Singer JoJo has reportedly filed a lawsuit against her label Da Family Entertainment and Blackground Records, saying that her seven years of service are up.
Joanna Noelle Blagden Levesque says in a lawsuit against Da Family Records and Blackground Records that under New York State law, minors cannot sign contracts that last more than seven years. JoJo, now 22, and her parents signed a contract with company subsidiaries in 2004 when she was 12 and has sold 5 million records. Therefore, she argues, her contract was up in March 2011.
The Boston-bred soulstress, who rose to fame in 2004 with her breakout single “Leave (Get Out),” has allegedly been in this legal battle with her label since she turned 18.
UPDATE: JoJo has issued a statement through her representation about the matter.
“International recording artist JoJo has filed a lawsuit in New York requesting the Court to issue a judicial declaration that she does not owe any further artist services under her 2003 recording contract with Da Family and Blackground Records. JoJo, whose full name is Joanna Levesque, seeks legal confirmation that she is free to sign with a new record label of her choice and exercise full control over the direction of her career.”