R&B singer JoJo (born Joanna Noëlle Levesque) is set to poke fun at her troubled pop peers by playing a heavy-drinking young starlet in a new TV movie. JoJo will play a struggling star in “True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet,” which will air in 2008 on the Lifetime network, reports Contact Music. Former child star Valerie Bertinelli, who will play JoJo's mom in the film, says, "Here's this beautiful young starlet, who drinks too much and ends up in rehab. That's so unusual. Where did that come from?" JoJo is slated to start working on her next album in January.
Da Family/Blackground Records teen phenomenon JoJo hit uncharted territory this week, making music history with her new song "Too Little Too Late," the debut single from her sophomore album The High Road, which hits stores on October 17th. The sizzling song soared from #66 to #3 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 Singles chart, making it the first song to make the biggest leap in the entire history of the chart. The song has become a multi-format smash, and the perfect return for the 15-year-old Boston native, whose previous platinum-plus self-titled debut album reached #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart and launched the #12 smash "Leave (Get Out)." The video for that single also garnered an MTV Video Music Award nomination, making the combustible JoJo the youngest nominee in the history of the MTV Awards. Her new album The High Road, picks up right where the multi-talented starlet left off, boasting a lineup of much sought after producers including Scott Storch, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and acclaimed songwriter Sean Garrett among others. JoJo finds herself in unprecedented demand the next few weeks in anticipation of the October 17th release of The High Road, with upcoming promotional appearances including: The Today Show, MTV's TRL, Regis & Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Megan Mullally and CDUSA. The prodigy has also been keeping herself busy with an acclaimed foray into movies this past year, starring in Aquamarine with Emma Roberts and RV alongside Robin Williams which debuted #1 in America. She has graced the covers of CosmoGirl, Teen, Sweet 16 and Girl's Life and will soon grace the cover of Seventeen's much coveted Prom Issue on stands in December. Trained by her Gospel soloist mother, JoJo soon was bringing down the house in every venue where she appeared, continuing her musical training and eventually garnering universal recognition on the TV show America's Most Talented Kids. Noted producer Vincent Herbert (Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, Destiny's Child) signed her to his production house, and soon JoJo inked a deal with Blackground Records, releasing her self-titled multi-platinum debut album to critical and commercial acclaim in 2004.
JoJo - The High Road Teen R&B singer JoJo is back with a very mature new disc, after a descent big screen debut. The album includes twelve solid tracks, overflowing primarily with mid-tempo ballads but there are a few head-bangers. More hot tracks include "The Way You Do," "Let It Rain," "Good Ol," among others. Oh, and lets not forget the bonus DVD with plenty of JoJo goodies. Frankie J - Priceless Frankie J is back with a Pop/R&B/Hip Hop album less than a year after 'Un Nuevo Día,' one of his most accomplished albums. The 12 track disc titled "Priceless," contains Frankie's normal smooth ballads and light mid-tempo material but he shows a little edge on songs like "hurry Up" featuring rap superstar Chamillionaire. "I've evolved and I think this is the album that will take me to the next level," said Frankie to Vibe Magazine. Ruben Studdard - The Return It's been two years since Birmingham's first "American Idol" winner released his last disc, a gospel collection called "I Need an Angel." This time, the Velvet Teddy Bear wants everyone to know he's a playa. Studdard, 28, has kept a low profile for many months, but says time spent out of the public eye has resulted in personal growth and maturity. On his appropriately titled third CD 'The Return,' Studdard wisely reconnects with his urban roots. Assisted by producers like Ne-Yo and Scott Storch, Ruben works his Luther Vandross like mojo on 14 strong set of smooth grooves and lightly thumping hip-hop tracks.