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The #FreeJoJo movement worked — R&B songstress JoJo has officially been released from her captors — ahem — label, Blackground Music, after a neverending seven-year battle. This has left her free to sign a deal with Atlantic Records.

JoJo (real name Joanna Levesque) emerged on the scene in 2004 as a 13-year-old vocal powerhouse, delivering such top ten hits as "Leave (Get Out)" and “Too Little Too Late,” and making her the youngest solo act to hit number one on the U.S. charts. Yes, you remember! But where has she been recently, you wonder?

Well, since her last massively successful second album in 2006, the now-23-year-old has been blocked from releasing any new music due to legal issues with Blackground Music. While JoJo did release new music in the form of critically-acclaimed mixtapes and covers (be sure to check out her cover of Drake’s “Marvin’s Room” and the Noah “40” Shebib-produced “Demonstrate”), she couldn’t officially drop a complete album for over seven years.

A lawsuit was filed in 2013 by the singer with the New York Supreme Court against Blackground and Da Family Entertainment, citing failure of the troubled label to release her third album and their neglecting to pay producers and vendors. Fans also showed her support with a viral #FreeJoJo movement.

The singer was finally freed and signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in December. And her third album is now in the works! We’re guessing it shouldn’t take too long for a release — she probably has enough material stored up for a few albums at this point.

Can’t wait to see what JoJo has in store for us. Welcome back, lady!

Source: LA Times

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