Jo Jo Siwa stands for itself. The teen YouTube sensation took to Twitter to call Nickelodeon to prevent her from making her new music during her performance 37-City DREAM Tour, presented by the children’s television network.
Siwa will begin her Nickelodeon DREAM tour in January of 2022, but feels that Nickelodeon has removed her agency due to the discrepancy over which songs the company allows her to do on tour. “My movie musical has just been released (with 6 new original songs) … Nickelodeon told me today that I may not make / add any of the songs from the movie in my show,” tweeted Siwa. “These are MY songs, MY voice, MORE writing. Does that seem fair ???”
The songs at the center of the debate come from Siwa’s film musical J Team, which premiered exclusively on Paramount + in July. In a separate tweet, Siwa wrote, “Working for a company is treated like a real person as only a brand is fun until it is not.”
Siwa is not the first Tween star to headline with her parent company. After reaching adulthood, Disney kids love stars Miley Cyrus in the Selena Gomez opened up about the difficulties they had in navigating their relationship with the studio while maintaining their personality. Am Podcast “Rock This with Allison Hagendorf, “Cyrus said she felt like” nobody cared about her “when she played herself Hannah Montana. During this year’s Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour, Gomez said, “I signed my life at Disney at a very young age.” Gomez has since clarified that she was “proud of it” during her time at Disney, but the feeling remains.
Siwa, for its part, is expanding beyond the Nickelodeon bubble. She recently made headlines for giving up half the first same-sex couple on the upcoming season of ABC Dancing With the Stars. Siwa – who came out as part of the LGBTQ community earlier this year – said she had the feeling of “making history and breaking down a barrier” by choosing to have a female dance pro as a candidate on the show.
Nickelodeon did not respond to a request for comment.
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