or else ;A;


X96 Lounge X: The 1975 “Somebody Else”

Image control by labels; JoJo

@srslycris posted excellent excerpts from JoJo’s interview with Fader. JoJo also had an interview with Lenny that I got in my email today, with some interesting comments that weren’t in the Fader interview, that really focus on how much control her label had over her image. There’s a lot of discussion about weightloss so if you find that triggering perhaps don’t read it:

[JoJo] didn’t stop making music during that time, but she was stuck in legal limbo with her label. Blackground launched in 1994 with Aaliyah as its first artist. The last album it released was a Timbaland record in 2009, after which it ceased to be active. JoJo’s contract with Blackground, via imprint label Da Family Records, prevented her from releasing any music. A few years prior, when JoJo was shifting gears from child prodigy into her teen years, she says she started getting some troubling input from execs at her label about how she should look, what she should wear, and how much she should weigh. She also says there were threats to withhold her album until she lost weight, and insinuations that if she wanted to move on to more adult material she’d have to dress the part.

In 2013, she filed a lawsuit against the labels to extract herself from their control.

CES: You had to reclaim agency over your mind and your body in the course of your career. How do you do that, once someone in a position of authority over you has told you that they have some idea of what you should be doing or how you should look?

J: God, it’s so deep-rooted for me, because I truly thought that that’s just how it is. I didn’t think I had a choice for a long time. My first album I was recording at age 12, and I think it’s natural that people will help shape your identity behind the scenes [at that age]. I was cowriting some songs, but I certainly wasn’t entrenched in the image aspect of it. I just tried on clothes and would say if they were cute or cool. No one really talked about my weight to me.

I felt creatively involved in my second album, I really did. I didn’t feel like I was a puppet or being manipulated. But after that, it got weird. As I got older, my label [at the time, Blackground] started to lose their footing — they didn’t want to be involved in music anymore, but they didn’t want to let me go. It was very strange.

I had never really thought about the way I looked. It made me extremely self-conscious, honestly. It made me question everything I ate and drank. I was on injections called HCG [to lose weight], and I couldn’t believe they wanted me to take such extreme measures. They told me my album wouldn’t come out unless I looked right. To them that meant me losing a significant amount of weight — mind you, I’ve never been above a size four. It really, really messed with my mind.

CES: Who were the people telling you that?

J: It all stemmed from the record label and trickled down from there. I was sat down in a room with the president of the label, and he said, “You know, we’re just thinking of your health. We want you to look and feel healthy and be your best.” I put my hand up to silence him. I said, “Let me stop you right there. I’m the picture of health. I live a balanced life. I’m active, I eat what I want, I get my vegetables in. Don’t try to make this about my health, because you know damn well this isn’t about my health. This is about me looking the way that you think a pop star is supposed to look.” He didn’t have anything to say in response to that.

All of the emphasis is mine. 

I would also like to point out that all of this was done by a label on its way out, not at the top of its game. If they can do pull this kind of stuff and she had to file a lawsuit to get out from under them… well. It’s a hint as to what labels with clout and power are capable of. 

hamilton ( cut songs/workshop versions ) sentence starters !!

the reality is not a pretty picture.
tell him to stay home!
you have invented a new kind of stupid.
i begged you to take a break, you refused to.
you’re the only enemy you ever seem to lose to!
i look at you and think ‘god what have we done with our lives, and what did it get us?’
i’m not here for you.
 i will choose her happiness over mine every time. 
she died. she’s gone. ❞
 she changed my life. she made my life worthwhile. 
 sometimes it seems that’s all we do. 
 you and i will build a strong foundation. 
 you’ll blow us all away, someday. 
 just apologize, we have worthier pursuits! 
that’s when i realized this was not a game. 
 i want the world to know what i intended to do. 
 he must have been so scared. 
 i never had his instinct for self preservation. 
 it’s not in his political interest to kill me. 
 god, i can’t wait to see her again. 
 bitch, please! you wouldn’t know what i’m doing! 
 the line’s behind me, i crossed it again. 
 you fat mother f– ! 
 we in the shit now, somebody’s gotta shovel it. 
 if you knock me down i get the fuck back up again. 
 you swing at my family, you better not miss. you better have another punch to throw. 
 you could let it go. 
 people will always be critical. 
 let other people be cynical. 
 you’re smiling because you know i’m right. 
 you didn’t kill him, did you? 
 were you here this whole time? 
 you don’t have to bring a gun to a knife fight. 
 you know you really ought to listen to your wife, right? 
i hope you’re happy. 
 you could have given me a word of warning. 
 shhh. haven’t you talked enough? 
 i need you by my side. 
 i have a plan, but it’s risky. 
 but i couldn’t turn my back on a nation in need. 
 teach them how to say goodbye. 
the enemies i’ve made won’t have anything on me now.