Massachuesetts native, Joanna Levesque, who is better known by her stage name JoJo, broke through into the chart with her number one debut single “Leave (Get Out)”, in 2004. She has sold 7 million albums globally.
At the young age of just 12, JoJo signed a recording deal with Blackground Records, and immediately entered the studio to record her debut single “Leave (Get Out)” which was later released on February 24th 2004. It was the leading single from her eponymous debut album, and it was she became the youngest solo artist to have a number one single in the US. It went on to be nominated for Best New Artist at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, again, making her the youngest MTV Video Music Award nominee. The album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200 and sold 95,000 in its first week. In December2004, she nominated for Female New Artist of the Year and Mainstream top 40 Single of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards.
It was 2006, and following international tours, time for a brand new album. She released the album “The High Road” on October 17th 2006, which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling a staggering 108,000 units. Following the release of the album she released the second single from the album “Too Little Too Late” which broke a record for the biggest jump to the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, going from number 66 to number 3 in just one week. The album was certified gold by the RIAA in December 2006.
It was February 2011 that JoJo uploaded a YouTube video saying that she was going to release a video for a brand new song called “Disaster”, which was on the album “Jumping Trains”. The single was her first charting single since her song “Too Little Too Late” and was criticized for not showing much progression. It made it to number 87 in the Billboard Hot 100, but fell off the chart the following week. None of this stopped JoJo from embarking on national tours.
Unfortunately her label, Blackground Records lost their distribution deal through Interscope Records in 2012, which not resulted in a delay in her next album release. Unfortunately JoJo found herself in a legal battle with her labels Blackground Record and Da Family for “irreparable damages to her professional career”. With the case eventually being dropped, it was announce at the beginning of 2014 that JoJo was no longer in her label turmoil, and signed a new record contract with Atlantic Records. Later in 2014 on March 16th 2014, she played on the stage of the SXSW festival.