JoJo

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Soulful R&B/pop from a talented 13-year-old.
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

There's a positive girl-power message here, but JoJo also puts a lot of emphasis on romantic relationships.

Violence
Sex

A lot of the songs involve romantic relationships, but the focus is on love and heartbreak, not sex.

Language

One "hell" in "Fairy Tales" -- that's it.

Consumerism

Mostly anti-materialism but in "City Lights" JoJo debates whether she should buy "a Lexus, Beemer or Hummer".

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None other than the line "I'm on a high, I feel like I'm on medication" in "City Lights".

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the soulful singer belting out these R&B tunes is only 13 years old. JoJo is incredibly talented, and her success at such a young age may inspire your kids to keep working on their own skills and talents (remind them that JoJo worked very hard and probably didn't blow off her vocal lessons when she would've preferred to go to the mall).

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Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

Soulful, romantic fun for older tweens and up

Sexual Content (Not an Issue): Some flirting and swooning. Violence (Not an Issue): None. Language (Pause): One use of "hell". Social Behavior (On): L... Continue reading
Adult Written byPinkParisKitten April 9, 2008
Teen, 17 years old Written byShoreThing April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written byrent_a_dork April 9, 2008

Jojo- obviously the daughter of some bigtime producer

who wants his spoilt brat daughter big and famous...That just about sums up her personality and brains combined...

What's the story?

JoJo's appearance on \"America's Most Talented Kids\" put the young singer on the map -- and now she's all over the airwaves and MTV. Although JoJo sings about friendship (\"Use My Shoulder\"), triumphing over adversity (\"Keep On Keepin' On\"), and female empowerment (\"Not That Kinda Girl\"), her main focus is love and relationships, which seems strange given that she was only 13 when she recorded the songs. Of course, it's age-appropriate for young teens to be interested in matters of the heart, and many kids will find comfort in singing along to \"Leave (Get Out)\" after experiencing heartache. Know that while some of the lyrics are definitely melodramatic (\"Hope you know that when it's late at night/I hold on to my pillow tight/And think of how you promised me forever\"), at least there's nothing explicitly sexual to worry about.

Is it any good?

JoJo is an unbelievably skilled singer (she performs the type of vocal gymnastics that made Christina Aguilera famous) and a strong songwriter for one so young (she penned the tracks "Keep On Keepin' On", "Yes or No", and "Sunshine"). At only 13, she sounds like an established R&B artist -- you might expect that the knowing tone and emotional singing on this album came from a seasoned soul singer like Mary G. Blige, not from someone who just finished junior high.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that although JoJo encourages girls to be themselves and not change for anyone, she also spends a lot of energy focusing on relationships and being in love. You might point out to your kids that being half of a couple isn't everything, and that happiness comes from within -- not from another person.

Music details

  • Artist: Jojo
  • Release date: June 22, 2004
  • Label: Blackground Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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