Jumping Trains (partially lost unreleased JoJo album; 2011-2013)
Jumping Trains was the planned 3rd studio album by American pop/R&B singer JoJo (born Joanna Levesque). Songs for the album included production from Mario Marchetti, along with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Da Internz, Boi-1da, Timbaland, Danja, The Stereotypes, Oak among others. Initially set for a Fall 2011 release, Jumping Trains was ultimately cancelled due to JoJo's ongoing legal battle with her then-label, Blackground Records and Da Family Entertainment.
In late 2007, JoJo stated that she'd be busy writing songs to follow up her successful 2nd studio album, The High Road (2006). At that time, the singer also expressed her desire to have the third album (at this point still-titled All I Want Is Everything) released when she turned 18.
On June 3rd, 2009, JoJo announced on her official YouTube account that she was waiting for her record label to sign a distribution deal to release her 3rd album (by October 2009, a distribution deal was reached with Interscope Records, but this distribution fell through).
In February 2011, JoJo again took to YouTube announcing that she changed the title of the album from All I Want Is Everything to Jumping Trains.
By 2012, the name and original concept of "Jumping Trains" was scrapped due to the amount of songs that had leaked online
- "Disaster" - was released to U.S. radio on August 29th, 2011.
- "Sexy to Me" - available for purchase on February 28th, 2012, on iTunes and Amazon.
- "Demonstrate" - released on July 17th, 2012, and was produced by Noah "40" Shebib. Recorded after the album's name change.
At least (3) songs ("Disaster", "Sexy To Me", and "Demonstrate") were chosen to be the album's lead single but were all eventually downgraded to buzz singles respectively (as it became evident the label/JoJo continued having disagreements).
While JoJo was still signed to Blackground Records, the above-mentioned (3) songs were listed on iTunes to serve as promotion for the then-upcoming Jumping Trains album. This is no longer the case ...once JoJo was released from her 7-year legal battle with Blackground Records, the above-mentioned singles were taken down from iTunes (as they were part of her old record deal). In addition, numerous songs from the Jumping Trains sessions have leaked over the past few years (hence, partially found), but there are a few songs that have YET to see the light of day. The actual album artwork has yet to make an appearance as well.
Music videos from this era were already filmed, but - like the parent album, were ultimately scrapped. A full music video for "Disaster" was filmed /can still be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. A video was also filmed for "Sexy to Me", but only video stills can be seen along with a short (1-2) minute trailer of JoJo on-set for the "Sexy to Me" video, but that's as close as fans can get right now. The full version of "Sexy to Me" music video has yet to see the light of day. For unknown reasons, the music video for "Demonstrate" was scrapped and has yet to see the light of day.
Although the exact Jumping Trains track list has never surfaced, it's presumed the following songs were intended for this album:
|Hero [Demo for song from Toni Braxton's Pulse album]||Found|
|Last Heart Standing||Found|
|Lie To Me||Found|
|Marvin's Room (Can't Do Better) [Drake cover]||Found|
|The Other Chick||Found|
|The Other Chick (ZEDD Remix)||Found|
|Play This Twice||Found|
|Sexy To Me [Demo that name checks Jim Beanz, Madonna and Green Day]||Found|
|Sexy To Me [Final Version]||Found|
|Touch Down (Flippers Up)||Found|
- The HasItLeaked article on Jojo's album. Retrieved 24 Sep '17
- SheKnows article about Jojo's new album, which at the time was All I Want is Everything. Retrieved 24 Sep '17