Singer JoJo has been churning out new singles like nobody’s business in anticipation of her upcoming album, Joanna. Although there's no release date yet, the promo train is chugging along and it pulled up to the ELLE magazine offices to play a friendly game of "Song Association." This wasn’t just any old "Song Association" episode, though; the new GRAMMY Award winner was there for the 100th episode.
The game started with the word “more,” and JoJo stumbled slightly before coming up with Britney Spear’s “Gimme More” and totally getting caught up singing the lyrics. Next, for the word “time” she sang a Musiq Soulchild song of the same name. For “back” she chose "Back & Forth," the first single from another Blackground artist and teen star, Aaliyah. For “woman” she wanted to do another Aaliyah song, but instead went for Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman.” She was on a roll, singing tracks from Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Mariah Carey, showing that even live and unrehearsed, she’s got the pipes to keep up with some legendary vocalists. Then she got to the word “over” and totally had a brain freeze. Thankfully, she quickly bounced back singing Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road,” “Trip” by Ella Mai and her own ballad, “Mad Love.”
In between singing her little heart out, JoJo also answered a few questions about her favorite artists. She blushed over Aaliyah and her impact on music. She also praised Khalid for his songwriting, particularly his song “Talk,” which she sometimes performs in concert.
How would we describe JoJo’s performance on ELLE’s "Song Association"? Effortless. Well, almost effortless. Our girl managed to score 14/15 on the scoreboard, besting recent players like Shenseea, Zoë Kravitz and Tiwa Savage but not enough to unseat Tory Lanez from the throne with his perfect score. Of course, the score means nothing when you consider the mini-concert she put on, giving us a little pop, a little country and a lot of good old fashioned R&B.