JoJo’s forthcoming album Mad Love, her first since joining Atlantic after a messy dispute with Blackground Records, is due out next month and in advance of the release, the “Leave (Get Out)” singer has released the title track.
A sweeping, soul-inspired pseudo-ballad, “Mad Love” showcases JoJo’s massive vocal range, highlighted by saxophones and delicate piano keys. “I never had love, you keep me insane and Im not ashamed,” she sings. It’s a total departure from the collection’s first single, the dance-infused “F— Apologies.”
The track and album title is an ode to her late father, who died in 2015 after a long struggle with substance abuse. “‘Mad Love’ is a term I use a lot,” JoJo told EW this summer. “Like, ‘I have mad love for you,’ just talking about how you have so much love and abundance. Also, I think about my relationship with this industry, with fighting to be able to release music to continue on with the dream I’ve had since I was a little girl. That journey has been a bit crazy so my love for this is crazy. At the end of every conversation I’d have with my father on the phone, he’d say, ‘I love you madly,’ and so that was just the icing on the cake that really confirmed for me that this is the title I wanted to go with.”