The Liberation of JoJo

Earlier this year, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque was frustrated with some fair-weather friends and de-stressing the best way she knows how: with 35 minutes of interval sprints at her local Equinox gym in Los Angeles. The 25-year-old pop star admits that exercise doesn’t come naturally—”not like music does,” she says—but she pushed herself through that punishing session by thinking about her art. And so it was on this afternoon that she had a revelation and came up with the idea for a killer new song. “I was just thinking about the fake people that come in and out of your life,” she says.

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JoJo's Mad Love.: EW Review

Back in 2006, on the eve of releasing her second album, then-15-year-old JoJo vowed to put out her next one after she turned 18. “I want there to be growth,” the singer explained that year. “I want to live and experience things … That’s important.” She might have come to regret those words—she’d spend much of the next 10 years locked in a legal battle with her former record label—but JoJo’s instincts were right on.

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JoJo calls out 'fake ass bitches' in stellar new song featuring Remy Ma

JoJo released another track, “FAB,” off her forthcoming album Mad Love on Thursday. Featuring rapper Remy Ma, the song’s acronyms stand for “fake ass bitches,” folks who JoJo calls out with lyrics like, “Fake ass bitches/ When they smiling in your face but behind you but there ain’t well wishes/ When they eating all the food off your plate and don’t do dishes.”

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JoJo announces new album, releases banger 'F--- Apologies'

The wait for JoJo’s new album is almost over. The 25-year-old singer, who hit the airwaves with mid-2000s hits like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late,” has announced her new collection, Mad Love, will be out Oct. 14 via Atlantic Records. In addition, she released the first track, “F— Apologies,” and its accompanying music video, directed by Francesco Carrozzini.

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JoJo pens touching tribute to her late father

JoJo took to Instagram over the weekend to share an emotional tribute to her father.

“I missed you even while you were here,” she wrote on Instagram. “I will miss you infinitely more now that you’re gone. Thank you for holding on as long as you did. I know you tried your best. You are free now. I will love you always, Dad. I can feel you with me. Rest now. In PEACE. I miss your voice. I wish more people could have heard it. I promise I will keep singing for you.

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