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JoJo Discusses Her Comeback And The Fight For Her Music Career

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 (Photo: Atlantic Records)

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When pop singer and songwriter Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque, better known as JoJo, released her debut single, “Leave (Get Out),” in 2004 at age 13 in 2004, she became the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in the United States. (Justin Bieber was 15.) At only age 12, she had signed a seven-album contract with Blackground Records. Her second album, The High Road, released when she was 15, peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 in 2004. But after the album’s release, JoJo became a so-called “one-hit wonder” not because she didn’t have the talent or the charisma or the drive, but because she was locked into contract with a record company that she claimed ignored her after she submitted her third album. “I’ve recorded about three incarnations of this third album,” she told BuzzFeed in May 2013. “We’ve chosen the track listing, we’ve done multiple album photo shoots, chosen the cover, chosen the credits, everything.” Blackground failed to distribute her album, but JoJo could not move onto another company due to being bound to the label for seven albums total. In the summer of 2013, JoJo filed a lawsuit to be released from her former label, citing laws in both New York and California that specify that minors who sign contracts cannot be bound to these contracts after seven years, so that by law, her deal should have expired in 2011. The Los Angeles Times reported in January 2014 that she was free from her contract and had signed with Atlantic Records.

Now, 10 years after her first hit single hit the airwaves, the 24-year-old Massachusetts-born singer has just released a set of three singles, a “tringle” she calls it. “I smiled all day when I announced my ‘tringle.’ It was really exhilarating,” JoJo tells Yahoo Beauty. “I flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles in one day and did a performance. It was very surreal to see what I’ve been fighting for come to fruition. I know it’s the beginning of the next chapter. I also may have shed a tear or two — so many emotions!”

Before her ‘tringle’ release performance last Thursday, she did her own makeup, opting for dramatic winged eyeliner using Kat Von D Ink Liner ($19), smoky eyes using Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($58), strong brows filled by Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21), and a nude swipe of Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color ($28) on the lips. “I really didn’t think about my image until I was 18 or 16,” she says. “It wasn’t in the front of my mind. I was just a kid back then.” When her late teens hit, though, she wanted to look even older, so she tanned a lot. “I wanted a complexion I didn’t have,” she admits. In spite of her relatively late interest in makeup, she did embrace another form of body adornment: tattoos. On a visit to Los Angeles at age 17 with her mother, she was working with a makeup artist who was sporting some tattoos that inspired JoJo. “I snuck away with her,” JoJo tells Yahoo Beauty. “I was like, ‘Will you take me to get one?’” She got a treble clef on her ring finger to symbolize her first and truest love: music. “No man will come between me and my music,” she says. Her mother was furious, but once JoJo turned 18 and didn’t need an adult chaperone at the parlor, she got even more tattoos. “I like being in tattoo shops. I like being with artists, including tattoo artists,” JoJo says. Currently, her go-to shop is Prix Body Adornment in southern California.

After her trifecta of songs debuted last Friday, she became the number-one trending search on iTunes, with publications like Billboard, Time, the Los Angeles Times, and Entertainment Weekly heralding her victorious comeback and fans, many of whom grew up into adults during her 10 year hiatus, making #tringle a trending hashtag on Twitter. Her three songs are house music-influenced dance mix “When Love Hurts,” — which will be hitting radios soon — heart-wrenching ballad “Say Love,” and mid-tempo track “Save My Soul.” “It’s pretty wild to be ‘coming back’ at 24!” she tells Yahoo Beauty. “There’s a whole group of young kids who grew up listening to pop music and they don’t know who I am. I think it’s wonderful because they’re so in tune with social media.”

But being a female pop star in 2015 is a different circus than being a female pop star in 2005 — Taylor Swift has a girl gang of supermodels (and Lena Dunham), Rihanna is performing with Paul McCartney and making music videos that invite critical analysis from The Atlantic, and Beyoncé has publicly declared herself a feminist. JoJo isn’t letting all this intimidate her. “I know that Taylor Swift has the most beautiful squad of friends, but I have friends I grew up with,” she tells Yahoo Beauty. While there are no literal supermodels, the group includes a screenwriter, a makeup artist, and a business manager — enough girl power jobs to lead the plot of any Hollywood movie. JoJo also has her own female role models to inspire the next chapter of her life: Jane Fonda for her outspoken political stances, Meryl Streep for her graceful aging, and Whitney Houston for being “so poised and powerful and so much of a diva.” JoJo doesn’t consider herself a diva in the temperamental sense, but she is a diva in the musical sense and Beyoncé-defined sense: “a diva is a female version of a hustler.”

Legal protection for young musical artists is one issue that JoJo plans to advocate for. “I’m an outspoken person in general. I’m particularly passionate about protecting minors, and I don’t think anyone should be held to contract that they signed when they were 12,” she tells Yahoo Beauty. “I felt trapped. We need better protection for children who are working in the [music] industry. I feel like [we] as artists need to come out and encourage aspiring artists starting in the industry.” While she doesn’t regret starting her professional recording career as a preteen, she understands all too well the perils of being famous at a young age. “Being famous at a young age and being validated by people you don’t know can mess with your mind,” she says. “Going back and having to really fight for the opportunity to live my dreams gave me a different perspective.” JoJo tells Yahoo Beauty that during her hiatus, even though she had released a few mixtapes (and an EP) and performed at some small shows, she stayed out of the paparazzi-driven limelight, which gave her the opportunity to develop as a whole person and not think about what others thought of her: “I could make my mistakes in peace — or actually, maybe they weren’t mistakes! I just lived my life.”

Source: Yahoo Beauty 

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Woodstock 50 Years Later – The Iconic Music Festival Is Coming Back

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Music festivals are common today but that wasn’t always the case.

It’s been fifty years since the original Woodstock took place in 1969 which has been the groundwork for every festival that has come after it. The inspiration for bringing back the music festival in such a big way is due in large part to the social and political climate in of our society. Michael Lang explained during a recent interview pointing out similarities between today and the 1960s.

 

Michael Lang explains that history seems to be repeating itself and a lot of the lessons they thought they had learned in the 1960s are still going on and people need a reminder. The hope is to energize today’s generation that faces a lot of the same issues.

The lineup for the festival is jam-packed with some of the biggest music acts from today and yesterday including Miley Cyrus, Santana, and even America’s Got Talent favorite Courtney Hadwin will be making the trip from the United Kingdom to perform at the same festival where one of her music inspirations Janis Joplin took the stage in 1969.

The original festival which was held in the summer of 1969 has stood the test of time as one of the most iconic music events in history. Woodstock defined what a music festival would become and the message of it being of love and peace is certainly something today.

Michael Lang, one of the organizers of the original show, was involved in planning the 2019 show.

“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” Lang said in a statement. “Our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”

Santana and Country Joe McDonald will be the only true originals to return for the 50th-anniversary show, though Dead & Company, which includes many of the original members of the Grateful Dead, will also be performing. John Sebastian will be there and David Crosby, who performed with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young at the original, will also appear. A reformed version of Canned Heat will perform and John Fogerty, sans the rest of Creedance Clearwater Revival, will perform, too.

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The Music Video For Tegan Marie’s Song “Horses” Is Out! – Watch It Here

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The music video for Tegan Marie’s latest song “Horses” has been released. The song which was produced in partnership with Spirit Riding Free was released through Dreamworks you can watch the music video above.

Don’t forget you can stream the song on all popular music services including Apple music, Spotify, Google music and more.

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Hillsong United Releasing New Album In April – New Single “Another In The Fire” Available Now

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LOS ANGELES (March 15, 2019) — Multi-platinum selling and award-winning group, Hillsong UNITED announces the release of their highly anticipated album, “PEOPLE.” Slated to debut worldwide on April 26, the live project with twelve new songs is available for preorder today and features the brand new single “Another in the Fire” (listen to and watch the song here).  In addition, “So Will I (100 Billion X),” one of UNITED’s biggest songs to date, has been certified Gold by RIAA with over 108 million career streams.

Returning to their roots, to where it all began, “PEOPLE” pays homage to the group’s core mission; unity… a simple, yet most powerful message that’s needed in the world today more than ever.

“The hope for the project is simply understanding the power of music as a means of bringing people together, and letting it serve as a reminder that in our culture––the call to love our neighbor is a revolutionary act that perhaps rings louder now than ever.” says UNITED’s Joel Houston. “If there’s one thing that music can do better than anything else on earth, is its innate ability to unify people. It’s the essence at the heart of what UNITED has always been about––and what we want this project to represent more than anything––bringing people together, from every different walk of life, with all our differing experiences, circumstances, and perspectives––and finding songs that give us reason to sing as individuals with a common voice.”

Recorded live in Sydney, Australia, “PEOPLE” features three previously released tracks, including “As You Find Me,” “Good Grace,” and “Whole Heart (Hold Me Now).” Debuting in December 2018, “Good Grace” set the record as UNITED’s highest streaming street week career single, which “Whole Heart” subsequently broke by an increase of 12% upon its release in January 2019. Their latest song “As You Find Me” has already garnered 8.2+ million global streams/YouTube views to date, while “Whole Heart” and “Good Grace” have amassed over 31.8+ million global streams (including YouTube views) collectively.

In support of their new music, Hillsong UNITED will return to the United States for the first time in nearly three years for their highly anticipated USA ‘The People Tour MMXIX.’ The arena circuit will kick off on April 25 in Austin, Texas and include stops in major markets across the nation before culminating at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on July 2. Tickets are on sale now at hillsongunited.com.

Hillsong UNITED is comprised of an evolving, eclectic mix of musicians and songwriters, and undisputedly one of the genre’s most influential artists in the history of contemporary Christian music. The group has sold more than 4.7 million albums globally and garnered over 3 billion worldwide career streams to date. Their most recent album “Wonder” (2017) rocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Top 200 and set the record for the most streamed album in Christian music history (U.S.) during street week with over 4.6 million streams. Hillsong UNITED remains the No. 1 Christian artist on all social media platforms with over 10.5 million fans combined.

For more information, visit www.hillsongunited.com or @hillsongunited on all social platforms. 

Official track listing for “PEOPLE”:

  1. Ready or Not
  2. Here’s to the One
  3. Might Sound Wild
  4. Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)
  5. As You Find Me
  6. Clean
  7. Starts and Ends
  8. Highlands
  9. Holy Ground
  10. Another in the Fire
  11. Good Grace
  12. Echoes (Till We See the Other Side)

 

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Grace VanderWaal Drops New Single “Hideaway”

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Grace VanderWaal has dropped a new song “Hideaway”. Fresh off the success of her previous release “Stray” Grace continues to surprise fans with new music. The song is featured on the soundtrack for the new film Wonder Park.

The track is available now on all popular streaming platforms including Apple music, Spotify, Google Play and others. You can listen to the track in the video above and the lyrics will be featured below.

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Tegan Marie Drops New Song “Horses”

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Tegan Marie, the 15-year-old rising country music superstar has released a new track titled “Horses”. The song was produced for “Spirit Riding Free” you can listen to the song above and Stream It on all major music platforms including Apple music, Spotify, Google play music and more.

 

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Sabrina Carpenter Drops New Track “Pushing 20” – Listen + Lyrics

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Sabrina Carpenter has released the audio for her latest single “Pushing 20” check it out above. You can also stream the new track on all popular music platforms including Apple music, Spotify, Google Play, and more. Full lyrics provided below.

“Pushing 20” is the first single of Singular: Act II, Sabrina’s upcoming project which is the second act of a two-part album, with the first act being released in November 2018.

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The Inspiring Story Behind Hillsong United’s Latest Song “As You Find Me”

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In a new video, Hillsong United member Joel Houston goes in depth about the Australia worship band’s latest single “As You Find Me”.

The song which was released earlier this year has some powerful lyrics and Houston goes into great personal detail about what inspired those lyrics and the humbling experience it was writing the powerful anthem.

Listen to The story by checking out the video above and you can stream the song now on all popular music services including Apple music, Spotify, Google Play and more.

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Watch Grace VanderWaal Perform “Stray” Live

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In a new video released on Tuesday, Grace VanderWaal performs her latest single “Stray” live. Check it out.

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Jonas Brothers Drop First Single In Six Years

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The Jonas brothers are back with their first new single in six years and the popular group will be taking over the CBS “Late Late Show” with James Corden all next week. Fans started noticing something was up late this week on social media followed by the initial rumors of a new single and then the teaser for an upcoming carpool karaoke featuring The Jonas bros set to air next week. The new single which is titled “Sucker” is available now.

People reports on the details of the music video for the new single pointing out that it features appearances from the bros and their significant others Danielle Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, and Sophie Turner. Throughout the video, each couple shares gets their chance to shine before they all come together as a group and pose while an artist paints their portrait.

 

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