Birth name Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque
Born December 20, 1990 (1990-12-20) (age 20)
Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, Skateboarder, dancer
Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque (born December 20, 1990), professionally known as JoJo, is an American recording artist and actress. After competing on the television show, America's Most Talented Kids, she was noticed by record producer Vincent Herbert who asked her to audition for Blackground Records.
JoJo's self-titled debut album was released in June 2004 and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. The first single from the album, "Leave (Get Out)", was released in February 2004. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold by the RIAA. JoJo's second album, The High Road, was released in October 2006, and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The album's lead single, "Too Little Too Late", was released in August 2006 and reached number three on Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA. Her first mixtape, Can't Take That Away from Me, was released exclusively to Rap-Up on September 7, 2010. The mixtape is a prelude to her upcoming third studio album formerly titled All I Want Is Everything, which is scheduled for an early 2011 release through Blackground and Interscope Records. The first single from the Mixtape, "In the Dark", was released exclusively to Rap-up.com on August 30, 2010.
On February 28, 2011, JoJo revealed the new title of her third album would be named Jumping Trains, named after one of her favorite songs on the upcoming Interscope Records project. She will announce the first single and shoot a video in the coming weeks. To hold over her patient fans. JoJo also has a film career. She made her first television appearance on The Bernie Mac Show. In 2006 she starred in two Hollywood films, Aquamarine, her film debut and RV. She has hosted the Ultimate Prom, and appeared in the movie True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet, which earned her a nomination at the Poptastic Awards.
According the The New York Post, JoJo owns the final mastered copies of the record. According to JoJo's manager, via Twitter, JoJo is set to release the name of her first single by the end of February 2011. There is still no confirmed release date for the single nor the album yet. On February 18 JoJo begun her album packaging photoshoot for the third album and released a sneak peek at the album packaging shoot through her Twitter account. JoJo's manager Gita, said that they will be releasing an update on the single/album to be announced on 28 February. This will include the release of the name of JoJo's new single and possibly the announcement of the albums release date.
On February 28, JoJo revealed the new title of her third album, Jumping Trains, named after one of her favorite songs on the upcoming Interscope Records project. JoJo states that “My third album will be called Jumping Trains and it’s very symbolic for a variety of reasons,” explained JoJo. “Moving from Boston to L.A., transitioning from being a girl to being a young woman, living on my own, taking a different direction sonically, and just really finding myself and just jumping into a new chapter of life.” She will announce the first single and shoot a video in the coming weeks. To hold over her patient fans. JoJo's manager stated that they are expecting to shoot the video for the first single during the week of April 18. JoJo's manager confirmed that the first single will be called "The Other Chick" on the set of the music video. On May 14 the final song was released onto JoJo's official website at early hours of the morning after the unfinished version was leaked a week earlier.
In an interview with MuuMuse.com JoJo stated that "The Other Chick" will now only serve as the buzz single from the album “It’s something cool that’ll introduce people to a more mature me, I suppose. It’s edgy, but it’s a buzz single.” Instead, the album’s official first single will be released in the summer, with Jumping Trains to follow in the fall.
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JoJo (Joanna Levesque) at 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards