Since her breakout single “Leave (Get Out),” peaked atop the US Billboard Pop songs chart in 2004, JoJo became the youngest solo artist in history to top the survey at age 13, launching one of the most interesting, ongoing stories. The track paved the way for her next hit “Too Little Too Late,” that, together, ruled airwaves and the captivated the minds of kids around the country. Now, the Foxborough, Massachusetts native has unveiled the culmination of years-worth of growth with her new full length release, Good To Know.
Courtesy of Warner Records, the heavily-R&B-influenced release speaks to a myriad of topics and emotions according to the now-29-year-old. Inspired by her growing up trials and travels, JoJo found the need to address some uncomfortable truths about her life. “I’ve never really been alone and I’ve always tried to self-soothe through love or sex or substances, and that’s something I’m not accepting anymore. I really want to face life head-on. I wanted to discover confidence in myself, by myself,” she said in a statement.
The artists mission is evident in her lead single, “Man,” that’s already amassed 2,000,000+ plays since its March release. Looking inward at what only she, alone, could accomplish, the song highlights introspection with a visual featuring some of her closest friends and artists, like Ari Lennox and Tinashe, who’ve helped her along the way. It’s comes as no surprise that JoJo looks up to legends like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, as they not only share the same rich and exciting vocal styles, but have both served as positive role models for the way she approaches writing.
Representing key components of life, learning and inspiration, good to know comes together to create a formidable album that’s significantly different from her freshman attempt some 10 years ago. Listen to her newest collection here.
Photo: (cropped) Jenna