Jojo Siwa is set hit the road for a few months starting in January for her D.R.E.A.M tour, and is making it clear that she’s planning to sing what she wants during her show, despite Nickelodeon — the network behind her new musical film, The J Team — allegedly attempting to block her from singing original songs from her movie.
TMZ caught up with the entertainer on Wednesday (Sept. 15) and asked her if she and Nickelodeon have been able to reach an agreement on her singing songs from The J Team on stage. “There has been a [response], but it’s not on me to share,” Siwa said. “I love my brand, but I think it’s forgotten that I’m a human sometimes and that hurts.”
Siwa’s relationship with Nickelodeon isn’t beyond repair, though. The performer said she thinks she can “of course” work things out with the children’s entertainment company, but that she’s going to do what she wants when she’s performing. “I work for Nickelodeon. It just makes me frustrated that someone is telling me what I can and can’t sing, and these people have been at Nickelodeon for less time than I have. … When I’m on stage, I’m going to sing whatever I want. I’m going to sing what I want. Even if it’s a cappella, I’m going to sing it. I just wish they were as supportive of this movie as I was.”
Billboard has reached out toNickelodeon for comment.
Siwa’s new comments on the matter come after tweets she made on Tuesday (Sept. 14) that claimed Nickelodeon was blocking her from performing the music from The J Team on her upcoming tour. “I go out on tour in January. My movie musical was just released (with 6 new original songs)… Nickelodeon told me today that I’m not allowed to perform/add any of the songs from the film into my show,” she wrote. “These are MY songs, MY voice, MY writing. Does this seem fair???”
“There is no reason that this music should not be included,” Siwa continued, further airing her frustrations with the ViacomCBS-owned company. “Working for a company as a real human being treated as only a brand is fun until it’s not.
Watch her interview with TMZ.