R&B songstress JoJo is ready to break free from her record label reigns in a big way.
The 22-year-old singer (nee Joanna Noelle Blagden Levesque) first burst on to the scene in 2004 at the tender age of 12 with the hit single “Leave (Get Out)”.
It was in that same year that JoJo signed her recording contract a with Da Family/Blackground Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Considering the fact that JoJo was a minor at the time, her contract was signed along with that of her parents, for a term of seven years.
Given the math, that means JoJo’s contract was officially up in 2011, right? Well it doesn’t seem as though the label is doing any budging. Therefore, JoJo is suing.
Joanna Noelle Blagden Levesque says in a lawsuit against Da Family Records and Blackground Records that under New York State law, minors cannot sign contracts that last more than seven years. [READ MORE]
To date, JoJo has sold 5 million records under the label, but is seeking artistic independence, arguing that her contracted time expired in March of 2011. Universal Music Group has yet to respond to the claim.