A week after she debuted new single “Demonstrate”, JoJo says that her LP Jumping Trains — her long-awaited third album that she spent five years working on — has been scrapped. From what we’ve heard, musically, over the past year, this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. “Demonstrate” has a completely different (read: quite sexy) vibe than what was then her lead Jumping Trains single, last fall’s “Disaster”. But, man — we were hoping to at least hear a dozen of those 100 songs she apparently recorded in the previous half-decade!
“It didn’t feel right anymore,” JoJo told Billboard on Sunday at the Teen Choice Awards. “I’ve been working on it for a long time. I’m 21 now and it didn’t feel like me.” Head below to find out what she’s been up to since making the artistic decision.
JoJo’s last full-length studio album, The High Road, arrived in 2006 and spawned the Top 10 hit “Too Little Too Late”. Since then, the singer became embroiled in a battle with her previous record label and, as mentioned, spent time recording her now-aborted LP Jumping Trains. She also offered up the mixtape Can’t Take That Away From Me in 2010.
But the songstress told Billboard that she’s been moving in a new direction after collaborating with producer Noah “40″ Shebib on “Demonstrate”:
“We came up with something I’m really proud of and it felt like the right thing. I just released a new single called ‘Demonstrate’ which is the first release off the new project. I’m shooting the video for it the first week of August so I’m just getting mentally and physically prepared for that and really conceptualizing and being in the studio and creating.”
As for Jumping Trains, we spoke to JoJo last October about the huge amount of songs she had written and moved on from at that time while making the album. “I would love to maybe shop them to other artists or to perhaps put them on a mixtape or something like that,” she told us. “I don’t look at it as waste, because it’s like if you do a painting, just because it doesn’t sell, it doesn’t mean that it’s not art. For me, music is therapeutic. A lot of the stuff I was writing was autobiographical. It was just something that was flowing from me.”
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