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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Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

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You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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