourself the opportunity to reflect on it. So write it out, take a break (get some coffee, go for a walk, take a nap...etc.) and come back! Give it a few days if you have to!

10. Success isn't defined by viewers

The hardest pill to swallow for me was understanding that my success isn't defined by the number of views I get. It was so easy for me to become obsessed with the amount of views that flew in after I published. If it wasn't a number I was proud of I was quick to question the quality of my writing or even myself as a writer. But that's not the point. I don't write so that hundreds of people can read my stuff. I write because it makes me happy, it's what I'm good at, and hopefully my words get through to someone. Even if it's just one person, that's something to be proud of. I rest happily in knowing that I am using my gift of writing to the best of my ability, given to me by the Lord, to further His purpose.

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