‘F–k Apologies': JoJo Kicks Off Her Comeback with Two Middle Fingers Up
By now, you're likely already familiar with the saga of the ever-inspiring, ever-enduring JoJo, but it bears repeating.
The record-breaking teen pop sensation busted on the scene in the early '00s, armed with heaven-sent vocal chops and still-classic bops like "Leave (Get Out)" and "Too Little Too Late."
Jo broke free at long last, inking a deal with Atlantic Records and releasing III, her more-than-welcome return of a warm-up "tringle," almost exactly one year ago.
But now it's really time to get this show on the (high) road again.
Today (July 28), JoJo announced the release of her forthcoming studio album Mad Love due out on October 14, her third studio album overall and first full-length major label release since 2006's The High Road.
And, to kick it all off, she's (deservedly) throwing her middle fingers up with the help of Wiz Khalifa on the album's empowering lead single, "F--k Apologies." (The song's hitting radio in August, and according to Jo herself, will have a clean version called "No Apologies.")
In classic JoJo form, the melodic kiss-off is equal parts grown and gritty.
"Honestly, I was just about to pick up the phone / And then I realized that I did nothing wrong," she proclaims above a chilly, finger-snapping pulse, peppered by prickly strings vaguely recalling Gotye's bitter "Somebody That I Used To Know."
"F--k apologies / I would say I'm sorry if I really meant it."
Along with the song's release, Jo's gone and given us an accompanying visual directed by Francesco Carrozzini, of Beyoncé ("Jealous") and Lana Del Rey ("Ultraviolence") fame. Not only is the singer herself thoroughly #unapologetic throughout, including a searingly sexy pool scene (dayum, Jo), but she's joined by a cast of equally empowered individuals (and Wiz!) living their truths.
Mad Love will include production by Oscar Holter, Whisky Water and "Good For You" smash hit-maker Justin Tranter. But most importantly of all, it's actually coming.
All Dates are Fifth Harmony's 7/27 Tour, except (*)
28 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
29 Fairfax, VA EagleBank Arena
30 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
2 Brooklyn, NY The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
3 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
5 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
6 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
7 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
9 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
11 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
13 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
14 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
18 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
20 Chelmsford, UK V Festival (*)
21 Staffordshire, UK V Festival (*)
23 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
25 Tampa, FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
31 Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
1 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
2 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
3 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot (*)
4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
5 Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
6 Midland, TX Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion
8 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
9 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
10 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
14 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
16 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
17 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
16 Signs the Early Aughts are Back: