A few weeks ago, singer JoJo, 22, filed a lawsuit against her record label, Blackground Records, in an effort to be released from her recording contract after being signed at the age of 12.

In her case, JoJo argues that under New York State law, minors cannot sign contracts that last longer than seven years. Therefore, going by her argument, the agreement between Blackground and JoJo should have ended in 2011.

Fast-forward to Friday, September 6, Blackground has responded to JoJo’s lawsuit, expressing the predictable: they would like the case to be dismissed.

As a disclaimer, I am not, by any means, a lawyer and this is not legal advice.

The label, by its attorneys, Stewart Occhipinti, LLP, writes, “The Complaint fails to comply with the requirements of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (“CPLR”), and therefore Blackground objects to the nonconforming pleading in its entirety.”

So, Blackground insists that, due to the improper formatting, the Complaint is too difficult to read or comprehend.

They continue, “Indeed, Plaintiff’s Complaint consists of a rambling narrative which does not permit Blackground to frame a reasonable response and should be dismissed in its entirety pursuant to CPLR §3024(a).”

The label also writes that JoJo “reaffirmed her agreement and willingness to be bound by the Recording Agreement by accepting payments and other consideration.”

“Blackground has and continues to be ready, willing , and able to fulfill all of its obligations under its agreement with Plaintiff.”

In yet another blow to JoJo’s argument, the label further explains that “after she obtained the age of majority, while represented by legal counsel, she discontinued her 2009 action and agreed to continue to record for Blackground.”

Lastly, Blackground demands judgment “for costs, disbursements and reasonable attorney’s fees in defending the action, as allowed at law and/or under contract.”

This is simply tiring. At this point, wouldn’t it be best for Blackground and JoJo to sever their ties and move on from this situation?

With Blackground, JoJo’s career is at an obvious stand-still. She’s not releasing anything new, many have forgotten about her, and this will only have a negative affect on her career in the long-run.

JoJo is incredibly talented and would be a valuable asset to another label, specifically one that can help revive what’s been lost, nurture her and give her a platform to share her gift.

To read Blackground’s full response, click here.

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7 Responses

  1. Derek Lu

    yea seriously wtf is wrong with blackground? why do they want to continue to bind jojo to her contract? she hasn't released any new music officially in 7 years, so she hasn't been bringin in bank in a long time. and she has made it abundantly clear that she is not going to record the kind of poppy music they want so they're outta luck there. the only reason I can foresee is out of spite: they're probably doing this as punishment b/c jojo won't bow down to their attempts to make her conform.

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  2. Raniel Ramos

    Hate that! this Blackground Records and a dick in the ass! I can not stand to see what els do with JoJo destroying her career, since it els are bankrupt and can not afford a decent release an album aliberam why not, they will sink and want to take along JoJo?

    I’m from Brazil, I live in the Amazon just so you guys have an idea of how the talent of JoJo can get anywhere, but she and a singer who has a talent indisputable being disprediçado! it is a crime to deprive us to hear more official work it!

    This “label” should release her and pay for all this years of neglect that els did to her!

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  3. Matt Decuir

    I think she WANTS to sever ties with them and wants to move on, but I think this is the first she's been able to get in contact with anyone at the label.
    Their website no longer exists, and I bet phones are disconnected.
    And she probably can't sign to another label since she is technically in a contract right now.
    I think it's more so Blackground holding her hostage.

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