It’s been almost eight years since Joanna Levesque, known to the world as JoJo, released an official album. But JoJo plans to end the dry spell.
ABCNews.com sat down with the Leave (Get Out) singer at VH1 Save The Music’s 3rd Annual Family Day event March 22 to talk about her new album.
She said she’s “been waiting for this moment for such a long time.”
She’s released two mixtapes throughout the years, Can’t Take That Away From Me in 2010 and Agápē‘ in 2012, but what’s been stopping this talented vocalist from releasing any record label-endorsed music?
A multi-year lawsuit with her old label, Blackground Records.
News broke on Jan. 14 that JoJo’s legal troubles were over and she had signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. The 23-year-old said she’s pleased the dispute is over now.
“I’m super happy to not have to think about it anymore,” JoJo said of the lawsuit finally being over. “I’m just excited for the next chapter and I’m just completely focused on the future and the present and leaving the past in the past.”
By her “next chapter,” JoJo is referring to her new partnership with Atlantic Records and starting to work on her long-awaited third album.
“I just can’t wait to create a classic album and to work my ass off and I know they’ll [Atlantic Records] do the same,” she said. “They’ve been amazing.”
JoJo has started performing again, playing at the SXSW event on March 15 and now at the VH1 affair. For the Save The Music event, the “G.B.F.” actress sang her hits, Leave (Get Out), Baby It’s You and Too Little Too Late.
Towards the end of her set, JoJo took a moment to briefly tell the crowd how glad she was to be free from her troubles and to be able to move forward with her life. It was her way of introducing the next song she’d be singing, a cover of Pharrell’s ‘Happy,’ which she said perfectly explained how she was feeling.
She doesn’t want to be singing only her old hits forever and even with a new album in the works, she doesn’t want her fans to have to wait a long time for new music. She released an EP called ‘#LoveJo’ on Feb. 14 and says she wants to constantly put out more songs.
“I want to continue putting out content” she said. “I don’t know whether it’ll be in the form of a mixtape or just a few one-off songs, but I just think content is content. So, I just want to keep releasing stuff and kind of having it all lend itself to my world that I’m creating.”
A new, official single might not be that far away, though, she said.
“I think our aim is to have a single out this summer,” she spilled. “I’m getting into the studio as soon as I get back to L.A…locking in and just creating.”
At the day’s event put on by the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which is all about encouraging musical education in public schools, JoJo told the audience that her music teacher really influenced her a lot when she was younger to help her tap into her creativity and enjoy music.
Now, JoJo says she’s “pretty involved” when in songwriting, but she just wants to be able to record a good song.
“I don’t care where a great song comes from,” she said. “If it comes from me, excellent. If it comes from someone else, great. I’m just interested in really quality songs.”
JoJo recently went through a break-up and while she’ll use it to help fuel some of her new songs, she won’t be naming names anytime soon.
“I’m not a name-dropper,” JoJo said of naming her ex-lover in any upcoming songs. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just like to be a little bit more inconspicuous. Just a little bit more vague about things.”
While she won’t be blatantly calling out any former beaus of hers, she did tell ABCNews.com what fans can anticipate from the new album.
“You can expect a diverse collection of songs that help to explain me as a young woman and I think will speak to what it means to be a young woman in 2014, which isn’t just girl power anthems or boy-bashing songs, but it’s a wide variety of different influences,” she said.
When asked if after she was done with the album she plans on touring, she responded: “Yes, for sure.”
She continued: “I’m going to do it all. I want to work harder than I’ve ever worked in my entire life. It’s incredible. I have energy in places that I never thought I’d have energy. I feel like I was reborn, honestly.”
She added: “If I get the opportunity, I’d love to act more, but my focus right now because I’ve been waiting for this moment for such a long time is definitely the creation and production and promotion of this album.”