Taking the high road.
That's not what I want, baby it's you
Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque (born December 20, 1990), professionally known as JoJo (2003-Present), is an American recording artist and actress from Foxborough, Massachuetts. 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.
Her debut Self-Titled Album
came out in 2004 and sold very well; this is quite remarkable given that she was merely 13 to 14 at the time. Her song "Leave (Get Out)" sold platinum in America on the RIAA charts. She released her second album The High Road
in 2006. The album had a hit single called "Too Little, Too Late" and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It seemed that she would be one of the most popular pop acts ever...
...until Development Hell
took place for her 3rd album. After several years of Executive Meddling
, pushing the album back several times, renaming it, and so many more troubles, she decided to release a mixtape called Can't Take That Away from Me
on Rap-up.com for her fans. This featured a promo single called "In the Dark" which was her first real experiment with a Hotter and Sexier
image. She went on to release "Disaster", and a second mixtape called Agape
in 2012. It featured a single called "Andre" inspired by one of her favorite artists.
She is known for her songs, "Demonstrate", "Leave (Get Out)", "Andre", "Too Little Too Late", "Disaster", "The Other Chick", "In the Dark", "How to Touch A Girl" and "Baby It's You". She also indulges in doing replies to famous songs such as "Beautiful Girls Reply" and "Marvins Room". These are usually to immense critical praise. She focuses on getting mix tapes out to her fans, continuing working on her third album, working with her management and recording company about album number 3 and other projects. She moved from Blackground to Atlantic in late 2013, early 2014 for her third album to finally be released. The #LOVEJO
EP came out Valentines Day 2014.
In October 2016, a new full album finally saw release, Mad Love.
She has experimented with films and acting in movies such as Aquamarine
and RV: Runaway Vacation
Not to be mixed with the people of the same nickname who went on bizarre adventures
or the archenemy
of The Powerpuff Girls
Despite rumors to the contrary, she is unrelated to WWE
COO Paul "Triple H
- JoJo (2004)
- The High Road (2006)
- Can't Take That Away From Me: The Mixtape (2010)
- Agape: The Mixtape (2012)
- #LOVEJO (2014)
- Mad Love (2016)
- Aquamarine (2006)
- RV (2006)
- True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet (2008)
- Gay Best Friend (2013)
Tropes Present In this musician
- Anti-Love Song: "In The Dark"
- Answer Song: Beautiful Girls Reply, Marvins Room (Can't Do Better)
- And Now For Something Completely Different: "Coming For You" on The High Road is pop rock to the album's loungy R&B jazzy theme.
- Audience Participation Song: Her hits and her covers.
- Break Up Song: Leave, Too Little Too Late, Yes or No, Why Didn't You Call, The Other Chick, Can't Handle The Truth, When Does It Go Away, Boy Without A Heart
- Chewing the Scenery: Despite her immense vocal capabilities averts this expected trope.
- Christmas Songs: Has one of them called "The Christmas Song"
- Cluster F-Bomb: Her Agape Mix tape and Marvin's Room.
- Coming-of-Age Story: True Confessions of A Hollywood Starlet. Of course it is a Lifetime Movie
- Cover Version: "Beautiful Girls Response" "Marvin's Room (Can't Do Better)", "Caught In A Rapture", "Take Me Home", "Free Man In Paris" (White Girl in Paris) and "Weak" is this on her debut. The first two are Answer Songs.
- Corpsing: The Agape Mixtape has some corpsed takes.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: In the "Disaster" video it's a motorbiker.
- Darker and Edgier: "Agape" is her first set of songs with a parent advisory sticker suggested for it.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: "Sexy To Me" and/or "Demonstrate", depending on your interpretation.
- Fading into the Next Song: Coming For You into Let It Rain through rain sounds in each
- Friends with Benefits: In The Dark and Take The Canyon.
- Former Child Star: She started recording at age 12.
- Follow Your Heart: Keep on Keepin' on, All I Want Is Everything, Exceptional, Just A Dream
- Granola Girl: Her character in RV is this.
- Good Girl Gone Bad: Expressed in "Can't Handle The Truth".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Her second album and two mix tapes are this trope
- Genre Roulette: The idea of her first "mixtape".
- Hotter and Sexier: "In the Dark" was the first step in this direction. She mentioned sexy stuff in her prior album. "Agape" is extremely sexy, "Agape" is also her first set of songs with a parent advisory sticker suggested for it.
- Intercourse with You: "Like That", "Pretty Please", "In the Dark", "What You Like", "Demonstrate", "Take the Canyon", "Billions".
- Laugh of Love: An inversion occurs in "Too Little, Too Late", where she's laughing and cheering in the rain following a bad break-up.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Demonstrated in "Boy Without a Heart":
So why am I here at your door, at your door.
If I was sane, I'd take my crazy behind,
And get back in my BMW
- Love Nostalgia Song: "Can't Take That Away From Me", "Running On Empty",
- Ms. Fanservice: Is very much this in her movies and her photoshoots.
- Money Song: Not That Kinda Girl is a subversion of this trope.
- Melismatic Vocals: "Demonstrate" is a great example of this trope.
- New Sound Album: Agape takes a freaky R&B/dance pop vibe, The High Road is more spiritual R&B, Can't Take That Away From Me is a mix tape of all sounds.
- Nice Girl: Earned her stripes not freaking out at her recording company for not releasing music and taking the High Road.
- Operation: Jealousy: "Breezy" is about how she's on the receiving end of this. "Can't Handle The Truth" is her pulling this on a guy.
- Precision F-Strike: All over her Mix tapes.
- Refuge in Audacity: "All I Want Is Everything" breathes this trope. "Agape Mixtape" is this.
- Revenge: In a weird way her Mixtape's are revenge against her company for not allowing her music out. Agape more so.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Boy Without A Heart", "Running On Empty", "The High Road", "Note To God", basically all of Agape minus "Take The Canyon", "Andre" and "Billions".
- She's Got Legs: JoJo is famous for her thick thighs.
- Subdued Section: "White Girl In Paris" is one example.
- Silly Love Songs: "Billions", "Take the Canyon", "Let it Rain", "Like That", "Breezy", "Homeboy", "Never Say Goodbye", "Sunshine", "Andre".
- Self Empowerment Anthem: To name a few with inspiring sentiments: The High Road, Keep On Keepin On, We Get By, All I Want Is Everything, Exceptional.
- Soprano and Gravel: "What You Like" (Feat. Jordan Gatspy)
- Spoken Word in Music: "Billions" and the interludes on Agape.
- The Something Song: The Happy Song
- Self-Titled Album: Debut
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Did almost all the vocals on "The High Road".
- Strictly Formula: Open every official era with a Break Up Song.
- Spiritual Successor: "Take The Canyon" has most of the elements present in "In the Dark", except she's less worried about the complicated parts of that sort of scenario.
- Studio Chatter: She uses a lot of chatter in Agape
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Many listeners have noticed similarities between "The Way You Do Me" and "Dangerously in Love" by Beyoncé.
- Take That!: Done two songs indicating she doesn't pick guys for their money: Not That Kinda Girl and Baby It's You. Agape mix tape is a big take that to her own recording company.
- Unusual Euphemism: Take The Canyon is this layered on itself.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Back2thebeginningagain" is one example.
- Will Not Be A Victim: Her very decision to make mix tapes for her fans every couple of years.
- Your Cheating Heart: Leave, The Other Chick